Mobius’ Story

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We were facing something unknown—and that made it all the more scary.

I’m a nurse living in Pasadena California. My husband Chris and I were so excited to be having our first baby. There had been whooping cough going around and it was already well into flu season.  So, I got my flu shot and Tdap shot while pregnant.  Mobius was born a month early and had already had a brain bleed complication before birth that thankfully turned out fine. We were very careful, even kind of nervous parents.  But we had a happy, healthy baby boy, who we named Mobius (yes, that’s his real name!)

MobiusDisneyfamilyWe got married at Disneyland, honeymooned at Disneyland, and announced our pregnancy there, so we were looking forward to taking our baby to the place we love. We waited until he had received his first round of vaccinations before taking him out in public at all, and we insisted that anyone who had contact with him before then have their Tdap shot. But just after Christmas in 2015, suddenly it was all over the news that people had been infected with measles at Disneyland. We waited a bit longer until well after the incubation period, but at that point measles was everywhere in Southern California. A couple of weeks later, in mid-January, when Mobius was four months old and had gotten his first baby shots, we took him to Disneyland. So we had a great day and he enjoyed it a lot more than I would have expected a baby to. The colors, the lights, the sounds—he loved it all.



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