According to the CDC
Sounds a little bit more than just a disease we let our kids get to raise their immunity? It can be a very serious disease if left to thrive. Better safe than sorry and do what we can to prevent it.In the U.S., up to 20 percent of persons with measles are hospitalized. Seventeen percent of measles cases have had one or more complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, or diarrhea. Pneumonia is present in about six percent of cases and accounts for most of the measles deaths. Although less common, some persons with measles develop encephalitis (swelling of the lining of the brain), resulting in brain damage.
As many as three of every 1,000 persons with measles will die in the U.S. In the developing world, the rate is much higher, with death occurring in about one of every 100 persons with measles.
Measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world and is frequently imported into the U.S. In the period 1997-2000, most cases were associated with international visitors or U.S. residents who were exposed to the measles virus while traveling abroad. More than 90 percent of people who are not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the virus.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 900,000 measles-related deaths occurred among persons in developing countries in 1999. In populations that are not immune to measles, measles spreads rapidly. If vaccinations were stopped, each year about 2.7 million measles deaths worldwide could be expected.
In the U.S., widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles compared with the pre-vaccine era. If we stopped immunization, measles would increase to pre-vaccine levels.
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31-05-2012 09:22 #21
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31-05-2012 09:39 #22
The Australian Govt. published these figures in their immunisation handbook
between one in 1000 and onein 5000cases ofwild-type measles result in severe acute encephalitis with a 10% mortality and considerable morbidity.
There were a total of 45 registered deaths from measles between 1982 and 1992, with 9 of these being children aged 0-6 years18 deaths due to measles and 6 due to whooping cough in the period 1988-92
Last edited by Ulysses; 31-05-2012 at 10:11.
31-05-2012 10:05 #23Senior Member
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It is always hard not to worry when your kids are sick. I'm glad they are ok. But like lulu2 said, at least they were immunised so it was lessened. My 7 month old son has just recovered from whooping cough, so after almost a month of sleepless nights up with him, yeah i know sick kids really pulls at your heart strings.
It is an article written purely to scare parents into vaccinating. But unfortunately, the constant bombardment of these fear-feeding articles make the immunising parents unnecessarily terrified too.
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31-05-2012 10:21 #25
Again, I would like to see a reference for you numbers. I notice it is missing, for the sake of validity it would be good to see it if you dont mind
Last edited by Ulysses; 31-05-2012 at 10:28.
31-05-2012 10:31 #26
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31-05-2012 10:34 #28
shame we don't have a vaccine for the common cold, but thank goodness we have one for measles
Maybe one day they can fix that though.
31-05-2012 10:39 #29
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