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Measles: a dangerous illness
In 1988, author Roald Dahl wrote a heart wrenching, personal and telling essay, "MEASLES: A dangerous illness," in response to the growing anti-vaccine trend at that time in the UK. His words ring as true today as they did then. Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her hot to fashion little animals out of colored pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn't do anything.