After her 11-month-old baby was hospitalized due to chickenpox, one Australian mother is hoping to warn other parents to get their kids vaccinated no matter their age.
Kayley Burke did not vaccinate her child as Australia recommends the vaccine be given to children over 18 months old, the Daily Express reports.
Yet after uploading Facebook photos of baby Elijah covered in sores and blisters that are now private, many are re-considering that guideline.
“Our poor baby boy who is too young to be immunised has caught the chickenpox,” the caption underneath the photo reads. “It has almost been a week since they showed up. Today he was admitted to Ipswich Hospital with a secondary infection.
While the child has since been discharged, Burke adds a warning to parents: vaccinate your child or you’re “a bloody idi*t.”
“Think about the risk you are putting on other helpless kids that are too young or who actually can¹t be vaccinated,” she explains.
The mother continues, explaining that now she – alongside her daughter, Kaliah, are also infected.
“Kaliah and myself also have the chickenpox fortunately since Kaliah hasn’t long been immunized she has a few spots and blisters but is well in herself,” Burke said.
“Adult chickenpox is so horrible and painful I would much rather give birth with no pain relief,” she adds.
Since then, thousands have shared their post expressing their sympathy.
“Poor little guy!,” one Facebook user wrote. “My hearts breaking for you guys. It’s just horrible watching their tiny helpless bodies lying there and not been ale to do anything about it. Thinking of you guys and hoping you all have a quick and speedy recovery.”
Another praised Burke for raising awareness.
“If even one more person vaccinates because of this post it’d be a win,” they said. “But you and you family shouldn¹t have to go through this. Man it makes me angry.”
Mayo Clinic reports the best way to prevent chickenpox is indeed to get the chickenpox – also known as varicella – vaccination. They add it provides complete protection for nearly 98% of those who receive it.
Sources: Daily Express, Kayley Burke/Facebook and Mayo Clinic/Photo Credit: Kayley Burke/Facebook
Embedded Photo Credit: Kayley Burke/Facebook