Measles – a Disneyland souvenir

disneylandNews stories like this make me crazy: Disneyland measles outbreak grows, sparks concern; and this from my local newspaper: Measles makes it to Seattle from Disneyland.

At least 17 people have been infected in the outbreak, which occurred among people who visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County, Calif., between Dec. 15 and 20, California health officials said Friday. It’s likely that a person who was contagious visited the theme park during that period and spread it to others.

Measles was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but last year the country saw more than 600 cases sparked by infected travelers who spread it to unvaccinated residents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A 20-something young woman from Washington state was one of those infected with measles while at Disneyland. Judging by her age, she is most likely one of those children whose parents considered vaccinations to be worse than the disease. Washington state, unfortunately, has one of the highest rates of “opting out” of vaccinations in the country.

And this is the result.

I’ve posted about vaccinations many, many times. Please take care of yourself and your children and get vaccinated!

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On a similar theme, a friend of mine had a rather disturbing story to relate. While chatting with a group of women at the local YMCA, one lady began talking about how her grandchildren had the chickenpox. Then she rolled up a sleeve to point out that she had broken out in the telltale blisters, as well.

Argh!

Perhaps she didn’t have the chickenpox, but if she even thought she might, she should have stayed home. Chickenpox is extremely contagious, and although it is a fairly benign disease in small children, it can be very severe and even deadly in adults who have never had the chickenpox or the vaccine.

Read more about chickenpox and the vaccination at the Centers for Disease Control.

Sláinte,

Frugal Nurse

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