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Re: Unvaccinated child catches measles in Switzerland

There's an adult shingles vaccine, if you're worried
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So did I, but I know others who didn't survive. If all it takes, is a simple vaccine, then I am all for having mass immunisation to prevent the a situation that has killed many, many people in the past.

From a selfish point of view, my understanding is that those of us who have had measles in the past, are still at risk of catching the infection again, or shingles. I do not want that either.
Shingles is a reactivation of a completely different virus, varicella zoster.
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Old 31.07.2011, 20:46
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Re: Unvaccinated child catches measles in Switzerland

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The US is also vaccine-happy. They want to vaccinate us for everything even if it's not necessary. We also want to get vaccinated for things that are all hype and no real threat (H1N1 for example).
Well, a large part of this is because it's cheaper to vaccinate a child, than to hospitalize a child, especially where major complications are a possibility, like measles. Some of the vaccinations are nice to have, others are a necessity, but maybe it's because I come from a medical family and grew up around medical folks that I find it sensible to get a vaccine and face the risks rather than contract something preventable.

As for H1N1...it wasn't all hype as friends at the CDC were truly concerned about the mortality rate among young children and its hyper-contagious nature. It's unfortunate that the media whipped it up into a frenzy, but when faced with a vaccine, albeit a new vaccine, and a virus that appears to hit children rather hard, I just don't see the choice other than to get vaccinated.

Kids are such an incredible disease vector. I hadn't had the flu or been vaccinated for years until I had a child who had been vaccinated and gave it to me instead. I've gotten the vaccine every year since being reminded of just how terrible getting the flu really is.
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Re: Unvaccinated child catches measles in Switzerland

Is the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine mandatory in Europe ?
It seems that part of the issue is that it's mandatory in some countries and not in others ?
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Shingles is a reactivation of a completely different virus, varicella zoster.

Hmm, I had shingles last year, my doctor asked me (as his first question) whether I'd had chicken pox as a child, answer was yes. He called in a trainee colleague and asked him to identify the ailment. He took one look at the blisters and said "Herpes Zoster" and then explained that it's the same virus that is usually dormant but can be re-awakened, perhaps through stress.
So, is varicella zoster the same as herpes zoster?

PS, it's amazing how many people get really panicky when you mention the word "Herpes"; few seem to realise that there are many different flavours of Herpes and that it's very common :-)
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Hmm, I had shingles last year, my doctor asked me (as his first question) whether I'd had chicken pox as a child, answer was yes. He called in a trainee colleague and asked him to identify the ailment. He took one look at the blisters and said "Herpes Zoster" and then explained that it's the same virus that is usually dormant but can be re-awakened, perhaps through stress.
So, is varicella zoster the same as herpes zoster?

PS, it's amazing how many people get really panicky when you mention the word "Herpes"; few seem to realise that there are many different flavours of Herpes and that it's very common :-)
Yes, varicella is a herpes virus.
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Re: Unvaccinated child catches measles in Switzerland

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There's an adult shingles vaccine, if you're worried
Thanks, I didn't know that and I will follow it up.
Okay, I have just done a google for further information. There are some gruesome looking skin conditions out there!

BUt, I don't want to get off topic - I still think that measles should be vaccinated against.

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