What Everyone Needs To Know About Measles

What Everyone Needs To Know About Measles

Aren’t Measles Extinct?  

Past diseases once eradicated are showing up again.  Prepare you and your kids for this crazy disease.  

Image by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Measles.  The word itself sounds like a game or that furry creature living out in the woods.  Wait.  Isn’t that a weasel?  Weasels.  Measles.  Yep.  That definitely rhymes.  So what’s the big deal about measles?  I mean, they were a thing in the past, but they’re long gone now, right?  
Well, Measles are definitely not weasels.  It’s a disease that’s been around for centuries and was almost completely gone until the trend of not immunizing your children came along.  People became scared of vaccines and wanted more natural therapies for their kids.  This included not immunizing their children. 
But growing up without vaccines are not what it’s all cracked up to be. In fact, it can be down right dangerous.  Our newest author, Kay Culver, is an RN weighing in on her opinion.  She writes:
“MEASLES: A VIRUS WHICH CAN SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR, FROM PERSON TO PERSON, THROUGH COUGHING AND SNEEZING. VERY CONTAGIOUS. COMMONLY SEEN IN LATE WINTER OR EARLY SPRING.

“A PERSON WITH MEASLES CAN BE SPREAD THE DISEASE 3 OR 4 DAYS BEFORE THEY BREAK OUT IN A RASH AND CAN CONTINUE TO SHARE THE DISEASE FOR 3 0R 4 DAYS AFTER THE RASH OCCURS.

“COMMONLY PEOPLE WILL HAVE A FEVER, RASH, RUNNY NOSE, COUGH, WATERY-LIGHT SENSITIVE EYES.
“COMPLICATIONS OF MEASLES CAN BE EAR INFECTIONS, PNUEMONIA, SEIZURES, BRAIN DAMAGE FROM ENCEPHALITIS (INFLAMMATION OF THE BRAIN), AND DEATH.
“VACCINE: THERE IS A VACCINE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF MEASLES. USUALLY RECOMMENDED AT 12-15 MONTHS OF AGE AND REPEATED AT 4-6 YEARS OLD. MEASLES IS GIVEN IN A VACCINE CALLED MMR (MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA) OR MMRV (MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA AND CHICKENPOX).
“THE MMR OR MMRV CAN BE GIVEN AT ANY AGE. DISCUSS WITH YOUR PRIMARY PHYSICIAN OR PROVIDER AND SEE WHAT IS RECOMMENDED FOR YOU.”
Wow!  So Kay is saying that measles can travel in the air like a normal cold and can spread it around for 3 or 4 days later!  And the symptoms like like normal cold symptoms until you get ear infections, pneumonia, seizures, and, did I read that right?  She says your child can get brain damage and then eventually die if it’s left untreated.  But aren’t shots dangerous for kids?  New research says that shots are regulated by the CDC so often, that it leaves little room for error.  
We, as moms, never want to put our kids in dangerous situations.  And we know that getting shots are not always fun.  But the more we learn about measles, the more dangerous the measles are rather than the shots.  And between you and me, I’d rather my kids have the shot than to be exposed to measles.  
The stigma is vaccinating your child is dangerous and causes more problems than being vaccinated.  And the popular consensus of most people is that vaccines aren’t good.  The reality is these beliefs are dangerous, and in some cases, fatal, meaning you’re choosing to be right over your child’s life.  And no one knows our kids as well as we do.  We’re mom!  We know our kids, and we want only the best for our little ones.  We want the best schools, food, and life we can give them.

As science continues to weigh in on whether vaccines are good or not, most (if not all) are showing vaccines are the way to go for babies and the first 16 years of life.  And while the word measles may sound a bit comical, we know that this disease is no laughing matter.  It also looks as if this disease is here to hang around for a while.  But here’s hoping that this and many other childhood diseases, go away forever in our lifetime.  


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