Measles Parties. What is going on?

Are we still talking about measles? Unfortunately yes. The outbreaks are making daily headlines and some parents are throwing measles parties.

The latest headline, “Measles Quarantine On A Cruise Ship.”

This is becoming a no joke threat to people, and according to Dr. Siegel May 3, 2019, on Fox News, people born between 1963 – 1989 should get their measles immunity checked against the viral infection.

So what happened? One person on the cruise was infected, and now the ship is quarantined while 100 vaccines are being sent to the ship. Are all of the 300 Church of Scientology cruise guests at risk? It depends on if they have been vaccinated. Those who may have not been immunized are at high risk of getting sick, and hard to avoid this scenario in cruise ship containment. While vaccines are on the way, there is another issue, the vaccine can take up to two weeks to work.

The good news, measles is treatable, and for most people, recovery is uneventful. But, let’s consider these guests on this cruise ship have been exposed, and now there is a larger fear around the measles.

Cases of the infection are being reported daily. We are now well over 700 cases this year alone, and there are 100,000 deaths around the world annually. Most of these deaths are children.

Rumors of parents taking their kids to “Measles Parties” to get exposed to the virus are surfacing. Similar to what perhaps parents of my toddler age era did. (Disclaimer: my parents did not take me to a chicken pox party and I remember my itchy chicken pox days well) Measles has more risk than chicken pox, and we live in a drastically different world.

In a Buzzfeed article about New York City measles parties, Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pointed out that before vaccines were available, measles killed five times more people than chicken pox, and that he knew one woman who’d taken her child to a chicken pox party years ago whose child died.

In The Hill, New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot stated, “There are many more individuals who are living with chronic diseases, who are surviving cancer, and so we don’t want children or adults to be unnecessarily exposed to measles.”

The measles outbreak is here, and while both the measles and chickenpox are similar in red bumps all over the body, they are incredibly different. According to medical daily, they are caused by different viruses and measles keeps most people sick longer, and they suffer from fever, fatigue, and achiness as well as coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Chickenpox may include fever, itchy red bumps, and stomachache, but typically only lasts a few days.

If you have symptoms or want to discuss the pros/cons of immunization for measles, talk to your doctor and read educational information.

These outbreaks are not isolated to one cruise ship or one school. Measles cases are being reported across the United States. We need to be educated and protect our children, sick, and elderly from the disease we once thought we had eradicated. (U.S. officials deemed the disease eliminated in 2000)

What you need to know:

  • Merck & Co said on Wednesday it has increased the production of the measles vaccine to meet an uptick in demand in the United States in the midst of the country’s biggest outbreak in 25 years.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 704 cases of measles as of April 26, a 1.3 percent increase since the 695 reported last week.
  • The measles virus is highly contagious and can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage or death.