We posted this video to our Facebook page, an interview on CBC of Tara Hills, the mother of seven children in quarantine with whooping cough. She spoke to the CBC Ottawa news affiliate shortly after her story on our page went viral.

Later on Wednesday evening, Tara followed up with us by sending us several videos of her children suffering from the classic “whoop” that pertussis is so infamous for, and we have to admit, readers, it was a tough (if not horrifying) watch. We appreciate Tara’s raw and open approach to sharing the perils of not vaccinating children against deadly illnesses and her desire to help parents in her community recognize the symptoms.

However, we decided it was too much to show in the best interest of the children involved. Their health outcomes are unknown at this time, but we’re hoping for the best for them and we know they’re getting the best care possible.

So instead, we’d like to bring you an edited audio file of the sounds of some, but not all of her children, so you can get a better understanding of the impact of this type of illness  – and why vaccinations are so very important to prevent suffering.

For more information on whooping cough, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Pertussis or talk to your health care provider.

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Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health