Everybody got it, it was considered routine, you stayed home for a couple of days in bed while your parents tended to you. That was it. No big whoop. Staying in bed watching cartoons was preferable to going to school for most kids, in any case.
Law and Order, Special Victims Unit recently aired a new season episode titled "Selfish" (Season 10, Episode 19 - which can be seen on Hulu at this link http://www.hulu.com/watch/159195
It covers the case of a young mother (Ashlee) with a missing child (Sierra). Sierra is found dead.
The long and convoluted synopsis of this nighttime soap opera is here
My much shorter one is below:
It turns out Sierra died of measles because she was never vaccinated.
Several other people were found infected with measles. One is Dennis who turns out to be Amish. Of course, the Amish would be a vector for measles, because they don't get vaccinated. Dennis claims to hang out at the local park.
Another woman named Monica, who also frequents the park, has a child infected with measles. She says she doesn't trust pharmaceutical companies.
One detective says that Monica's choice endangers the kids that are too young to be immunized.
The detectives find out that Sierra's mother, Ashlee, wants to sue the city for $100 million because Sierra got sick in a city park. Detectives go to Monica's apartment and arrest her for the murder of Sierra.
At the trial, an expert named Warner says that measles stays active an hour after the person who had it leaves a room and it is transmittable from 200 feet away.
"England had a measles outbreak because people refused to get immunized", and "it is irresponsible for people not to immunize their kids", says Warner. She also states she believes Monica is responsible for Sierra's death.
The jury finds Monica not guilty. Sierra's grandmother screams at Monica, files a civil suit against her, and later throws a brick into Monica's house.
Another of Sierra's relatives, Ralph, is found dead in Monica's apartment. Monica tells the detectives that Ralph ran into her home, screamed "You killed two people!", then shot himself.
The forum on this episode at NBC.com, contains the following comments from viewers:
1) Tonight's show was all about taking away your rights, which is where this country is headed. Blaming that mothers lack of vaccinating her child for the death of the other child was a real leap.
Come on people! Why risk a murder trial? Just line up over here and roll up your sleeve. I promise this won't hurt.