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 – 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!