Anti-vaxxers, in addition to inadvertently spreading diseases because they think it will keep kids healthy, are not above launching personal attacks on the mother of a sick child. Rebecca Harreman is a mom in Australia whose son Austin has contracted Whooping Cough. She posted a harrowing video of one of his coughing fits to Facebook, along with a message for all the anti-vaxxers out there.
Okay so I know I said I'd let the hate go. But I'm tired. Damn tired. I've been on duty for over 3 weeks having to wake every single time my baby boy coughs for fear he will stop breathing. Every. Single. Time. I cannot and will not pass that duty to anyone else, because I just can't sleep.
So for those of you sitting on the fence on whether to vaccinate yourself and your kids or not... maybe this video will convince you.
This is a GOOD coughing fit in a 4 month old with Pertussis, or Whooping Cough - 23 days after his cough started which is when it's supposed to be getting past the bad stage. It lasts for up to 100 days, but a simple cold I passed onto him that I caught from being with him in hospital is making him relapse again frown emoticon
Now when I say this is good... I mean that's absolutely nothing. Not even long enough to be called a coughing fit. Nothing compared to watching him turn blue from coughing for so long and so much he can't take a single breath...
Imagine that in a tiny newborn baby. Can you imagine?! The doctors said he has his age and size and his first vaccination on his side to be able to fight this because there is no real way to treat it - you can only try and get some oxygen in them - that is if they breathe it in... and they have to do that all on their own.
I don't care whether you want to try and prove to me that vaccinations and herd immunities don't work. I don't care that vaccinations have side effects, because every person in this world reacts differently to all types of food, products and medicines. I could not care less, even if it is ever proven one day that they don't work.
You know why? Because at least at the end of the day I tried to do something to prevent this and not sit there and say "oh well, vaccinations don't work so I'll just sit here and do nothing"... because doing nothing goes against every cell in my body as a mother. Doing nothing is just wrong.
So please share this and spread some awareness... not nonsense. This is getting worse because people are not vaccinating!
Oh, and no matter what you believe - if you have a cough while out in public - cover your damn effing mouth!!!
Naturally, because this is the Internet and people are the worst, Harreman has been getting hate messages directly to her inbox. The last thing a mother with a sick child needs is online abuse, but apparently anti-vaxxers have been overwhelming Harreman with harassment.
People are being a-holes, forcing her to make her accounts private so she can truly focus on her son.