Mom Makes Emotional Plea About Vaccinating Your Children

It's not just about you and your family.

The mother of an infant in intensive care is speaking out about her daughter's condition — and how you can prevent something like this from happening to other babies.

Annie Mae Braiden wrote on Facebook that her 10-week-old daughter Isabelle was hours away from dying when a nurse rushed her to the ICU. She has spent the past six weeks in the hospital with another two months to go.

"She has to learn how to eat all over again," Braiden wrote on Facebook. "She's going through major withdrawals from the morphine and sedative she was on when she was ventilated."

Braiden's daughter has whooping cough, which is a preventable disease when children are vaccinated. While it isn't known whether Isabelle contracted the disease from another child who did not get vaccinated, it calls attention to what can happen to other kids when parents do not vaccinate their own children. Braiden wrote a special plea to other parents in her Facebook post — which generated over 30,000 reactions as of Thursday.

"What you do with your kids is your choice but do not tell me that not vaccinating your kids isn't hurting anyone but your own kids, Isabelle is proof that it harms the other little babes who aren't old enough to get their vaccines yet," she wrote. "Please vaccinate your kids, it's not fair that my little girl is in the PICU coughing and not being able to breath from a disease that shouldn't be around in this day and age."

Some parents refuse to vaccinate their children because they claim that it can cause autism, even though there is no scientific proof supporting that theory.

Vaccines are heavily recommended for young children in the United States. Some examples include vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles and influenza.