Anti-vaxxers needle mum after baby hospitalised
AS ROCKHAMPTON'S Kellie Evans sat cradling her sick baby in hospital, she was getting abused from all corners of the internet.
Kellie's infant son Brooklyn was hospitalised after he stopped breathing during his two-month vaccination session.
The Morning Bulletin wrote a piece on Brooklyn and his family after the incident at the start of the year, and included a link to the family's GoFundMe page designed to help with increasing medical costs.
Because of the family's determination to keep their child vaccinated, Kellie has felt the wrath of notoriously vicious anti-vaccination campaigners.
She said individuals had donated small amounts of money to enable the comment section on the page.
"They had a massive go at me on there and told me that this is what happens when you vaccinate. It was so upsetting because I was in hospital at the time," Kellie said.
"I don't understand, they have no idea what they're talking about… if it is a reaction to the vaccinations he is a one-in-a-million child."
Doctors involved in Brooklyn's case are unsure what caused the episode, but the infant has since been diagnosed with silent reflux and autonomic episodes, which still happen daily.
Kellie and husband Darren, a local jockey, are taking Brooklyn to get his four-month vaccinations in the coming weeks at Lady Cilento Hospital.
He will be supervised by several specialised personnel, including a cardiologist, immunologist and paediatrician.
"I'm so nervous about the next lot of injections but it needs to be done. We need to find out what is causing this," Kellie said.
"When you go to cemeteries that have been there for centuries you see hundreds of graves of children and babies from the diseases that ripped through their communities.
"It's important to us to immunise and the Australian Immunity Association is even doing a case study on Brooklyn because they have never seen this before."
The growth of the anti-vaccination movement has increased the prevalence of preventable diseases worldwide.
According to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, the country has seen an influx of those choosing not to vaccinate.
The percentage of "conscientious objections" of children under seven has risen to 1.6% in December 2013 from just 0.2% in December 1999.
The number of immunised children in Queensland aged below 15 months has dropped to 91.37%, a figure that comes close to compromising herd immunity from highly infectious diseases.
A screenshot of http://www.cfr.org showing an Interactive map of recent global outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
If you wish to make a donation to help baby Brooklyn and his family, you can visit www.gofundme.com/m5723g.
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pneumococcal and rotavirus
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