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The mother of a four-month-old baby boy has posted a video to her Facebook account in order to warn fellow parents of the benefits of vaccinating your child against whooping cough.

Rebecca Harreman, whose son Austin is currently struggling with the condition, uploaded footage of her little boy attempting to get his breath during a coughing fit associated with the bacterial disease.

Rebecca, who is from Brisbane, Australia, accompanied the jarring footage with an insight into the impact her little boy's diagnosis has had as well as offering her opinion on vaccinations.

Commenting on the upload, she wrote: "Now when I say this is good. I mean that's absolutely nothing. Nothing compared to watching him turn blue from coughing for so long and so much he can't take a single breath."

Rebecca, who reveals she is severely sleep deprived, is reluctant to leave Austin's side, explaining: "I've been on duty for over three weeks having to wake every single time my baby boy coughs for fear he will stop breathing. Every. Single. Time."
 


"I cannot and will not pass that duty to anyone else, because I just can't sleep," explains Rebecca in the heartfelt post where she reveals that medical professionals explained her son's age, size and first vaccination will assist in his battle against the condition.

Rebecca hopes that the footage, which was filmed 23 days after Austin's diagnosis, will act as a warning to parents who are against vaccinations.

Giving an insight into her perspective on the matter, Rebecca explains: "I don't care whether you want to try and prove to me that vaccinations and herd immunities don't work."

"I don't care that vaccinations have side effects, because every person in this world reacts differently to all types of food, products and medicines. I could not care less, even if it is ever proven one day that they don't work."

Explaining her reasoning for this stance, she continues: "Because at least at the end of the day I tried to do something to prevent this and not sit there and say, 'Oh well, vaccinations don't work so I'll just sit here and do nothing,' because doing nothing goes against every cell in my body as a mother."

Urging social media users to get involved in her decision to raise awareness of the issue, she finishes by writing: "So please share this and spread some awareness. Not nonsense. This is getting worse because people are not vaccinating."

Rebecca's video has been viewed over half a million times since its upload at the weekend.
 

Okay so I know I said I'd let the hate go. But I'm tired. Damn tired. I've been on duty for over 3 weeks having to wake every single time my baby boy coughs for fear he will stop breathing. Every. Single. Time. I cannot and will not pass that duty to anyone else, because I just can't sleep.So for those of you sitting on the fence on whether to vaccinate yourself and your kids or not... maybe this video will convince you.This is a GOOD coughing fit in a 4 month old with Pertussis, or Whooping Cough - 23 days after his cough started which is when it's supposed to be getting past the bad stage. It lasts for up to 100 days, but a simple cold I passed onto him that I caught from being with him in hospital is making him relapse again :(Now when I say this is good... I mean that's absolutely nothing. Not even long enough to be called a coughing fit. Nothing compared to watching him turn blue from coughing for so long and so much he can't take a single breath...Imagine that in a tiny newborn baby. Can you imagine?! The doctors said he has his age and size and his first vaccination on his side to be able to fight this because there is no real way to treat it - you can only try and get some oxygen in them - that is if they breathe it in... and they have to do that all on their own. I don't care whether you want to try and prove to me that vaccinations and herd immunities don't work. I don't care that vaccinations have side effects, because every person in this world reacts differently to all types of food, products and medicines. I could not care less, even if it is ever proven one day that they don't work.You know why? Because at least at the end of the day I tried to do something to prevent this and not sit there and say "oh well, vaccinations don't work so I'll just sit here and do nothing"... because doing nothing goes against every cell in my body as a mother. Doing nothing is just wrong.So please share this and spread some awareness... not nonsense. This is getting worse because people are not vaccinating!Oh, and no matter what you believe - if you have a cough while out in public - cover your damn effing mouth!!!~End Rant~

Posted by Rebecca Harreman on Friday, November 13, 2015
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