A California woman said anti-vaxxers endangered her baby’s life and forced the 6-month-old girl into a month-long quarantine.
Jennifer Simon took her daughter, Livia, to the doctor Jan. 2 because she had a cold, and the pediatrician’s office called two days later to report that an unvaccinated child with measles had been there the same day.
Measles – one of the most contagious diseases on Earth – can linger in the air or on surfaces for hours, and children who contract the disease can become deaf or even die.
“We were really freaking out and really worried,” Simon told CNN.
The measles vaccine is given to children at ages 12-14 months, and then a booster is given between ages 4 and 6 years old, so Livia is too young to be vaccinated.
She was ordered into a 28-day quarantine in case she became the 53rd person to contract measles in connection with the Disneyland outbreak.
Eight other infants are in quarantine in Alameda County, where Simon lives.
Simon said she was angry that her child’s life was endangered because of another parent’s “personal choice.”
“Their choice endangered my child,” she said.
Anti-vaxxer parents rely on others to protect their children through herd immunity, Simon pointed out.
“You’re basically relying on society but not giving back,” she said.
Simon said the quarantine, which ends Friday, had disrupted her and her husband’s lives because they had to miss work to care for Livia, and her mother flew in from Houston to help out.
She said she hopes the unvaccinated child recovers, but she hopes the anti-vaxxer parents learn their lesson.
“Hey, you guys, what do you think about vaccines now?” Simon said.