August 07, 2008

Why Vaccinate? For the Youngest

Measles is back in Minnesota.

The Minnesota child, who lives in Hennepin County but who has not been identified, is 10 months old -- too young to have received a measles vaccine that is typically given at 12 months.

The child became ill on July 29 and was in two clinics, an emergency room and around the community before being diagnosed.

From today's local paper.

All it takes is one baby being exposed. How many play dates did the child have before being diagnosed (contagious four days before the rash appears)? How much time in child care? How many other babies were in those clinics? How many unvaccinated older children and adults who later came in contact with babies?

Between January and July, 127 measles cases in 15 states were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the largest number in the past seven years. So far, no child has died. Most cases have occurred in children whose parents decided against having them vaccinated for religious reasons or because of concerns about the safety of vaccines.

So far....

If you want to know what this baby could be in for, here's a good place to start.


muse142 said...

Oh no...

Oh no oh no oh no.

I yearn for the days when the FDA took an active stance against what even they termed "quackery".

Stephanie Zvan said...

Me too, Muse.

I've been watching, and there haven't been any follow-up news items, so that should mean good news for the baby.

The infuriating part is that people are using the comment sections on the news articles for anti-vax scare mongering. Forgetting caring about this kid. Let's just promote more woo.