You, dear Lifehacker readers, are smart enough to know that measles are bad and that the measles vaccine is good, but there is much disinformation, especially when the disease explodes in Washington , Texas and New York.
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What is archaic, contagious, and has a high percentage of complications? That's right, measles …
Many of these myths started with anti-vaccines, people with aggressively misguided ideas about what vaccines do. But many ordinary people also buy myths – mainly parents who face the first vaccinations of their babies who just try to understand how to keep their children safe. Anti-vaccine misinformation campaigns feed on common fears of new parents, and their stories are becoming stranger and stranger. Let's take a look at some of them:
Myth: Measles is a harmless childhood disease
It is true that before vaccination, measles were common: 90 percent of children received measles by the age of 15. also a dangerous and deadly disease.
This document from the Infectious Diseases Journal collects some relevant figures: in the late 1950s, there were one measles death in every 1000 reported cases. Earlier in the century, when nutrition and health care were not so good, the rate was more than 26 deaths per 1000 cases.
So, yes, the kids are dying of measles. They can also develop serious complications. The authors of the paper write that in the 1950s, when death was about 450 years old, as a result of measles virus infections, an average of 150,000 patients had respiratory complications and 4,000 patients had encephalitis each year; the latter is associated with a high risk of neurological consequences and death. "
Myth: Measles Cure Cancer
Duh, no. He is currently enjoying a boost from Darla Shinn, author, blogger, former Fox TV producer, and the husband of the White House head of deputy head of the White House for Communications Bill Blaine. She clarified that she was talking about this story in which the cancer of the woman was in remission, thanks to experimental treatment with a large dose of measles vaccine
It links a post to a blog that links the CNN report, which states: "The researchers gave [the patient, Stacy Erholtz] and five other multiple myeloma patients a dose of highly concentrated measles virus similar to measles vaccine. In fact, the dose that Erholtz receives contains enough virus to vaccinate approximately 10 million people. "
So, no, that's is not evidence that catching measles or other childhood disease will keep you healthy. and struggle with cancer. "Myth: Vaccine against measles is useless
The measles vaccine works very well, but the vaccine is not perfect. Because the measles vaccine is 93 percent effective (or 97 percent if you get both recommended doses), a measles epidemic may infect some of the people who received the vaccine.
Myth: Anti-Vaccines Only Get Abortion
A person who is not vaccinated is susceptible to the disease, but they are also capable of spreading it to other people. Do you remember how we explained that the virus is not for you, asshole? The measles vaccine is a more extreme version of this situation.
Measles is wildly contagious. You can enter the empty room where you have a measles, and breathe part of the virus they leave in the air and get infected. The average person with measles, in days prior to vaccination, infected with others . In a crowded place (remember Disneyland a few years ago?) The situation is even worse.
If 90 to 95% of people in a given population are vaccinated, this should be enough to prevent outbreaks. But if many vaccinated people spend their time together – at a school where many parents have been vaccinated, for example – the outbreak may start there and spread more easily.
Okay, but who gets measles? Unvaccinated children, of course, who have not chosen this destiny for themselves. But people with disorders in the immune system who can not safely receive the vaccines. And this is what you really need to scare you off as a new parent – babies do not get the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella until they reach one year. If your child is in an area with a measles outbreak, or if you are traveling, you may be able to get an earlier vaccine. It is not routinely recommended for all because the vaccine just does not work well in babies. When everyone another gets the vaccine, that's their defense.