A New Zealand woman who chose not to vaccinate any of her children was outspoken when she described how her decision ultimately put her son's life at risk.
Ally Edward-Lasenby told the radio station "The Hits, "who chose to vaccinate one of her children, but not her son Cameron, who later became measles and became ill.
When testing radio guides for why she made the choice not to vaccinate Cameron, Edward-Lasenby said a "research" book that claimed to have a connection between vaccinations and autism that influenced her decision. INCIDENTAL MEASURES IN THE BIGGEST WITH 1992, CDC Says: The Lancet Magazine in 1
"I did what I thought was an informed decision at the time," she says.
Edward- Later, Lazenby Cameron's son became ill with measles – an experience she "would not want on anyone" and who noted that her son could have been prevented with MMR vaccine with the MMR vaccine .
After initially being diagnosed with the flu, Cameron's condition quickly deteriorated, said Edward-Lasenby. He suffers from rash and conjunctivitis – common signs of measles.
"[The doctors] looked at him and said, 'You can get him to the hospital first or we can get an ambulance here,'" she said.
When they arrived, Cameron was confirmed to have measles.
"I think it's important to get immunized. We will not be in this position [if we had]. I played Russian roulette with my son's health, which I am not proud of. "
" Initially, he had white spots on his mouth, "she said. "He had conjunctivitis. He was really sick. He continued to get worse and a rash appeared all over his body. Then they talked about brain damage – a potential brain damage – and a potential loss of life too, because it was pretty serious."
The measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after the infected person coughs or sneezes. Others may become infected with measles when they inhale the polluted air or touch a contaminated surface and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
"Infected people can spread measles to other people four days before four days after the rash occurs," says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC.
The MMR vaccine can protect both humans and others from contracting the virus.
Young children are usually most at risk of measles infection. The CDC recommends that children receive two doses of MMR vaccination, but the first dose is usually given to children when they are between 12 and 15 months of age, with the second occurring between 4 and 6.
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Cameron developed pneumonia after being treated for measles, his mother said. As a result, he suffered from a compromised immune system for months.
"He was in and out of school regularly," she says.
"I believe it is important to be immunized. be in this position [if we had]. I played Russian roulette with my son's health, which I'm not proud of, "she added.