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Meningococcal mum backs vaccination for all children

LONG JOURNEY: Sarah Smith comforts her son Finn in Royal Brisbane Hospital.
LONG JOURNEY: Sarah Smith comforts her son Finn in Royal Brisbane Hospital. CONTRIBUTED

THE mother of the 13-month-old toddler fighting the deadly meningococcal disease in Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital has urged all parents to make sure they vaccinate their children.

Sarah Smith, of Pacific Paradise, also thanked the community for rallying and raising funds while her son, Finn, continues to make "small improvements".

Finn was diagnosed with bacterial meningococcal last Friday and was rushed to Brisbane, where he has remained in an induced coma.

The vaccine did nothing to help Finn as the fully vaccinated toddler contracted a "B-strain", for which no vaccine has been invented.

"There are 13 strains of meningococcal," Mrs Smith said.

"Medical researchers haven't been able to create vaccines to cover all strains.

"I believe in vaccinations. I believe people need to vaccinate their children."

Looking at Finn fighting for his life has only firmed her belief.

"What would happen if we didn't vaccinate?'' Mrs Smith said.

"It is worse than the odds of having a vaccine that goes wrong".

It is not believed Finn caught meningococcal from another person and it was merely his body reacting to the bacteria which naturally live in the human body.

"It is just unfortunate it activated in him," Mrs Smith said.

Doctors have slowly started weaning Finn off the machines that have been keeping him alive.

"He is still in an induced coma, but they turn the machine down a little to see how he copes,'' Mrs Smith said.

"It is very slow, we are in for a long ride yet."

It will also be weeks before any diagnosis regarding Finn's hands and feet, which may have to be amputated as a result of the disease.

"He has got them wrapped to make sure he doesn't get any infections," Mrs Smith said.

The good news is that "he will survive".

"It is now just a matter of allowing his body to adjust," Mrs Smith said.

A fund begun for Finn has already raised $5000.

"I can't express how much this means to us," Mrs Smith said.

"It is so very touching.

"Finn is drawing strength from everyone, this is what will get him through in the coming months."

Are you for or against child vaccinations?

This poll ended on 14 March 2014.

Current Results

For it, they are safe and vital

79%

For, however they are risky but worth it

12%

Against, the risks aren't worth it

3%

Against, we are being brainwashed, they aren't neccessary

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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