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Katherine - posted on 04/20/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )

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The number of measles cases and outbreaks spiked last year, with unvaccinated people making up the majority of those affected, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



In 2011, there were 222 cases of measles in the United States. That's the highest number of cases reported here in 15 years, and more than triple the number of cases in 2009 and 2010.



About half of the 2011 cases occurred during outbreaks, which are defined as at least three cases that are linked to each other. Last year, there were 17 measles outbreaks, well above the average of four for the previous decade.



Among patients who were U.S. residents, 72 percent of cases developed in people who had not received the measles vaccination, or did not know if they had been vaccinated, despite being eligible for the vaccine. (Twenty-six cases occurred in people living outside the U.S.)



Fifty patients were children between 16 months and 19 years old who had not been vaccinated for philosophic or religious reasons or personal objections, the report says.



Since 2000, measles has been considered eliminated in the United States. The disease occurs here mostly when people become infected after traveling to other countries and transmit the disease to others upon their return. Indeed, 90 percent of the cases in 2011 had their origins in other countries, including 52 U.S. citizens who became ill after traveling abroad.



In 2011, more than 30,000 cases of measles were reported in European countries, with France, Italy, Romania, Spain and Germany having the majority of cases.



The presence of unvaccinated people who are susceptible to the virus also contributed to the high number of cases last year, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.



"We don't have to have this much measles, because measles is preventable," Schuchat said.



Unvaccinated individuals "continue to place themselves and others in their communities at risk for measles and its complications," the report says.



The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is recommended for all children ages 12 to 15 months, with a booster shot at age 4 to 6 years. Children as young as 6 months can recieve the vaccine if there are plans for the family to travel abroad. Adults should be vaccinated if they did not recieve the vaccine when they were younger.



Measles can be serious — one in three people who got measles last year had to be hospitalized. It is highly contagious, and causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body, according to the CDC. For every 1,000 children who get the disease, one or two will die, the CDC says.



Parents may forego vaccinating their children because they don't realize these diseases are still around and can cause illness, Schuchat said. "For many parents, they really don't think there's a threat of disease, they think these disease are gone," Schuchat said. Unfortunately, measles is not gone, she said.



Schuchat noted the number of cases in a country can rise dramatically if people are not vaccinated. France went from having about 30 to 40 cases in 2005 to 2007, to 1,500 cases in 2009, to more than 15,000 in 2011.



There have been 27 cases of measles this year in the United States, and it is not clear whether we will have more cases than last year, Schuchat said.



Pass it on: There were more cases of measles in the United States last year than in any other year since 1996.



http://www.livescience.com/19784-measles...

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Katherine - posted on 04/20/2012

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There are "safe" vaccines you can get from allergists if your child is allergic. I had to because my daughter is allergic to latex. They do have vaccines out there that will fit your child.

Krista - posted on 04/20/2012

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Yeah, this kind of stuff makes me angry. If you have a family history of severe allergies to vaccines, then fine. If you even want to space out the vaccines or delay them a bit, that's fine too. But people who skip them altogether, because they read some stuff on the internet? That irks me. Whooping cough is making a comeback,for fuck's sake. Newborn babies have died recently from whooping cough -- and I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of people who do not vaccinate (excepting those people I mentioned above).

Lisa - posted on 04/22/2012

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I agree MeMe. i think parents should care about their kids health, but should also recognize that doctors might now a little more then jenny mccarthy on the subject of vaccines :-P.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/22/2012

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Each Daycare I have used over my 12.5 year use of them, has required the child be vaccinated. I had to present proof from the doctor of all vaccinations and medical conditions (if any).

I agree, all Daycares and schools should enforce this.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/20/2012

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Well, here is a damn good reason to vaccinate your children! I for one, vaccinate as close to on time as I can. My husband and I also get vaccinated when required. I don't need my children dying or becoming severly ill because I didn't use my common sense.



I do not understand and never ever will how any parent could elect to not vaccinate their child. The more and more parents that do not vaccinate are going to cause these diseases to come back. It makes me mad! We that vaccinate are helping keep their kids healthy. What are they doing for ours? They are bringing risk back.



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I do understand some children cannot have vaccines. However, this is not common (quite rare) and they now have some vaccines that are called "safe" meaning they have been made differently. If everyone else that can vaccinate their children and themselves, did so, these children that are allergic, would be at less risk to disease too. I don't mind protecting these children by vaccinating mine. I mind those that "could and should" vaccinate but don't because of religion or some other messed up views.



Where's Ma B?? I wonder if she has read this or if she would listen to it at all.... ;)

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Lisa - posted on 04/22/2012

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This is why federal law should mandate anyone going to school or any sort or daycare is required to be vaccinated.

Sally - posted on 04/22/2012

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@katherine. If you hear from her let us know how mother b is. Also let her know shes been missed. X

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there is a perfectly good reason vaccinations were invented. do i agree with all of them? no, but my daughter and i are definitely going to keep up with our vaccines for the deadly stuff, especially since my immune system is not as good as it could be and since my daughter is still so small.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 04/21/2012

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Krista EXACTLY There was an outbreak of whooping cough down in Vancouver recently and my MIL was panicking (Because that's what she does even though we live at least 4 and a half hours from that city) about my baby.

When we go into the clinics here in Kelowna there are posters telling you what various diseases can do to your body and your child's. Most of them include death. So why oh why are you risking the health of strangers for your religious or personal convictions? It's selfish IMO

Sal - posted on 04/20/2012

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What krista said, wish me luck this week I have to get my 4year old vaccinated and she is so traumatized that we don't know how to go about it, we discussed it with her dr (after he tried to give her a bgl test) and he is thinking light sedation might be the best tact....and I didn't notice mother b was away as people change names so often I just go with the flow

Katherine - posted on 04/20/2012

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Last time I sent her a message she said she was going through some things and hadn't been on CoM. I think I will send her another.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/20/2012

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Sally, me too. Even though her and I often did not see eye to eye, I truly enjoyed debating with her. I have actually thought of her a bit the past few days (depending on the thread). I hope she is OK too. ;)

Sally - posted on 04/20/2012

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Its funny you mention mother B, cos theres been a few posts that i thought id see her on and read her views but theres been nothing fot a bit. I hope shes ok. X

Kaitlin - posted on 04/20/2012

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Sally, You couldn't be more correct. It's so scary. It's really sad because there are some, though very rare, that absolutely can not receive vacs due to severe medical issues.

Sally - posted on 04/20/2012

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people also need to remember the danger ,ruballa is to preganant women. My aunty caught it back when mmr and vacs were not common and her baby was badly damaged.

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