There seems to be a lot of stuff in the news lately about vaccinations, lack of , side effects etc. I am 56 and have been nursing since I was 16 , I have two adult children and one grandchild, my children were vaccinated as is my grandchild. When we found out about the pregnancy all the adults went and had a whooping cough booster as is recommended.
In all the years of my nursing I have only ever nursed one child who had a problem with vaccination and that was over 30 years ago. Like anything there are side affects and no one knows if they have an allergy to something until the first time they have had it.
But I remember nursing in a childrens hospital and we had a measles ward and a whooping cough ward, I have never ever fogotten having to sit by the bed of a little baby with whooping cough, and sitting them up , hitting them on their little backs and holding oxygen to help them breath, not being able to do much else while watching them struggle for breath and turn blue. It’s a horrible disease and we had gotten rid of it here in Australia, it is now comming back , anyone who thinks of not having their child vaccinated, please picture in your mind a little baby turning blue, coughing and struggling for breath. For a second of the pain of a needle and a little sore arm , it is worth it.
Posted by hellanbac, 4th June 2013