Source: ONE News
The family of a severely disabled young woman are calling on parents to be better informed before getting their children vaccinated.
It’s a choice every new parent is faced with, but parents Sharree and Gary Collins say New Zealanders need to be better informed about the potentially life changing decision.
At 20-years-old, their daughter Brittany is wheelchair-bound and brain damaged.
“She’s severely disabled…she’s 24/7 and needs all her needs met, ” mother Sharree told TV ONE’s Sunday.
“She can’t stand, or sit, or hold anything, or do anything like that. So we meet her needs.”
Sharree says her baby girl was a healthy infant, until suffering an adverse reaction to the whooping cough vaccine.
“We would never counsel anyone not to vaccinate, but we would like people to have the information so that they can make an informed choice basically,” father Gary Collins says.
Sharree says the public are still being told that you don’t get severe reactions from vaccines.
“[You get told about] the swollen site, and the redness, and the child will be irritable for, you know a little while and cry. But I don’t think they’re being told you can get reactions that are as adverse as Brittany’s.”