I thought this was a great article in pointing out the importance of getting vaccines on time, and as early as possible. A father's take on the risk his daughter now faces of developing SSPE over the next decade:
I RECEIVED a call this week from a stranger in California. It was from a distressed father regarding his 13-month-old daughter who had contracted measles during a family trip to Disneyland...
His daughter was scheduled to receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot soon. The recommendation is that children receive their first MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age, so she is still well within the recommended guidelines for vaccine use.
He was distraught because in hindsight she likely would have been protected if he had immunized her at the first available opportunity. He was also angry ... that he will still have this hanging over his head for the next decade or longer.