I hope a lot of the anti-vaccine people learn a lesson from this family’s sad experience

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35975011

‘Anti-vax’ mother’s regret over whooping cough ‘nightmare’

April 6, 2016

An Australian mother has said she regrets refusing the whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy after she passed the potentially fatal infection to her newborn baby.

Cormit Avital said she had turned down the vaccination because she was a “healthy, fit, organic woman”.

She caught the disease shortly before giving birth and passed it to Eva, who has spent a month in intensive care.

Ms Avital recorded a video warning about her “nightmare” experience.

“If I could turn back time I would protect myself,” she said, in the video released by Gold Coast Health, the regional health authority.
‘A lot of suffering’

Ms Avital contracted whooping cough, also known as pertussis, around the time she gave birth, and was told she had passed it to Eva.

Within two weeks, Eva’s cough “became pretty scary, horror movie, coughing to the point of going blue, flopping in my hands, can’t breathe,” she said.

“For a moment there you think they’re dead in your hands. [It’s] a lot of suffering for a tiny little cute thing you love so much.”

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Gold Coast Health Staff Specialist Dr Paul Van Buynder told the BBC that Eva’s condition was improving.

She is likely to be released from hospital in coming weeks.

Dr Buynder said more than 20,000 pertussis cases were recorded in Australia last year, and “sadly this is becoming more common”.

“There’s always a feeling of pregnancy being this special state and you don’t want to put anything into your body, but what’s really bad for your baby is to get whooping cough or influenza”, Dr Buynder added.

Newborns are highly susceptible to the infection until they start vaccination at two months old.

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April 12, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Health care.

One Comment

  1. Ron brown replied:

    Vaccines in my opinion should always be a choice.
    Mandatory immunization or forcing anyone to go through the Vaccine cocktail regiment is not necessary and posses too many risk.
    Before traveling to Peru for work in the early 80’s I was inoculated with several Vaccines. By the time I arrived in Peru I was rushed to the hospital.
    Spent 6 days in a nasty ass Peru hospital before flying home.
    Spent an additional 4 days in the hospital in San Jose.
    I was not released to go back to work for over 9 months.
    Apparently the the Vaccine cocktail I received before leaving for Peru Gave me a deadly staph infection and Yellow fever.
    Almost killed me.

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