Following on from the post about Tony abbott’s stance on vaccination is this story from Canada.
Nothing focuses the kind like watching your kids suffer…an anti-vaxxer has found out the hard way about what the consequences are for not vaccinating your children.
A Canadian mother-of-seven has been forced to rethink her anti-vaccination stance â€“ after all her children fell sick with whooping cough.
North America has seen a growing number of families opt out of immunisation programmes, frequently because they are concerned about side-effects, despite warnings that deadly childhood diseases such as measles are on the rise.
Tara Hills and her husband decided to stop vaccinating their children six years ago after losing faith in the health care system,Â according to a blog post in which she described the family’s experience.
“I’m writing this from quarantine, the irony of which isn’t lost on me,” she said.
Although her first three children were immunised – on what she described as an “alternative schedule” – the youngest four received no vaccinations at all.
“I just got scared. I got spooked. I thought, ‘There’s a lot of smoke, there must be fire.’ We stopped vaccinating,” she told CBC News.
Then last month the coughing began. It sounded like a bad cold at first.
“But a week after the symptoms started the kids weren’t improving, in fact they were getting worse,” wrote Mrs Hills. “And the cough. No one had a runny nose or sneezing but they all had the same unproductive cough.”
A trip to the doctor’s surgery was followed by hospital tests, which confirmed whooping cough.
The highly infectious disease takes its name from the characteristic whoop noise that young children make following a cough as they struggle to catch their breath.
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