In an emotional Facebook plea, Mum of two, Sandra, has posted a video to her Facebook page showing distressing footage of her 5 week old baby battling whooping cough.
In the Facebook users post she talks about how herd immunity is what is meant to be protecting babies who are too little to be immunised and how we cannot achieve herd immunity with a low immunisation rate.
The post has since gone viral and Sandra hopes that more will share it to help ‘educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.
“This video may distress some people but I’m sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated. This is my 5 week old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing. Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates. Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don’t cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren’t in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7 the outcome would be fatal. Please don’t ignore the warning signs- our baby girl only had a slight cough to start. Please share this to educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.”
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