However, I didn’t have to go back for the vaccine because a few days later I had the Mumps. It was a mild case, however, my father also got the Mumps. Unfortunately, we think he may have become sterile because after that my parents were unable to have any more children. I also have a theory that my brother became contagious after the vaccine and it was no coincidence that we got the Mumps at the same time. Either that or I caught it in the doctor's office.
I also had a Measles vaccine, but it didn’t work. When they came out with the vaccine, they were using dead viruses instead of weakened ones, which they later discovered did not work. So when I was in 3rd grade I came down with the measles and after a few days, spiked a 105F fever. I was a healthy kid with no other condition. Once I got on penicillin, I started to improve, but if it wasn’t for that I would have been in serious trouble. I mainly remember being too weak to walk, delirious and counting by tens over and over again. I also missed 2 weeks of school.
For some reason, I didn’t get the chicken pox until I was about 26 years old. I worked for a school district and we had a meeting at a high school. Two weeks later, I’m breaking out in spots. At the peak of breaking out, I was up all night dabbing calamine lotion in vain. Next thing I know my entire head (including my face) was solid in chicken pox. Let’s just say I couldn’t leave the house. My face was swollen for about twenty-four hours. People were saying I was going to get them in more delicate spot. Fortunately, I was spared that horror. However, I had one on my tongue and some others on the inside of my mouth by my lips. Then eventually when it was going away I found out first hand why it’s so hard for kids not to scratch. I missed one week of work.
After that ordeal, I found out that there is a high risk of complications in adults who get chicken pox. I also discovered that there was a new medication to shorten the duration of chicken pox, but it has to be taken early. My doctor didn’t know about it, which was really unimpressive.
Also I have relatives and others in my family history who either lost children or have had children born deaf because of Measles, Rubella and Diphtheria.
So, obviously I’m in favor of getting the vaccines (unless there is a medical reason or previous reactions.) Don’t we have an obligation to keep others who are too young or too sick safe? I’m sure many parents have thought they don’t need to vaccinate since many of the diseases appear to be gone. Yet, in these last few months we all know measles is coming back. I'm very grateful for vaccines and that my children don't have to go through having these viruses.