Mum appeals for better understanding of herd immunity vaccination after measles strikes her daughter a second time.
Maddee Fryters, 7, was rushed to emergency last week with measles, the second time the young girl has contracted the deadly infection.
“She’s 100 per cent susceptible to it and all the complications that come with it,” her mother Blair Fryters told Perth Now.
Maddee has an auto immune disease and cannot be vaccinated. It also makes her vulnerable to many deadly diseases that are easily avoided for most children by getting immunised.
“I don’t think people realise their choice not to vaccinate their kids affects children like mine, and makes her suffer,” Ms Fryters said.
“If 95 per cent of the children are immunised, we know that gives us a level of protection for everyone in the community,” Dr Asha Bowen, of Telethon Kids Institute, said.
“Measles were declared eliminated in Australia in 2014, so it’s all cases that come in from overseas but that puts children at risk who can’t be immunised,” Dr Bowen said.
The importance of herd immunity
Maddee’s siblings are all vaccinated, herd immunity helps to protect children like Maddee.
As well as getting vaccinated, Ms Fryters says it’s also important for children and adults to get booster shots.
“You never know who you’re walking past in the shops, or who your child is playing with at school, it’s so important,” Ms Fryters said.
Measles are highly contagious. Symptoms include fatigue, sore muscles, runny nose and sometimes a rash.
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