I decided to look into the statistics of this because I was curious.
There have been 981 reported cases of measles in the US since 1st January 2019. Assuming a population of 300 million, that works out as roughly 2 in 700 000 people.
The chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 700 000 people.
Although if you wanted to do a meaningful comparison, you'd have to compare the odds of getting measles when unvaccinated with the odds of getting struck by lighting while standing outdoors on an exposed hilltop.
If you're unvaccinated, the chance of becoming sick when exposed to the virus is 90%. If vaccinated the chance is 3%, and you're also likely to experience a milder form of the disease. If you're unvaccinated, you will also transmit the disease to more people.
I now quote from https://www.vox.com/2019/1/29/18201982/measles-outbreak-virus-vaccine-symptoms:
But up to 40 percent of patients have complications from the virus. These usually occur in the very young (children under 5), in adults over 20, and in anybody else who is undernourished or otherwise immunocompromised. Children under 5 have the highest probability of death.
The most common complication from measles is pneumonia, which accounts for most measles-related deaths. Less frequently, measles can lead to blindness, croup, mouth ulcers, ear infections, or severe diarrhea. Some children develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain), which can lead to convulsions, loss of hearing, and intellectual disabilities. Again, these complications mostly arise in people whose immune systems are already weakened because of their age, preexisting diseases, or malnutrition.
People who get the MMR shed the virus for up to 1 month after. This is fact. Recently vaccinated people are not allowed near the immune compromised in hospitals or elsewhere until the waiting period is over. There are many documented cases of people getting full blown measles from the vaccine itself. Also, read the package insert about
possible side effects. It's worth doing that reading if you have an auto-immune disorder and are considering vaccination.
Thanks for your statistical breakdown, but it's nitpicking. My point is, your chances of getting the measles in your day to day life is insignificant compared to the odds of getting it if you actually went and got the vaccine.
Me personally, I don't trust the MMR. I got it in 2015 and it messed me up. Now, doing the research, it is the most controversial of all the vaccines. The adverse reaction rate in children is 1 in 100 which is nutso. I don't know much about
the adult ADR rate, but I was one of those ADRs. Other vaccines are pretty tried and tested. The MMR... something is up with it and the CDC is not doing their job. If I had my time back, I definitely would not have got it.