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

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  • I had the whooping cough vac post birth in 2013 and it’s now offered in tri 3 pregnancy in Australia. The vac didn’t hurt and I’m pregnant again so going to look into if I can or need to have it again as it’s much better than the alternative!


  • Fantastic information.
    I am all for vaccinating


  • nice story for read


  • Well said…..vaccination s important and the benefits s far out way the negatives.


  • yes very important! not looking forward to taking my 3 yr old though


  • Just look at countries that don’t have vaccinations and their child mortality rate.


  • i agree with you these were invented for a reason. But sometimes i worry about the long term effects.

    • I can understand that, but think of the long term effects of the diseases. My son was vaccinated against everything. He was then diagnosed with meningococcal septicemia. That was 8 and a bit years ago and he is still having issues because of it. But he is still here. If he wasnt vaccinated he would have passed away for sure.


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