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Monday, June 2, 2014

Measles outbreak in U.S.

Not much is being said about this, and the numbers of people involved are not huge. The U.S. has had a measles vaccine for years, and the disease was largely eradicated in this country.  It's back now, and apparently courtesy of people coming into the U.S. from overseas. I saw one article that avowed a vaccinated person brought it back into the U.S. after going to the Philippine Islands.  I don't know enough about measles to say whether that is possible or not.  What I do know is that if you, or your kids, are not vaccinated it would be a good time to get it done.  God does not seem to be doing a very good job of protecting the  non vaccinated at the moment, Amish expectations to the contrary.

Washington Post article on Measles Outbreak.



21 comments:

  1. Wow Harry, that is odd as it is happening here

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-24854277

    we also have TB here. There was some rumblings that this is to do with people not vaccinating their kids and immigration from countries that also don't vaccinate.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25470678

    its a worry

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    1. Illegal immigration from Africa and South/Central America along with Mexico has really hammered us. We have TB now as well, and it was completely eradicated in this country at one point. We also have a lot of bizarre diseases moving steadily north as the climate here becomes more conducive to tropical diseases. There are about 3 or so that have reached North Georgia which were unheard of when I moved here in 1986.

      It's a big worry. I couldn't agree with you more.

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  2. This kind of thing scares me. My mom had Polio 2 years before the vaccine came out. My youngest had meningitis before he got all his shots for it. He was 2 months old. I'm so lucky Isaak is here with us, doesn't have brain damage, and is not deaf.

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    1. I remember getting the polio vaccine as a child. They came to the school and gave us all a sugar cube each, with some pink liquid on it. Polio was a murderous disease in the 1950's. Kids in wheelchairs with metal braces were a common sight. Then the scientists wiped it out.

      Meningitis still gets people. I remember an outbreak in New Mexico in 1972 or 1973. From time to time you hear about it on the television. It's really overwhelming when your child picks up something like that. I'm sure glad Isaak got through it ok.

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  3. Two years ago we had a chicken pox out break, the children had been vaccinated.

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    1. Spinnersaw, I got a shingles vacination here about a year ago, because my wife insisted on it. I had never heard of shingles, but her sister is a doctor and made a big deal out of it, so I got the shot. Then another doctor told me that was really a good idea but that it only gives you a 50% better chance in terms of getting shingles, it is not a cure or total preventative. Since shingles is a derivative of chicken pox I think that kids can still get chicken pox after being vaccinated.. My kids had the actual chicken pox, there was no vaccine then.

      Since I was in the military in the 70's and part of the 80's I got all kinds of hellish vaccinations least the Russians or the North Koreans or somebody spray the germs on us. Although the shots made me sick (you got about 12 shots for different things at the same time) I never really had a lot of faith in them.

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  4. It boils down to folks thinking that shots led to autism. My S-I-L wasn't going to get her kids shots. My wife passed this info to my M-I-L and that was that she was told that she will get the kids shots, because her parents did missionary work overseas, and they could bring something home.

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    1. I think it was the mandated 'cocktail' immunizations (many vaccines in same shot) that occur at 2 years age which may have been responsible for these theories. It is possible - my son is autistic and this occurred shortly after having those shots taken. When it was my daughters turn, we asked that the vaccinations be given in several doses.

      A lot of controversy on this autism origin theory but the numbers of individuals diagossed with it is rising dramatically. When my son was diagnosed in 2001, it was one in nearly 200. It is now one in 68 or something like that.

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    2. When I was teaching, which I grant was in the early 1990's and a long time ago, the theory on autism was that the numbers were actually the same, but more people were being diagnosed with it because more kids were seeing doctors. My wife is a special education teacher, I will have to ask her what the current theory is. I know it's pretty hard for anybody, including myself, to trust Big Pharma. Merck and the boys are about money, there aren't any Dr. Livingston's in that crowd. We took our kids to our family doctor for the shots when they started school, and the shots were given individually over time. Then we home schooled! Oh,well.

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  5. I've thought the same thing, many of the states with these outbreaks are very popular illegal immigrant destinations. It might be coincidence, but I think not.

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    1. On the old blog, I had a link to an article in a major news magazine, I think it was U.S. News and World Report. It declared conclusively that many of the heretofore unknown diseases like "chakras disease" had been brought here by illegals, and that the return of many of the old scourges were directly related to the influx of people from areas where no vaccination program had been carried out and where the diseases still lurked. I am sure that is true.

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  6. More ABC news station stories about the Tex-Mex Border in the Rio Grande Valley:

    http://www.krgv.com/news/official-border-crossings-a-humanitarian-crisis/

    And another thought - if the U.S. Border Patrol is having difficulty catching illegal aliens from crossing, why don't they ask the civilian population to give a hand ? Several years back, there were several groups of people doing just that and only had the U.S. Government telling them their help was not needed. Maybe Uncle Sam should reconsider.

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    1. I just read an article where the Feds are taking people who are caught in the country illegally and dumping them off at bus stations. All they have to do is "promise" to go back to their own countries. There's a link to it on the top of the page. I think the government is not that anxious to stop illegal immigration. The Democrats like all the new voters (it's easy for an illegal to vote) and the Republicans like all the cheap labor for their business buddies.

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  7. Thanks for your kind words on my blog, Harry. I appreciate them. I have nothing to say here, except I do remember having measles as a child, before vaccines were available, and if you are a parent and dumb or ignorant enough to not have your kid vaccinated, I really feel bad for your child. Of all the childhood illnesses I had, measles was the very worst.

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    1. I don't remember having measles, though my mother says I did. I DO remember chicken pox, back then calamine lotion and oatmeal baths were all they had for it and they weren't even good placebos.

      I enjoy your blog. You need to do a post on Swedish Mausers, Inger! People say they may have been the best ever made. ;-)

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  8. I remember having German measles and of course chicken pox. I have heard of the resistant TB going around.

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    1. That TB is scary stuff. Every time my wife starts coughing from allergies I am afraid she got it at school. Sometimes I think I read too many news articles!

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  9. Not a bad idea for everyone to get the same full suite of shots that someone traveling to Africa or India would get. I get them for work, and I got my wife and daughter to get the same ones.

    - Charlie (Still catching up to the present day on your blog, and really enjoying it)

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    1. Especially these days, when you don't know what new and exotic disease will show up unannounced, thanks to illegal immigration and the current warming trend in my part of the county.

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  10. Plus, if TS ever HTF, diseases like cholera, typhoid, etc. will come roaring back with a vengeance. It will be too late then to get the shots.

    Not many places even stock them anymore. Most clinics, etc. need you to give them a little bit of notice if you want these shots.


    - Charlie

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    1. My sister in law and brother in law are both doctors in a town an hour from here. I get most of my medications through them, and I figure in the event of bad times and the associated epidemics, I can probably get what I need in that quarter, unless of course, they can't get it themselves. I doubt little country towns will be high on the distribution list in a crisis, but it's the best shot I have.

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