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‘You Owe It’ To Your Child’s Healthy Life


Sanofi Pasteur reached out to its employees to draw inspiration from their real life experience.

Dailycsr.com – 23 December 2019 – Pam Reincke, working in Sanofi Pasteur as a ‘Marketing and Sales Incentive Compensation Manager’, shares her story of suffering from mumps at the age of eight. Recalling her blissful childhood in “Detroit, Michigan suburb” with loving parents by her side and the support of the extended family, Reincke recounted:
“Those who know this about me are surprised when I tell them that I also suffered through multiple preventable diseases growing up”.
The mother of two is also baffled by the current debates on vaccinations given her childhood diseases. She added:
“I see news of children who get pertussis, whooping cough and measles and I think if they had a chance to get vaccinated, why weren't they? Because a childhood disease is such a horrific thing to go through, as a parent, why put your child at risk?”
Talking about her painful childhood memories, Reincke stated:
“I was eight years old when I got the mumps, and I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I was sick for three weeks. The hardest part was missing school because I loved it so much. It was very painful. I couldn't eat because my glands were so swollen, and I had difficulty drinking water. Eventually, my parents had to take me to the emergency room to be treated for dehydration”.
The disease of childhood has still left its imprint on Reincke as she continues to suffer from “auditory nerve damage” in her right ear, as the loss of hearing is common “complication of mumps”. Facing the added challenges in her personal as well as professional life due to her hearing impairment, Reincke noted:
“I can remember how difficult it was after I recovered from the disease because I had to teach myself to hear again, to interpret sounds and understand speech, both of which I still struggle with today. It was a very scary and frustrating experience to go through at such a young age”.
It was not Reincke’s parent’s conscious decision to not vaccinate her for by the time “measles, mumps and rubella vaccines” became easily available in the market she had already set foot in her teens. The soon-to-be granny strongly votes in favour of vaccinations. She stressed:
“As a real-life example of what can happen when you don't vaccinate, I’m a strong advocate for vaccines today. Vaccines have been proven to be very safe – so why take the chance? Choosing not to vaccinate puts your child at risk of contracting childhood diseases and experiencing the debilitating symptoms that may result in permanent impairments or disabilities”.
Reincke also mentioned some of the advices she has to give to parents when they deal with vaccination related issues; she noted:
“Trust your medical professional and have real conversations about vaccines. Be persistent and make sure you track your child’s vaccination schedule. Visit the CDC website and learn more about childhood diseases and the vaccines that are available to prevent them. Please consider the information and facts these resources provide before you say “no” to vaccines. You owe it to your child to do everything that you can to make sure that they have a healthy life”.