(Original post by Sammylou40)
Choosing not to vaccinate is still a parents choice in this country. Although in my personal opinion it’s an idiotic choice.
There are small risks with every medical procedures or medication but in the case of vaccines the benefits far outweigh them.
measles can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people. These include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).
Mumps can lead to meningitis if it affects the lining of the brain, can also lead to permanent deafness.
If polio affects the spine and/or brain it can lead to paralysis. If it affects the lungs it can cause breathing problems leading to death.
Tetanus requires treatment in an ICU
Diphtheria can cause serious breathing problems and heart problems
Hepatitis B can remain undiagnosed for years, causing severe liver damage
Problems from catching Hib can include:
meningitis – infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord
septicaemia – blood poisoning
pneumonia – infection of the lungs
pericarditis – infection of the lining surrounding the heart
epiglottitis – infection of the epiglottis, the flap that covers the entrance to your windpipe
septic arthritis – infection of the joints
cellulitis – infection of the skin and underlying tissues
osteomyelitis – infection of the bones
Whooping cough is particularly nasty for small children.
Making breathing difficult and leading to cyanosis
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis. At their worst, they can cause permanent brain damage, or even kill.
Rotavirus causes severe stomach ache and diarrhoea in young children causing problems with dehydration
And there’s no need to explain the complications from not having any of the meningitis jabs available
Perhaps your friend needs to have a serious conversation with a medical professional about her concerns.
As I said, it’s her choice but she really needs to be aware of the massive risks to her child if she refuses