A Canadian woman’s heartbreaking photos of her newborn in the hospital have reignited an online conversation about the effects of not vaccinating children.
News.com.au reported that Annie Mae Braiden’s 10-week-old daughter, Isabelle, is in an intensive care unit recovering from whooping cough after an unvaccinated child reportedly infected her. Braiden expressed her outrage and updated on her daughter’s condition in a Facebook post Friday.
“So I wasn't going to do this, but I think people need to see what not vaccinating their kids do to the OTHER kids, like my 6 week old daughter,” she wrote in the post. “Isabelle has been in the PEDS ICU since she was 6 weeks old (now 10 weeks) with whooping cough. She was on a ventilator for 3 weeks and CPAP for 3 days (she was the lucky baby, the other ones have been ventilated for months) and we're still facing another 2 months in the hospital.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the childhood vaccine DTaP is the best prevention method for whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. The CDC recommends children get five dosese of DTaP, which also protects against tetanus and diphtheria: one each at ages 2, 4, 6, one more between 15 to 18 months old, and another 4 through 6 years old.
In her Facebook post, Braiden, who lives in Victoria, British Columbia, explains that another parent’s decision not to vaccinate their child resulted in her daughter needing to learn how to eat again. Isabelle is also suffering from morphine and sedative withdrawals, as she needed to take the medication while she was ventilated.
Braiden wrote in the post that she decided to share photos of baby Isabelle online to encourage other parents to get their kids vaccinated not only to protect their own children, but also others’.
“What you do with your kids is your choice but do not tell me that not vaccinating your kids isn't hurting anyone but your own kids,” she wrote. “Isabelle is proof that it harms the other little babes who aren't old enough to get their vaccines yet.”
A federal judge in San Diego denied a request Friday to block a state law requiring all children entering school or child-care facilities to be vaccinated.ReplyDelete
A lawsuit filed by a group of 17 families and two foundations sought a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of Senate Bill 277 while the suit works its way through the courts.
In an 18-page ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw concluded that the plaintiffs failed to show they are entitled to the “extraordinary remedy” of a preliminary injunction.
Last month, the plaintiffs filed a motion alleging SB 277 violates their rights to free exercise, equal protection, due process and education.
The law — which went into effect July 1 — eliminated religious and personal beliefs as reasons for parents to opt out of getting their children vaccinated.
In enacting the law, state legislators said the intent was to provide a means for the eventual achievement of total immunization of appropriate age groups against childhood diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and other diseases.
The law requires all children to be vaccinated before attending public or private schools or day care facilities unless doctors give medical reasons for not doing it.