As the middle of five siblings all born between 1947 and 1957, I was lucky enough (we all were) to get natural measles and lifelong immunity. So did our cousins, friends, classmates, etc., and those of us who became mothers, passed on protection to our children for the first several months of life. When my early vaccine safety research started in 1988, I talked with my own mother, aunts, and friends' mothers to find out what it was like when we kids got measles, mumps, chickenpox, etc. Read more about that here, but basically they all said, "No big deal." A few years ago, I asked my then almost 90 year old aunt what she remembered about measles. She told me when she was young (one of ten children) and got "them", they put a measles quarantine sign on the house. They had to stay inside and no one could come in; but years later, when her own four kids got measles, she told me there was no sign. She laughed and said, "Measles? Never thought much about it. Just waited until they ran through the house and were finished!"
I know that there can be complications with measles. They're listed in five lines on page 1 of the vaccine package insert. However, if you turn to pages 3 through 8 of that same vaccine package insert, you'll find those same complications plus a whole lot more listed under vaccine contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse reactions. In most cases with rest, good nutrition and adequate Vitamin A (Mom always made us take cod liver oil) measles is a fairly benign illness; and as a reward for your temporary discomfort and inconvenience, you'll have lifelong immunity. I hope the information below will help you put and keep measles in perspective. Read, watch, share; and if you've had a measles experience -- either as a child or more recently -- please post a comment sharing what it was like when measles "ran through your house."
Sharyl Attkisson fact checks 10 statements you may have heard about the 2019 U.S. measles outbreak in a clear, comprehensive way.
Measles: Facts and Misconceptions in a Near-Hysterical Media Environment
by Investigative Journalist, Sharyl Attkisson
You probably know that the U.S. has broken the record for number of measles cases in recent years...Here are some other facts CDC released this week about the 2019 outbreak...Along with the facts, a great deal of propaganda and misreporting are stoking near-hysteria among some... Fact check and sourcing on 10 statements you may have heard about the 2019 U.S. measles outbreak...Read more.
The HighWire with Del Bigtree - May 2, 2019
A DOZEN FACTS ABOUT MEASLES that you won’t learn from MSPharmedia
1) Measles is usually a mild, self-limiting childhood illness.
2) Since 2000, there have been nine reported measles deaths in the U.S. Since 1986, there have been 415 deaths associated with the MMR vaccine according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Read more.
Enjoy these excerpts from The Donna Reed Show (1959); The Flintstones (1961); and The Brady Bunch (1969). Perhaps these clips will make you or someone you know a bit less terrified of measles.