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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:24 PM
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Measles outbreak prompts plea to vaccinate children (UK)
Source: BBC

Parents in England and Wales are being urged to have their children vaccinated after a tenfold rise in measles cases in the first three months of the year.

The Health Protection Agency reported 334 cases compared with 33 in the similar period last year.

The outbreak is thought to be linked to an epidemic in France, where 7,000 cases have been reported since January - more than in the whole of 2010.

The HPA says it is "crucial" that those at risk are fully immunised.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13561766?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:37 PM
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1. A few cases recently in the Boston area,and one had been vaccinated.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:42 PM
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7. If so, then that child had a much milder case than s/he would have otherwise
That's a fact.

That child may have been particular vulnerable to the measles virus, and in that case, s/he might have died or suffered permanent after-effects, such as hearing or visual impairments without vaccination.
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udbcrzy2 Donating Member (572 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:42 PM
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2. Wow, haven't heard of those in awhile
I have had measles (red dots all over), the mumps and chicken pox.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:46 PM
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3. We have high rates of vaccination here. n/t
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:34 PM
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5. They're certainly not entitled to endanger their or other children with their ignorance.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 09:45 AM
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12. I will thank you big phama-shills for not looking down on my clove of garlic!
it is protecting me from the miasma quite nicely thank-you-very-much!
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:41 PM
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6. Although measles was once a common childhood disease, it is
potentially lethal.

A classmate of mine lost her two-year-old sister to measles in the days before vaccines, and when I had it at age 9, it was by far the worst illness of my life before or since. Children with measles had to be kept in darkened rooms because of fear of eye damage.

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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 11:02 PM
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8. The problem with vaccine deniers is that because of vaccine success
we're not really familiar with the horrible effects of these diseases anymore. Measles, mumps, diphtheria all kill. And in gruesome ways. And those who don't vaccinate their children because of some idiot linking vaccinations to autism are putting everyone at risk.
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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:56 AM
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10. what age are kids supposed to be vaccinated for measles?
my daughter just got immunized this year and is 3 but that is common here in france, perhaps we do vaccines in a different order?
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 08:53 AM
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11. Here you go...
At what age should the first dose of MMR be given?
The first dose of MMR should be given on or after the child's first birthday; the recommended age range is from 1215 months. A dose given before 12 months of age will not be counted, so the child's medical appointment should be scheduled with this in mind.

http://www.vaccineinformation.org/measles/qandavax.asp
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 11:11 PM
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9. And people like Andrew Wakefield, Jenny McCarthy will have some BS junk science excuse
and be evasive if the scientifically-challenged media EVER challenges them on this. EVER. These (bleep)s DISGUST ME TO NO END. They're insults to the hardworking doctors and scientists who've dedicated themselves to public health.
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