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  •  Wasn't it measles (5+ / 0-)

    that caused Helen Keller to become blind/deaf/mute? Certainly with modern medicine there are now ways to mitigate the effects but why take the risk? Add to that we've got more adults who either never had the standard childhood diseases or got the vaccines (mainly immigrants) so the risk of serious complications in them is real, especially if they happen to be pregnant (my mother-in-law got chicken pox while she was pregnant with her younger son back in the 1950s -- it was no picnic she relates).

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

    by Cali Scribe on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 04:03:27 PM PST

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    •  It was certainly measles which wiped out (1+ / 0-)
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      two thirds of the native Hawaiians!

      If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

      by shigeru on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 04:28:00 PM PST

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    •  Not measles (1+ / 0-)
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      probably scarlet fever or meningitis. Measles causes many problems but not blind-deaf as far as I know.

      Measles is one of the likely suspects in the epidemic of 1616-19 that wiped out 90% of the Wampanoag population of Massachusetts just before the Pilgrims arrived.

    •  They're not sure (2+ / 0-)
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      what Helen Keller had.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:36:31 PM PST

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