American Academy of Pediatrics Spotlights 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccination

1-Fullscreen capture 11192013 35734 PMAAP News, the official newsmagazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, featured a story in its November 2013 edition highlighting the 50th Anniversary of the Measles Vaccination.

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One response to “American Academy of Pediatrics Spotlights 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccination”

  1. Carole Alley says:

    Most people do not know of all the complications from contracting measles.
    My son was born in 1965 and had all the appropriate vaccinations at the recommended ages. In late December, 1976, new guidelines stated that children who had only one dose on the MMR should receive a measles booster. An appointment with their pediatrician was made for the first week of January, 1977. My son contracted measles on December 31, 1976. The pediatrician said the disease should be mild since he had the initial vaccination. He did seem to have a mild disease and the illness resolved quickly. My daughter, who was 2 years older, did not contract the measles and was given the second immunization.
    Exactly two weeks later he developed petichiae all over his body. A sternal biopsy of bone marrow to rule out leukemia was done the next day. Fortunately, that was negative. But the blood test showed a critical decrease in the platelet count – 20,000 (normal count 150,000-400,000).
    A diagnosis of ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) was made, probably caused by the measles virus “attacking” the spleen.
    He was treated with massive doses of steroids for three months, but platelet counts continually dropped. When the platelet count dropped to 7,000 and he was severely Cushinoid, an emergency splenectomy was performed. Post op the platelet count immediately rose to 200,000.
    He is now 48 years old and is in good health. But the rigorous treatments, procedures, and precautions a 12 year old had to endure have not been entirely forgotten.
    Why, 36 years later, do I share this story? Because every time since then, when I hear of parents who do not immunize their children, I am frustrated. Maybe the literature/information does not strongly stress all the life-threatening and deadly illnesses. I don’t know.

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