A mother’s heartbreaking photo has touched hearts around the world – as she issued a desperate plea about vaccinations.
Alecia Rankin shared the photo of her seriously ill niece to Facebook – urging others to take action.
Alecia, a mother herself, posted a lengthy caption stating it showed: ‘Reason #1736493983283763 to vaccinate your kids’.
‘My 7 week old niece has HIB flu. So rare that her doctor hasn’t seen it in her career because this bacteria caused by HIB flu was all but eradicated by vaccines,’ Alecia, from the US, wrote.
‘The first being the one babies get at 2 months, which she hasn’t gotten yet.
‘So before you decide not to vaccinate your children because “it’s your choice” and “those who are vaccinated won’t be affected” remember that babies can get sick before they have the chance to get their vaccine.’
Alecia went on to say her niece had undergone testing for meningitis and clarified that whilst the condition was called HIB flu it was not a type of influenza but rather a virus that caused a bacterial infection in her blood.
The mother’s post received thousands of comments – with people engaging in debate about vaccinations.
In an update to her post, Alecia said the baby girl had since gone home and was thankfully doing well.
‘Our family appreciates the well wishes, thoughts and prayers,’ she said.