Here we are, I’m gonna follow through! We Got Learned about measles, mumps, and rubella last post, now put them all together and add some other bits and pieces, and you get the MMR vaccine!
Not exactly, but lets talk about it anyway. Before we get started, bit o’ background for ya, The Vaccination Investigation Station and Vaccination Frustration due to Misinformation. My two previous posts on vaccines are general ones, now we can get into the nitty gritty and talk about the MMR vaccine specifically!
So the MMR vaccine is a mixture of three live attenuated viruses, the measles virus, the mumps virus, and the rubella virus.
“LIVE!? YOU WANT TO INJECT MY BABY WITH LIVE VIRUSES?! TARA YOU JUST TOLD ME ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS THESE DISEASES ARE AND NOW YOU WANT TO INJECT THEM INTO MY CHILD!? SECURITY!”, screams Rain, the patchouli-smelling, gluten-free yoga teacher with a new baby who was born while whale sounds were playing.
Yes yes, I know, but we’ve talked about this. There are a bunch of different types of vaccine, the live attenuated ones are the ones that produce the best immunity. The virus is alive but it has been modified so much that it can’t produce disease, but it looks pretty much identical to the dangerous virus, so your immune system can get a real good look at it and ‘know the enemy’ or something profound like that, I can’t remember the actual quote.
Aaaaaaanyway, the first licensed vaccine to prevent measles was in 1963, and measles mumps and rubella got combined in 1971 to create the vaccine we use today. Generally it’s given to babies in two doses, one at about 12 months old, and a second dose at four-five years old.
“TARA, WHY ARE YOU INJECTING MY CHILD WITH LIVE VIRUS TWICE?!”, Rain bellows while burning a bundle of rosemary and waving it in my face.
Chill, Rain. The first dose SHOULD produce enough immunity to last a life time, but in something like 5% of people, it doesn’t quite work. So this second dose just makes absolutely sure that your little baby will never get measles, mumps or rubella ever ever ever.
As with any medical treatment, there may be some minor side effects. MINOR. TINY. It’s like, ow my arm is sore, ooh I’m a little bit hot, maybe a rash, maybe a little bit of joint pain. There is a teeny tiny chance of being allergic to the vaccine and going in to anaphylactic shock, because the viruses are grown inside chicken eggs, so if you have an egg allergy you might react badly to the vaccine.
BUT. If you weigh up the pros and cons of vaccination, it’s generally better to get it so your kid doesn’t die. 🙂
“TARA, IT’S ME AGAIN, RAIN. LISTEN, I GET WHAT YOU’RE SAYING, MMR IS PROBABLY FINE TO GIVE MY CHILD. BUT WHY DOES MY LITTLE BABY LAVENDER NEED IT?! IF EVERYONE ELSE GETS IT THEN THERE WON’T BE ANY OF THE VIRUS AROUND AND LAVENDER WON’T GET MEASLES.”
I have question for you. Ya heard bout herd immunity?
Watch my lame video which should explain why everyone who can get vaccinated, should.
But here is a scary chart.
That’s from the CDC in the USA. We had an outbreak of measles cases in 2014 because people weren’t getting properly vaccinated. You should do that so these numbers don’t increase.
So that’s the deals, if you have a little spawn, it should get vaccinated against MMR if possible! Thanks for reading team, speak soon okay luv u xox Get Learned!