Varicella vaccine is proven to be an effective measure to prevent severe illness in almost all children; it is 85 percent effective in preventing even mild illness.
In a startling Facebook post which shows graphic images of an 11-month-old infant with what appears to be painful blisters and scabs, his mother is blaming people who refuse to vaccinate their children for what happened to her son.
“Vaccinate your kids, people,” the viral post starts. “The pictures below show you exactly why.”
According to his mother Kayley Burke, 11-month-old Elijah was too young to be immunized, and so when he was exposed to the chicken pox virus, he contracted it.
To make matters worse, Elijah contracted a secondary infection.
“It has almost been a week since they showed up,” Kayley recalls. “Today he was admitted to Ipswich Hospital with a secondary infection.”
In a Popsugar report, it said that it is fairly uncommon for a baby as young as Elijah to get chicken pox, also known as varicella.
American Academy of Pediatrics says that babies’ antibodies against virus are acquired from their mothers while in the womb; it protects them during their first year of life before they could be vaccinated at 12 to 15 months of age.
However, the Popsugar report said, chicken pox is so contagious that it can be passed from person to person, usually between those who've gone unvaccinated, with remarkable ease.
When babies get chicken pox, it’s usually a mild case, but sometimes even healthy babies and children can develop serious complications from it. Such complications include pneumonia, encephalitis, brain swelling, or a bacterial skin infection.
meanwhile, varicella vaccine is proven to be an effective measure to prevent severe illness in almost all children; it is 85 percent effective in preventing even mild illness.
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