On the other hand, there are various side effects that have been associated with the measles vaccine; some of which have given activists against vaccines all the more reason to push their agenda. The CDC has listed some minor side effects of the measles vaccines to include a slight fever, redness or development of a rash around the injected region, and facial swelling. Some effects are moderate such as a full body rash, temporary stiffness and joint pains, low platelet count and seizures. In the worst case scenario, the side effects can be severe and include a coma, brain damage, chronic seizure disorder, loss of hearing and consciousness.
In 2014, a study on the MMR-V vaccine conducted in Canada established that the danger of febrile seizures was double in kids getting the MMR-V vaccine compared to those getting the MMR and varicella vaccines separately. Furthermore, a follow-up meta-analysis discovered that the risk of febrile seizures increased 5 to 12 days after vaccinating children between 10 and 24 months old. In one case, an affected mother revealed that her child had a bad reaction to the MMR vaccine just hours after it was administered to him. The child started experiencing full body jerks, throwing his arms and legs in the air. Ten months later, her child still had twitches on his arms, legs, face, and torso. Later on, doctors diagnosed the condition as “benign sleep myoclonus”; symptoms he didn’t have before the measles vaccination.
Given the present attitudes towards vaccines, getting immunized against measles will likely get you a fair share of societal criticism from groups such as the Anti Vaccination Movement. So before you decide to take the measles vaccines, you might want to consider all the above to make an informed decision.