Each time you give your children – or teens or young adults – together, there is an opportunity to make use of those who are prone to infected childhood illnesses. This was true in the First World War, when life from the barracks and boat transport by troops contributed to the virulent spread of influenza from 1918, which, unlike most strains of influenza, was more deadly for healthy young people than for older people.
Many universities require a special vaccination list before students move to dormitories, including the meningococcal vaccine, to prevent bacterial meningitis. But the mumps-rubella vaccine is always at the top of the list. This is because measles are so contagious that if the immunity of the herd – when a large percentage of the population is protected by immunization – is even dropped by several percentage points, the measles virus can fully benefit from it.
"The first things you see are cracks in your public health system," Dr. Ratner, will be such infections, "measles, infectious airway, and good relocation from sensitive people to sensitive people."
When my own daughter went to college, someone was getting acquainted with her vaccinations, she was always admitted to school and found her first MRD got a few months before her first birthday, so she did not count; she had to take another dose before she entered the dormitory.
I asked for this morning MRD because we were going to travel to a country where there was still a risk of measles exposure (no, not Brooklyn). The MMR can be given for 6 months if the child is at increased risk of measles exposure and provides some protection, but you must repeat after repetition of the child 1. I forgot and nobody ever noticed it. As a child pediatrician with an incomplete vaccination record, I was a little embarrassed, but it was mostly an impression.
Dr. Stimson noted that World War I soldiers who arrived in more isolated, usually rural conditions were less willing to be immune to childhood illnesses and "when thousands of these rural young men are first assembled together with military camps, contagious diseases are very common," he said . It was also noted in the American Civil War, when the mosquitoes were a particularly destructive disease, and the recruits who left the farm were particularly vulnerable.
Young men from 1918 were in terrible danger (Dr. Stimson himself was wounded in action in Flanders, which served with British troops) but were also at risk because they were exposed to viruses and bacteria.