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Little Manaia, who is seven months old, was left behind to fight for her life after she caught measles

A distraught mother has talked about the traumatic moment when her unvaccinated seven month old baby girl stayed behind to fight for her life after catching measles.

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Stephanie Peeni said her daughter Manaia became seriously ill after her three-year-old twin sisters – sister Valentina and brother Carter – contracted the highly contagious disease earlier this month.

Little Manaia was taken to the hospital on August 20 after she became listless, her lips were blue and she had a towering fever of more than 40 ° C.

The child had not yet had a measles cock, because the first dose of the MMR is only given when babies & # 39; s become 12 months old.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the mother of four, originally from Queensland but now living in New Zealand, shared intricate photos of her eight-day ordeal – while begging other parents to be vigilant about measles.

Little Manaia, who is seven months old, was left behind to fight for her life after she caught measles

Little Manaia, who is seven months old, was left behind to fight for her life after she caught measles

Mother Stephanie Peeni said that her daughter Manaia was rushed to the hospital after she became listless, her lips were blue and she had a high fever of more than 40 ° C
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Mother Stephanie Peeni said that her daughter Manaia was rushed to the hospital after she became listless, her lips were blue and she had a high fever of more than 40 ° C

Mother Stephanie Peeni said that her daughter Manaia was rushed to the hospital after she became listless, her lips were blue and she had a high fever of more than 40 ° C

Can babies & under 39; s under 12 months of age be vaccinated against measles?

Younger babies are not routinely pricked because of the measles, mumps, and rubella antibodies that are transmitted to her baby at the time of mother's birth.

But once the baby reaches the age of 12 months, measles antibodies usually disappear so they need measles vaccines for protection.

The measles vaccine can be given to infants between six and 12 months of age if they have recently been exposed to someone with measles while they were contagious.

If a baby receives an MMR vaccine before the age of 12 months, they must receive two more doses of MMR. They should receive the next dose of MMR vaccine at the age of 12 months or four weeks after the first dose, whichever is the later. The second dose of MMR is given at the age of 18 months.

The mother – who documents her family life on Instagram below thepeenifolk – said she was devastated when her baby girl got measles shortly after her toddler twins were recovering from the same disease.

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& # 39; I was absolutely saddened to see her little body fight so hard & # 39 ;, Mrs. Peeni told Daily Mail Australia.

Little Manaia was admitted to the hospital after cold-like symptoms because a red rash broke over her face and body.

& # 39; My heart stopped when she woke up from her nap and her lips were blue. I immediately called an ambulance, she was so listless, & the mother said.

& # 39; Her symptoms were usually fever, cough, and runny nose, but lasted twice as long as the symptoms of her twins. She went to the hospital with an airway infection as a measles side effect, while Valentina developed afterwards. & # 39;

She said her daughter's heartbeat was fast and her lips were blue due to the lack of oxygen around her body due to a respiratory tract infection caused by measles.

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& # 39; I felt numb and lost for words … I still healed my trial with the twins when Manaia fell ill and it has been a bit of a whirlwind ever since. I'm still trying to put my head around it, & Mrs. Peeni said.

Unable to swallow, her heartbroken mother gave her baby girls breast milk with a syringe & # 39; every hour of the day and night & # 39 ;.

& # 39; She refused to breastfeed all week, so I expressed and forced her to spray my milk through a syringe … I tried everything I could to prevent a stomach-nasal tube, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; Her fever continued until Sunday, making it a total of eight days of fever. & # 39;

The desperate mother had to share complicated photos of her ordeal after her daughter Manaia had contracted measles

The desperate mother had to share complicated photos of her ordeal after her daughter Manaia had contracted measles

The baby girl developed a painful rash after being struck by the highly contagious disease
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The baby girl developed a painful rash after being struck by the highly contagious disease

The desperate mother had to share complicated photos of her ordeal after her daughter Manaia had measles – while she begged other parents to vaccinate their children

Little Manaia was hospitalized on August 20 after cold-like symptoms - when red rashes on her face and body broke

Little Manaia was hospitalized on August 20 after cold-like symptoms - when red rashes on her face and body broke

Little Manaia was hospitalized on August 20 after cold-like symptoms – when red rashes on her face and body broke

Against all odds, the girl continued after having had a fever of eight days in all

Against all odds, the girl continued after having had a fever of eight days in all

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Against all odds, the girl continued after having had a fever of eight days in all

How effective is the measles vaccine?

A single dose of MMR vaccine is approximately 95 percent effective against measles, 78 percent effective against mumps and 99 percent effective against rubella. After a second MMR dose, protection increases to 99% against measles and 88% against mumps.

A second dose of MMR vaccine is recommended so that anyone who has not responded to the first vaccine has the opportunity to develop protective immunity to the three viruses.

Against all odds, Manaia turned out to be a small hunter after she drove on.

& # 39; Manaia is on its way to recovery, & # 39; said the mother.

& # 39; She is slowly recovering her appetite, she will eat a few bites every day as opposed to three full meals, but more importantly: she is breastfeeding again.

& # 39; She gets tired quickly but can play with her brothers and sisters for ten minutes at a time. She's exhausted but she's tough.

& # 39; Her little body really killed it inside and out, but she's just as resilient as her big brother and sister this pickle of mine. & # 39;

By sharing her story, the mother wanted to alert parents to measles so that they can identify the common symptoms early and ensure that their own children are vaccinated.

& # 39; Know the symptoms and act quickly because a measles child can deteriorate very quickly, & # 39; she said.

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Measles are not just a rash and fever, it attacks your entire body, inside and out and can be absolutely life threatening.

& # 39; Measles is no joke. My babies are perfectly healthy and see what it has done to them. Three of my four children got measles – two were vaccinated and one was not. It can be deadly, so don't be ignorant, be educated, be vigilant.

& # 39; Spreading consciousness helped me heal from such a & # 39; n traumatic experience. It can happen to anyone. The young, the old, the weak, the strong. My children are in perfect health – but measles have made them fight for days. & # 39;

The child had not yet had a measles cock, because the first dose of the MMR is only given when babies & # 39; s become 12 months old

The child had not yet had a measles cock, because the first dose of the MMR is only given when babies & # 39; s become 12 months old

The child had not yet had a measles cock, because the first dose of the MMR is only given when babies & # 39; s become 12 months old

Little Manaia is now recovering and she slowly regains her appetite after she became ill
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Little Manaia is now recovering and she slowly regains her appetite after she became ill

Little Manaia is now recovering and she slowly regains her appetite after she became ill

The measles battle of Manaia comes just a few weeks after her twin sister Valentina and brother Carter were hit by the disease, despite the fact that they were both vaccinated.

On day five, the highly contagious disease had destroyed their small body after itching, red rashes on their faces, neck, torso, arms, and legs.

The condition became so serious for little Valentina that her eyes were swollen when her twin brother vomited blood.

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& # 39; My heart sank. I know that vaccinations are not 100 percent preventative, but I never thought it would happen to my babies, I was absolutely terrified, Mrs. Peeni told Daily Mail Australia last week.

& # 39; I was so naive, like so many others, that measles were just glorified chicken pox. Boy, I was wrong. Measles can be absolutely life threatening. The twins had an incredibly horrible measles experience. & # 39;

But little Carter and Valentina fought miraculously against the disease – since they are now recovering at home.

Australian mother Stephanie Peeni has shared complicated pictures of her twins (daughter Valentina pictured) after contracting measles earlier this month

Australian mother Stephanie Peeni has shared complicated pictures of her twins (daughter Valentina pictured) after contracting measles earlier this month

The distraught mother said that within a day, her toddler twins began to develop cold-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and a runny nose. On day five, their entire bodies were covered with itchy, red rash (son Carter pictured)

The distraught mother said that within a day, her toddler twins began to develop cold-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and a runny nose. On day five, their entire bodies were covered with itchy, red rash (son Carter pictured)

Last week, Mrs. Peeni shared confrontational photos of her twins (daughter Valentina pictured on the left and son Carter on the right) after having had measles earlier this month

Mother Stephanie Peeni (pictured with her twins) said that little Valentina's condition became so severe that her eyes were swollen shut when her twin brother vomited blood

Mother Stephanie Peeni (pictured with her twins) said that little Valentina's condition became so severe that her eyes were swollen shut when her twin brother vomited blood

Mother Stephanie Peeni (pictured with her twins) said that little Valentina's condition became so severe that her eyes were swollen shut when her twin brother vomited blood

What are measles?

Measles are caused by the measles virus, spread through contact with body fluids from infected people.

The disease is usually spread when a person inhales measles virus that has been coughed up by a contagious person or sneezed into the air.

Measles is one of the easiest spread of all human infections. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can cause an infection.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • not feeling well
  • fatigue
  • running nose
  • dry cough
  • painful, red eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • red rash

Source: NSW Health

Dr. Richard Kidd, who is chairman of the Australian Medical Association Council of General Practice, said that newborn babies are not planned for measles vaccines because they are protected against maternal antibodies.

"During pregnancy, the antibodies are transferred from the mother to the baby through the placenta, so that they are protected from measles," Dr. said. Kidd to Daily Mail Australia.

Measles vaccines are given to 12 month old babies because the antibodies transferred from the mother to their baby can protect against the disease during the first year of life.

But once the baby reaches the age of 12 months, measles antibodies usually disappear so they need measles vaccines for protection.

The Brisbane-based doctor said that the only protection that parents have for their unvaccinated babies & children will keep them isolated until they get their measles cock.

The mother of four wanted to share her terrifying ordeal to warn parents of measles

The mother of four wanted to share her terrifying ordeal to warn parents of measles

The mother of four wanted to share her terrifying ordeal to warn parents of measles

Mrs. Peeni with her family - with baby girl Manaia, together with twins Carter and Valentina, oldest daughter Bun and husband Neiks

Mrs. Peeni with her family - with baby girl Manaia, together with twins Carter and Valentina, oldest daughter Bun and husband Neiks

Mrs. Peeni with her family – with baby girl Manaia, together with twins Carter and Valentina, oldest daughter Bun and husband Neiks

Dr. Kidd said that anyone who has not been vaccinated can get the highly contagious disease.

& # 39; Measles are very contagious. You can catch it in the air. If someone is talking or breathing with measles, fine drops of measles virus can spread through the air, & he said.

& # 39; If you breathe in the drops, you can catch measles yourself so that it doesn't have to be in direct contact or cough, it can spread through the air. & # 39;

Dr. Kidd said vaccination is the most effective preventive measure against measles.

& # 39; I strongly support vaccination because prevention is better than cure. Measles can kill as many as one in 10 people and leave many others severely disabled for the rest of their lives, & Dr. 39 said. Kidd.

& # 39; Vaccines are safe and very effective for the vast majority of the population. Vaccination is the cheapest, effective way to prevent the worst diseases that you can imagine. The chances for a vaccinated person to get measles are very, very small.

& # 39; For anyone who has not been vaccinated, you must be vaccinated to protect yourself. Getting measles at any stage is terrible and it is a deadly disease. & # 39;

Stephanie Peeni has put together a guide to help parents recognize the symptoms of measles that can be found on her Instagram.

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