Perhaps because this does not happen close to where you live, you think that it can never happen to you, but as more children go unvaccinated because parents think it is ‘better’, the more danger there will be that it will continue to spread throughout the world. The importance of vaccines is very great and people should be more aware since herd immunization is a priority to avoid epidemics and deadly diseases.
11 month old baby
This story happened in the United States. An 11-month-old baby suffered a stroke after contracting the disease because her older siblings had caught it because they were not vaccinated. This sad story can occur in any part of the world where parents decide not to vaccinate their children, at least with the vaccines that come in the childhood vaccination schedule of each country. Vaccinating children is a priority and that is why we should not play with the health of our children or with that of others.
In this case of the 11-month-old baby, the mother took him to the hospital after noticing that the little boy’s arm and leg were very weak when he woke up from a nap. But what had happened is that he had suffered a cerebral apoplexy. The child has survived but because of this problem he will have lifelong damage and also, he is likely to have another stroke if his arterial disease continues to get worse, and all caused by the chickenpox virus , something that would have been avoided if his siblings they would have been vaccinated. In Spain, the first dose of chickenpox is administered between 12 and 15 months of age, and the second between 4 and 6 years.
Some consider chickenpox to be a ‘minor’ or ‘quite normal’ disease, but although sometimes it can pass without serious complications, in others, the consequences can be fatal. Vaccination in children is not a game and the childhood vaccination schedule must be respected . If you have questions about vaccination, ask your pediatrician.
The importance of vaccines and herd immunization
Vaccines are given to children at certain ages so that there is greater protection and the risk of suffering from specific diseases completely preventable with vaccines is reduced. Delaying or not administering vaccines will only put the child and the rest of the children and society at an unnecessary and dangerous risk of contracting diseases that could have been totally preventable.
Parents of children who do not vaccinate think that because other children are vaccinated they will (selfishly) have their children protected, but the reality is not that. The reality is that for there to be a true immunization it must be collective and therefore, all children must be vaccinated according to the vaccines that belong to them depending on their age in each case.