MEASLES – How did we reach an epidemic, how do we prevent it?
With Measles being so current in the news at the moment I thought I’d take this opportunity to put a few facts to you. You may be wondering whether to get your child (fully) immunized and so perhaps it will help you make your mind up.
I’m a Mother of 4 and all my children have had the double dose of MMR between the ages of 1 and 4.When my eldest was being immunised there was a lot of ‘playgroup chat’ about a report in the Lancet by a Dr Andrew Wakefield who, in1998, suggested that there was a link between the triple MMR vaccine and autism. The report finding have since been discredited but the seeds of doubt and concern had firmly taken root amongst the parenting community and according to Dr Evans, a consultant epidemiologist, the current epidemic in Wales is the consequence of a 10 to 15 year “legacy” of concern following the publication of that report.
There are an estimated 40,000 children across Wales who had not been inoculated and amongst them currently about 700 cases of suspected cases of measles, the biggest outbreak since the triple jab was launched in 1988.
What is MEASLES?
Measles is a highly infectious and harmful disease which is caused by the rubeola virus spread in droplets so a cough or a sneeze will propel the virus across a room showering your child with the Measles virus. It is easy to see how water borne disease like this can spread so easily as we take our little ones from playgroup to soft play to friend’s houses in the course of an ordinary day and hands across mouths when coughing, or tissues when sneezing, are a pipe dream for most parents with boisterous little ones.
How do I know if my child has MEASLES?
A child will start to show measles symptoms around 10 days after becoming infected with the distinct rash appearing in another 3 days or so.
The initial symptoms & diagnosis of measles include can be found here on the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Measles/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
How do I prevent my child getting MEASLES?
Prevention of the disease is very simple BUT your child needs to have 2 doses of the vaccine to be properly protected.
After the first dose, between five per cent and 10 per cent of children are not protected because their immune system has not responded to the vaccine. After two doses of MMR, less than 1 per cent of children are left unprotected against measles.
If you are considering a homeopathic ‘Vaccine’ please think again as the Homeopathy group has confirmed there is no evidence that homeopathic ‘vaccines’ protect against contagious diseases – see this article in The Guardian April 15th 2013
If for some reason your child only received one of the 2 doses then please take them for the 2nd dose. It doesn’t matter how old they are, they will not be refused the treatment, and it will be effective regardless of age, weight etc.
I’m not trying to scare anyone, just keep you informed, but if you are concerned, not sure if your child has been immunized or would like to book your child in for a 2nd dose then just phone your surgery and talk it through with them. Better safe than sorry!