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If there was a measles or pertussis outbreak in your city would you be concerned for your own health?

Asked by JLeslie (60735points) 1 month ago from iPhone

Many of us had our shots a long long time ago. If there was an outbreak would you make an effort to get a booster? Would you be concerned at all?

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zenvelo's avatar

I am due for my ten year revaccination for Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis this summer, so I would go get it done right away.

I had a measles titer done two years ago, I am immune.

JLeslie's avatar

@zenvelo Just curious why you do a measles titer and not a TDap titer? I’ve heard the pertussis titer isn’t very accurate, but that was years ago maybe it is accurate now or maybe it always was.

I get tetanus titers done, and my husband and mom, and 25 years + we are all protected. My latest one my number came down quite a bit though.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’m current on shots. We went on vacation out of the country less than 8 years ago, full panel over a four week period of time.

zenvelo's avatar

@JLeslie I was listening to the Sawbones podcast a couple years back and they were talking about the history of the Mumps/Measles/Rubella vaccine. It wasn’t invented until I was in college, so I never got it like my kids did. But the podcast suggested getting a titer for all three to see if I should get a vaccination.

I was up to date on the TDAP at the time so I didn’t check on that.

JLeslie's avatar

@zenvelo Interesting. I was tested for rubella years ago, I would have been shocked if I didn’t have immunity, but who knows now. I assume I’m still immune. I want to know if I’m immune to pertussis. That seems to fade.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I would not be as anxious as I was about the current pestilence.

si3tech's avatar

I know of children who are not vaccinated so that is a concern.

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t get out much, but I would definitely discuss with my doctor.

Cutterbup's avatar

I don’t know. Probably not. My kids have been minimally vaccinated due to some illnesses. They got sick with some of the things they were vaccinated for. As a younger mom, this really freaked me out, so I took them to the doctor, who said the illness was not a big deal. So why vaccinate? Why not get those minor illnesses and strengthen that immune system? But that is a bit of a digression. So my answer is no. A solid no. Especially with our access to quality food, vitamins and information on the causes and effects of illnesses. You can avoid or minimize suffering from many things.
We have had illnesses and accidents for which there is no vaccine, which have been quite dangerous. The world is a weird place, but I like it here.

zenvelo's avatar

This thread reminded me of the kid who lived down the street when I was growing up in the 60s. His family had all gotten mumps when Todd was a toddler. Everyone else in the family recovered, but Todd went deaf.

@Cutterbup hope your kids don’t get measles or mumps.

JLeslie's avatar

@Cutterbup They got sick after being vaccinated? With what? Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis, Hepatitis, Tetanus, Chicken Pox, I’m just wondering which vaccine wasn’t effective for your children?

That whole eat well, vitamins, etc etc, is just anti-vaccine talk. Of course it’s always better to be healthy and eat healthy, but many of the contagious diseases we vaccinate for are extremely contagious and being healthy is not really enough.

Cutterbup's avatar

Oh shoot. Did I step out of line? Can someone real quick draw all the lines for me so I don’t step out of them in future?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Like the 16 year old boy that gets Mumps and is sterilized by the infection getting into his testicles


The 8 year old that get measles and then encephalitis. He goes into a coma and is a vegetable for the rest of his life.

Personally know of each of the above.

JLeslie's avatar

@Cutterbup Nope, you are not out of line.

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