Camille Echols believes it’s important for other parents to vaccinate their children — even though she didn’t vaccinate her own.
She explained her reasoning in a Facebook post.
Echols didn’t vaccinate her daughter, Ashley, because she wasn’t able to — her daughter’s body wouldn’t allow it. Echols explained:
There are people who cannot have live vaccines, like my daughter, who had a kidney transplant when she was 2 years old. She got one varicella vaccine but couldn’t get the second because she was immunosuppressed and instead of developing immunity, she would have contracted the virus.
Echols relied on other parents to vaccinate their kids so that they didn’t have the opportunity to spread a virus to her unprotected little girl.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.
Ashley came in contact with the chickenpox virus, which could be life-threatening.
Let me address the recurring questions:• I contacted her transplant nephrologist regarding her exposure, who in turn…
Echols, who is a pediatric RN with over 10 years of experience in transplant and chronic illness populations, said in her post:
Those saying “it’s just chicken pox, she won’t die,” please educate yourselves on transplant recipients. There are millions of people waiting for life saving organs. With those numbers, the odds are good that someone in your life has been affected by organ failure.
After coming into contact with the virus, Ashley was admitted to the ER:
She’s getting labwork, injections of immunoglobulin and then we have to wait to see what the infectious disease doctor says. The incubation period of chicken pox is 7-21 days. So even with all we are doing, she could still become sick in the next 3 weeks. And that would mean an automatic admission to the hospital for IV antiviral meds. She could become very, very sick from this.
Echols reiterated that she never claimed the child who gave the virus to her daughter wasn’t vaccinated, but her point remains the same:
The resurgence of chicken pox, whooping cough, measles and other diseases that were nearly eradicated years ago is a direct result of a large percentage of the population deciding not to vaccinate their children without sound research the support that decision.
Echols concluded by saying:
Please, if you are someone who believes your child will get autism from vaccines, PLEASE educate yourself. There isn’t a single peer reviewed study that came to that conclusion. And the people choosing to skip vaccinations put children like my daughter at risk. [Ashley] has been through SO much already. And this was avoidable.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2014, the percentage of 19- to 35-month-olds who receive vaccines are as follows:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (4+ doses DTP, DT, or DTaP): 84.2 percent
- Polio (3+ doses): 93.3 percent
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) (1+ doses): 91.5 percent
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (primary series + booster dose): 82.0 percent
- Hepatitis B (Hep B) (3+ doses): 91.6 percent
- Chickenpox (Varicella) (1+ doses): 91.0 percent
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) (4+ doses): 82.9 percent
- Combined 7-vaccine series: 71.6 percent
Echols gave Dearly specific permission to write about her and her daughter’s experience but mentioned that she doesn’t support “all the hateful arguing going on among the commenters.”
Ashley’s current status is still unknown.