Look at her. Go on, look at her.

Smiling, happy, healthy?  Right?


She is dead.

She died, at age 17, just a week or so ago, of measles.

Measles is the leading killer among vaccine-preventable diseases

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Of all the diseases that you can prevent with a simple vaccine, measles is the most likely one to be fatal.

And those fatalities, while more prevalent among small children, aren’t limited to them, as a family in Portugal learned to their profound grief.

WHO facts
click image to link to WHO page

Now, tell me again how measles is just a mild disease that makes children break out in a rash and feel bad for a couple of days, but it’s really no big deal and you know that because you saw it on the fucking Brady Bunch.

Why don’t you tell Ines Sampaio’s parents that?


I smelled a rat, so I did a little looking. The episode of the Brady Bunch involving measles aired in 1969.  The series went into syndication in 1975, and the series has been aired since then as re-runs, but almost entirely on cable channels like TBS or Nick at Nite.  Guess who doesn’t have cable television and hasn’t had it, I would guess, for many, many years? And guess who was born after the program was already in syndication?

However, if you Google “Brady Bunch measles” you get many, many hits. Many.

Here’s a few.


There are at least four pages of this sort of thing.  Most of the references are to anti-vax sites that use the Brady Bunch measles episode as “proof” that nobody died of measles back in the days before the MMR was invented.

That’s where somebody got the Brady Bunch anecdote.

From crappy, idiotic anti-vax sites.

Not vaccinating children should be grounds for their being removed from the home, permanently. Forever. Period.




46 thoughts on “Measles”

  1. She was one of the very few who truly couldn’t receive the vaccination for medical reasons. Her death may be due to an unvaccinated 13 month old child.

    No doubt Nicole thinks their free-range hot dogs are magically going to protect her kids from getting ill, or making others ill. I doubt she has any of her animals vaccinated against rabies either.


  2. I completely concur. In my state as well, the rights of parents to their children repeatedly trump evidence of emotional abuse and neglect. How is this right? A child I love is living this nightmare as I write. I am heartbroken for her. She was incredulous that a court would value parents’ rights over childrens’ rights. I’m sure the Nog kids have a piece of that sorrow as well, even with being raised by J and N.


  3. so when your unvaccinated kid, comes in contact with another unvaccinated kid. at the store, a place of business, and gets a disease.. someone will say the TROLLS did it.

    Remember, a vaccine for someone would mean a trip to the dr, a check up etc etc you catch my drift, a mandated reporter etc etc …

    Im still vomitting from the view of a kitchen with hotdogs, stuffing and carrots, a dirty floor, and dirty shelves to stack things on… lots of places for animals and insects to make home.


  4. Do they do clinics in Kentucky? Here a few times a year they park a rv at the community park and you can get low cost or free vaccines? I mean I know Nicole still wouldn’t do it but she wouldn’t need to schedule a doctor’s appointment.

    When my kids were little I split them into groups for well checks, a few would go one day and the rest would go the next day. That was of course after they were a little older. When they are young they obviously go in more often. I understand that doctors visits and dental visits are more difficult when you have a large family but it’s just one of the many things you sign up for when you have a bunch of kids. I often feel like I am constantly scheduling eye exams, doctors appointments and dental appointments but it has to be done to keep my kids healthy.

    I sometimes wonder if Nicole latched onto this anti-vax stance because she doesn’t want to be burdened with so many appointments and we all know Joe would never step up and take them.


  5. Just reading this hurts. I hurt for her, her family, just everyone. I believe in vaccinations , unless there is a solid medical reason that someone cannot receive them. Which is why my family is vaccinated. I would totally hate myself if one of mine spread a preventable disease that took another’s life.


  6. Couple of points to make about Measles.

    1. Outbreaks are very rare in the US. But the world is getting smaller and smaller every day. International commerce and education aren’t just common, they’re the norm. We DO have outbreaks every year. This problem is made worse by pockets of unvaccinated people.

    2. Measles is MASSIVELY contagious. This shit lingers in the air for two hours after an infected person has been breathing/coughing/sneezing there. For an airborne virus, that’s crazy infectious. People with Measles are infectious for 4 days before and 4 days after the tell-tale rash….so it’s not uncommon for them to be walking around spreading it thinking they have a cold until the symptoms get worse and the rash shows up.

    Typically, we have between 50 and 200 cases a year in the US. But when the infection hits unvaccinated communities there have been years, like 2014…where 667 people got measles.

    Almost 400 of those 2014 cases were from a particular community of Amish people. Two Amish missionaries went to the Philippines to help with disaster relief and brought home Measles. It spread to Amish people in nine counties from a central event. They had eight hospitalizations, mostly babies, and saw first hand what this illness does. High fevers, conjunctivitis, body aches, weight loss, pneumonia, bronchitis, encephalitis that occurs months later and can be deadly, low platelets….it can be a really awful illness.

    So what did the Amish do after actually seeing Measles first hand? They got vaccinated. They vaccinated their kids.

    Before widespread vaccinations in the U.S. beginning in the 1950s, 450 to 500 people died each year, 48,000 were hospitalized and nearly a thousand people suffered brain damage or deafness. Though nearly eradicated in the United States, measles remains common in many parts of Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

    Some people will insist that Measles is no more dangerous than the flu.

    Like Measles, there are lots of people who survive the flu with few complications. Flu typically doesn’t come with the surprise encephalitis a few months later, or the deafness and brain damage that can complicate Measles….but it’s not a harmless disease.

    There are tens of thousands of people in the US who DIE every year due to flu and complications from flu. Most are older people and people with immune system deficiencies.

    But kids die, too. 15 children died of the flu this January in the US. 50-200 kids typically die per year in the US. Normal, healthy kids. Dead….

    From flu.

    And yep, we have a vaccine for that, too.

    Use it. If you do? Fewer people will die.


  7. Her death may be due to an unvaccinated 13 month old child.

    I don’t know if it was ever stated whether the 13 month old had been vaccinated yet. In the US, the MMR is given in 2 doses – the first at between 12 and 15 months, and then another between the ages of 4 and 6. If Portugal follows the same protocol, the child would be just on the cusp of eligibility for that first dose. The vaccine starts working anywhere from 10 days to a couple of weeks after it is given, and has a roughly 95% effective rate for the first dose.

    Nicole mentioned on her NCN page that she saw an episode of the Brady Bunch where the kids had measles and that it “wasn’t a big deal just a few days of bed rest and a bit of discomfort.” So, you know, she’s really done her research on this. I’m sure we could find references to the breakthrough Brady Bunch studies on PubMed. Way to stay informed, Nicole!


  8. I wonder how sick one of her children would have to get before they went to the doctor or the ER?


  9. And this is what Dave and I did yesterday on the advice of our family doctor. We got old fart shots. We get the flu shot every year. We go early so we can get the super duper double dose old fart flu shot. But our doctor says that is not enough and he wanted us both to have a pneumonia shot. One this year, another next year and then we’re good. Or at least, better.


  10. When I saw that she referenced a Brady Bunch episode as proof that measles weren’t such a big deal I was speechless. Also enraged. What kind of an idiot would use the plot from an almost 50 year old TV show as proof that a disease wasn’t really all that bad??? (That question is rhetorical). Thank you Sally for picking up on that. I knew it would make your head spin too. Her constant inanities are honestly stupefying.


  11. What kind of an idiot would use the plot from an almost 50 year old TV show as proof that a disease wasn’t really all that bad??? (

    The sort of idiot who reads sites like Mercola and natural news and thinks Alex Jones is reliable and thinks 9/11 was an inside job and that “unschooling” means doing nothing and kids will just teach themselves whatever they need to know, and that raising a handful of cherry tomatoes and a few yellow squash makes you a “farmer.”


  12. I have seven children between the ages of 2-15. They all have 2 dental visits a year (I found a dental school covered by our insurance that can see all of them in two back to back time slots) one eye exam (even though none of them need glasses) and their scheduled well child appointments. I just schedule very far in advance, and make sure both parents are present for the appointments. It really isn’t that hard to do all the appointments, and it is worth it.

    Technically I am not a 100% supporter of vaccination. We delay hep B until school age, and none of our children will be given the HPV series. If our kids want to do the HPV series when they reach adulthood they can. I am not convinced that the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. Following your care schedule (especially routine tests like a PAP) are the best line of prevention for any STI or cancer.

    On the other hand I have also had certain boosters given to our kids a little earlier when I know something is making an appearance (measles, pertussis).

    I think it comes down to N/D enjoying the process of making a baby, and raising a baby; but not necessarily taking much responsibility for helping children develop. “The Gardener and the Carpenter” is a great book on raising children. It even has a bit of an unschooling approach. The problem is that a gardener doesn’t just let the garden run wild and declare victory for the patches of wild strawberries and ignore the massive patches of poison hemlock.


  13. Measles is the leading killer among vaccine-preventable diseases; it is responsible for an estimated 44% of the 1.7 million vaccine-preventable deaths among children annually.”

    Wow, 1.7 million children! So sad! Explain that away Nicole!


  14. The only sort of defense I’ll give Nicole here is that she’s my younger sister’s age, and we loved watching Brady Bunch reruns after school as kids in the 80s. I’m sure we watched it on an major US network, so she might have seen it as a kid.

    A good friend of mine who is a few years older than I am got measles and all the other standard childhood diseases as a kid, along with all her siblings, shortly before MMR was widely available where she grew up. Guess what? Her kids are vaccinated because why not avoid that for them if you can? Just because she escaped with nothing but horrible memories of it doesn’t mean she wants to take the risk with her kids.


  15. I do genealogy and my state, though backwards in many ways *cough, liquor laws, cough* made many genealogists happy by releasing, on-line, death certificates from 1906 – 1964. From these you can find a woman’s maiden name and parent’s names of the deceased. Of course, you can also find cause of death. Most of the kids under 10 died from things that are now preventable. Measles, diptheria, meningitis from untreated ear infections, peritonitis, pneumonia, flu, rheumatic fever etc. There are even instances where parents lost several children due to Rh incompatibility. I suspect those families would have done anything to save their children and they would be appalled that there are people who refuse to protect their children just by getting them a vaccine or perhaps an antibiotic.
    Oh, and the situation comedy The Brady Bunch? It wouldn’t have been very funny to show a kid dying, now would it? FFS!


  16. I wrote earlier about my son,as a baby, and was too young to receive the measles vaccine, being infected with measles by an unvaccinated five year old child.
    This child came over to visit with her mother and was clearly not feeling well, and running a fever.
    I asked her to take her child home.
    She did not tell me her child had the measles for two weeks. She didn’t think my baby being exposed to measles was a big deal.

    My son came down with a bad case, 105 fever with seizures, and severe hearing lose due to nerve damage.
    His life was turned upside down due to this ignorant woman.
    He went to special schools, received interpreters throughout school, including college and is now happily married with a son of his own.
    I can’t say I wish his life was different because of how happy he is now, but it required a lot of work on his part to get where he is now that wouldn’t have been necessary if he had not been infected with the measles.


  17. Good god,when you think you’ve heard it all…
    Basing you choices off a FICTIONAL tv program.
    There was a family that lived next to my mom growing up. All 3 kids DIED from the measles. ( I know damn well BO reads this, notice we discussed the horse and I’ll be damned, his picture showed up).
    My grandma said the kids mom never got over their deaths.
    But, this is the same lady who says if there was one poison cupcake in a hundred would you feed it to your kid. Dumb ass analogy. My kid had annadverse reaction to varicella vaccine. Does it stop him from being immunized? Nope. Craziest thing I have ever seen. ( I’m a nurse and adminster vaccines) I’ve only seen one other reaction similar to his. He agrees to get them, he even said its better than getting the disease.
    It’s a freaking miracle none of those kids have been seriosly injured. She likes to play Russian roulette. Who the fuck gives birth with no medical personnel in a garden shed? I would love to know what their contingency plan is. How far is it to the closet hospital?


  18. Thank you for posting this, Sally. I vaccinated my “big” kids because it was in their best interest. Then I had my now eight year old. He has a metabolic disorder. While he is fully vaccinated, his immune system cannot mount an effective defense. Fifths disease put him in the hospital for five days. I don’t even want to think about what pertussis would do to him. As a result of these ignorant ego maniacs, kids like my son are unable to attend to school (our local elementary school vaccination rates are too low to provide effective protection for him), we have to be cautious about exposing him to higher risk environments. Because of these anti science, pro disease whack jobs kids like my son, kids fighting cancer, those who take immunosuppressive drugs to combat diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are all vulnerable. I am so incredibly tired of these Luddites putting the rest of us at risk. I have traveled on the sub Continent. Seeing up close and personal what these diseases do to the children that survive them was heart shattering. Seeing mothers line up around the block, having taken buses and walked for miles in order to give their children the absolute best chance at achieving adulthood. I am probably preaching to the choir, but this hits close to my heart. Today I had to tell my son why he can’t attend a local homeschool event. The number of vaccine exemptions is simply too high for us to risk it. I had to explain to an eight year old that no, it’s not fair and no it’s not right for those people to put him at risk, but that it’s the reality we have to face.


  19. Bea, the Shwabs ARE innocent, just like her family! Kids like living like that. Podcast on this subject TBA. Topics include
    Drug Use, Nobody’s Business
    The Kids Are NOT Hungry, Most of Them Ate Yesterday. Or Sometime.
    They Like Sleeping on Planks
    School is Just for Suckers
    We Don’t Have Fleas, We Scratch Because Dry Skin Runs in the Family


  20. My kids are ones that can not receive vaccinations. The oldest got shingles from his first varicella vax at just over a year old. Since then anytime his immune system is altered by a cold or virus he ends up with a flare up, its horrible to watch especially when his joints hurt so bad he can’t physically walk himself to the bathroom. He’s now 11. Our middle was admitted to the hospital less than 24 hours after her first set of vaccinations and we stopped then. The baby who only has one good kidney we’ve never vaccinated because I can’t risk intentionally giving him something that though he could come into contact with would be extremely rare a serious spike in a fever could cause serious damage to his one kidney. I’ve been called wreckless and everything that goes along with choosing not to vax. But for us it’s not something we choose to do. This year we homeschool (only year) and it’s actual school where they have teachers and due dates etc but they will return to mainstream school with waivers.


  21. Scheduling doctors appointments can be a huge pain in the ass. I can spend hours on the phone just setting up appointments and dealing with my insurance. That’s only for a family of 5. Though, 2 of us have health issues that require a bit more than most. I did an awesome bit of scheduling last week and managed to get all the kids their yearly eye exam, an MRI for myself, and saw one of my specialists in one day at the same building. The squatters are too lazy to deal with all of this. It takes WORK to keep up with just the basic yearly primary, eye, and dental checkups for that many kids. And husband. My husband works hard, but has to be treated like a kid when it comes to medical stuff. So I’d imagine she’d have to manage all I his stuff, too.

    Being healthy takes WORK! Getting kids ready for public school takes WORK! Actually homeschooling takes WORK! They won’t do anything that requires WORK!

    I think I said this here before, but my oldest son had a very bad reaction to his 2 month old vaccines. Scared the hell out of me. We just put him and his younger siblings on a delayed one shot at a time schedule to reduce the chance of really bad side effects. Lots more doctors visits, but I’d rather have to takes the kids to the doctor every month for years than bury them once.

    Last time I got the flu shot, I broke out in an annoying rash. Better itchy than dead.

    Also I’d much rather hear my homeschooled kids bitch about me given exams next week than let them be uneducated.


  22. I’ve been called wreckless and everything that goes along with choosing not to vax.

    The word is “reckless.” Who called you that?

    Were you advised not to vaccinate every one of your children by a pediatrician? If I’d gotten advice like that, I would have gotten a second opinion, maybe a third.

    If you’re doing what I think you might be doing, I am probably going to call you “reckless” too.


  23. I’m sure we watched it on an major US network, so she might have seen it as a kid.

    Having grown up in the ’80’s as well, I can attest to this. I watched The Brady Bunch, Mork & Mindy, and The Monkees on a local channel after school every day. I can’t honestly say that any of those programs helped shape my parenting or healthcare philosophies into my adulthood, though.

    Nicole is constantly reminding us that her children don’t need to be vaccinated because they are already “very healthy.” This reminds me of a couple I met last fall at a party my cousin was hosting. My cousin – and many of her friends – are crunchy granola, home-birthing, anti-vaxxing, hippies. This couple had a 6 month old baby, and someone was asking how much the child weighed. The mother replied, “I don’t know for sure. She’s never been to the doctor. I don’t really see a need for it. She’s healthy and we keep her pretty isolated from germs.” The fact that she was telling us this AT A PARTY, attended by a whole slew of other un-vaccinated children was absolutely lost on her. How – in the 21st century in an area with access to wonderful healthcare – can a mother willfully deny her own child basic preventative care?! Simply declaring that your children are healthy does not make it so. I sincerely hope that the Naugler kids are in fact healthy, and that they remain in good health. If that happens, though, it will be in SPITE of their parents’ ignorant decisions, not because of them.


  24. She’s healthy and we keep her pretty isolated from germs.

    And you know who else, as a group, was pretty healthy and isolated from certain germs?

    Native Americans before the invasion of the white man.


  25. Perhaps this veers off topic; if so don’t post. Within the past month I have heard of two previously healthy, youngish people having severe problems with the flu. The first person, a man in his mid-forties, died and left a wife and two small children. He had no pre-existing conditions that would have made him extra susceptible to the flu. The other, a pregnant woman in her mid-thirties, developed pneumonia from the flu and had to be in the ICU on a ventilator. Thankfully, it seems that she and the baby will pull through. Not sure if this late-season flu that is going around is extra virulent, but I had always heard that flu was most dangerous to the very young, the very old and those with other health conditions. It’s scary that young, healthy people are getting very sick and dying. I always get the shot because years ago someone said, “if you can’t afford to miss a week of work then you should get the flu shot.” Made sense to me. But now it’s kind of scary to not get the shot.


  26. Sorry that was my spelling error, you are correct is it reckless. Our kids have had numerous pediatricians, two of them also see specialists and they all agree that vaccination is not suggested for my kids. I know as a child I was unable to receive some vaccinations or boosters due to previous reactions. And I’ve been called that by parents who think I’m jeopardizing their kids safety or health because mine aren’t vaccinated. The oldest, the one who got shingles, we continued to vaccinate even after he got shingles. He is the only one who is fully vaccinated, yet his titers (after a military Dr lost his original records and wanted to revax for everything and wouldn’t accept our copy from the last duty station) showed he was immune to some but not all of the things he had received shots for, the only option was to revax him. We chose not to. I’m not anti vax nor anti govt or anti anything. But I do know for our kids, after careful consideration and consults, they will not receive anymore.


  27. I think Nicole keeps her kids from getting vaccinated for a number of reasons. One reason is that it would be a time commitment to her children’s welfare that she is not willing to make. Second, it would introduce official documentation of her children. Third, Nicole doesn’t want people who have an obligation to report child neglect associated with health issues seeing her kids (they would see underfed kids in clothes that don’t fit, who don’t know how to handle themselves, and may indeed have some ‘parasite’ problems). Fourth it is an anti-institutional fad to not vaccinate and being contrarian is what Nicole gets high on.

    I am not anti-vax by any means. I have been saved from many illnesses because of vaccinations. I hated getting them because I absolutely hate needles and some vaccinations hurt like something else. But I had a really bad time with one vaccination. Back in ’99 I had to get the Army anthrax vaccination. That one hurt like heck but it was the effects I felt that started a few days after starting the shot series. I could hardly run anymore (bad thing for a soldier), I started hurting like mad, had a hard time with cognition, and started to gain weight. I still deal with those challenges today but I am a lot better at dealing with them. I am not saying this is a case of causation but there is certainly a bit of corellation there. Even so, had I deployed to a location where anthrax was a real threat I would have been glad of it.


  28. But I do know for our kids, after careful consideration and consults, they will not receive anymore.

    And I have no problem with any of that provided that appropriate medical people were involved in the decision. Can you understand why I was skeptical? I’ve run into a good many anti-vaxxers who claim that their kids cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons that they dreamed up in their heads.

    And your experience doesn’t negate the value of vaccines for nearly all children.


  29. Oh that I agree with. I personally don’t feed into the conspiracies of vax. But with both sides of our family having various immunity issues and the kids and my reactions, it’s just something that the risks outweigh the benefit for us. My husband has been vaccinated against everything imaginable, sometimes twice and when I worked in prisons I kept what vaccinations I could get up to date. That being said, our kids do see their pediatrician and specialists as needed get their annual eye exam and their teeth cleaned every 6 months.


  30. My little sister and I got mumps and chicken pox in the late 60s. Chicken pox was bad but mumps was much worse. I remember just trying to get through it minute by minute. It had to end sometime.

    My parents were both medical professionals. We had really good health care. I found out years later that there was a mumps vaccine available at the time we got sick. This made me upset, to say the least, and I asked my mom why we didn’t get the shot.

    She said at the time there was a kind of consensus among parents- that getting these diseases in childhood was actually a good thing. They’re much worse if you get them as an adult, she said. My parents got these diseases as kids and survived. My grandparents did too. I got the feeling they were considered almost a rite of passage… or something.

    2 years ago I got shingles. They gave me good drugs but the only real relief was sleep.

    No agenda, whether grifting or vanity or political posturing, or holding on to old ideas like grim death in the face of new evidence, is worth letting a child suffer needlessly.


  31. She said at the time there was a kind of consensus among parents- that getting these diseases in childhood was actually a good thing.

    This was the prevalent feeling in my youth. In fact, even in the early seventies, we purposely exposed Nathan to chicken pox. I feel like a jerk now, but that’s what people did. You wanted them to get it before the kid started school.


  32. I’m a little closer to the Brady Bunch generation (prime time AND syndicated). I’m pretty sure I’d had a measles vaccine because my folks told me I didn’t have to worry about measles, just mumps and chicken pox.

    If I was the age I think I was when my brothers and I had mumps, that means we had them….rrrrrright before the vaccine came out….d’oh!

    I know exactly when I had chicken pox, because there’s an old snapshot of me in my pajamas sporting some stylish pox as I pose next to my number-8- shaped birthday cake. Thanks for the presents; I’m going back to bed…. ?

    Anyway, all this was just meant to say Sally, don’t beat yourself up about the pox-party thinking; I can also vouch that indeed, before there was a vaccine, having chicken pox earlier in life was seen as a sort of health insurance. While I don’t know about any deliberate exposures in my childhood, my parents certainly didn’t discourage us from spending time with our infected siblings; the talk was not “if” but “when” we would catch it. It was explained to us that it was better to get these things young, because chicken pox and mumps are more severe and more potentially damaging to adults.

    I have encountered the anti-vax crowd’s love of mentioning the Brady Bunch episode many times. It’s a stupid argument for all kinds of reasons, which I want to elaborate on but I need to organize my thoughts first. Betcha can’t wait…..


  33. I am literally the only person I have ever been around that has not had the chicken pox. I received the shot when I was young and it obviously did its job. I’ve obviously heard that getting something like the chicken pox is much worse as an adult and its been a (small) fear of mine for awhile. So dumb question: since I was vaccinated is there still a chance I will catch chicken pox even at 30 years old? Will it be as severe a case if I hadn’t been vaccinated at all? I’m sure these are completely dumb questions but I’ve gotten different answers over the years and figured I’d trust the expertise on this blog 🙂


  34. 0-0

    The Schwabs, dear lord,, dont take your legal cannbis in Colorado over to a state like Kansas, where its illegal and try to get away with it being legal. Hes now going on a hunger strike due to them not returning his kids. He also blasts his life online.

    AS far as N and J… UGH


  35. but I’ve gotten different answers over the years and figured I’d trust the expertise on this blog ?

    Honestly, I don’t know. According to the CDC, nobody really knows. I know it’s this way with tetanus. Nobody wants to be the guinea pig who submits to the testing. So they recommend a tetanus shot every ten years (reminder to self: we’re probably due) even though they think immunity might last for life.

    The CDC says 10-20 years. Now there’s a variable for you. And I would guess it wouldn’t be as bad. That said, even before the vaccine, I never saw an adult with it. We get shingles instead.


  36. Hes now going on a hunger strike due to them not returning his kids.

    Unless I’m mistaken, or this is the second hunger strike, he did that a year ago.


  37. @Not Shocked Did you have one shot or two of the chicken pox vaccine? There was a small outbreak in my city a couple of years ago of minor cases of chicken pox, mostly in vaxed kids. My province only dose one does of it, but apparently that leaves many kids open for a mild case of the pox. They were allowed to go to school as long as they felt well enough. Most only had a few spots.

    Now, I’ve seen an adult with chicken pox 20something years ago. I was a university student, and one of my professors got chicken pox at the same time as his young kids. They were running around and back to normal way before he was. He was off work for 2 weeks, and only sort of back for the 3rd week. It was the only time I’d ever seen him not totally clean shaven, but I guess the spots got in the way. His wife (also a prof in the same department) said it was far worse for him than the kids. I have no idea how he got through his childhood without getting it.


  38. I’m all for vaccination, but until recently I had it in my head that I didn’t need a flu shot becuase I’m healthy and hardly get sick. It really wasnt logical. I hadn’t had the flu shot in years. Which is really stupid considering I worked with the public and kids who are always germy! Guess who brought the flu home from work this year? And guess who got their husband and kid sick? Guess which family is getting their flu shots this year?


  39. I Love Lucy also had measles mentioned in the episode where Little Ricky was starting nursery school, and the movie How to Marry a Millionaire.

    Non-snarky question: If measles is such a rampant killer, then why, in the days before a vaccine, was it treated like it wasn’t really a concern? People were terrified of smallpox and polio, but not of measles or mumps. I’ve asked my grandmother about this, and she said she and all her siblings and friends used to get measles and mumps, and it wasn’t a big deal, just a normal childhood thing, the way chickenpox was when I was a kid (that now, suddenly everyone remembers a cousin’s kid’s friend’s second-cousin-once-removed dying from). Is this a case of “if even a single child dies, we must declare it a killer”?

    I’ve seen sitcom play up things like goiters as “OMG am I gonna die?” things. I’ve read books that make diabetes out to be something that will send a person to the hospital if they as much as touch something with sugar. There’s more drama in playing up minor conditions, but downplaying a serious condition doesn’t go over well.


  40. Is this a case of “if even a single child dies, we must declare it a killer”?

    I think it was a couple of things. One was that there was no way to prevent it, so why focus on the cases that went south. Why scare children and parents to death when there was no stopping it? And another was that television during that period was fantasy land. Nothing “bad” ever happened on TV. The whole of TV land consisted of problems, often very minor ones, that were resolved entirely in 30 minutes.

    And from the World Health Organization, there is this.

    Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
    In 2015, there were 134 200 measles deaths globally – about 367 deaths every day or 15 deaths every hour.

    That isn’t a minor illness.

    We all think of flu as more or less “minor,” and we don’t have a panic attack when either we get it or a family member does. We speak of it casually. Yet it kills tens of thousands of people in the US every year.


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