RegGuheert wrote:If you understood that, DUE TO THE MEASLES VACCINE, *most* Americans are NOT immune to measles, then you would not be surprised by outbreaks. These outbreaks are not caused by "anti-vaxers", but rather they are the simple result of the fact that vaccination does not result in lifetime immunity. As the portion of the population who had measles disease as children dies off, the proportion of our adult population without immunity to measles increases. The eradication has survived based upon those immune adults plus the immunity of some (most?) of the childhood population as well as the success of quarantines to date. But if we fail to quarantine quickly and completely in the future, there will be massive outbreaks of measles in the adult population in this country.
This isn't funny.
Who is getting measles? Unvaccinated kids, mostly.
Where are measles outbreaks happening? Where the vaccination rate is low.
And chickenpox. Get chickenpox as a kid, you may develop shingles as an adult. If you had the vaccine for chickenpox, you are unlikely to get shingles as an adult. But still, get the shingles vaccine.
Rate of shingles increases as you get older, there is a vaccine to prevent it for those over 60.
Know what shingles is? Don't get the vaccine as you don't trust vaccines. This might be funny. But I'd doubt if you would think so. "Spasms of pain at the gentlest touch" just doesn't sound like fun. But it might learn you.
Pain is the most common symptom of shingles.
This can be a constant dull, burning, or gnawing pain, or sharp, stabbing pain that comes and goes.
There may also be a blistering skin rash.
This usually appears in one or more distinct bands, called dermatomes. It may also appear on the face in a band, or break out on a quarter of the face.
These dermatomes correspond to a single sensory nerve. This is why infection causes isolated skin lesions, rather than a body-wide rash, and nerve pain.
Typically, shingles takes the following course:
Acute pain, tingling, numbness, and itching on a specific part of the skin, on a single side of the body.
Between 1 and 5 days after the pain begins, a rash appears.
Red blotches emerge that develop into itchy fluid-filled blisters.
The rash looks like chickenpox but only on the band of skin supplied by the affected nerve.
The rash may involve the face, eyes, mouth, and ears in some cases.
Sometimes, the blisters merge, forming a solid red band that looks like a severe burn.
In rare cases (among people with weakened immune systems) the rash may be more extensive and look similar to a chickenpox rash.
If shingles affects the eye, this is called optical shingles. The virus invades an ophthalmic nerve and causes painful eye inflammation and temporary or permanent loss of vision.
New blisters may appear for up to a week.
Inflammation might be caused in the soft tissue under and around the rash.
People with lesions on the torso may feel spasms of pain at the gentlest touch.
The blisters will gradually dry up and form scabs or crusts within 7-10 days. At this point, the rash is no longer considered infectious.
Minor scarring may occur where the blisters have been.
A shingles episode normally lasts 2-4 weeks.