The way Measles is discussed in today’s world, you’d think it was similar to the black plague. We tout vaccinations for saving millions of people’s lives when it comes to the measles, and it’s likely if you were born after the measles vaccine came into the picture, you might assume the measles commonly killed people.
But are the measles truly as diseases like Ebola for example? Could we view this more as a routine childhood illness?
You’ve heard of it, a news report comes out terrifying the public about new measles outbreak that has affected 17 children in an area populated in the millions. For weeks, reporters go on about how this could spread across the entire country, affecting millions, all because someone didn’t vaccinate. Yet, that’s not the cause for the spread. It was actually the vaccinated that caused the spread. Why all the fear? Why the hysteria? Is measles even that dangerous?
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I recall asking my parents and people from even older generations about the measles and what it was like when they were younger. All seemed to say it was a pretty standard and harmless childhood illness that would last a few days to a week. Some red dots, a fever maybe, and a couple days home from school In some cases, I was told stories about how it was commonplace for people to bring their kids around other kids who had measles so they could contract it themselves and be immune to it from there forward. What? They actually wanted their kids to get the measles? Indeed.
Yet today, thanks to irrational advertising, poorly educated doctors and misinformed parents, the measles are seen as an extremely dangerous illness that…