When Jennifer Hibben-White was told her newborn son had been exposed to measles at the doctor's office, she angrily called out the anti-vaxxers for endangering her child's life.
One Toronto mom is “angry as h*ll” that her newborn son was exposed to measles at a doctor’s office. After taking 15-day-old Griffin for a checkup, Jennifer Hibben-White received a call from North York Public Health saying that someone with measles had been in the waiting room around the time they were there.
She was advised not to be around young children and to go into voluntary confinement to watch for signs of measles in Griffin, who is too young to be vaccinated. Young children rely on 'herd immunity' -- the rest of the population getting vaccinated -- to keep them safe from the spread of disease.
Hibben-White took to Facebook, angrily and loudly. She wrote a passionate rant against the anti-vaccination camp that has been shared more than 386,000 times since she posted in early February. It illustrates the tremendous emotion surrounding the pro- versus anti-vaccination arguments that generate such debate among parents. Here is an excerpt from her post; you can read the whole thing in the link above.
“So, Griffin is now Schrödinger’s baby. Simultaneously with measles, and without it. Until he develops symptoms, or until a further 7 days pass. One or other.
And I’m angry. Angry as hell.
I won’t get angry at or blame the person in the waiting room. I would have likely done the same thing...you get sick, you go to the doctor. I have no idea what their story is and I will never know. But I do know one thing:
If you have chosen to not vaccinate yourself or your child, I blame you.
You have stood on the shoulders of our collective protection for too long. From that high height, we have given you the PRIVILEGE of our protection, for free. And in return, you gave me this week. A week from hell. Wherein I don’t know if my BABY will develop something that has DEATH as a potential outcome.
You have NO IDEA what this “potential outcome” means. NO IDEA. I do. Unfortunately, I do.
You think you are protecting your children from thimerosal? You aren’t. It’s not in their vaccine.
You think you are protecting them from autism? You aren’t. There is no, none, nada, nothing in science that proves this. If you want to use google instead of science to “prove me wrong” then I am happy to call you an imbecile as well as misinformed.
You think you are protecting them through extracts and homeopathy and positive thoughts and Laws of Attraction and dancing by candlelight on a full moon? You aren’t. I PROTECT YOUR CHILD. We protect your child. By being concerned world citizens who care about ourselves, our fellow man, and our most vulnerable. So we vaccinate ourselves and our children.
You think you are protecting them by letting them eat their shovel full of dirt and reducing antibiotics and eating organic? You aren’t. As an unvaccinated person you are only protected by our good graces. WE LET YOU BE SO PRIVILEGED thanks to our willingness to vaccinate ourselves and our children.
You know what vaccines protect your children from? Pain. Suffering. Irreparable harm. Death.
And you would be the first to line up if you had an inkling of what the death of a child feels like. You would be crawling through the streets on your hands and knees, begging, BEGGING to get that vaccine into your precious babies because that is what I would have done, if I could, to save my daughter.”
Hibben-White’s rant is all the more heartbreaking because she lost a child, 5-year-old Olivia, to a blood infection three years ago. She puts words to an emotion that parents can understand well – that there is nothing we wouldn’t do to save our children if given the chance.
After confinement, Griffin and his 3-year-old sister Aurelia, who had received only the first measles shot, were given the all-clear. In Ontario, the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is typically given at 12 months, with a second dose between ages 4 and 6.
It was also discovered by the Toronto Star that the person who had measles at the doctor's office had been vaccinated.