This will be a short post. I just wanted to keep you updated on any new developments in the measles cases reportedly tied to Disneyland.
I didn’t find any reports today of newly diagnosed infections. What I did find was a post from yesterday (January 14, 2015), from Michael Kitchen at Market Watch.
OMG!!! That’s some scary stuff! “Potentially FATAL MEASLES!!!” “Run out and get vaccinated, QUICK! Before you DIE!!!”
Before you get in your car and drive to the pharmacy… let’s think about this. Driving is also potentially fatal… best to call in and ask for your vaccine to be delivered. Just for the record, other “potentially fatal” activities include walking down a flight of stairs, chewing a piece of steak, and being struck by lightening. Better start looking for a 50’s ranch-style home, rev up the NutriBullet, and never, ever go outside during a rain storm. Or when it’s real hot… that heat lightening can be tricky!
If you are still determined to call the pharmacy for your delivery of the MMR vaccine, and if you happen to live in Ohio or New York, no need to panic. Mr. Kitchen is wrong about a lot of things. The Los Angeles Times article to which he refers says nothing about New York or Ohio. The Times reports 22 cases in California, two in Utah, and one each in Washington and Colorado. Mr. Kitchen has the dates wrong, too. The possible exposure window at Disneyland is reported in the Times as December 15 through 20th (not the 17-20th, as Mr. Kitchen indicates). Of course, those are just minor details, right? I mean, it’s not like we’re talking about information that might really impact your life – like stock market and investment stuff…
So, for those of you who are picking up your phones and looking for the pharmacy number… please take another moment to scroll to the bottom of the MarketWatch page and click on the Number 1 Sponsored Results searches…
That’s RIGHT, Ladies and Germs! (sorry… couldn’t resist) This fear-mongering update brought to you by the manufacturers of the measles vaccine, the flu vaccine, Tamiflu and drugs to cure your herpes infections.
And now… for some Reality TV and a flashback to what measles is really like:
Use your head. Don’t panic. Always consider who is paying for the “news” you are receiving.