Mom shocked at severity of measles, regrets not vaccinating her children

Mum urges parents to consider MMR jab against measles.

A mother has urged parents to give their children the MMR jab after her twin daughters caught measles.

Zoe Hayes said she was shocked at how ill the virus made her twins Niambh and Maisy Dale, aged five, and now bitterly regrets refusing the vaccine.

She rejected it due to worries about unsubstantiated claims that the combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine was linked to autism.

NHS Worcestershire said there had been a big upsurge in the number of cases of measles in Worcestershire with 10 confirmed cases in the last couple of months.

So far in 2012 there have been 41 suspected and confirmed cases in Worcestershire ā€“ compared with only two cases in Herefordshire.

Source: Worcester News

Anti-vaxxers like to say that measles and other childhood diseases are no big deal, to get them is a good thing. That seems really strange to me because who likes to see a child suffer through an illness? It’s not good for them. Preventing disease is good for them. I’m very happy to hear this Mom speak out. Please pass this story on to other parents to show them that these illness are not to be taken lightly. Vaccinate!

  8 comments for “Mom shocked at severity of measles, regrets not vaccinating her children

  1. June 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Some anti-vaccers have even the nerve to claim that going through an heavy illness is an important experience for the child. The child would need it to develop in the right way. I have no words for this raging and almost child abusing bullshit. Even in my native language. It makes me just plain sick that there are people out there who think in this way.

  2. June 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    At least the tide of woo has gone out for one family though it went the hard way.

  3. Tara J. Marshall
    June 28, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I actually GOT measles from the measles vaccine when I was a baby. And I recovered just fine, thank you very much, despite my underlying immune disorder.

    Measles isn’t a serious disease unless there’s already something wrong with the child’s immune system (which increases the risk of Autism, btw), or unless they are malnourished in regards to several vitamins and minerals.

    At the very least, she should have been giving her children a good multi-vitamin, and not feeding them the processed crap they now sell as food. Most kids who are properly nourished and have decent immune systems don’t catch the illness to begin with.

  4. June 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    This is anecdotal and I’m skeptical. Provide references to “measles isn’t a serious disease unless…”

    The measles that you get POTENTIALLY from the vaccination is a much milder form and not a full blown version of the disease so while you were fine, full on measles is not easy to kick.

    Multivitamins are a waste of money. Eat normally. If you have a vitamin deficiency as diagnosed by a doctor through a blood test or due to other conditions, you supplement.

    Most kids don’t catch it because we have suppressed its prevalence through vaccination programs. Since vaccination rates are decreasing, it is showing up.

    You are seriously mistaken about the seriousness. “The health and resource benefits due to vaccination against measles during the first 20 years of vaccine licensure have been enormous. In this period it is estimated that vaccination against measles has prevented 52 million cases, 5,200 deaths, and 17,400 cases of mental retardation, achieving a net savings of $5.1 billion.”

  5. Bob Jase
    June 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I survived measles pretty well back in the early ’60’s but certainly knew that some other lids ended up hospitalized. It was generally considered not much worse than chicken-pox then which was treated as an annoyance. When it came to the latter parents used to send their kids to school with it so their classmates could catch it and get it over with.

    Wish someone had mentioned the shingles back then.

  6. Donny
    June 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    As a child, i don’t think you were qualified to make that risk assessment, and you shouldn’t trust your hazy childhood recollections now. Measles has always been considered a serious disease: that’s why they immunized for it in the 60s, obviously, and unlike chicken pox, for which immunization is more recent. Even that disease kept me and my 2 siblings out of school for 2 weeks!
    I might as well add, far more children of that era–myself included–survived their shots.

  7. Donny
    June 29, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Tara–glad to know that you are neither dead nor autistic. If you were made sick by the weakened live culture in your old-style shot, you should count yourself lucky. Had you gone unimmunized and encountered the real thing at full-strength, you might not have survived. The vaccine worked.

  8. Zep
    July 3, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Info is not hard to find that measles is hardly benign, it’s a killer. Wikipedia has a start: There’s so much more credible info readily available.

    Anti-vax sites invariably have hidden agendas; often they are money-driven.

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