From my e-mail, a follow-up corroboration of measles at Prin 1989:
That is about how I remember it, though I don’t remember a whole lot. This a really good account.
When I was first transferred to the middle school wing, I remember they tricked me and said I’d only be there for a night. Then they didn’t let me leave and shortly afterward they decided that no one was allowed to leave their rooms there – maybe because they were mixing people with colds with people with measles and were hoping to avoid cross-contamination? It didn’t last.
I also remember that damn clapper on the TV and how every time someone coughed it would turn off.
Also the milkshakes. They went through the trash to see who wasn’t drinking theirs. If you didn’t have the appetite for a milkshake you were getting sicker and went to campus house.
I remember very little about campus house. Except I can corroborate the no baths thing. I must have worn the same underwear for days. Gross.
Oh, and remember how kids could get vaccinated so they could leave campus? Except I swear they vaccinated kids who had been in the quarantine wing and had clearly been exposed. I want to say [students name redacted] got double measles from it.
And an additional note from the original guest poster:
I suspect I only had a cold and they put me in the the measles area. Because I was fine for a long time before I got really sick… Though I could also have been in denial.
Additional information about measles and the dangers of not vaccinating
Additional information about the Principia Measles outbreaks (both 1985 and 1989)
- http://childrenshealthcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2009-03-04-fnl.pdf (p. 7)
Additional information about Christian Science and measles