Though scientific advancements have been widely useful and often life-saving for humans as a species, there are still those who refuse to believe it or even actively fight against science.
There are too many flat-earthers. Too many who reject evolution.
And—most urgently—too many parents who think vaccinating their kids is going to give them autism or otherwise hurt them.
Jessica Boren learned this the way no parent should have to and now, she’s telling other parents her story.
This is Whooping Cough. ?This is Brody. An 18 month old boy. Our 3rd child. Our first son. This is a mother that...Posted by Jessica Leigh Boren on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Boren expresses immense regret at her decision to space her son’s vaccinations out, fearing that the vaccinations given simultaneously would be harmful. To her horror, the opposite proved to be true.
The heartbreaking video shows Boren’s son hacking and coughing through tears.
Whooping Cough, often thought to be obsolete, has seen a disturbing resurgence since the anti-vaccination movement gained prominence. There are now between 10,000 and 50,000 cases reported in the United States per year.
Some cases occurring in infants have resulted in death.
This isn’t just true for Whooping Cough. Other diseases like measles, mumps, and chicken pox made a comeback thanks to parents using whatever fad celebrities endorse to determine their child’s medical decisions.
Twitter users urged parents to heed Boren’s warning.
Please, please, please vaccinate. No child should have to endure something like this when there is modern advancements to minimize the chances to an unbelievably low level. https://t.co/axgB0IixF8— Ross C. Geller (@rosscgeller) September 12, 2018
'This is why you should vaccinate your children': Former 'anti-vaxx' mom's viral post after son gets whooping cough !!https://t.co/a62n0FATcf— Jon Dennis (@JonDennis8) September 11, 2018
@JimCarrey I believe your intentions are good, but spreading these falsehoods is helping spread very preventable diseases. By propagating this debunked nonsense, you are advising parents to make dangerous decisions. PLEASE stop spreading these falsehoods!!https://t.co/CeqIJ0OBhZ
— Jeff de (@opertinicy) September 11, 2018
Others are warning against exposing children to Whooping Cough as well.
There’s an outbreak of Whooping cough at our primary school. In 2018. Friends with babies and pregnant staff are at risk. It’s very upsetting and completely avoidable. I feel for all the public workers that have to deal with all the stress and admin and hope everyone will be ok.— Simon Pound (@simon_pound) September 14, 2018
I'll tell you something cruel. Cruelty is spreading lies about safe vaccines. Lies that can kill my niece. Lies that killed Michelle's sister. Lies that put a little boy in Houston in the ICU with measles. Lies that kill infants who get whooping cough and die in agony.— Sarah (@Plasticdoe) September 8, 2018
Letting family and friends know if you ever plan on visiting the boys once they’re born you must have the whooping cough shot, and we are begging you to get the flu shot. When they’re in the NICU if you haven’t had the flu shot or the whooping cough shot they won’t let you in.— ᴹᴱᴸᴬᴺᴺᴵ (@melannimendez) September 16, 2018
Boren has since posted an update:
For ALL of those asking for an update!! Brody is doing much better! Better enough to mow the lawn ? Today was his last...Posted by Jessica Leigh Boren on Thursday, September 6, 2018
Luckily, for little Brodie, things seem to be getting better and he hopefully won’t be in this situation again.