Qld mum hopes this video will convince you to vaccinate kids
A QUEENSLAND mother has been targeted on social media for airing her views on vaccinations.
Rebecca Harreman wrote the 400 word rant on her Facebook on Saturday after almost three weeks of no sleep due to her baby having whopping cough.
"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," she wrote.
"I cannot and will not pass that duty to anyone else, because I just can't sleep."
She also posted a video of one of her four-month-old's "good coughing fits."
"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."
Ms Harreman goes on to document her son's daily struggle to live as she watches him "turn blue from coughing for so long and so much he can't take a single breath."
"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."
Ms Harreman's video has so far had almost one million views through Facebook.
Among the messages of support, she also received many negative comments.
" I really didn't think that people would personally message me to tell me I am wrong," she wrote in another status update.
"I didn't intend to offend anyone in particular with my views. Because they are just that - MY views.
"But since some anti-vaxxers seem to feel they can share and say anything they want, even if it is unreliable, and I'm not allowed to have my say or share my own personal experience... well then I say bring it!"