Having returned from our lovely relaxing holiday in Donegal, our baby, Jack, took sick with suspected Measles! He just turned one last Saturday so hasn't yet had his MMR vaccine. Although I always worried about the vaccine, both of my little girls had theirs as I felt the benefits outweighed the risks. However, as babies do not usually get their MMR vaccine until they are fifteen months old, there was little I could do to protect Jack from any of the diseases until he reached the age for his vaccines.
Fortunately, I am still breastfeeding him and this should have offered him some protection. In fact, I decided to breastfeed my first baby until she had received all her vaccines as I felt she would be best protected if I did so. And it was just the natural thing to do for my second daughter and now for Jack.
When I took him to see the GP she said that if it is Measles he appears to have a mild dose. But it is a terrifying illness as I discovered when I read up about it and it appears to be making a bit of a come-back due to low vaccine uptake levels by worried parents.
Jack appears to be on the road to full recovery although we have to get a swab test done to see if it is Measles or just some unnamed virus that he caught somewhere. Whatever the case we are now back to reality after our break. And hopefully Jack will be back to his old chuckly self before too long!