Why have we had such an outbreak of previously vaccinated and subdued illnesses? Since a very famous article was written linking autism to the MMR vaccine a surge of citizens have band together to stop the use of vaccines. The very article and research that most people base this argument on has been ruled unreliable and bluntly wrong. There is good research to support most of the vaccines that we receive as children and adults. However, the measles vaccine is one of the most effective vaccines in the world. According to Greg Wallace, lead of the measles, mumps, rubella and polio team at the CDC, two doses are 97 percent effective against infection. You might think, well what is the big deal about having a breakout of measles. According to CDC as many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children. About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally retarded. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it. Seems serous enough to ask the question why? Why have families decided to stop vaccinating?

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Symptoms of Measles:
Typically begins with •high fever •cough •runny nose, •red, watery eyes. Then a few days later •tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth by back molars. Then a few days later •a rash appears typically on the face in the hairline and the spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. The major problem with measles is that you are contagious up to 4 days prior to symptoms and 4-5 day after rash appears.