This Is Why We Must Vaccinate

I saw this story on Facebook, and thought I’d let you see it yourself. You can go directly to the Facebook post here.

Riley was a 32 day old baby in Australia who contracted pertussis, which then developed into pneumonia. The story details how his last 24 hours were. It’s a heartbreaking story, and one that could have been prevented. You can view the entire Facebook page here.

Children that young cannot be vaccinated, though it appears that pregnant mothers can be vaccinated for pertussis, and the immunity is passed on to the baby. But if that’s not done, it’s important that everyone that can come in contact with a baby must be vaccinated. You see, anyone who is not vaccinated can be a carrier for a disease that could kill a baby, and they may not even know they have the disease until later. If they’re vaccinated, their body would fight the virus, and greatly reduce the chance of spreading the disease. This is part of what’s called herd immunity. This protects those who cannot be vaccinated, whether it’s because they’re too young or they have a compromised immune system. Personal or religious reasons for not getting vaccinated can endanger people.

So please, make sure your vaccinations are up to date. You may help save a child’s life and eradicate a disease.

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28 thoughts on “This Is Why We Must Vaccinate”

    1. When we get to Canada, I’ll be looking into whether I need some boosters or not. Japan does well with vaccinations. They’re mandatory here, and children who have not been vaccinated can’t go to school. And school is mandatory, so it’s illegal to not vaccinate your children.

  1. I got my vaccine 2 weeks after having my daughter (they don’t do it during pregnancy here) and her dad had it done prior to her arrival. And our daughter at 2 months.
    I had it when I was a baby, and asked my doctor about it, who said we can have it 3 (three) times in our lives which means we have to be vaccinated regularly… A lot of people think that adults cannot catch it…

      1. it’s 2 (used to be 3 a few years ago) before the 1st birthday, one at 12, one at 18, one at 25 and then every 20 years (used to be every 10 years). Vaccination calendars change regularly, but the one around 25 is important as it is the one most people miss (at 18 too but there are still some parents looking after their kids’ vaccines at that age). and I think if you aren’t sure, you can have it 2 years after the last one (generally administered with tetanus and diphtheria and others).

        1. Last time I had the tetanus and diphtheria vaccine was in junior high school… My friend behind me was horrified, because it was a long needle jabbed deep into my shoulder.

            1. Well once a person in a shop said she had it but wasn’t contagious anymore, she had no kids, but said she had forgotten to get the one at 25. It was horrible she said. She also told us that once she was out of the contagious phase, she got vaccinated right away to not get it again.

            2. I could imagine it’s terrible to get. It seems most childhood diseases are worse for adults. Chicken pox is one I never had, and I know it can cause shingles in adults. That’s painful.

            3. You might want to consider getting the chicken pox vaccine, too. I had chicken pox as an adult and have also had a bout of shingles. Not something you want to do if you can possibly avoid it.

            4. Unfortunately, that can happen. There is a vaccine against shingles, but it only cuts down on chances of it developing. In the US, it isn’t available until you are 60. Of course, if you have never had chicken pox, you won’t get shingles, either, but they would do a blood test to make sure.

            5. Yeah. I understand you need to have chicken pox before you have shingles. Same virus, but shingles is the result of a dormant virus in your body. Or that’s what I heard.

            6. Yes. What isn’t entirely clear is if the chicken pox vaccine will also prevent shingles or if the weakened form from the vaccine might still be enough to leave the person vulnerable to shingles decades later.

            7. That would have to be seen in the future. But it’s likely that the weakened form isn’t enough for it to remain dormant in the body, and most likely cannot replicate.

            8. I hope you will get the vaccine so that you won’t have to, but, if you do get chicken pox, contact a doctor as soon as you suspect that you are coming down with it so that you can start on antiviral medication. It works best when started ASAP. It made my adult chicken pox case milder than my two sisters’ cases.

            9. Yes. We grew up in a tiny town and missed the one chicken pox outbreak of our childhood. The worst was my younger sister, who got chicken pox while seven months pregnant with her first child. She was horribly ill. Fortunately, the baby was okay. Had he been born when the virus was still active, it most likely would have killed him. We would have loved the opportunity to be vaccinated, but it wasn’t available in that time frame.

            10. I grew up in a small town, too. Maybe that’s why I missed it. I remember someone having mumps, but I had my vaccination for it.

              It would be awful to get sick like that when pregnant. Thankfully, babies are often naturally protected from whatever the mother gets sick from.

  2. For people who were vaccinated against pertussis as children, it’s important to get a new booster as H. Anthe says. It’s also helpful for moms who have been vaccinated to breastfeed if at all possible, so that the baby gets some extra antibodies to fight with in case they are exposed. Jay Dee is correct, of course, that it is important for everyone to be vaccinated in a timely way to protect babies and other vulnerable people from pertussis (and other maladies that can be prevented by vaccine).

    1. Extremely important. What I don’t get are the parents that say “it’s my child, so my choice.” Well, that child is a person, and you don’t own them.

      1. And, as you say, you are endangering not only your own child but also other vulnerable people who can’t be immunized for medical reasons or who might develop the disease despite being immunized because no vaccine is 100% protective.

        1. Right. If every person who can be vaccinated is vaccinated, then we can wipe out several diseases. Unfortunately, I heard that Catholic Bishops in Kenya are calling for the ban of the polio vaccine. What the hell?

          1. Unfortunately, yes. The conspiracy theorists got to them. One hopes the boycott call will be short-lived. Fortunately, many parents are going ahead with the vaccine when they hear what polio is like. Kenya is in the midst of a major campaign to eradicate polio.

            1. Then Pope Francis should set them straight. I have a feeling that he supports the vaccination efforts, considering he’s a scientist (chemist).

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