My baby girl has measles.
She is covered in tiny spots.
I spent three hours in A&E whilst they made sure it was just measles. Public Health England have had to be notified.
She is waking throughout the night. At times she is waking every thirty minutes, sometimes it’s every fifteen. We are both exhausted.
She is uncomfortable. She wants to be held constantly.
We are house bound for at least a week, probably longer.
I’ve had to cancel her first birthday party.
And all of this was preventable.
I know people have numerous thoughts and feelings on vaccinations, medical intervention. I do too, but there are some things that I just think we should do and be grateful for.
The vaccinations for our children is one of them.
My Firecracker is due her MMR injection in the coming months. I will be there happily
Why risk them getting ill.
Oh I know you will think that measles isn’t such a big deal. Generally that’s right, but in some cases it is a huge deal, it can even lead to death. Yeap, death.
It’s estimated around 1 in every 5,000 people with measles will die as a result of the infection.
You are more likely to die of measles than win the lottery.
Do you want to risk it?
So ok lets ignore the whole death card, some common complications are:
- diarrhoea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration
- middle ear infection (otitis media), which can cause earache
- eye infection (conjunctivitis)
- inflammation of the voice box (laryngitis)
- pneumonia, bronchitisand croup – infections of the airways and lungs
- fits caused by a fever (febrile seizures)
About 1 in every 15 children with measles will develop complications like these.
Less common complications of measles include:
- liver infection (hepatitis)
- misalignment of the eyes (squint)– if the virus affects the nerves and muscles of the eye
- infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)or infection of the brain itself (encephalitis)
In rare cases, measles can lead to:
- serious eye disorders, such as an infection of the optic nerve, the nerve that transmits information from the eye to the brain – this is known as optic neuritis and can lead to vision loss
- heart and nervous system problems
- a fatal brain complication known as subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), which can occur several years after measles – this is very rare, occurring in only 1 in every 25,000 cases
You still think it’s a good idea to miss the vaccination?
Still not convinced how about for other people?
I’m not talking my baby girl, she’s strong, her immune system will fight this off but what about those children or even adults who have to be on drugs to supress their immune system because they have a transplant or something. Or maybe their immune system is weak because they’re fighting cancer. You want to add to their troubles?
Here a great post which highlights the impact your decision not to vaccinate has on people.
You still don’t want to have the vaccination. It’s your right to refuse. You are completely right the only thing is your right to refuse could lead to another child’s life being permanently altered.
I think that’s just selfish.