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Published on Mar 16, 2012
Read this before commenting: ******UPDATE: The increase in anti vaccine attitudes has been linked with increased rates of preventable diseases. I made and published this video and I do have the right to delete comments that support this dangerous stance. Petra is a girl, who is now 6 years old and healthy as anything, but has got lung damage/asthma, probably due to having had whooping cough. ********
Confirmed as Pertussis from a pernasal swab. Petra was 22 months at the time, and had had all required immunisations. We had visited doctors twice, and told them about her cough and mentioned that we thought it was whooping cough. TWICE they did not do a swab to test for whooping cough (and this was in the middle of an increase / outbreak in NZ) Out of desperation to get her diagnosed and helped, I filmed Petra having one of her coughing fits at about 11:30 at night. Early the next morning we took her to a different doctor and showed him the movie. He diagnosed her, swabbed her to be sure and took a copy of the video to show colleagues. We also sent the video to the two doctors who misdiagnosed her. Petra was already on some antibiotics when this video was filmed for "bronchiolitis".
Parents: trust your instincts and even if you have to go through this and film it, it might just get your child the help he/she needs. We weren't monsters of parents by filming her, we were desperate as we had been told we were wrong and that it "couldn't be whooping cough because she was immunised." It was a nightmare when we were in the middle of it. We all had a week in isolation at home, and I also got whooping cough, just about developed into pneumonia. It is a TERRIBLE sickness, and because she was immunised, Petra probably only got a "mild" dose. Vaccinate your children if you can. There are some kids who can't be immunised, but they are in the very small minority, and vaccines DO NOT cause autism.