Today a 9-month-old baby is suffering from the measles. His mother took to Facebook to share a status about her son’s health status. According to his mother, the infant has been sick since October 22. She shared that he has seen eight doctors, been hospitalized twice, and is in incredible pain. The mother used the status to remind people to vaccinate their children for measles to protect children under 13 months in age.
To protect the mother from harassment by anti-vaxxers, we will not be disclosing her name. However, in her update posted last night, the mother states her son’s measles diagnosis occurred 11 days ago.
Throughout the 11 days of his infection, her 9-month-old has been hospitalized. She indicated that doctors expect him to need additional hospitalizations as he recovers.
His mother states her son has infections in his ears. Despite scripts for three sets of antibiotics, her son’s ears are still bothering him.
She mentioned her son is not sleeping properly. He is screaming in pain and extremely uncomfortable due to the rash. In a photo posted, the mother appears exhausted and upset.
At the end of her post, she states, “This could’ve been prevented. My baby did not need to go through this. The MMR vaccine is done at 13 months. Children under this age rely on everyone else has made the choice to vaccinate to stop illnesses like this happening. Please vaccinate your children.”
Measles is a preventable disease. Children receive the MMR vaccination at ages 12 months – 15 months and again between ages four and six years old. The vaccine helps prevent children from contracting measles, mumps, and rubella. The Centers for Disease Control recommends all children receive the vaccination.
Parents around the world are opting out of vaccines. Many falsely believe the MMR causes autism. As fewer children receive the vaccines, outbreaks of measles pop up across the country. Outbreaks of the measles exist in at least 21 states.
The only way to prevent your child from becoming infected with measles is by vaccinating your child. Children under 12 months old rely on herd immunity to decrease their likelihood of contracting the virus. For this unfortunate young boy, his age prevented him from immunity.
Around the world, measles kills thousands of people each year. The World Health Organization stated that in 2016 89,780 died from the measles.
As the mother stated in her post, please help infants under 12 months old by vaccinating your children.