A lot of people are not sure if measles vaccination is worth it. There’s a lot of misinformation about how dangerous the disease really is and what the true benefits and risks of vaccination are. Kurzgesagt does a good job summarizing all you need to know about the debate.
Measles is a dangerous virus for a number of reasons. For one, most don’t show signs of having it for 10 days following infection. However, it also turns your own cells against you. In fact, it actually uses your dendritic cells as Trojan horses for attacking your entire immune system. Usually, these cells are utilized for taking samples of virus cells and bringing them back to the lymph nodes so proper weaponry can be deployed. Measles is so contagious that you have a 90% chance of catching it if you’re around someone with it. This is why vaccination is so important. At the moment, over 120,000 people die of the virus every year. Keep in mind, too, that not everyone can be vaccinated. Many are too young, allergic, have HIV/AIDs or some other issue keeping them from vaccination being safe. Therefore, it’s up to the rest of us to get vaccinated to keep them from being exposed to this deadly virus.