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Costa Rica has measles for the first time since 2006

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Soubriquet Thu 28-Feb-19 11:52:21

The last case of native measles was 2006, the last imported case was 2014, but an unvaccinated child who has been in contact with measles children in his school, has now bought it over to them.

AIBU to think, that without a genuine medical exemption, people should not be allowed to travel to foreign countries whilst unvaccinated?

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MyBreadIsEggy Thu 28-Feb-19 11:54:07

If only there were a scientifically proven method to avoid this!
Oh wait.......hmm

Soubriquet Thu 28-Feb-19 11:55:27

Wait...you mean to say that aroma therapy and good thoughts don’t stop it? shockshock

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 28-Feb-19 12:00:02

Soubriquet I thought it was organic quinoa and drinking kale juice?
Those two things are sure fire ways to protect your children from measles and polio, didn’t you know?

GoGoGadgetGin Thu 28-Feb-19 12:02:39

Ah soubriquet only if they are organic good thoughts....

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 28-Feb-19 12:14:09

Oh and drinking tinctures made from onion root will protect them from meningitis according to one family.......who then lost a child to meningitis because rather than vaccinate or call an ambulance in time, they just fed him onion root juice instead hmm

ConferencePear Thu 28-Feb-19 12:15:30

Or perhaps they could look into the history of their children's school -
this is from ours -

".... regularly affected school attendance. In addition to regular outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox there were the more serious diseases like scarlet fever and diptheria which entailed the children being sent to the isolation hospital "

This is from just before 1914.

PerryPerryThePlatypus Thu 28-Feb-19 12:16:23

I've heard that waving your bare bum at the fourth full moon whilst humming the worzal gummidge theme tune works best.

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 28-Feb-19 12:41:09

ConferencePear That’s scary isn’t it shock
My grandad was primary school age during World War II, and I always remember him saying that they all went off on the summer holidays, then came back to start school again in September, and half a dozen of his classmates had caught polio over the summer. One was dead and the others were really poorly sad

Soubriquet Thu 28-Feb-19 14:31:53

Oh and drinking tinctures made from onion root will protect them from meningitis according to one family.......who then lost a child to meningitis because rather than vaccinate or call an ambulance in time, they just fed him onion root juice instead

That’s awful. I hope the parents were prosecuted for that. They deliberately endangered the child’s life

StealthPolarBear Thu 28-Feb-19 14:38:56

This is awful.

Soubriquet Thu 28-Feb-19 14:49:08

Some anti-vaxxers are scary.

olderthanyouthink Thu 28-Feb-19 14:55:02

You know how pissed people get when their kid gets nits because someone from school isn't properly dealing with their child's nits. Imagine how the people of Costa Rica must feel after eradicating measles only to have an unvaccinated tourist bring it back.

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 28-Feb-19 15:10:52

www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/18/a-toddler-got-meningitis-his-anti-vac-parents-gave-him-an-herbal-remedy-the-toddler-died-now-his-parents-are-on-trial/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c5d119a95329

This is the family.
19 month old died from bacterial meningitis because his parents believed a naturopath and homemade herbal remedies were enough to protect him from disease in the first place, and would also treat a deadly disease should a child catch one

Soubriquet Thu 28-Feb-19 17:21:23

Don’t get me wrong, im sure they are heartbroken they lost their son, but this stubbornness and idiocy caused him to die.

They should have been jailed, mostly as a warning to other parents

PerkingFaintly Thu 28-Feb-19 17:30:27

You used to need an inoculation/vaccination certificate for some diseases to get entry to some countries. I had a yellow fever jab for this reason.

Yep, just checked, still the case:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/yellow-fever/vaccination/
Some countries require a certificate showing you have been vaccinated before you're allowed entry.
This is known as an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).

LordProfFekkoThePenguinPhD Thu 28-Feb-19 17:32:22

So crossing your fingers and thinking happy thoughts DOESN’T work?

FurrySlipperBoots Thu 28-Feb-19 17:36:05

That's really depressing.

AdoraBell Thu 28-Feb-19 17:44:56

As my late MIL said when I told her 2 children died in Ireland, over 15 years ago, “it’s not a lot, not worth doing that vaccination” hmm

I read recently that some US states are making vaccinations obligatory now. Those evil officials taking rights away from parents.

Soubriquet Thu 28-Feb-19 17:58:09

1 child is 1 child too many when they have died from something that is totally preventable

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 28-Feb-19 18:24:40

Adora How old are you if you don’t mind me asking?
I only ask because my DH is pushing 30, and his mother really bought into the whole “MMR causes autism” bollocks in the early 90’s and thought we were mad for fully vaccinating our DCs hmm

AdoraBell Thu 28-Feb-19 21:12:33

I’m early 50’s MyBread but didn’t have DC until mid 30’s.

Evilspiritgin Thu 28-Feb-19 21:23:43

I was looking at my vac record I had my first vac at the age of 11 months (normal 70s) it’s now 6 in 1 at 8 weeks i wonder why it changed? I’m not in any way against vaccinations but I do wonder if we are overloading at one time, my Ds was born during the mmr scandal he got them separate

The child who has introduced measles to Costa Rica was french it seems there was an outbreak of measles at his school a few weeks prior

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 01-Mar-19 08:03:10

Evil The choice is still there to have them spread out rather than a few in one whack as newborns.
My son was born healthy, but then developed an infection while being treated for jaundice in hospital, and his immune system was compromised. We couldn’t give him his immunisations on the normal timescale because his immune system was so delicate. The jabs were delayed for a few months, and then he had more separate injections rather than 3 or is it 4 (?) vaccines in one. He’s almost 2 and a half and is fully caught up with the schedule now

lyralalala Fri 01-Mar-19 08:12:39

I tend to post my family tree when people trot on that measles "is just a mild childhood disease". My gr-Gran lost 7 of 11 children to measles.

I do think some HV's, GP's and other medical professionals could do with some tact when dealing with nervous parents. With my twins, my first pregnancy/birth, there was a huge MMR-autism thing raging at the time. I had PND, I was an exceptionally nervous parent because of my childhood (abusive parents) and when I asked questions I was basically called stupid and told to just do what was recommended. Mine had single vaccines as a result as I was just too scared.

By the time of my next pregnancy I was friends with a lovely GP who pointed me in the direction of proper information. It's not just as simple as finding it on the internet as you can find anything on there. I was totally reassured and understood better and my younger kids all had the MMR, and even when one had a bad reaction to it I understood why, and how etc.

Educating people is much better than sneering at them and calling them ridiculous.

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