Measles, Mumps, and Chicken Pox — they’re practically extinct in childhood today. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, I had all three. Here’s a photo of me in 1970 as a 5-year-old, and as you can see from Mom’s typing, I had the mumps. However, I don’t look like I’m suffering too much.
It always seemed odd to me that I got all of these, despite having gotten shots. A look at my baby book makes things a little more confusing. I did get measles shots, twice, prior to actually getting the illness. I also got “4 in 1” shots, 6 times no less, and I really don’t know what those even covered. Despite all these shots, the number still looks quite a bit smaller than what my own kids got. Let’s hope vaccines have improved. They must have, at least in some ways, because my own three girls never got measles, or mumps, or chicken pox.
Looking again at the baby book, I see that with mumps I felt bad for “1 1/2 days but felt peppy after that.” I honestly don’t remember having them (although I do remember the bear I’m holding in that photo, and quart boxes of strawberries were a staple of my childhood; both eating them and picking them).
I got “old fashion measles” (is there a modern measles?) and missed a week of kindergarten with that. I do remember missing the week of school, which seemed near the end of the year (looking in the book, yep, it was in late April). Mom wrote that I never was very sick, so I probably stayed home more to avoid infecting my classmates.
Chicken pox arrived when I was 6, and again I “never seemed feverish or ill.”
How about you? Did you ever have measles, mumps, and chicken pox?