Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella all can be very serious diseases. Each of the diseases have their own serious reactions.
Measles causes a rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and a fever. It can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and even death.
Mumps causes a fever, headache, and swollen glands. It can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), infection of the pancreas, painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries and in rare cases, death.
Rubella, also known as German Measles, causes a rash and mild fever and can cause arthritis, mostly in women. If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.
Varicella, also known as Chickenpox, causes a rash, itching, fever and tiredness. It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage or death. It can also re-emerge years later as a painful rash called shingles.
In order to combat against these diseases, the CDC recommends preventing them with a combination vaccine. The MMRV vaccine combines the attenuated virus MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine with the addition of chickenpox vaccine.
Although there are many potential side effects and possible adverse reactions to this vaccine, the CDC and the US Federal Government only recognize the following: (This information is taken from the VIS, Vaccine Information Statement and is available to the public.)
They state, “A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of MMRV vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting MMRV vaccine is much safer than getting measles, mumps, rubella, or chickenpox. Most children who get MMRV vaccine do not have any problems with it.”
They state that mild problems are a fever (about 1 child out of 5), mild rash (about 1 child out of 20) and swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck, which they believe to be very rare. If these problems happen, it is usually within 5-12 days after the first dose. They happen less often after the second dose.
The moderate problems they “recognize” are seizures caused by fever (about 1 child in 1,250 who get MMRV), and usually 5-12 days after the first dose. They do want us to know however, that “They happen less often when MMR and varicella vaccines are given at the same visit as separate shots (about 1 child in 2,500 who get these two vaccines) and rarely after a 2nd dose of MMRV.”
A temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder is also listed as a moderate problem and can be found in about 1 child out of 40,000.
Finally they believe the severe problems to be very rare, yet they state, “Several severe problems have been reported following MMR vaccine, and might also happen after MMRV. These include severe allergic reactions (fewer than 4 per million), and problems such as, deafness, long-term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage.” They claim that because these problems occur so rarely, we can’t be sure whether they are caused by the vaccine or not.
Something that the CDC doesn’t want everyone to know or consider is that this vaccine has also been linked to autoimmune disorders and nerve damage. There have been several studies to confirm these adverse reactions. However, since they aren’t “recognized” reactions, they aren’t readily available to the public and aren’t listed on the Vaccine Information Statement.
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