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Old 07-12-2008, 03:20 PM   #1
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Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

My cousin and his wife just got their little guy his mmr shot. He has had the standard Canadian vax schedule so far (he's 18m I think, or so).

Anyways, he didn't have a great reaction and was really crying the next day and having trouble eating and swallowing, so they took him to the Dr. and he has measles all the way down his throat .

Just wondering if this is a common thing or just a rare reaction. No debates please, they were asking me and I was like, "Uh, mumble mumble...", since we haven't vaxed DS

Just adding that this is not an anti vaxing attack, I just wanted some other input to share with them.

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Old 07-12-2008, 04:51 PM   #2
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Re: Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

I dont think you'll get an unbiased answer to this question Lots of people will tell you that vaccine reactions are not common, lots will tell you they are. Even the CDC admits vaccine reactions are grossly under reported.

MMR is a live vaccine so this makes perfect sense. Whenever you inject a live vaccine you run the risk of contracting the virus. That said, at least now he has a real life time immunity. Poor baby
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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Re: Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

First, to them and their lo. I hope he feels better soon.
As for the vax, I'm certain it could be a reaction, although I'm not sure how the ped knew it was "measles in the throat." There are tons of viruses that could cause rash/blisters/redness in the throat that are not related to the MMR vax. Honestly, it sounds like the doc may have missed something on the exam at the well visit (on the day of the shot) and then was covering by saying it was a vax reaction.
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Re: Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

Yes on the throat could totally be other things, my son had coxsackie(hand,nose,throat disease?) all in his mouth and throat once...AWFUL!
zBut I also have a friend whose daughter got"measles" immediately following her mmr as well...same age. she was mildly ill and spotty on her face and arms. they just treated it as a reaction to the vax..hope the lo feels better
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Re: Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

I've been recommending this book like crazy lately, but pick up a copy of Dr. Sears "The Vaccine Book"

I see you're in Canada so some of it won't be applicable because it's about the vaccines recommended in the US, but he gives details about each of them including the MMR. Very enlightening.

about your cousin's babe
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Re: Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

It is definately a listed reaction for MMR. I don't think it is terribly common, but not unheard of. An out break of measels would be more common than a measel infection of the throat, but again, not unheard of. I think the big concern would be secondary infection because this is not a normal case of measels, and also where else it is affecting. Some children get chronic measels infections of the gut and also the spinal fluid. It can do alot of damage.
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Re: Vax question for non or vaxing parents...

Thanks everyone who replied. I will let them know all the info you guys mentioned.

With regard to the Dr. and whether it was measles, I don't really know. I don't know if he swabbed the mouth/throat and tested or what.

If it is measles, you are right about having a real immunity now. I do feel awful for them since they got the shot thinking it would protect him.

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