Measles one common childhood disease


Published on What parents should know about Measles? Measles is a common childhood disease. It is important to know how children get it, how to treat it, and how to cope with the symptoms.

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Measles one common childhood disease

  1. 1. An Introduction to Measles By:
  2. 2. “The cat’s got the measles, the measles,the measles. The cat’s got the measles – cross your legs, you’re out.”
  3. 3. This rhyme was interesting not justbecause it was a new one for me and it was neither a skipping rhyme nor a handclap game or even a rhyme for initiating the start of a handstand contest (all action games I played at school),
  4. 4. but because it contained a reference toa childhood illness that an awful lot of children these days only encounter measles in old-fashioned stories.
  5. 5. Incidentally, just in case you didn’tknow this rhyme either and you want togive your children a new action game to play, my daughter’s game went like this: you stand in a group in a rough circle and chant the rhyme.
  6. 6. As you chant, you jump so your legs areapart as you land the first time then so you’ve got your ankles crossed thesecond time, then so you land with legs uncrossed, etc.
  7. 7. If you finish the rhyme with your legs crossed, you’re out. Continue until there’s only one person left in.
  8. 8. Anyway, back to the measles.
  9. 9. The measles we’re talking about here are English Measles.
  10. 10. German Measles are also known as Rubella and they’re another story.
  11. 11. The majority of parents who send their children to early childhood centres, including our Friday’s ChildMontessori, have had their children vaccinated as babies against measles.
  12. 12. Here in Australia, the vaccines againstthe measles are given at the ages of 12 months and 18 months (yes, youneed two shots of the vaccine to be fully immunised).
  13. 13. For those who have come over the Tasman from New Zealand, thevaccination programme in that country is to give the measles vaccine at 15 months and 4 years.
  14. 14. This means that if you’re one of the many parents who has immigrated toAustralia from New Zealand when their children are at preschool age, your child might not be fully vaccinated.
  15. 15. This would be the case if your child gotthe 12-month shot in New Zealand and you then moved over here to the GoldCoast when your child was three yearsold – too young for the second vaccine in New Zealand but too old for the second one over here.
  16. 16. If this is your situation, whether or notyou go to our Montessori preschool yet or whether you’re just reading thisarticle out of general interest, then see your GP and get this situation dealt with.
  17. 17. At one stage, some well-meaning but probably misinformed peoplebelieved and promoted the idea that the measles vaccine caused autism.
  18. 18. Or, to put it in more scientific terms,that the measles vaccination increased children’s risk of autism.
  19. 19. However, this proved to bescaremongering, to a large extent. A lot of parents opted not to vaccinate theirchildren against measles because of this perception of risk.
  20. 20. You can guess what happened. The autism rate didn’t go downnoticeably, but measles outbreaks are happening thanks to those children who haven’t been vaccinated.
  21. 21. Australia has quite a good trackrecord when it comes to measles, andthis disease has practically been wiped out over here thanks to the intense vaccination programme.