Baby Gets Chicken Pox From His Unvaccinated Siblings, Then Suffers Stroke

If you ever needed another reason to prove that vaccinating your children is the way to go, look no further. Recently an 11-month-old boy suffered a stroke (yes at 11-months) because something went wrong with his chickenpox. Doctors say it all stemmed from his siblings because they weren’t vaccinated. A report was even published in the Journal of Pediatrics recently about this case.


The boy’s mother noticed something wrong with him after his nap one day. His right arm and leg seemed to not have much energy. She rushed him to an urgent care and the doctors also saw that he was having a tough go at trying to move his limbs or face.

This all came from he and his siblings having chicken pox a few months back. The problem is that it takes two to six months to even see these symptoms before it’s too late.


The Journal article details this further:

“A previously healthy, unimmunized 11-month-old boy presented with acute right-sided weakness. On the day of presentation, his mother noted that his right arm and leg seemed to be weak when she woke him from his usual afternoon nap. Evaluation at an urgent care center confirmed right-sided facial weakness, decreased strength and movement of his right upper and lower extremities, and a lack of right-sided support in a sitting position.”

Overall the case doesn’t just highlight this case but addresses parents who don’t vaccinate their children as a whole. If you don’t vaccinate your child, you could put family members as well as their friends at school.

Dr. Tina Tan who is a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine said to Today that:

“Everyone thinks it’s a minor illness. There are a number of serious complications.”

Tan is also a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital also went onto say:

“Basically, the chickenpox virus infects the large blood vessels in the brain and causes inflammation in them. The blood vessels can scar and that can decrease blood supply to the brain, which can lead to stroke.”


Remember everyone vaccines have been proven to work, through science. Just because some people say that they don’t work or have harmful chemicals doesn’t mean that science is wrong. Don’t take my word for it, research it yourself outside of this article. Last year John Oliver and his Last Week Tonight crew did research on this exact topic.

The CDC, you know the one organization that knows exactly what they are talking about when it comes to this, says this on their website:

“Thanks to vaccines, most young parents have never seen the devastating effects diseases like polio, measles, or whooping cough (pertussis) can have on a child, family, or community.”

Remember when polio used to be a thing? Thanks to vaccines they aren’t anymore and those are facts.

Next time you are at the doctor make sure you and your children are up to date on their vaccines so this terrible misfortune doesn’t happen to your babies!

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