ST. CLAIR COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - As the Alabama Department of Health has confirmed a St. Clair County infant has the measles, the child’s mother is speaking out about the heartbreak she and her family are experiencing.
Audrey Peine says her 5-month-old daughter, Emma, is doing a lot better. “Her rash is starting to clear up. She’s still got a few spots on her, but it’s a lot better than it was,” Peine said. “Her fever is gone, she’s still got a little bit of a runny nose, but overall, it’s a lot better.”
Health Department officials are still trying to figure out where the infant got the virus, but say the doctor in this case did an excellent job in isolating her to prevent it from spreading.
The family says they've also isolated themselves to protect others and Emma.
“This is something you hear about, but you never experience,” Peine said. “(I’m) just scared for her because I know there is a lot of complications that can happen after."
Doctors say the measles vaccine is highly effective, but at five months old, Emma was too young to get it.
Her mom hopes this will be a lesson to others. “It is so awful to watch them suffer through this. It is not something you want your kids to get. If there is anything you can do to prevent it, it’s to vaccinate them,” said Peine.