This story of Joseph as told by his Mom, Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer of Families Fighting Flu, was originally shared as part of the CDC Flu Blog-A-Thon held in honor of National Influenza Vaccination Week in 2016.
While I was pregnant, I spent a whole lot of time researching strollers, but failed to take any time to get a vaccine that could have prevented my baby from getting a life threatening illness. And I am a pediatrician. I, of all people, should have known better. Because of this, it is now part of my mission to make sure that the families that I take care of do know better.
In 1949, the year Judith was hit by the poliovirus, 42,000 cases of polio were reported in the United States and 2,720 people died, most of them children. She was diagnosed with paralytic poliomyelitis, which is experienced in less than 1 percent of poliovirus infections. Not only did it immobilize her completely from the neck down, it also attacked her lungs. It was August, a popular month for polio, and she was six years old.
“147 Kids Died From Flu Last Year. My Scarlet Was One of Them.”
Rebecca Hendricks, Every Child By Two‘s newest parent advocate, decided to share this guest post on Shot of Prevention
I have been an artist most of my life. Like a piece of my art, my body tells a story. My story is drawn on my face, it’s been stamped on my arms and legs. My hands are pieces of art by themselves.
Brie was perfectly healthy until early one Saturday morning, February 8th, when she began to have a severe cough. Her parents’ suspected respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and their pediatrician told them to take Brie to the ER. Thinking she only had a cold she left the hospital with a prescription and was taken home. Pertussis was the diagnosis that was missed until it was too late.
On January 15, 2010, five-week old Landon Carter Dube went in to his doctor’s office for a check-up. He had been mildly spitting up his formula and seemed to be fussy when he went to sleep at night. Thirteen days later Pertussis would take his young life.