“Well, at least it’s not measles…..” (a guest post)



This is Brittnee’s story of her son and the MMR vaccine:

“Well, at least it’s not measles…”

My husband and I commonly use this phrase in our home every time my son, Ezra (19 months), comes down with a cold or fever. At Thanksgiving, he had a pretty bad case of croup and every day we reminded ourselves, “well, at least it’s not measles.”

I should preface this story by saying I am not an “anti-vaccine” fanatic. I am just a mom who had to learn the hard way that being educated is the most important, valuable thing that you can do when it comes to vaccinating your kids.

September 9th was a routine, 12-month, well-baby check up. {My pediatrician is someone I respect; he has cared for us knowing that we desire a more holistic approach to our family health.} Ezra received his first MMR vaccine and his second DTAP while in the office. Our vaccine plan was simply to do a delayed schedule and to eliminate ones that we didn’t feel were completely necessary. Let me just say, I was a wreck about the MMR vaccine. When I was pregnant, my doctor found out that I was Rubella non-immune (whatever that means)—basically, the only way someone is that is if he/she is born outside of the US (which I wasn’t) or if their immune system rejected the vaccine. We aren’t completely sure if it has anything to do with what happened to my son, but I think family history or possible similarities are always worth noting. For some reason, it all catered to me feeling totally uncomfortable with the vaccine. I even cried when he received it. I had an internal, gut wrenching feeling that he should not be getting it.

Literally the next 2 weeks were textbook:

3 days after vaccine—fever.
Doctor: “that’s normal for vaccines. It will go away.”

5 days after the vaccine—fever & cold.
Doctor: “some kids have a reaction to the strand since some live strand {enter info I don’t understand here}…
Me: “So…what if I think it’s the measles?”
Doctor: “I’ve never heard of a case of the measles happening. It may be some symptoms like measles, but it’s 1 out of a million chances that he’d get measles from the shot.”

6 days after the vaccine—rash. Oh. My. Stars. The rash.
Doctor: “Let’s check him out…wow. Um. That looks like measles.”

7 days after the vaccine—everything. Full-blown measles.
Doctor: “You need to take him to DeVos immediately.”

So. It seems so straightforward when I write it out, but to be honest it was absolute hell. I remember staying up for 3 nights in a row just holding my son, because the rash was so unbearable. Google gives NO information about measles or the severity, because “no one gets the measles anymore in the US.” My doctor felt horrible and no idea what to say to us. He had never seen this before.

We were quarantined in DeVos Children’s Hospital where specialists, nurses, and doctors came in with hazmat suits on to check him, swab him, and stare at him. We even had random doctors coming in just to “see the kid with measles.” The specialist wanted to get our signatures so that he could present on Ez’s case…and I just sat there crying. I was so angry. I am so thankful for my faith…I was on my knees praying for–not only my son’s health—but, that we would get answers. God’s strength was proven way stronger in our weakness, because I have no idea how we got through it all sometimes.

Did we get answers? Kind-of. We found out that the disease was from the vaccine (and apparently this happens 2-5% of the time, per the Dr at DeVos.). I will never forget the phone call from the CDC…

CDC: “Mrs. Blom, I just wanted to let you know that we confirmed that the case of the measles was from the vaccine.”  She was really, really pleased to tell me this.

Me: OK, well thank you for the call.”

CDC: “I do want to remind you that we still strongly encourage you to continue with his scheduled vaccines. (Pause) I mean, it’s not like he’ll get measles again!”

I probably should have been a little nicer. But I wasn’t. I hung up…and cried.

stack of papersI filled out my VAERS report even though I know that my case will go on a stack of papers in an office somewhere that may never be looked at. I’m not really sure what else I can do—if any of you moms out there have advice for me, I’d love to connect. (Please leave a comment below if you have advice for Brittnee!)

It took over 4 weeks for my son to recover. We had to wait for that horrible rash to spread from the top of his sweet little head to the bottoms of his feet and hands. He did get better…and, for that, I am so thankful.

I’m also thankful that the beautiful, healing grace of God has allowed me to move forward without bitterness in my heart. I know that the lessons learned from that experience have taught us much about surrendering our son daily to the Lord…we know that he is only on loan to us ☺. However, I hope that this story can encourage parents to educate themselves on vaccines. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world where money and greed can take priority over health and true, wholesome care. Ezra’s story should be making news, but it’s not…and it won’t.

dreamstimefree_needleMy husband and I are not going to allow Ezra to get the MMR again, just in case you were wondering. Our choice is what’s best for us, but as long as you are willing to know why your vaccinating or why not…either way, the rest is up to trust. I was told so many times, “there’s no way you could have known.” Of course, I’m not responsible for my son getting the disease. However, I don’t fully agree with that. I think that when you are making decisions about your health and the health of your family, you need to know what the pros and cons are. Pray and discern, talk to your healthcare providers, do your own research, and ASK QUESTIONS! It’s important. Your doctors will never love your children as much as you do. Be their advocates.

And PS. You are a great parent. Those are the kinds of truths we cling to when things don’t go as planned…God is good and delights in you. Whether you vaccinate or don’t…keep up the good work in loving your kids the best you can!


1170838_805580672825_214558397_nBrittnee Blom is from Holland, Michigan. She is currently the youth director and service coordinator at Immanuel CRC in Hudsonville. She and her husband, Taylor, spend their time enjoying great friends, local food, holistic health, and organic beer . They are blessed to be the parents of the World’s Busiest Toddler, Ezra who is 19-months old. They are in love with Jesus and are growing in His freedom and abounding love every day!

How about you? If you have kids, have they gotten the MMR? Will you delay? Will you skip?

I’d love to hear reasons surrounding ALL choices.

(please keep comments respectful and avoid bashing others’ decisions, otherwise they will be deleted)

*Please note: I share Brittnee’s opinion that vaccines are and should be a parent’s choice. Emotional bullying or the argument of herd immunity isn’t helpful. Most importantly, a fully educated decision on both sides is essential! Know WHY you are choosing to vaccinate or not. We may not fully know the details, emotions and history that goes into a parent’s decision on this issue, so judging one another isn’t helpful. I am not taking sides on the vaccine issue, just encouraging and empowering parents to make an educated and confident decision, no matter what they choose.  – Melissa

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Have questions about vaccines? I recommend checking out these resources:

My post on Why We Don’t Get the Flu Shot

Vaccination Council (and specifically this article about the measles, explaining how contracting “atypical measles” from the shot usually gives more severe symptoms than contracting it normally)

National Vaccine Information Center
















Photo Credit: Stack of Papers, Needle

This post is shared at: Natural Living Monday, Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesdays


  • HannaWealthy says:

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    and safe from MEASLES. My kids have suffered from this contagious disease for
    some time, and my doctor said to me that they cannot be cured. But i always
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  • TiffanyEvansPearson – First of all, I’m so sorry! Second, I’m guessing she is doing fine and if they were concerned they would have kept her. How old is your daughter? I’d just recommend keeping her hydrated and if you have immune-boosting options at home to use those. (Vitamin C? Vitamin D, elderberry?) I cannot give medical advice but if it were my child that’s what I would do!

  • TiffanyEvansPearson says:

    My daughter was diagnosed today with the measels, she received her MMR 10 days ago. They sent us home, is that normal? Should she have been admitted?

  • I am well aware of the intentions of the vaccine. However that does nothing to explain to the fact that he did acquired measles from the vaccine. The serious complications you mention are real and possible, but quite rare. In fact, most of those serious complications are also potential “side effects of the vaccine! The point of my post is to help fully educate that this scenario (acquiring measles from the vaccine) is possible . Each person/parent needs to weigh risk versus benefit for their children and decide what is best for them.

  • AndreaMeehan says:

    Measles is a live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine and can cause a milder measles syndrome. The point of the vaccine is not to prevent the unpleasant, but not dangerous fever or rash, it is to prevent the serious complications of pneumonia, myocarditis, encephalitis and death.

  • FollowtheVaccineMoney says:

    @Joe Smith I would love to live in a world where big pharmaceutical companies operate in ethic manners, but when billions of dollars are at stake, there is an inherent conflict of interest.  Additionally when pharma companies are no longer liable, there is no system to to keep conflict of interest in check.  And finally when the head of the CDC (Gerberding) goes to work at a pharma company, there is a revolving door between governement and pharma that closes any hope of honest evaluation.
    “Joe Smith” are you astroturfing?


  • Jodie69 says:

    I am glad to read this testimonial of how awful measles is. I think that a lot of people have glossed over how serious it can be. This makes me so grateful that this disease was all but eradicated in this country. It is unfortunate that anyone in this day and age gets measles but I could not find documentation supporting 2-5% of those of us who received this live virus vaccine contracted measles. I am sorry that your child went though this.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for your kind-spirited comment. Yes, measles CAN be awful, but in the majority of cases we know that it is typically mild (not fun, but mild) without serious complications. It’s the secondary infections (pneumonia, etc) that are the problem and why deaths occur. Environment is certainly an important factor, as those who are malnourished or have Vitamin A deficiency are at a higher risk for complications.

      Also, it’s important to keep in mind that from what we know, this “atypical” measles caused from the vaccine is the acellular type. These generally cause much more severe cases of the measles from what I understand.

      As for the 2-5% comment, I’d guess Brittnee will need to help us out with that one. My guess is that some sort of measles-like rash happens in that many cases (2-5%) but this full-blown measles isn’t as common (but still included in that 2-5%?). I do know of one other friend whose son broke out in a full-body measles rash/fever following his vaccine as well…common but, like measles serious complications, relatively rare I’m guessing? Thanks for stopping by!

  • momster says:

    Thanks for an informative article. I didn’t realize that the vaccine could result in measles. I was shocked to learn just recently that fully vaccinated individuals are not only capable of contracting measles, but also of spreading it to other (fully vaccinated!) individuals. Who knew? It appears that the pertussis and now also the measles vaccines are not as effective as advertised, as both diseases can and are contracted and spread among the fully vaccinated. See these 3 articles:




    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for stopping by – those are helpful links as well. I’m glad we can all keep learning from each other!

    • Thomas Allen says:

      This broadcast spreading of junk science is like throwing gasoline on a fire – you’re only making things worse. Stop spreading lies.

      • Melissa says:

        I’m not sure what you are referring to as “spreading of junk science”. Is this is response to a comment or the blog post in general? Please note there are NO documented studies showing that vaccines have actually eradicated any diseases. And moreso, there are no studies showing that they safe (all studies that HAVE been done have compared one vaccine to another, rather than a placebo-controlled study).

        Rogue comments like yours are not helpful for this discussion. Please use facts, links or respectful reasoning.

  • Joe Smith says:

    I for one, respect a parents decision, and feel it is certainly up to the parent(s) to decide. No one should be forced to vaccine.

    However, maybe the “anti-vaccer’s” can help me understand what is going on at Ohio State University.


    Over 100 sick with the mumps. 3 of which were confirmed non-vaccinated. Now before you go ahead and say, “See! Only 3 weren’t vaccinated and they all got sick,” it’s because those 3 weren’t vaccinated that the disease was able to spread to more people. The fact most of these happen in a college setting just helps prove that with diseases like this it’s crucial that the majority (100% would be best) NEED to be vaccinated.

    I’m vaccinated, but still run the risk of getting it if a non-vaccinated person were to be in contact with me. You know what a symptom is? Swelled testicles with possibility of infertility. Yowsa! This is besides the point though…

    If autism is your argument, your argument is invalid. I’m sorry. That argument has been debunked. Many times. (I realize that is not the argument here, but thought it would fit well with discussion.)

    Again I say, I respect your decision, but I can’t wrap my head around the thinking that there is a vaccination out there that can help stop these deadly diseases and yet people aren’t willing to go through with them.

    I’m sorry you had to go through legitimate hell with your child, I wish no ill-will towards anyone, and after a story like this, I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to stop. But as Jill beautifully put above, this is so far out of the norm that it gets more attention than the millions upon millions who are never affected.

    • Melissa says:

      A few things, Joe. First of all, thanks for stopping by and commenting in a nice tone. :-)

      For one, these aren’t “deadly” diseases unless you live somewhere (aka 3rd world country) with poor nutrition and sanitation. You have a better chance of getting struck and killed by lightning. And yes, swelled testicles is a potential complication of Mumps, you are right. But, from what I know, it generally only affects one testicle and not both, so infertility would be extremely rare. There is a bigger chance of having a much more serious side effect to the vaccine or vaccine ingredients than to the disease. That’s at least how I feel about it. It’s good we all have the freedom to research and make decisions that are best for our family and circumstances, like you agreed.

      I’m sure the 100 people aren’t happy to have the mumps. But, my guess is they will all recover without any lasting issues – and now they have lifelong immunity which they obviously didn’t have from the vaccine. And how in the world would the 3 unvaccinated people be the cause for the mumps outbreak? So 3 of the 100 made it spread? I honestly do not see how that can attributed to them. My opinion (and that of many other “vaccine questioners” is that herd immunity is a theory that works only when natural immunity is the norm (natural immunity is from actually having acquired immunity from the actual “disease”, rather than artificial immunity from a vaccine). When 97% of the people were vaccinated, somehow it automatically gets blamed on those remaining 3 (3%) who weren’t??? Someone who has a flu vaccine, for instance, can still carry the virus on their body and infect someone else. Same would go for the mumps. SO, to automatically “blame” the 3 who weren’t vaccinated is quite silly and irresponsible, don’t you think?

      Joe, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article (and related links within it): http://gianelloni.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/dear-parents-you-are-being-lied-to/

      • Joe Smith says:

        First, I didn’t say that the 3 were the cause of the outbreak, but simply they aren’t helping contain the outbreak because they aren’t vaccinated. This article simply stats they are linked to it. Technically speaking, those that aren’t vaccinated for diseases like this could be thought of as a walking biological weapon. If even one person chose not to take this “not serious” disease serious and stay home and away from others, it could spread like wildfire.

        Let’s say of the 100 people that got mumps, 98 were fine, but two had serious complications. Not bad right? 98% are “healthier” now right? What are you going to say to the 2 that had serious complications?

        If a willful anti-vaxxor can sue their doctors because of feeling “bullied” or “pushed” into making a decision, then by all means these 2 people should be able to sue those willful anti-vaxxors who chose not to get vaccinated and instead (help) infect them.

        If we are talking about extremely rare side affects of getting mumps, like my example, than we should also point out that this particular story is also on the side of extremely rare. For every one of these blogs that are posted, there should be millions of others saying, “we had our child vaccinated and absolutely nothing happened. The world is now safer because of it.”

        It seems as if a lot of ant-vaxxors share the same sentiment. “It’s okay that I don’t vaccinate my children, just as long as you vaccinate yours.”

        While that blog has some very good points, it’s a blog. Many of the points she includes link to more blogs. She still believes that MMR causes autism. That right there should stop you from reading any further. She talks about scare tactics, but in turn is using them to scare her readers into believing that something with a less than 1% chance is bound to happen.

        I don’t want to argue with you over what causes what, what could happen, or what might happen. I want to point out that while these things can happen, and it’s very unfortunate they do, that it’s NOT the norm. I’ll say it again, for everyone one of these blogs, there should be (at least) hundreds of thousands of comments saying that absolutely nothing happened, and now our child isn’t at risk of infecting others later in his/her life.

        • Melissa says:

          Hmm, I just don’t follow your logic – couldn’t I also argue that the 97 vaccinated individuals aren’t helping the outbreak either, since they obviously still contracted the mumps even while being vaccinated and are also “guilty” of spreading it as well?

          If you read some of the comments below and have gotten some of the emails I have, you’ll also realize that this story of contracting measles from the vaccine isn’t all that rare.

          And in response to your comment “For every one of these blogs that are posted, there should be millions of others saying, “we had our child vaccinated and absolutely nothing happened. The world is now safer because of it.”…how can they be sure? What if they develop an autoimmune disease down the road that they aren’t aware was caused by a vaccine? Or a seizure disorder? Or peanut allergy? Or SIDS? I’m not saying that these are ALWAYS or even ever caused by vaccines, but what if they are and we just don’t know it yet? I think there are a lot of unanswered questions around the topic of vaccine safety AND efficacy.

          And yes, it is blog (that specific post was written by someone with a degree in biology, though) and it links to other blogs. Well, our news stations have blogs, too, but it simply being a “blog” doesn’t somehow negate the information contained in it.

          You wrote: “I want to point out that while these things can happen, and it’s very unfortunate they do, that it’s NOT the norm” – I would also argue that those who are vaccine-questioners could also say that about these “vaccine preventable diseases” as well. If you live somewhere with clean water and good nutrition, your body should be able to fight these normal childhood diseases without lasting complications. (complications would not be the norm).

          And this is what I have the biggest problem with: “…that absolutely nothing happened, and now our child isn’t at risk of infecting others later in his/her life”, because it is absolutely NOT true. Vaccination does not automatically mean that they aren’t at risk of either infecting someone else OR contracting the “disease” it was meant to protect them from. THAT is the big issue I have. No one can make that claim.

          • Joe Smith says:

            Who’s more likely to contract and spread a disease, someone that has been vaccinated or someone that hasn’t?

            What is the percentage of children that have gotten SIDS, seizure disorders, peanut allergies, etc FROM vaccines?

            If my child was vaccinated, later in life he/she CANNOT give it to anyone, unless he/she first contracted it from someone else. That someone is more likely to have contracted it if they weren’t vaccinated. Bottom line. Undeniable fact.

            For instance, the Ohio State reference shows that 3 of the 116 were not vaccinated. What they don’t tell you is the large amount of people that were in contact with these 116 that had absolutely nothing happen to them, thanks to the vaccine.

            You could argue that in that group there were also people who weren’t vaccinated. Good for them. I’m glad their bodies were able to combat it without a problem. If that is a risk they are willing to take it’s THEIR decision. I’d rather play Russian roulette with the possibilities of vaccine induced diseases than contracting the disease when I’m older (or my children) and having that disease affect me more drastically than if I was younger.


            Here’s a nice article outlining what happens when there’s in outbreak. 86% were not vaccinated or their status was unknown. 13% were too young for the vaccine. That leaves a whopping 1% of vaccinated people who contracted it.

            From the article: “Before the vaccine became available in the 1960s, some three to four million people contracted measles every year. Of those, 48,000 were hospitalized, 1,000 were permanently disabled and about 500 died, the CDC said.”

            Now, say we add in 50 years and the population change and imagine what those numbers would look like. I find it difficult to believe this isn’t a “serious” disease.

            Also, the blog you previously mentioned talks about the amount of money they stick into these vaccines, and the amount of money they get out of it. What about the cost of containing the outbreak once it happens? According to the article, the total cost of containment for only 9 infected was $300,000.

            Easy math puts it at roughly $33,000 per person. I don’t think we need to venture any further to say it’s more expensive for the healthcare system to contain the problem than it is to prevent it before it happens.

          • Melissa says:

            I have no definitive answers for your first two questions and I won’t make any educated guesses.

            Your argument about your child being unable to give it to someone else unless they first contracted it from someone else is true. But the same is true for an unvaccinated person – they would have to contract it from someone else, too. And that person may or may not have been vaccinated (since vaccines do not 100% protect people from these “diseases”).

            You talk about money – what about the millions of dollars they pay out to families with vaccine-injured kids? Did you know there is a government fund especially for that? And mostly because there is now a law that IF your child becomes vaccine-injured, you cannot sue the physician OR the vaccine manufacturer. Interesting, huh?

            To me, I would rather take my chances on the “disease” rather than a higher chance of getting the disease it’s supposed to prevent or a side effect from the ingredients. I’m just thankful both you and I can make that choice, even though it seems like we are choosing different options for our families.

            One website I have appreciated is http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org – maybe a good one to check out for a different perspective (from the medical community).

            Thanks again for your calm comments, even though our opinions differ. :-)

        • Danchi says:


          Measles outbreak was CAUSED by a young 22 year old woman who was vaccinated. The health dept. in NY are aware of here and who she is. The spin of course is: 2 children were unvaccinated BUT why has no reporter asked: Were the UNVACCINATED children the origin of the outbreak, if not, why the focus on them? I’ll answer. It’s called fear mongering, the blame game and hate. The CDC/government has learned this game well. They have spent the last 50 years indoctrinating the public into believing vaccines work and people who are not vaccinated are causing outbreaks. Childhood illnesses, not diseases, did not become killer diseases until the profit margin was jacked up.
          According to the CDC National Vital Statics Report there have been 5 deaths from measles since 1986. Measles is not a killer. Uncomfortable-yes but if treated properly is not problem. The problems occur when Dr. began administering all sort of drugs which suppress the immune system and causes pneumonia. Measles don’t kill but pneumonia will. Here is the story of the measles outbreak that every news outlet has spinned to the propaganda of the CDC/Vaccine agenda.


          What’s wrong with this title is-it’s not the first time. I have several pages of outbreaks in populations that are 80% or more vaccinated.

          Before you jump to conclusions that unvaccinated children are spreading illnesses watch this video:

          You will never look at vaccinated children the same!- Shedding Viruses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKSeiAs_A4w

          Viral vaccine shedding is a well know phenomenon that the CDC uses to juice up the fear-such as every Flu season.

          First know every MSM outlet is an extension of the Pharmaceutical Industry and the CDC-government. No reporter will report the truth of outbreaks because they want to keep their jobs and their editors will not allow the information to be published:

          Exclusive: an interview with investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson
          Apr25 by Jon Rappoport

          The primary reason Attkisson left CBS was because of the enormous censoring of information she felt the public should know.

          • Melissa says:

            Thanks for the great response (and somehow your comment got stuck in my “pending approval” file and I just now saw it. Great resources!

  • Oriana says:

    The product monograph for MMR-II vaccine by Merck lists atypical measles as a contraindication (bottom of page 6). There are other serious contraindications, the last one being death. I was rather shocked by this.


  • Sandi says:

    My daughter contracted Chicken Pox before she turned one and without the vaccine. It was the most horrible 10 days. They were everywhere, even inside her mouth & palms of hands and feet.

    We had her on a delayed vaccine schedule at the time and after that horrible experience, we decided to break up the MMR vaccines (then you could get them separately). It was a year later when we gave her just the measles portion of the vaccine and just like you described, she came down with the measles like clock work from the vaccine.

    Our Pediatrician couldn’t believe it and so we had her blood tested and sure enough, it’s was measles. They had never had a case before. We didn’t go to the hospital, just waited it out. It was less severe than the chicken pox ordeal but more disturbing. Prompting research by me and my pediatrician.

    Interestingly, my pediatrician has since taken a stance against vaccinating. She gives seminars on why NOT to vaccinate. I hope more doctors start to do the same.

    • Melissa says:

      Wow Sandi! Thanks for sharing. I’m most surprised with the response from your Doctor – that is amazing. I’m glad your daughter recovered well and that you’ve taken the time to educate yourself AND to share your story with us! Thanks!

      • Sandi says:

        Its unfortunate that we do have to educate ourselves to better understand the pros and cons of vaccines and medications. I’m glad that my pediatrician had my daughter on a delayed schedule, that in itself was a very progressive attitude. We did things much differently with my second daughter. Brittnee – I just realized that I forgot to add that the reason I brought up the chicken pox is that OUR family says “at least its not the chicken pox” :)

        • Joe Smith says:

          I’m sorry, but if your doctor is actively taking a stance AGAINST vaccination as a whole, they need to have their license taken away. Imagine where the world would be if we didn’t have vaccines?

          • Melissa says:

            It is interesting to imagine where we would be. I wonder what the thousands (maybe more?) who have vaccine-damaged children would say in answer to this question? It’s worth considering their experience I would think….

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  • Wanda says:

    Here in Australia we have a conscientious objection, and my daughter is covered by that. Every time a question of vaccines comes up I write in capitol letters COVERED BY CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION AND MUST NOT BE VACCINATED. There is family history here, I have had homoeopathic treatment to neutralize the scars of immunization. My immune system was devastated by those scars, and since the homoeopathy treatment I get stronger every year. I grew up on a farm, unable to participate because I was so allergic to everything, even the house dust. I have returned to the same farm, and I often help out in the sheepyards with minimal allergies.

    I was surprised to discover how little testing occurs with any vaccine, I did the research. Viral mutation of chicken pox is a devastating tenacious affliction, I watched this up close as a family member succumbed, A little boy of four years old, screaming and ripping at his unbearably itchy skin. I did not want to go through that with my daughter, so yes, she is covered by a conscientious objection.

    I will never tell anyone not to immunize their child, I have no right to do that. I have been called many names by those who believe that immunization is the only option. What I do tell people when the subject arises is that they need to educate themselves do their own research. From an evidence based perspective, I know healthy kids who are not immunized, and sick ones who are. Not all healthy kids are immunized, but most chronically ill children bear the scars of immunization somewhere in their medical history.

    If someone feels compelled to immunize a child, and there is a drastic reaction, don’t wait for decades of suffering, get the toxic residue neutralized with homoeopathy like I did, then the sick child can at least start to get their life back again.

    • Melissa says:

      Wow, what a testimony. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing your story. I agree that it is NEVER our right to tell someone whether to vaccinate or not – but to simply encourage them to educate themselves on the topic. Thanks for your thoughtful comment and thanks for reading!

    • Melissa says:

      Sorry Charles, but you weren’t playing nice and I removed your other comment. Now, for this article, it’s really not a helpful part to the discussion….the last line of the article states “…people need to understand these are nasty diseases if they don’t vaccinate their kids.”

      2 comments to that: First, measles is VERY rarely fatal. Just like the common cold, pneumonia, food poisoning, influenza, etc. And second, this whole blog post is about how a child got measles FROM the vaccine. So a commenting with an article that’s telling people to get vaccinated in order to not get the measles is sort of an oxymoron. Does that make sense?

      And that’s why this link isn’t helpful to the calm, thoughtful discussion the rest of us are having. If you’d like to contribute comments that aren’t attacking others or calling them names, then you are welcome to come back and contribute.

  • […] trivalent vaccine) contract measles from the vaccine. This specific claim was made on the realfoodeater blog (another thing you should know about the anti-vaccine community is the broad overlap with the […]

  • Sara says:

    I am against the vaccines. My own personal story is that I received the measles vaccination three times, and came down with measles three times. Got the shot, got the measles. The measles went away and the bio mother rushed me right back to the doctor to get the short again since the first one failed. Got the shot (again), got the measles (again.) Got the shot (again), got the measles (again.) When the bio mother took me in after the third case of the measles – cuz darn it, those vaccines weren’t working right – the doctor told her she was nuts and REFUSED to give me any more vaccines. BLESS HIM!!!

    The damage was already done to my immune system though. I had the chicken pox four times, got another case of the measles (had the measles four times)…

    When it came time to vaccine my son, I refused. The school system fought me on it. I claimed religious reasons. I claimed health reasons. Whatever I could. It worked for a few years. Moved to a new area and the new school REFUSED to allow any exceptions. So I home schooled for a bit. Moved to a new area and the school refused to allow any exceptions. The area also refused to allow home schooling (another story). I had a friend fake the shot records.

    My son never came down with of those diseases. He brought them home to me, but he never got sick! He’s turning 21 this year.

    I definitely encourage and support parents who say no to vaccines.

  • Axle Gerlander says:

    The utter lack of understanding of even basic science and statistics evidenced in these posts is exacerbated by confirmation bias, motivated thinking, and conspiracy theories. Just because some of the posts are prefaced with something to the effect of “I’m not some crazy anti-vax person …” does not make that a true statement. You are entitled to your own beliefs, but not your own facts. Your illogical thought processes and clouded judgment have serious public health repercussions.

    • Deborah says:

      Actually Axle, My understanding after studying the science behind vaccines has lead me to believe that the whole program of vaccination is based on illogical thought processes. And most definitely is causing serious public health repercussions. Death, Disability, Neurological Disorders. There are many scientists and Doctors who believe the same. Attacking a persons decision ‘not to vaccinate’ should involve some scientific evidence, and some discussion of the real facts, not just the accusation that they have no real facts. I have heard this so many times, “you don’t understand the science, you are a conspiracy theory advocate, you are crazy” , yet no real facts enter the discussion. Weird.

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks Deborah. I agree. And the fact that VAERS even exists, along with a HUGE fund to pay vaccine-injured victims’ families for damage is enough proof. That and the stories that people are sharing of their own problems with vaccines. Certainly everyone has the right to make whatever decision they want for their OWN families based on research they have done.

    • Melissa says:

      The simple fact is that the person who shared her story had a son that contracted measles from the vaccine.

  • Hilary says:

    This happened to my son, too! He was 15 months old when he had his first round of MMR vaccines. We went on vacation a week later and by the time we were 12 hours from home, he had developed a horrid rash and fever. When I called our pediatrician, he said it was measles. (We didn’t have to report to a hospital, though … we just stayed away from others. My son endured the rash and fever for a week and I completed a VAERS report.)

    Thanks for sharing your story!!

  • heather says:

    “We were quarantined in DeVos Children’s Hospital where specialists, nurses, and doctors came in with hazmat suits on to check him, swab him, and stare at him.”

    My question is what were the medical bills? Who paid.

    What would this do to an uninsured, or under insured family?

    • Melissa says:

      Ooh, good questions!

    • Brittnee says:

      My pediatrician and I called a dozen of people (CDC, insurance, hospital) trying to help us with the costs but all we got was “you are welcome to fill out paperwork, but it may take 6-8 months to get any information regarding financial assistance”. All dead ends and no calls back. Thankful for good insurance, but we still paid around $500 in medical bills just for the Devos trip. Great question!

      • Katie says:

        I am so sorry for all you went through, that’s awful! While you may not want to do this, I suggest you prayerfully consider seeking an attorney to pursue the Doctor (his insurance company) and the maker of the vaccine, most importantly.
        It’s not about the money, but the principle, and to hopefully draw attention so that others might become aware to do the research as you suggest.
        Anti vaxers (of which I am one) are looked at like freaks (and maybe with good reason), but none-the-less, the message is an important one that needs to get out and sometimes it’s only radical measures that get noticed, and often labeled as fanatical…
        you have clearly stated you are not that, maybe your message will be heard.
        Further, it’s not wrong to seek restitution for pain and suffering, whether you need or want it, or not.
        I grew up in a grassroots, outreach CRC church in Windsor, Ontario. I shudder to think what my life would be like without that foundation. If you don’t need/want any potential money you are awarded, give it to the CRC. :)
        Be blessed, hugs and prayers to you Mama.

        • Brittnee says:


          I’d love to talk to you more about this. Could we connect on Facebook or email?

          Thank you for your thoughtful post.


      • heather says:

        Thanks for the answer!

  • Katryn says:

    I also found out I was not immune during my first pregnancy. Before leaving the hospital (and my husband was in the Marines and not there for her birth and family was all 2000 miles away) I got an MMR. That first night home, just me and my little baby, I spiked a fever thanks to the MMR and possibly also due to my milk coming in. I felt horrible. My daughter and I spent the night together on the couch so I didn’t have to move much.

    I now have two daughters and my eldest will be 18 in May. Both have had the required vaccines including the MMR with no extreme side effects. I have not had them get the HPV vaccine though, still have not seen enough data on that.

    We do not get yearly flu vaccines though. I do not believe in over vaccinating. I do think our bodies need to work on their own immune system as well, but I am grateful for modern medicine.

    Everyone needs to figure out what is best for them and their family.

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! My daughter developed Transverse Myelitis after receiving dTap at 6 months. She received all vaccines on schedule but at 6 months I had decided to begin a delayed schedule. The vaccine caused her immune system to attack her spinal cord causing inflammation and semi paralysis. She spent a week in the icu. She’s 15 months and cannot yet walk. She has ongoing physical therapy and orthopedic devices to straighten out her feet. Her neurologist wrote her a medical exemption for vaccines. Researching vaccines is such a long and tiresome journey but I do it to protect my family. We no longer vaccinate and everyday as I learn more information I feel more empowered. The concept of paying a price for “the greater good” rips me apart. It’s telling me that crippling my daughter and robbing her of life experiences (one being experiencing twin life with her identical sister) is OK in order to protect the masses. Every life is valuable. I feel like there is no place for the vaccine injured on the roster. When people talk about vaccination to protect those that can’t receive them, I haven’t once seen medically exempt vaccine injured people included in that. My heart just breaks all the time for my daughter. We have a lawyer and are filing for compensation this year.

    • Melissa says:

      Sarah – I am so sorry! What a tough thing to do through. I cannot even imagine. I’m glad people like you are commenting because often these are the stories that do not get heard, and they need to! You are a wonderful mom and I am so glad you are researching vaccines in order to make the best decision for your family. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing YOUR story, too. Blessings!

  • Holly says:

    I chose not to vaccinate my daughter with the MMR. She has only received a few doses of other vaccines and I didn’t do my research beforehand. I let a doctor bully me when I asked questions instead of going into the appointment informed. I’m so glad to hear Ezra is doing better! I 100% agree that parents should not be ostracized for their decision about vaccines. Every mom I know is doing the absolute best she can!

    • Melissa says:

      It’s terrible that Dr’s (and others) feel the need to bully their patients about not choosing to get certain/all vaccines. Good for you for going into your appointment armed with education to support your confident decision. :-)

  • Melissa, I’m adding this to my Facebook page later, more people need to be aware of this!

  • We declined the MMR vaccine because of a family history of Autism. (My mother-in-law insists their middle child developed autistic tendencies after MMR was administered). We second guess our decision all the time, feeling fear either way, but we really can’t predict the outcome. We have to lean on God’s guidance for each individual and each shot.
    I work in the holistic health industry and clients ask my advice frequently, but I’m not comfortable dispensing one-size-fits-all advice because we are all so different.
    Brittnee, if you learn anything new about your family history and your son’s reaction to the vaccine, I would love to hear it.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your story. It’s hard not to second-guess our decisions, but to just have peace that God led us to what is right for our family. Thanks for stopping by!

      I’m really interested in the holistic health industry – can I ask what you do within that? Thanks!

  • This is a really wonderful story – thank you Brittnee for sharing! I love that no “side” is taken, but rather advocating knowledge so that each family can make their own educated decisions. I look forward to sharing this encouraging story with my readers! – Tiffany

  • Christina says:

    Homeopathy’s literature contains the idea that a child having measles confers certain cognitive development benefits. It is said that after a child recovers from measles, you may observe a leap in mental development (which, homeopathy’s teachers also say, never happens in children who never have measles.) I cannot personally say if this is true; as you point out it’s rare today for a child to develop measles and rarer still that they would have conventional medical treatment for it (which might suppress such a development.) And since he developed his measles from a vaccine, I cannot say that it would have the same observed benefits. I just wanted to open up the idea that as distressing as that period of time was for you all, there may be a silver lining to the experience. (If you have noticed a leap in mental development since your son had his measles, I would be very interested to know.) I appreciate you posting on your experience, because, as you also point out, we would almost never hear about such an experience otherwise. Thanks.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for sharing this! I had no idea. It’s amazing how our bodies are designed to work, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by!

    • Brittnee says:

      Christina–I’ve never heard of this before but I would love to see your sources! Thanks for the comment. My husband and I didn’t notice anything too out of the ordinary afterwards. (I mean, we think he’s a genius…but doesn’t every parent? :)) Very interesting! Thanks for your response and for reading.

  • Jillian Vander Yacht says:

    Thank you for sharing Ezra’s story. I absolutely respect your choice to not continue with the MMR vaccine and I agree that parents being educated is super important. Some children should not be vaccinated, it is just frustrating that you had to find out after it was too late. What I think your families situation is the perfect example of is how important the concept of herd immunity is. As far as other vaccines he should or shouldn’t get I really have no idea, but as long as healthy children are still being vaccinated he will be protected. Taking an immunology class this semester has really opened my eyes to how scary low vaccine rates are getting and how diseases we thought were history are making a comeback. Have you seen what the decrease in the MRR vaccine is doing in the UK? In 3 years it went from only 100 or so cases a year to over 1400 cases! I am truly sorry for what you guys went through and not being a parent I can’t even imagine the pain and frustration you felt. It’s great that that you are sharing your story, not from a place of panic and anti-vaccine, but an encouragement for education. Sorry for going on so long. I hope my thoughts made sense!

    • Melissa says:

      The only part of your comment I want to comment on is the part where you write “I think you families situation is the perfect example of how important the concept of herd immunity is”…..I really don’t understand what you are trying to say.

      He contracted measles FROM the vaccine – and what if the recent outbreaks around the U.S. have been caused by this same phenomenon??

      I do thank you for a kind and considerate comment though – we all have a lot to learn from each other. Making educated decisions are so important. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Jillian Vander Yacht says:

        I just meant that now herd immunity is important to protect Ezra against the things he presumably doesn’t have immunity against since not completing the MMR series and won’t have full protection from mumps and rubella. The way herd immunity works is there is a calculation, that I won’t bore you with, based on the probability of transmission and other things that tells us what percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated to prevent or stop transmission of that disease. So herd immunity can protect people who can’t or don’t get the vaccine as long as vaccination rates remain above that critical number. Does that make sense?

        • Melissa says:

          Yes, I’m an RN and have looked into vaccines a whole lot. I honestly don’t put much stock into the “herd immunity” theory. Vaccine rates are higher than ever and these things are still happening.

          Have you ever read some of the articles on http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org? Pretty fascinating and makes you ask more questions. Especially the one on herd immunity – you might be interested in reading it for a different perspective on the topic. http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2012/07/05/herd-immunity-the-flawed-science-and-failures-of-mass-vaccination-suzanne-humphries-md-3/

          Again, thanks for your calm and courteous replies – this topic can get ugly sometimes! :-)

          • Jillian Vander Yacht says:

            Haha agreed! I have never been able to understand how people think they are going to get their point across by being hateful and rude! I am definitely interested in learning more about the opposing views. I think that as scientists we can often get so hung up on a theory or idea and become unwilling to question it, but the constant revision and improvement is vital to moving forward.
            I guess the thing that I think is most important to consider is that, yes these types of things are happening, but at what kinds of rates? I am not saying that it is acceptable, but just that perhaps instead of spending the time and energy boycotting vaccines people need to be pushing for better vaccines with less side effects. I am sure as an RN and from your research you understand that the immune system is responsible for most of the work as far as the mechanism of vaccination. That makes it incredibly difficult to predict how each person will respond. Is a case like this an anomaly and so far outside the norm? I think part of the problem with the vaccine debate is that anecdotal stories like this are very powerful, but so far in the minority. The same is true, I believe, for the autism issue. At the end of the day the main paper and case that was in support of such a correlation was discredited and show to be fabricated. Not to mention the inability to reproduce Dr. Wakefield’s findings. However the personal stories carry most of the weight inthe arargument for the correlation.
            I am sorry, I do not mean to get on a soapbox, but I like that this has felt like a safe place to express my thoughts and I feel like these are things often overlooked. Thanks for keeping this a friendly conversation :)

        • Brittnee says:

          Hey Jill! :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts so respectfully.

          I appreciate hearing all sides and, again, hope that it only encourages parents to take the leap into vaccine education. If a parent chooses to vaccinate their children and has done their homework, then I 100% respect it. The same goes for people who don’t vaccinate. One of my beautiful and closest friends doesn’t vaccinate her daughter…she had a home birth and chooses a very holistic approach to healthcare. You know what I love the most about her? (Even though I don’t always choose the same course of action…) Is that she knows her stuff! She can tell you why and also relies on trust in Our Creator. That’s good enough for me. :) It sometimes makes me the MOST unsettled when parents do all of the vaccines their docs tell them to do and they have no idea what the name of it is or why they are receiving it.

          Again, thanks for the respectful and thoughtful comments!

          • Jillian Vander Yacht says:

            Absolutely! I think it is all about education, which is why I thought your story was so refreshing! Too many people are just giving into the hype and letting other people guide their decisions and couldn’t tell you why they are anti-vaccine or they have reason based on fallacy. I love your platform of education. I hope I wasn’t coming across too know-it-all preachy.

  • Caitlin Boersma says:

    Thanks for sharing, your story Brittnee! Your faith and trust in God, especially in the midst of chaos and fear, is inspirational!

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