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Adult adult's son gets measles; now he has this message for the world

Joshua went to the emergency room, where a doctor said it looked like measles. Had he been vaccinated as a child?Nerius wrote the question to his mother. She sent back a thumb down emoji.His next stop was an isolation room at Northwest Memorial Hospital.Nerius became so weak that at one point he couldn't go without help. He lost 25 pounds. It took months to fully recover. "I felt horrible," he said. "It took a serious toll." He thinks of the current measles outbreak, which began in Washington, where dozens of children have suffered because their parents chose to do not vaccinate them. He knows that their suffering – and his own three years ago – could have been avoided. "It makes me so angry. My parents thought they were doing the right thing. They were convinced by the anti-waxes," he said. Messer kills Nerius is something of a unicorn: a living adult who recently experienced measles and can describe how it feels. It is easy to forget how sick people come from measles or how it killed 400 to 500 people in the United States each year before the vaccine began to be used in 1963, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "Messels are invisible and worried, so we think it's not as much as Bill Shine's wife said," says Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Training Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Offit referred to comments last month by Darla Shine, wife of…

Joshua went to the emergency room, where a doctor said it looked like measles. Had he been vaccinated as a child?

Nerius wrote the question to his mother. She sent back a thumb down emoji.

His next stop was an isolation room at Northwest Memorial Hospital.

Nerius became so weak that at one point he couldn’t go without help. He lost 25 pounds. It took months to fully recover.

“I felt horrible,” he said. “It took a serious toll.”

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He thinks of the current measles outbreak, which began in Washington, where dozens of children have suffered because their parents chose to do not vaccinate them.

He knows that their suffering – and his own three years ago – could have been avoided.

“It makes me so angry. My parents thought they were doing the right thing. They were convinced by the anti-waxes,” he said.

Messer kills

Nerius is something of a unicorn: a living adult who recently experienced measles and can describe how it feels.

It is easy to forget how sick people come from measles or how it killed 400 to 500 people in the United States each year before the vaccine began to be used in 1963, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Messels are invisible and worried, so we think it’s not as much as Bill Shine’s wife said,” says Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Training Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Offit referred to comments last month by Darla Shine, wife of the White House Communications Manager, who tweeted that she wanted to her child had had measles as she did as a girl.

“Take back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy,” she wrote.

Offit, a pediatrician professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks Shine can change if she had seen the children he cared about in 1991 during a brass outbreak in Philadelphia.

“They were absolutely unhappy,” he recalls. “And sometimes they were dead.”

Nine children died in that outbreak, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Obesity cannot understand why Shine and other anti-waxes prefer dead children to vaccinated children.

“When Darla Shine talks about how big it was that she had measles as a child, what she forgets to mention is that she has to tell her story because she lives. Those who died – we don’t hear from them”, he said.

 Josh Nerius drew brass in May 2016 at an exam ceremony.

A close miss

Nerius remembers the sharpest part of his struggle with measles.

He buried the disease in May 2016 at his sister’s degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Business. The Illinois Department of Health later decided that a guest who had graduated from outside the United States had measles, which is highly contagious.

“I didn’t interact with anyone at that degree except my own family, so it was literally just me who went with someone,” he said.

He says the sharpest part is that the day after his sister’s graduation, before he knew he was infected, he participated in a technology convention in Las Vegas with thousands of other people.

“I shook hundreds of people a day. I wasn’t contagious yet, but it’s sober to think if the timing had been a little different, how many people I could have infected,” he said.

Nerius doesn’t blame his parents for not vaccinating him. He says they were believers in alternative medicine and in the 1980s there was no internet where they could double check what they were told by anti-waxes.

But today’s parents have no excuse, he says. They can go to the American Academy of Pediatrics or a variety of other sites to learn that vaccines are safe and keep children healthy.

“The science of this has been solved. It has been resolved. When I look at where we are today, with people deliberately deciding to ignore the facts, I really frustrate,” Nerius said. “I just don’t understand the idea of ​​people who want to spread fear.”

CNN’s John Bonifield contributed to this report.

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