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Posted by on Oct 9, 2008 in Epidemiology, Ethics, Infectious diseases, Pediatrics

Memories of Measles

Memories of Measles

CDC_measles_rash.jpgEpi Wonk outs himself in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by recounting his childhood experience with measles, which included hospitalization and treatment with an oxygen tent. Like many of a certain age, I also acquired measles as a youngster (despite having been vaccinated) and missed 2 weeks (2 weeks!) of junior high. And I didn’t stay home because of contagiousness; I stayed home because I felt absolutely terrible.

Epi Wonk is right to chastise Washington for not initiating a progressive public-service campaign (where is our acting Surgeon General anyway?) to urge morbidity-reducing and life-saving vaccination and to counter the spurious claims of an increasingly vocal and attention-hungry antivax crowd.

Photo of child with measles rash from the CDC.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.