The flaming hot debate between those for and against vaccinating children has flared up once again. Registered nurse Camille Echols’ daughter Ashley recently had to be treated in the ER after being exposed to a child with chickenpox, which prompted the mom to pen a scathing essay about ‘anti-vaxxers’ and the danger they create for kids like hers
Ashley Echol’s ER trip came after she was exposed to child with chickenpox, a disease that Ashley is not properly able to fight herself. After receiving a kidney transplant at age two, Ashley now lives with compromised immunity. Doctors tried to give her a chickenpox vaccine in the years after her transplant, but she could not get the second one, as she was unable to build up an immunity and, instead, would start to contract the disease.
“I’ve been relatively quiet on social media about the ‘Anti-vax’ movement. I’ve seen smart-ass memes saying ‘why would my unvaccinated kids be a threat to your vaccinated kids if you’re so sure they work?’
THIS is why. There are people who cannot have live vaccines, like my daughter, who had a kidney transplant when she was 2 years old. She got one varicella vaccine but couldn’t get the second because she was immunosuppressed and instead of developing immunity, she would have contracted the virus.
She was exposed to a child with chickenpox this weekend and now we are in the ER. She’s getting labwork, injections of immunoglobulin and then we have to wait to see what the infectious disease doctor says. The incubation period of chicken pox is 7-21 days. So even with all we are doing, she could still become sick in the next 3 weeks. And that would mean an automatic admission to the hospital for IV antiviral meds. She could become very, very sick from this.”
“Please, if you are someone who believes your child will get autism from vaccines, PLEASE educate yourself. There isn’t a single peer reviewed study that came to that conclusion. And the people choosing to skip vaccinations put children like my daughter at risk. She has been through SO much already. And this was avoidable.”
Echols doesn’t know if the kid who had chicken pox had been vaccinated previously or not, but she says that’s beside the point.
‘The resurgence of chicken pox, whooping cough, measles and other diseases that were nearly eradicated years ago is a direct result of a large percentage of the population deciding not to vaccinate their children without sound research the support that decision,” she explained.
“As a kidney recipient who works with school-age children every day, I am always concerned about infectious transmission. Please keep up the good fight for vaccination. Best wishes to your courageous daughter,” added another.