Anti-vaxxers are as much a public hazard as Open Carry. And one Canadian mother found that out the hard way when she discovered that her children would have to undergo treatment for whooping cough.
Tara Hill and her husband, Gavin Hill, chose not to have their seven children fully vaccinated. It was the result of an “uneasiness about the medical system.” However, this position changed quickly when they arrived at CHEO on April 2.
According to the Ottawa Citizen:
That’s why they arrived at CHEO at 4 a.m. on April 2. It took four days for the lab to confirm whooping cough, and antibiotic treatment began this Tuesday. The parents aren’t sick, but the kids are all confined to their home for five days, at which point Ottawa Public Health says they won’t be contagious.
Tara Hills was stunned. “I thought: Am I actually looking at whooping cough in the face? Could it be possible?”
The disease was one of those historical oddities she never even thought about dealing with, like smallpox or diphtheria.
But she and her husband, Gavin, had chosen not to have their children fully vaccinated — not through strong opposition, but more from uneasiness about the medical system.
Prior to this, Tara wrote in a blog post that she wasn’t sure who to trust, and that her anti-vaxx views were influenced by a “distrust” for “Big Pharma”:
We stopped [vaccinating] because we were scared and didn’t know who to trust. Was the medical community just [paid off] puppets of a Big Pharma-Government-Media conspiracy? Were these vaccines even necessary in this day and age? Were we unwittingly doing greater harm than help to our beloved children? So much smoke must mean a fire so we defaulted to the ‘do nothing and hope nothing bad happens’ position.
Appeals to reason only caused them to entrench even further. It took all of her children contracting whooping cough in order to get Tara to reconsider her position. Writing from quarantine, Tara said that she hasn’t missed the irony of switching from fear of the vaccination to fear of the disease that the vaccination was designed to prevent.
Of her children, she said that she thinks they’re improving, but “at the very least, they don’t seem worse.”
You can watch the CBC report below:
[h/t Dead State]