I’m confused, concerned and am having some contrenation over this recent measles outbreak. Measles was a disease we beat way back in the day. I’m a child of the 50’s when the whole polio scare was eradicated by the Salk vaccine. I Had the measles and the mumps as a kid and it wasn’t fun. My kids were all vaccinated growing up and now my grand kids too, but we have little Kane who is just 5 months and can’t get vaccinated until he’s a year. Nathaniel, almost 4, goes to pre-school several days a week and my biggest fear is some not vaccinated kid coming to school, unknowingly, with the measles, affecting all in the class with exposure and then even thought they may be safe, because of vaccination, the kids could still bring it home to those who aren’t, like Kane. Measles very dangerous for little ones. The whole common good and common ground thing comes into play here and I respect a parents right not to vaccinate but the they need to respect the schools right to not admit them. There’s a Brady Bunch episode receiving a bit of attention these days. As the number of measles cases nationwide rises to levels not seen since before the virus was declared eliminated in 2000, some people who oppose vaccines cite an odd cultural reference as evidence that the concern about measles is overblown: a 1969 episode of The Brady Bunch. Some former Brady Bunch cast members aren’t happy about it.
Former cast members are upset the show is being used in 2019 to bolster arguments against vaccines. Maureen McCormick played Marcia as a teen. She found out a few months ago that an anti-vaccination Facebook group was circulating memes of her with measles from that episode, and she was furious, she says.
“I was really concerned with that and wanted to get to the bottom of that, because I was never contacted,” she says. “I think it’s really wrong when people use people’s images today to promote whatever they want to promote and the person’s image they’re using they haven’t asked or they have no idea where they stand on the issue,” she says, adding, “As a mother, my daughter was vaccinated.”
The episode “Is There A Doctor in the House?” features the whole family sick with measles. First, Peter gets sent home from school. Mother Carol Brady, played by Florence Henderson, describes his symptoms as “a slight temperature, a lot of dots and a great big smile,” because he gets to stay home from school for a few days. People who are critical of vaccines bring the episode up often. It’s used in videos and memes and is cited by activists like Dr. Toni Bark, who testifies against vaccines in courts and at public hearings across the United States. To them, it aptly illustrates what they consider to be the harmlessness of the illness. “In 1969, we had less control over infectious diseases,” she says. “Smallpox was still a reality. There were far more cases of polio. In that context, it made sense to think of measles as a lesser threat.” Public health officials began to try to change the public consciousness about measles once a vaccine was developed, she says. Everyone who caught measles in the Brady Bunch episode was fine by the next episode, and most people who catch measles in 2019 will be fine too. But that’s not always the case; the virus can cause pneumonia and, in severe cases, brain swelling and deafness. Measles many parents think of measles as just a common nuisance which makes their children feel miserable and keeps them out of school for a while. But physicians today know that measles is more than a nuisance,” the announcer says, going on to warn of potential complications, such as bacterial infections, fatal pneumonia and brain inflammation.
Please Vaccinate Your Children.