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7 Sick Kids Changes Mind of Anti Vax Mom

7 Sick Kids Changes Mind of Anti Vax Mom

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Spending a week in isolation with seven kids down with whooping cough is enough to change the mind of any anti vax mom. It certainly did for Ottawa mother Tara Hill. Beyond just changing her mind, she is speaking out to other anti vax moms to listen up. She says she now is convinced she was wrong, and that vaccines should be given to kids. Especially after being caught with all seven of her own children unvaccinated and down with a disease that was easily preventable.

Anti-Vax Mom Recants

There was a time when Tara Hill was a staunch supporter of the anti vax movement. In interviews she has stated that she was scared and didn’t know who to trust, so she stopped giving her seven kids the vaccines when they came due. She was part of a growing movement in both the U.S. and Canada of parents who decide to not vaccinate, and as a result childhood diseases that were all but wiped out are back on the rise. But like many other anti vax moms, she has learned her lesson the hard way.

Whooping cough has had a vaccine in Canada for 70 years, so it is not even a new vaccine. But when measles began making the rounds in her neighborhood, a disease that can leave children and even adults disfigured or even kill them, she recanted. She met with her doctor and they created a schedule to help her kids catch up on their vaccines, but it was too late.

Childhood Diseases Can Kill

The bottom line for Tara Hill is that she soon saw she was putting her kid’s lives on the line for beliefs that were unsubstantiated. In the end, once the period of isolation was completed, all the kids were given antibiotics and soon recovered. Tara Hill was lucky. The Centers for Disease Control states that although whooping cough is primarily a children’s disease that gives them uncontrollable violent coughing, it has been known to be fatal for infants. With vaccination rates going down in both the U.S. and Canada, you can expect the outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough to continue to climb as long as the misinformation from anti vax moms continues to circulate the web.

 

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