Recently there has been a lot of talk about measles. What does measles actually do and should you vaccinate against it or is it just hysteria?
measles is a virus. A Hull of proteins, plus some more protein for reproduction. It cannot reproduce by itself, it needs a host cell to do so.
To understand measles, we have to understand the immune system. You might already have seen the visual system we developed to help eradicate diseases. Here just focus on the parts of the immune system relevant to measles. The measles virus enters humans through the nose, mouth or Eyes. The measles infection starts in lungs. It is especially good at infecting the body’s first line of Defense. Macrophages powerful guard cells that protect the lungs from intruders. They enter a cell and take it over. The virus re-programs the cell and transforms it into some dangerous virus productions. Once a cell is filled with viruses, they leave the crippled cell and begin to cycle it over again.
But the immune system has powerful weapons against virus infection, Natural killer cells. Basically, Natural killer cells patrol the body and check other cells for infections. These cells, If they find an infected cell, they order it to commit suicide. This is so effective that for the first 10 days or so you will not even notice that you are infected with measles. This is the reason why measles is so powerful. After a week or so of fighting and dying macrophages alert the brain of the immune system of the dendritic cells. The job of the dendritic cell is to collect samples of intruders. Travel to the lymph nodes, and then activate the heavy weapons. That eradicate the infection very fast in a team effort. But the measles virus uses a dreadful tactic. The Measles virus spreads around Virgin T and B cells. It infects that dendritic cells and uses them as a Trojan Horse to enter deeper into the body. Then the infected cells travel to the next lymph node to alert other immune systems once it arrives. The measles virus spreads Around the Virginity and B cells and infects them. It attacks the very system that he wants to fight it. Now things happen very fast the lymph system spread the virus everywhere. It enters the bloodstream infecting cells while traveling measles infects organs like spleen, the liver the intestine and most importantly lungs.
The symptoms range from my very high fever, headache, sickness, Bronchitis and of course a rash in the lungs. The immune system was doing pretty ok but now millions of viruses attack a second time and kill countless cells wiping out the defense system. In this phase, you start coughing out millions of measles viruses. measles is so contagious at this stage, but if you meet someone who is not vaccinated there is about a 90% chance you infect them. Without the protective army in the lungs, other bacteria or viruses that would usually not stand a chance can enter the lungs and develop into a harmful parallel infection that can cause pneumonia. That stage is most common for measles. Your body’s immune system is now seriously wounded. Various protective systems are hurt and disrupted. The virus spreads everywhere infecting the skin all over the body. The typical measles Rash now becomes visible and in some cases, the measles virus reaches the brain and causes of brain infection. if it does so the chances of dying are at between 20 to 44. There may be a long-term damage but your body is far from giving up at this stage and it Fights Back aggressively. some dendritic cells survive long enough to activate the antivirus for of the body. Plasma cells in the lymph nodes start producing billions of antibodies tiny proteins that mark infections cells for the destruction of a clump. The virus together killer the cells flat the body and kill infected cells left and right after 2 to 3 hours the body usually gets the upper head and over warm the infection but the immune system is not usually weekend and may take weeks or months to living the body vulnerable to the other diseases. But if you make it you are now Immune. your immune system remembers the virus forever. Measles is no joke. Although 84% of all humans are vaccinated against measles Million’s died because of the infection in 2014. Some people cannot get vaccinated at all because they are young, because of chemotherapy or HIV or because they are allergic to the vaccine. They need the rest of us to stop the disease from them. The measles vaccination is safe, cheap and easily available. There is no benefit from having measles at all. You don’t strengthen your immune system and it is not more natural. Most people who don’t vaccinate only want the best for their children, which is honorable. But if you ask yourself, am I putting the life of my child and other children at risk by not vaccinated against measles???
The sad answer is yes.
Yes, you are.
let’s not play The Blame game. Now let’s work together and eradicate this virus. together we can get rid of this dreadful Monsters and consign them to their rightful place, the history books.