Mom shares ‘horrific’ details of baby’s measles battle

Jilly Moss wants all parents to know what it’s like to take care of a child with the measles.In April, Moss posted a series of heartbreaking photos of her daughter Alba on Facebook to help educate the public on the importance of vaccinations. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and children usually get doses after age one.Story continues below“She was too young for her MMR vaccination when she got sick which meant she has had to fight this killer virus with no immunity,” she wrote. “Measles is not ‘just a rash,’ it can cause blindness, encephalitis and pneumonia.”READ MORE: Measles cases up 300% worldwide in the first quarter of 2019 — WHOThe London-based mother added she was asked by doctors and nurses at the Chelsea West Hospital to share photos of Alba, who is now on the road to recovery.“I hope we can carry on raising awareness of how dangerous this virus can be to young and vulnerable babies and people… It’s such a controversial subject there are many many views on it,” she added on social media. “The main thing is we are talking about it and we are educating ourselves.”Baby Alba. Credit: Facebook/Jilly MossAccording to CNN, the 11-month-old child was taken to hospital last month after her fever hit almost 42°C (107.6°F). The site noted her eyes were swollen shut and doctors had to give her medication to prevent blindness.“It has been absolutely horrific watching our daughter fight this with her eyes swollen shut for four days,” Moss continued on social media. “She has been in the dark, scared with a high fever that lasted for over two weeks.”At the hospital, she added, Alba was scanned, sent for X-rays, had blood taken and was even tube-fed.READ MORE: U.S. measles cases hit 25-year high as misinformation on vaccines spreads“The truth is, this all could have been prevented if the protection layer of older kids above Alba had been vaccinated.”Moss told CNN she was also misdiagnosed because doctors had not seen measles before. Every time she was sent home, she became worse.“I think it’s important that you know I’m not one of these people who are crazy pro-vaccine and is saying, ‘You must do this,’ and is throwing it down people’s throats,” Moss told the news site. “All I want to do is educate people because we as parents did not understand how sick measles could make our baby.”Vaccinations before oneAccording to HealthLinkBC, MMR vaccines are not recommended for infants under 12 months.“Infants under 12 months of age may not respond to the measles component of the vaccine due to the presence of antibodies received from their mother during pregnancy,” the site noted.WATCH: Study concludes no connection between MMR vaccine and autism

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