‘If I could turn back time I would protect myself.’
A brave Gold Coast mother speaks out about her baby daughter Eva who has been hospitalised for weeks with whooping cough, and talks about her heartbreaking regrets in her decision to reject the whooping cough vaccine during her pregnancy.
This is the very sad reality of whooping cough. Babies are being born vulnerable with no protection against the disease unless the mother receives a booster in their third trimester.
Nine out of ten babies who contract whooping cough will be hospitalised, many needing intensive care. When Riley was hospitalised, Catherine and Greg Hughes were told prepare for several weeks in the hospital. In reality, they left without him in their arms at all.
For detailed information about why a whooping cough vaccination is recommended in pregnancy, this fact sheet is great: http://www.ncirs.edu.au/…/vaccinations-in-pregnancy-fact-sh…
For a link to some of the current scientific evidence for the safety and effectiveness of the whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy: http://nrvs.info/whooping-cough-vaccination-in-pregnancy-t…/
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