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April 6, 2010

Measles … don’t fear

Filed under: Uncategorized — Aravinda @ 2:57 am

Posted on NPR: Measles Resurgence Tied To Parents’ Vaccine Fears

Measles is a common childhood disease; typically it involves a few days of fever, followed by a few more days to regain full strength. My daughter had measles at the age of 3. She was in bed for 3 days, playing lightly for 3 more days, and then she was back to normal. She now has a lifelong immunity which her children may even enjoy during infancy. (A college student who HAD been vaccinated, came down with the measles shortly after visiting us at that time. He also recovered, in about 10 days.)

Mortality rates for measles, as well as many other diseases, came down well before the introduction of the vaccines.

Dr Donald Miller, author of "User-Friendly Vaccine Schedule," askes, "Could contracting childhood diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox play a constructive role in the maturation of a person’s immune system? Or, to put it another way, does removing natural infection from human experience have any adverse consequences?"

We need an honest, critical, scientific examination of the role of vaccines as well as the role of disease in stimulating our immune system. Assuming that we must avoid disease at all costs only makes us unhealthier and big pharma bigger.

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