CDC: Highest Number of U.S. Measles Cases Since 2000

CNN, May 29, 2014

The number of measles cases in the United States this year has risen to 288, the highest number for one year since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

This also is the largest number of measles cases that the country reported in the first five months of a year since 1994, according to the CDC. Health officials say there were 764 cases of measles at this time in May 20 years ago, and 963 by the end of that year.

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Elimination means there is no continuous disease transmission for at least 12 months in a specific geographic area. Measles is not native to the United States anymore, but cases may arise as people bring the disease into the country from abroad.

Of this year’s measles cases, 52% are adults age 20 or older. Those infected so far this year range in age from 2 weeks to 65 years.

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Serious complications and death may result from measles, which is highly contagious. {snip}

“Ninety percent of all measles cases in the United States were in people who were not vaccinated or whose vaccination status was unknown,” the CDC said in a news release.

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The 288 cases were reported in 18 states from January 1 to May 23, the CDC said.

Nearly all of this year’s cases (97%) were associated with importations from at least 18 countries. {snip}

Half of the cases are in people who traveled back from the Philippines, where a large outbreak has been ongoing since October of last year. That country has reported 32,000 cases, including 41 deaths due to measles.

The largest U.S. outbreak so far this year is in Ohio, with at least 138 cases, according to the CDC. The outbreak began with a group from Christian Aid Ministries, who went on a mission to the Philippines earlier this year.

The next largest outbreaks occurred in California (60 cases), and New York City (26 cases).

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  • JSS

    Our greatest strength spreads measles.

    • Hallie Eva

      To the uninoculated, JSS.

  • r j p

    The outbreak began with a group from Christian Aid Ministries, who went on a mission to the Philippines earlier this year.
    .
    Missions used to be to educate foreign nations about Christianity.
    Now I guess they are about bring the third word to the US for government checks (for both the missionaries and the immigrants).

  • dd121

    If your kid dies from the preventable disease of measles, what a grim irony that is. I feel sorry for the kids, not the adults who have enough hubris not to get their kid a shot.

    • Believe it or not, lots of the liberal, white Dippy Hippie sorts don’t get their children vaccinated because it isn’t “natural”. Watching one’s kids die of childhood diseases is completely natural, but to me this doesn’t sound like much fun.

      • dd121

        This is madness as far as parenting goes. But unlike liberals I don’t advocate the government go in and arrest the parents, tie the kids down and force a shot. Just let nature its course.

      • Shawn_thefemale

        Very much like my response when told “breastfeeding is totally natural – there’s nothing wrong with doing it in public”: ” Vomiting and diarrhea are totally natural, but most people don’t enjoy watching it.”

    • Alexandra1973

      I no longer believe in vaccinations. They may well be causing the diseases they’re supposed to prevent.

      Anytime there’s an outbreak, it’s mostly vaccinated people that wind up getting it, go figure.

      My son stopped talking right after his 18-month shots. It wasn’t until after I did some research and started giving him foods that would detox him when he was 4 that he started talking again.

      Improvements in hygiene and sanitation are what reduced childhood diseases, not vaccinations. I bet hygiene and sanitation are a bit lacking where these “immigrants” are coming from.

      • IstvanIN

        I would hate to see us go back to the days of poor Mary Shelley who only had one of four children survive her.

        • propagandaoftruth

          3 out of 4 would result in population growth (more soldiers) and tougher ones, accustomed to death from an early age.

          Gladiatorial games could help too, but we have TV.

          • IstvanIN

            Three of Mary Shelley’s children died in childhood. That isn’t good.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Oh yeah, they dropped like flies until fairly recently. Usually within the first 5-10 years of life, most within the first 5 years actually.

            We are not descended from weaklings. But we have lost touch with reality as our material well being has increased and eliozation has kicked in, a sign of which is the “cult of stupidity” which glorifies all stupidity, but who, my friend, epitomizes the stupidest of the stupid, eh?

            God I feel mean. God it feels good!

          • IstvanIN

            Guess we are all different but children dying doesn’t make me feel good.

          • propagandaoftruth

            No, it’s horrible. But bad things happen and though I think the odds are with you to vaccinate…

            Uh…I don’t know the exact science enough to argue specifics but I do know the probabilities and it’s statistically speaking very wise to have your kids inoculated if you don’t want them getting a dirty disease we wiped out here years ago now being brought in by destitute and hostile aliens. Welfare parasites bringing diseases you probably have the right to not inoculate your kids against I guess…

            But there’s nothing like a death in the family to show the other little guys left what the deal is, you know? How do you think the WW2 guys were so tough? They all saw a sibling die.

            Bad things happen. Get used to it, eh?

          • We are descended from the survivors, but remember that micro-organisms evolve more quickly than we do, and they evolve so they can continue infecting their hosts. It has been said that it is an inefficient disease organism the kills its host, but neither Vibrio cholerae (cholera) nor Yersina pestis (plague) appear to know this.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            Worse, very different micro-organisms exchange DNA with each other, enabling numerous strains and types of bacteria to come preloaded with resistance if not total immunity to antibiotics. That leads to hyper-resistant or impossible to treat, therefore lethal infections that are also dangerous to medical personnel and other patients. In other words, bacteria are winning the arms race between themselves and antibiotics. This is especially true of gram-negative bacteria, which have double cell walls and enzymes in between that attack antibiotics before they can destroy the bacteria by bursting their cell walls.

  • foundingstockcracker

    Measles is just one of a mulitiplicity of blessings. I wonder how the NYC leper colony is coming along.

    • Leprosy outbreaks are extremely rare in areas where tuberculosis is already present. The bacteria are apparently related closely enough as to be almost mutually exclusive. The safest bet for New York City is a massive outbreak of multi-drug-resistant TB.

      • foundingstockcracker

        So then the blessing of TB snuffed out the blessing of the leper colony. Well, I guess there’s a win there.

        • Who Me?

          Leprosy (known as Hanson’s Disease nowdays) is easily cured with antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant TB on the other hand, not so much.

          • The reason that antibiotic-resistant strains of TB exist is entirely due to the frivolous misuse of antibiotics.

          • Hallie Eva

            No, MCS, not frivolous antibiotic prescribing. Perhaps Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] , yes.
            But….Rx Resistant TB infections are invariably related to patients’ poor medicine compliance, or, failure to complete prescribed treatment, or substandard care in Third World Countries where a care team inadequately treats.

          • Is that not what I just said?

          • Hallie Eva

            Late getting back to you, MCS.
            I thought you meant TRTB is related to the frivolous use of antibiotics, which means, to me, a clinician Rxing without culturing for organism identification. There was a time when M.D.s were dosing common colds or flu syndromes with broad spectrum antibiotics. Big mistake.
            Thus, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was born.
            TRTB has arisen because of the reasons I mentioned: noncompliance by an unmotivated patient, i.e., patients discontinuing meds, dropping out of treatment. In these instances, TB bacilli often regroup, sequencing into something nothing can touch.

          • foundingstockcracker

            Somewhere I read that the most massive abuse of antibiotics has been in India.

          • South America runs them a close second.

          • Hallie Eva

            Leprosy patients will require proper antibiotic protocol for the rest of their lives. It can arrest the progression, but not reverse the effects, nor render it cured.
            There are several forms of the disease, one in particular more severe, more contagious than the others.
            During my Communicable Disease rotation, I saw just one Hansen’s Disease patient on the isolation unit at S.F. County Hospital. Now, the disease is back among us as we march ever closer to the dystopian nightmare that is the Marxist planned NWO.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            There’s strains of TB that cannot be killed off with any anti-biotic, thanks to homosexuals and drug users. Many other strains are very hard to treat, often the treatment kills the patient before the TB could.

      • Hallie Eva

        MCS, TB/Leprosy cross immunity is not a sure thing.
        There are reported cases of TB and Leprosy co-morbidity.

  • Sick of it

    The powers that be try their best to convince us we need their vaccines, when, in reality, we just need to block the people with these terrible diseases from entering our country in the first place. We wiped out many of the diseases vaccinated against today before I was born. Guess who’s bringing them back?

  • Who Me?

    If people would get their children properly vaccinated at the proper time there would be a lot less cause for concern. Right now, the greatest concern is for very small babies who are still too young to be vaccinated and are also more likely to die from getting the measles (and other preventable diseases). I think it is criminal negligence both to your own children and to the children around you in your community to not get them vaccinated. In the case of your own children, well, I’m sorry. Maybe part of it is a case of nature taking it’s course. Those who are too stupid to protect their young deserve to lose them for the greater good of the many. But if you are not going to immunize your children, keep them away from the rest of the sensible population. (Your infected, but as yet asymptomatic child rubs up against someone, say in the grocery store, who then holds an unvaccinated baby and the baby, through no fault of it’s parents catches the disease. YOU through your failure to vaccinate your child caused the baby’s illness and possible death.) In this case, YES. Arrest the parents. Forcibly vaccinate their children. I am all for autonomy of parents in raising their children until it starts imperiling everyone else’s children too.

    • dd121

      It’s the “arrest the parents” and “force the vaccinations” that I disagree. Your children aren’t imperiled if you’ve had them vaccinated. The people who don’t do that are making a choice with which I disagree, but they are free to make it and live with the consequence..

      • Who Me?

        Children cannot be given the MMR vaccine till 15-18 months of age, and it is those children that are most vulnerable to infection, and also who are most vulnerable to complications from those infections. In the past so many children were vaccinated that a sort of “herd immunity” held the line against the younger ones getting measles, mumps and rubella. Now that fewer and fewer children are getting vaccinated there is more and more chances of the unvaccinated (due to age) littlest ones getting exposed to these diseases once thought extinct in first-world countries. Your vaccinated school-age child is not in much (if any) danger of catching the disease, but if he or she is in close contact with unvaccinated children in classes all day, and comes home with the germs, who is to say that your 6 month old baby is not vulnerable to those germs, because he or she is not old enough to be vaccinated. That is the scenario I am worried about repeating itself into a plague.

        • Sick of it

          Those diseases weren’t thought to be extinct, they were extinct (at least here). They were brought back by third world immigrants who never should have been here in the first place. Who would have been turned away by previous generations of Americans.

          • Who Me?

            “They were brought back by third world immigrants who never should have been here in the first place.”
            ————————————-
            Well, of course they shouldn’t be here in the first place, but they ARE here, and the sad fact is that our government will NOT put them out, nor will it prevent more of them coming. They will walk, fly, hop, crawl, or flap their disease-ridden bodies across our borders and they will be given a big welcome, and free reign to run around infecting thousands of vulnerable, unvaccinated Americans. Many of these will be White children with otherwise intelligent, thoughtful parents, who have no clue of the dangers facing their children. These parents have been lied to and told that their children are in more danger from the vaccinations than from the diseases they prevent.
            WHO DO YOU SUPPOSE IS LYING TO THEM??? (AND WHY???)
            We already don’t have enough White babies to replace ourselves. It is more of the race replacement of White Americans that is going on. We are being exterminated on many fronts, and I believe this is just one more way they are working on White genocide.

          • Sick of it

            Why are people skeptical of vaccines? News articles showing the horrible effects caused by vaccinations. And then one has to consider who produces the vaccines…consider what they do in other areas of medicine. Then there’s the involvement of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the production of vaccines for, currently, the third world. Do you trust these people? I’ll trust their corpses.

      • Hallie Eva

        dd121, I believe children who are not properly immunized should not be admitted to public schools. Not with the current Third World come one come all situation in this country.

    • Alexandra1973

      No, it most certainly is NOT criminal negligence to not vaccinate. I think it’s smart not to vaccinate. Good health doesn’t come from a needle.

      I will not be bullied into giving my child something that can potentially cause harm. And I believe he HAS been harmed by vaccines. Tell me why he stopped talking and started acting differently RIGHT AFTER his 18-month shots. Needless to say, when it came time for him to start kindergarten, I was turning in an exemption form! Thank God I live in a state that allows for philosophical exemptions!

      Take Japan. They started delaying vaccinations until the children were 2 and SIDS all but DISAPPEARED. They started vaccinating babies again…and it CAME BACK.

      Vaccinating is like playing Russian roulette with your child’s health–or even LIFE! And to me that’s a form of abuse, albeit unintentional!

      • IstvanIN

        My parents generation, late 30s, grew up in fear of polio, my generation, late 50s, did not. I still get my tetanus (lock jaw) booster.

        • Alexandra1973

          That’s interesting about tetanus.

          Question: If you have tetanus and recover, do you have immunity from then on, like with chicken pox?

          If not…then how does a tetanus vaccination protect against it…?

          The polio vaccination is a huge scam. http://naturalsociety(dot)com/vaccine-fraud-the-polio-elimination-by-vaccine-hoax/

          Interesting blurb from that article: After polio vaccinations had begun, polio was assigned different names
          to hide the vaccines’ ineffectiveness. Dr. Day asserts that 80 to 100
          percent of polio cases were created by the vaccine itself. But few knew
          this because the name was changed to aseptic meningitis.

        • Hallie Eva

          My first Tetanus injection was administered when I entered college. Incredibly negligent of my parents, considering we were farm kids.

      • Who Me?

        Alexandra. I respect your beliefs and convictions on this subject. I think this is one we will have to agree to disagree on. That is not a bad thing. We need people with all the facets of opinion on a subject; yes, no, and everything in between. This is what makes for an informed discourse, and gives everyone a look at other points of views, as well as strengthening or changing their convictions through education.

      • Hallie Eva

        Disagree. With what is coming our way, immunizations are even more important.
        Autism, other spectral behavioral disorders of childhood have been with us forever.
        We just attached a different name, beginning with schizophrenia of childhood. Later, “attachment disorder.” It has evolved.

    • willbest

      You are aware that the US government admits to and pays out money for roughly 90 vaccine related deaths each year. That perhaps if we didn’t import 3rd world filth we wouldn’t need to vaccinate children in the first year of their life because their chance at exposure would be so low it wouldn’t merit it.

      At which point the body’s organs and brain would be much further developed and able to handle the system shock.

      • JP Rushton

        They pay out about 300 million a year.

        But I believe it’s mostly “severe reactions” like the ones talked about on the CDC site.

        There are some pretty serious, but rare, side effects from vaccines.

        It would be nice if we could make sure every person who comes into the country is vaccinated or at least not diseased, but you know, open borders and all.

        • Sick of it

          My mother has had a “rare side effect” from a vaccine without possessing any unusual allergies, etc.

      • Hallie Eva

        Sure, it can happen, willbest.
        I personally administered smallpox vaccination to a child who had a violent reaction.
        Had there not been at UCSF a visiting pediatrician from Harvard who was an expert on “vaccinia,” as the reaction is called, the child very likely would have died.
        He knew how to formulate the correct IV serum antidote, which we infused. It reversed the process and possibly saved the child’s life.
        One of my girls reacted [egg allergy] to the rubeola vaccine. Not seriously, but she was uncomfortable.
        That did not stop me from having my others immunized.

  • Moe

    On the TODAY SHOW this morning, the news reader briefly mentioned the headline, and mentioned a small part about the Amish sect in Ohio having high numbers, leading the average viewer to believe that it was something that arose from the Amish being anti-vaccines or something. But of course there was no mention that some Amish contracted it from a Philippines visit and it began there and then spread when those infected returned.

    • Alexandra1973

      You don’t see autism among the Amish. A Mennonite woman was telling me about that.

      At least with contracting measles, you’d be conferred natural immunity, as opposed to artificial.

      Maybe the hippy-dippy liberals (to quote Mr. Scott) are right about something; after all, even a blind pig can come up with an acorn every now and again.

      • Oh, stop it about “autism”. The “suspect” vaccine preservative, thimerosal has not been used in vaccines since July 2000. That means any autistic kid younger than 14 can not possibly have his or her condition blamed on “mercury” in vaccines.

        A few quick facts:

        Thimerosal was used as a vaccine preservative because it was a very efficient way to prevent staph bacteria from growing in the vaccines. A staph infection in one’s bloodstream is very often fatal.

        Thimerosal is metabolized into ethylmercury, and NOT methylmercury. The residence time of ethylmercury in humans is something like 15 hours before it is excreted in the urine.

        • Alexandra1973

          Aluminum is another culprit.

          And where are the other autistics my age? There are hardly any. I don’t recall seeing any child appearing what would be considered to be autistic when I was in school.

          • I beat the aluminum excuse long ago. To what element will you retreat next? Depleted uranium? In a world of endless excuses, sometimes there is just a thing called “bad luck”. I’m sorry about these things, but while I can try to explain them, I am not responsible for these things.

            Genuine, old-school autistics are quite common among the children of very, very intelligent who reproduce. Autism is related to very high intelligence. My best friend in Australia didn’t speak until he was 11. I told him he should let his imagination go to wherever his heart leads, so now he is a doctor and a computer scientist.

            I was the first non family member who bothered to spend enough time to understand him.

            Dan wasn’t “autistic”; he was a genius.

      • Hallie Eva

        You don’t see autism among the Amish.

        A Lancaster County, Pennsylvania online friend of mine told me different. You would not hear about such things.
        The Ordnung tend to dictate secrecy when dealing with outsiders, never talking about in-community problems with outsiders.

        • Alexandra1973

          Autism can occur in nonvaccinated children, but that’s if the mother’s mercury levels have been high.

          • I don’t recommend any mercury intake for pregnant women, but one major producer of environmental mercury is the cement industry. Obviously we need cement. Equally obviously we have to calcine limestone down in order to produce it. Then it winds up almost everywhere.

            For women, I do not suggest eating shark, swordfish or bluefin tuna.

  • IKUredux

    Hey kids! When they talk about diversity, that also included, you know, diverse diseases. This of course includes diseases we have never had, and for extra diversity fun, we get to see a resurgence in diseases that we had previously eradicated from this country. Did you know there is now a leprosy hospital in N.Y.C.?

    • The article itself mentioned – in the third paragraph of the redacted version above – that “Measles is not native to the United States anymore, but cases may arise as people bring the disease into the country from abroad.”

    • Hallie Eva

      We have leprosy in Mexifornia, as well, IKU.

    • Hallie Eva

      “Herd immunity,” as it is called, is a result of immunizations.

      That will come to an end with the influx of disease carrying invaders infecting the non-immunized. We will see deaths from heretofore eradicated diseases again.

  • Hallie Eva

    No surprise here. They do not check immunization status of our invaders.
    As mum did not believe in immunizations, I nearly died from
    measles at the age of seven. Was in and out of delirium and coma for 2
    weeks, temperature as high as 106° F, resulting in total left ear
    deafness and a shattered immune system.
    __Leprosy, aka Hansen’s Disease, has also reared its ugly head here in our states receiving the most 3rd World invaders. __There have been deaths related to Chagas tainted blood transfusions. Chagas, a parasitic disease, is endemic south of the border, yet blood banks continue to recruit donors among mestizo populations. They have a “screening” test that identifies positive sera, but I do not trust them. American RC blood industries are greedy and unethical, the worst. To increase profits, they have replaced college educated lab professionals with high school graduates.
    __Then, there is neurocysticercosis, a neural cyst caused by a worm that finds its way to your brain, brought to you by whom?
    Latin Americans, where millions are carriers via their intestinal tracts. One woman in AZ, caught this nasty thing from eating a taco. California has many reported cases. There have been deaths.
    Diversity, the gift that keeps on giving.

    • Who Me?

      I had a very…scattered…childhood, which is to say I lived among various relatives, back and forth all the time. Mostly between my mother and her parents, but some others periodically. In the chaos and confusion surrounding this, the only vaccines I got were oral polio (because my grandmother was absolutely rabid about that) and one shot I got at school in first or second grade, before the school vaccination programs got stopped. I had the measles at the age of 16, and yes, I was delirious, and in the hospital at one point, but I don’t remember if it was one or two days. Thankfully I had no lasting ill effects.
      However for my children, I made absolutely certain I knew when each child’s immunization was due, that they got it and that it was recorded! To my mind, civilized people do everything possible to protect the lives and health of their children.
      I also think our country should put as much focus on making sure people carrying these diseases don’t get into our country as they do in putting up the background security network of vaccination. They probably can’t absolutely keep out everything, but they can sure as heck do a lot better than leaving the back door wide open like it is now.

      • Sick of it

        Isolation makes more sense than forcing vaccinations on every kid who had not previously been exposed to the disease. Why, at the very least, inconvenience everyone else for the sake of one sick person?

        • IstvanIN

          Frequently people are infectious before they know they are sick. Sure, once you know the child is infectious you can isolate them but the horse is out of the barn by then. Further grammar school is a lot like a petri dish of all sorts of, fortunately, not terrible diseases. We wouldn’t turn them into cauldrins of fatal diseases.

          • Sick of it

            The kids would be better off homeschooled in any case. That includes reduced exposure to disease.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Yep the fact that they accept blood from homosexuals alone is enough not to trust them. Chagas disease, like HIV is fatal, and incurable as well as infectious. If I had to choose between death by hemorrhage, or a slow death by blood born incurable turd world disease like Chagas, I would rather bleed to death. These squat monsters are all walking bio-hazards and petri dishes for the next Black Death plague. They will be the carriers.

      • IstvanIN

        I thought gays were banned from donating blood?

        From Wikipedia: It is estimated that 7 to 8 million people, mostly in Mexico, Central America and South America have Chagas disease. It results in about 12,500 deaths a year as of 2006. Most people with the disease are poor and most people with the disease do not realize they are infected. Large-scale population movements have increased the areas where cases of Chagas disease are found and these now include many countries in Europe and the United States. These areas have also seen an increase in the years up to 2014.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        They recently lifted the ban on HIV immigration to the US. Being HIV-positive is no longer an automatic ground for inadmissibility. They don’t even bother performing HIV antibody tests to screen out applicants for permanent residency. An HIV sufferer from the third world has just as much right to US citizenship as you do. If they could, the US government would take in all the world’s HIV cases, even those in Africa.

        This is now a “soft” genocide in the process of becoming a “hard” genocide, with the express aim of wiping the white race out as fast as possible, without arousing the suspicions of the indoctrinated white masses. The US government has inaugurated a campaign of biological and chemical warfare against the historic American nation.

      • If I remember, Chagas is a protozoan infection, like that of malaria. Those are very difficult.

  • Alexandra1973

    Your best defense against this is not a needle, but good old soap and water, and clean living conditions. Cheaper and no side effects.

    • I always insist we wash our hands when we return from a trip outside the house. I wash my hands first with gasoline, then with denatured alcohol, and finally with soap and water.

      I once saw a Mexican kid drop a worm – a worm of all things – out of his trouser leg.

      That’s what those filthy people are like.

      • IstvanIN

        Gasoline and alcohol seems a little over the top. Your hands must be super dry and cracked. I prefer Lava when my hands are real dirty and just live with a stain until it wears off naturally.

        • I haven’t been sick since I started washing my hands in this manner.

          The alcohol removes the gasoline, and the soap and water removes everything else.

  • none of your business

    The protestants go to the Philippines to convert the Catholic Philippinos to some version of Holy Roller old testament Christianity. The Philippinos don’t convert, but the missionaries keep trying and fundraising.

  • none of your business

    Both my sisters and one of my brothers got polio the summer before the Salk vaccine was approved. They were about 20 months old, 3 and 4 years old. My other brother and I escaped because our Mother did not take us to the toddler swimming classes in a swimming pool in another town. The little ones recovered, but my Mother was involved in twice weekly therapy, twice weekly swimming and daily exercises for years.
    Right up until the 1920s in America and after WW2 in Europe measles was a deadly disease for poor children who were malnourished and whose Mothers worked.
    Vaccine skeptics should read about the polio, measles and usually fatal epidemics of scarlet fever and diptheria. Also read about childhood death rates before 1900. Interesting fact: a major reason people did not send their children to school until goverments made it compulsory in the 19th century was because the schools were breeding ground for epidemics of measles and other childhood diseases.
    Think about the Bronte family. The parents sent 4 of their girls to boarding school. Within a year, 2 of the girls were dead of epidemics picked up at school.

    Right up to about 1970 when mumps and measles vaccines were available, about 1/3 of children under 11 missed at least a month of school due the epidemics.

  • none of your business

    One of the biographies of Albert Camus, 1913 to 1960 mentioned that when he was in elementary school children died in epidemics. My own Mother nearly died of scarlet fever in the 1920’s.

    • Sick of it

      Poor nutrition led to many of those deaths in our past. We now have access to every kind of food…much of it pumped full of vitamins. Personally, off-brand diseases wash out of me rather fast (if I catch them at all). It’s the common cold that bothers me the most. But many people in my family have had iron constitutions.

  • none of your business

    My own children got chickenpox in I think 1970 just before the chickenpox vaccine became avaliable. They were 2 and 3 years old, someone came to visit with another child. They were at my house less than half an hour. That child gave my kids chickenpox.

    • Who Me?

      Chickenpox vaccine did not become available in 1970. More like 1990. My daughter got chickenpox at school in the 3rd grade. This was in 1984. She was barely sick, and had maybe 3 or 4 spots on her torso and buttocks. My 16 month old son naturally caught them from his sister, and he was absolutely covered. There wasn’t a square half inch of skin on that child that didn’t have a spot on it! I wished then that there had been a vaccine, but it had never yet been heard of. It wasn’t until about 3 or 4 years later that they announced they were “close to a breakthrough” and “conducting trials”.
      My children were thoroughly vaccinated for everything listed and had the chickenpox vaccine been available at that time, they would have had it.

      • I tried to deliberately infect myself with chickenpox when my sister had it in 1984, but I was already nearly immune to disease by then.

  • none of your business

    Alexandra,My parents and 3 youngest siblings went though a lot when they got polio from a public swimming pool. The youngest was only 20 months old and was hospitalized for 3 months and went through another 5 years of therapy. Even seen kids in iron lungs for the rest of their lives?

    • FDR was left crippled by polio.

      • dcc2379

        Yet, FDR still managed to implement policies that destroyed this country and went even further under his protege, LBJ. Many of our calamities can be traced back to these notorious liars.