Measles: The Ongoing Love of Fear in The Media and Press- What to Do Now That Everyone is Worried?
Bad news sells. Fear based news gets our attention. It seems we have moved from Ebola to measles in this fear cycle. For the latest news on this we have:
LA Times 1/21/2015: …”several employees at Disneyland diagnosed with measles” and “total number of cases in California rose to 53.”
CNN 1/20/2015: …”one school in Huntington Beach has barred children who could not prove that they were vaccinated for measles…”
Eugene Register-Guard 1/21/2015: … “first case of measles since 2007″…”man in 40’s who visited Disneyland in December.”
Seattle Times 1/21/2015: …”second case of measles in Washington State linked to the Disneyland outbreak” … “involves unvaccinated teen boy in Gig Harbor and unvaccinated girl who got measles at Disneyland December 17-20”
The big question: When do I worry and rush in to get the MMR if my child is at least a year old and has not had the MMR vaccine?
Let’s get a few facts straight.
- The MMR is recommended routinely at 12 months age. So parents wanting to know what we recommend, that is the recommendation that we are instructed to give per AAP/ CDC.
- Dr Paul would only vaccinate his child, grandchild, or loved-one before age 3 years if that child was going to be around a recent (past 21 days) case of measles.
- I (Dr Paul) would not at this time be rushing in to get my less than 3 year old the MMR here in the USA unless locally there were several cases in the area that child might go.
- If you get measles your chance, of death is quoted in the literature as being 1 in 2000. It is probably much lower than that.
- If the measles cases in California reach 76, then your risk there is one in 1/2 million (1 in 500,000) X 1 in 2000 risk of death = 1 in a billion.
You are much more likely to be struck by lightning but someone will get struck by lightening right? See my previous blog on this here…
If I thought the MMR was completely harmless, of course everyone should get the vaccine. Sadly, this vaccine seems to be rough on the immune system, linked to neuro-inflammation and may be linked to autism, despite the reassurances of the CDC, AAP, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) etc.
What are you more fearful of?
Causing your child to become autistic (risk is now somewhere between 1 in 50 to 1 in 100 in the USA) or your child dying of measles (with a risk of 1 in 1,000,000,000). You have to live with your choices. I would not want to increase the risk of my child becoming autistic from 1 in 1000 or better as it is now in Norway and in my practice (for those who wait on the Hepatitis B and MMR until at least age 3) to 1 in 50 now experienced in the USA. Am I saying that the MMR vaccine is causing autism? Not exactly, but there seems to be a risk for it, as reflected from parents reports, my experience, and a few studies. For other blogs on the topic and links to the other studies visit www.drpaulvideos and search the blogs.