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Why the F*%& is Measles Even On Our Radar Today?!

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Why the F is Measles Even On Our Radar Today?

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On Wednesday, my 19-month-old developed a rash. It seemed harmless at first…just some red spots on his chest and back. I wasn’t concerned, because he was still getting over a virus from last week.

After some discussion via text with my husband, we figured it was either: from the amoxicillin he was taking, a reaction to different laundry detergent, or a reaction to moisturizer.

But by bath time, the rash was angry.

It was red. It was raised. It was bumpy. It had taken over his whole body, minus his cute little cheeks (thank goodness).

So I did what all modern-day moms do. I Googled “toddler rashes.”

And wouldn’t you know, I found a lovely slideshow of rashes and my son’s rash looked exactly like a measles rash?

Well, hmmph.

I thought for a second… Yes, he’s current on all his vaccinations, so I assume he’s had his MMR vaccine. But wasn’t I just reading about a measles case in the Philadelphia area?

Yes. Yes, I was.

Isn’t there a measles outbreak at Disneyland right now?

Indeed there is!

Also, according to the CDC, the first dose of the MMR vaccine works on 95% of those who get it. But what if Nate was in the other 5% who wasn’t protected? What if some unvaccinated idiot unknowingly went to one of the indoor play places we were at in the past two weeks and spread the disease around?

I mean, it’s possible, right?

Then I went through the other potential reasons I had come up with for the rash and was able to refute each one.

1. Why would a reaction to the amoxicillin show up after eight days of taking the medicine? That doesn’t make sense.

2. I frequently change laundry detergents and my kids have never had a reaction.

3. Again, my kids don’t really have sensitive skin. Plus, I used moisturizer on my son three days ago.

I sent a picture of the rash to my mom and my mother-in-law.

Their reactions: “It looks like measles.”

I called my pediatrician’s office. They told me to stop the amoxicillin and come in the next morning to have him examined.

Now, thankfully, IT WAS NOT MEASLES. They determined that he is just allergic to penicillin and all the -illins in that family.

But still. MEASLES SHOULD BE A NON-ISSUE TODAY!

Yet as of yesterday, there were 59 confirmed cases of measles from the Disneyland outbreak.

Of the 34 California patients who now have measles, 28 were not vaccinated against it. Six of this group of unvaccinated were babies too young to receive the MMR vaccine.

And that’s the part that really irritates me. People think that their personal decision not to vaccinate themselves or their children is just that– a personal decision. But how can you defend that stance when your unvaccinated self or your kid is the one who gets the disease and then infects babies too young to be vaccinated?

So guess what? It’s not just a personal decision. When you choose to have yourself or your kids be a carrier for these diseases that were all but eradicated, now you’re making it a public issue.

When did parents stop listening to doctors and assume that they were smarter than decades of medical research? If your pediatrician (after his many years of schooling) tells you to vaccinate your child, why do you think that you are smarter and know better? And if you are smarter and know better, why are you even going to a pediatrician in the first place if you’re not going to take his advice?

Vaccines have never been proven to cause autism, despite a popular misconception.

Now we have dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough making a resurgence, thanks to the anti-vaccination movement.

And you have parents who do the right thing by vaccinating their kids worried about contracting these diseases anyway, because the number of anti-vaxers is growing and threatening the rest of us.

Don’t take my word for it, because I’m not a medical expert. Just ask your pediatrician. There is no doubt that she will say, “Vaccinate your kids!”

Or if you don’t vaccinate, then stay home where you can’t infect the rest of us who play by the rules. Thanks.

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  • Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes .com
    January 23, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    I think it’s up to like 70+ cases now. Idiots.
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    • Lindsay
      January 23, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Thank you for providing your unique perspective in “I Used to Be an Anti-Vaxer,” Lisa!!

  • Jennifer
    January 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Thank you for such an awesomely well written opinion!! People who don’t vaccinate are really doing our future generations a sad diss service.

    • Lindsay
      January 23, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      I appreciate your words, Jennifer πŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    January 23, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Ugh, my daughter had the same reaction to Amoxicillin and we went through the same “oh my gosh, is this MEASLES?!” painc. We lived in a low -vax rate area and she was under 1, so it was really scary. I don’t think I’d ever been so glad to hear my daughter had some weird fluky serum reaction than I was that day.

    • Lindsay
      January 23, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      OH wow that must have been so scary! I knew in the back of my mind that chances were slim that my son had measles (due to his having the MMR already), so you must have been going crazy with your daughter!

  • amandalynnsawyer
    January 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    I’m allergic to most antibiotics and it’s very common for the effects of a cillin allergy to show up a week later because the dose is usually quite small. The stronger drugs like the cyclene family are more aggressive and therefore show up much faster… πŸ™ I’m sorry your little one has to deal with an allergy. It makes things harder to not be able to receive such a blanket cure. I would be sure to reemphasis this allergy anytime a dr writes a script … I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve waited at a pharmacy because the dr forgot that something was crossed with cillin in the making and I needed a rewrite.

    Good luck!

    • Lindsay
      January 23, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      Thank you so much for the advice, I will definitely stay on top of that whenever he receives a prescription!

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  • Overinvolved Mom
    January 28, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Glad to read it wasn’t measles! Indeed, why is this on our radar? It was eradicated from the U.S. in 2000.
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