After reading about subacute sclerosing panebcephalitis, if you’re still an anti vaxer, then you have some deep seated problem and should seek help. Seriously.
This disease is a similar, neurological degenerative disease to mad cow disease and any person who hasn’t had the measles vaccination, which would be most baby boomers, as the vaccination wasn’t around when we were kids, still has a chance of getting it.
There is a prevention BUT there is no cure
Read all about Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis here or the cut and paste below. The disease. The symptoms. The cause. The treatment and the prevention
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a progressive, disabling, and deadly brain disorder related to measles (rubeola) infection.
The disease develops many years after the measles infection.
“..Normally, the measles virus does not cause brain damage. But an abnormal immune response to measles or, possibly, certain mutant forms of the virus may cause severe illness and death. This response leads to brain inflammation (swelling and irritation) that may last for years.
SSPE has been reported in all parts of the world, but in western countries it is a rare disease.
Very few cases are seen in the U.S. since the nationwide measles vaccination program. SSPE tends to occur several years after a person has measles, even though the person seems to have fully recovered from the illness. Males are more often affected than females. The disease generally occurs in children and adolescents…”
Symptoms of SSPE occur in four general stages. With each stage, the symptoms are worse than the stage before:
Stage I: There may be personality changes, mood swings, or depression. Fever and headache may also be present. This stage may last up to 6 months.
Stage II: There may be uncontrolled movement problems including jerking and muscle spasms. Other symptoms that may occur in this stage are loss of vision, dementia, and seizures.
Stage III: Jerking movements are replaced by writhing (twisting) movements and rigidity. Death may occur from complications.
Stage IV: Areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure are damaged. This leads to coma and then death.
No cure for SSPE exists. However, certain antiviral drugs and drugs that boost the immune system may slow the progression of the disease.
THE OUTLOOK (Prognosis)
SSPE is always fatal. People with this disease die 1 to 3 years after diagnosis. Some people may survive longer.
Immunization against measles is the only known prevention for SSPE. The measles vaccine has been highly effective in reducing the numbers of affected children.
Measles immunization should be done according to the recommended American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control schedule.