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Shot to hell

I had measles when I was a kid. It sucked. But I was lucky. We once had hundreds of thousands of cases a year in this country and hundreds of deaths. The disease has largely been conquered because of vaccinations. But now, it's starting to creep back, in part because of parents who have listened to ill-informed hysteria about a phantom link between the vaccinations and autism:

The Academy of Pediatrics has made educating parents about the safety of vaccines one of its top priorities this year. That's partly because busy doctors have grown frustrated by the amount of time they're spending answering parents' questions about things they read on the Internet or heard from TV talk shows.

Ah, the Internet -- all the information in the world, some of it even true.

I had whooping cough as a kid, too. Coupled with my asthma, it almost did me in. Thank God . . . oh, wait:

At least one outbreak this year of another preventable disease was blamed on lack of immunizations. At least 17 children were sick with whooping cough at a private school in the San Francisco Bay area, and 13 were not vaccinated against the disease, which can be fatal to children.


Bob G.
Fri, 08/22/2008 - 8:48am

People say you only get measles ONCE...think again.
I had them FIVE times (3 times was german measles...(damn Teutons)
Had chicken pox once, mumps once (both sides at the same time), double pneumonia (some things are NOT good in pairs), a burst appendix, whooping cough, scarlet fever, and assorted cuts, abrasions and contusions affiliated with being a kid.
But I didn't get polio,or diptheria, or typhus (thanks to innoculations)
The phrase "isolation ward" comes to mind when I recall those hospital stays.
As an adult, I learned to keep my head down, and my eyes and ears open, so that wasn't an issue.

And after 56 years (today), I'm still alive to talk about it.
Guess someone's got "plans" I know about yet.



Harl Delos
Fri, 08/22/2008 - 9:45am

Sounds like you don't learn very well, Bob.

There are 21 different strains of measles, and you can catch all 21, although if you've caught one, chances are pretty good that you'll easily throw off an infection by one of the other 20 strains.

"German measles" aren't measles, they're rubella. They have different symptoms, and other than both being viral, they aren't really like each other. It's like courage and dutch courage, or lightning bugs and lightning.

Chicken pox, you don't have to "get" again; you're never really cured. Sometimes, it gets reactivated, and the result - shingles - is not fun at all.

tim zank
Fri, 08/22/2008 - 7:52pm

Feelin' better now Bob?

Bob G.
Sat, 08/23/2008 - 9:49am

Uh, no...think I'm having a relapse...ROFL!