Bitter Memories of Measles

Van Badham’s vaccine-hesitant pediatrician told her mother she didn’t need vaccines—but at age 17, she almost died of measles.
 
Soon after, as measles made her body forget its existing immunities, she caught chicken pox, rubella, mumps, and whooping cough. She hopes her story will sway vaccine doubters.
 
The Quote: "Whenever anti-vaxxers make the news, my body bitterly remembers every experience of the measles. The rash burnt my face, my spine, my chest, arms and my feet, as if they’d been spattered with acid. My bed was soaked with sweat. The damp sheets chafed me at every feverish toss and turn."

The Guardian

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