One hundred cases of measles are currently reported in several U.S. states. These cases follow the 59 cases that developed after several unimmunized children visited Disneyland. A few years ago because of the measles vaccine, there were NO cases of measles in the United States. Before the vaccine, it was reported that about 500 deaths from measles occurred each year. Measles is not like having the common cold. This is a serious disease that can cause not only death, but pneumonia, encephalitls and serious illness. After my daughter was exposed to measles at age five when a doctor's wife brought her ill child to the kindergarten class Jennifer attended, 20 of the 22 children in the class developed measles. Jennifer was one of these. I stayed home from work and sat by Jennifer's bed for almost ten days. She was very ill and I was Angry. I would be even more angry today, now that we have protection against measles, if she was in a class or group where unimmunized children developed measles and spread it to a class or group. l do not understand how any parent can let their children to be unimmunized. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's report tht autism could result from vaccines has been completely refuted by several different studies. He did a great disservice to children by his report and his medical license has been revoked in England.
One of my muscle disease patients not only had limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, but he was deaf after having mumps. This was before the vaccine could be obtained. Another teenager had severe chicken pox encephalitis. She recovered, but it was touch and go. I hope some parents will rethink their decisions. I would be unable to have them as patients if they wanted me to be their children's pediatrician.