A North Vancouver family is urging parents to get their children vaccinated after their son, who was undergoing chemotherapy, nearly died after contracting chicken pox from an unvaccinated child.
Jason Lawson says his ten-year-old son Beckett had returned to school after undergoing chemo four years ago for leukemia, when he got chicken pox from a child in his school who had not been vaccinated for the disease.
Lawson says as a result, his son with a compromised immune system, landed back in hospital for ten days.
His message to parents: “The vaccinations are out there they’re provided, they’re free, they’re well studied and I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect your children, protect yourself but also to make sure you’re protecting your community and not spreading disease within your community.”
Lawson says it’s much safe to get the vaccine than to get the disease.