Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mum's Vaccination Warning; Plea after Baby Hospitalised

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mum's Vaccination Warning; Plea after Baby Hospitalised

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Byline: Helen Spelitis helen.spelitis@qt.com.au

FOR the past week Redbank Plains mum Kayley Burke has watched in horror as chicken pox spread across her baby boy's body.

Baby Elijah is only 11 months old so unlike his older sister Kaliah, 3, who also has mild chicken pox, he's too young to be vaccinated.

Since Friday Elijah has been crying and trying to scratch the sores that now cover his entire head.

For Kayley, it's every mother's nightmare to watch her child suffering, knowing there's little she can do to help.

She's calling on other parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up to date given her daughter, who is vaccinated, has only a few sores while baby Elijah is covered head to toe in pox.

Baby Elijah was admitted to hospital on Thursday with a secondary infection, but has since gone home.

"It's horrible I can't think of anything worse (than watching him go through this)," mum Kayley, who also has the chicken pox, said. …

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