To say that the issue about childhood vaccination is a hot topic of debate would be an understatement. While there are many myths about immunization — most of which have been proven to be completely false — what is 100 percent true is that not vaccinating your child is a move that could potentially cost other children their lives.
Just ask mom and registered nurse Camille Echols, who wrote about her recent experience with her daughter to warn other parents about the danger of not choosing immunizations.
Her 11-year-old daughter Ashley had a kidney transplant at age two which prevented her from being able to be vaccinated against chicken pox.
“I’ve been relatively quiet on social media about the ‘Anti-vax’ movement. I’ve seen smart-ass memes saying ‘why would my unvaccinated kids be a threat to your vaccinated kids if you’re so sure they work?’
THIS is why. There are people who cannot have live vaccines, like my daughter, who had a kidney transplant when she was 2 years old. She got one varicella vaccine but couldn’t get the second because she was immunosuppressed and instead of developing immunity, she would have contracted the virus.
She was exposed to a child with chickenpox this weekend and now we are in the ER. She’s getting labwork, injections of immunoglobulin and then we have to wait to see what the infectious disease doctor says. The incubation period of chicken pox is 7-21 days. So even with all we are doing, she could still become sick in the next 3 weeks. And that would mean an automatic admission to the hospital for IV antiviral meds. She could become very, very sick from this.”