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A woman has taken to Reddit to use her heartbreaking story as a cautionary tale, in order to urge parents to vaccinate their children.

User throwaway44321424 writes that she gave birth to her daughter Emily three years ago.

When she was eight months old, Emily fell ill with measles. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get their first dose against measles at 12 months old.

Emily's mother wrote:

She was sick for a while and I'd never seen anything like it. I took her to the doctor. She was in the hospital and she looked so bad, she was crying and coughing and there was nothing I could do. I felt like the worst mother in the world. After I got her to the hospital she got worse, got something called measles encephalitis, where her brain was inflamed.

Emily died a week later. Then her mother found out that a neighbour, who was against vaccines, babysat Emily while her son had been sick.

The neighbour had posted photos on Facebook saying that her son was fine.

She wrote:

He was fine? He was FINE? My kid was DEAD because she made that choice. I went over and talked to her and she admitted he'd been sick when she'd had my kid last but didn't think much of it. I screamed at her.

Please vaccinate your kids, so other moms like me don't have to watch their baby die. It's not just your choice only affecting your kid, you are putting every child who for some reason hasn't gotten vaccinated in SO much danger. Please please please for the love of god please vaccinate.

Vaccines are not compulsory in the UK, but the majority of parents do choose to vaccinate their children.

A total of 94 per cent of children were given vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio in 2014/15, and 92 per cent of children aged two and under had their MMR vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella.

The information was posted from a 'throwaway' or disposable account, therefore indy100 cannot factually confirm the facts presented by the user.

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