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A former anti-vaxxer has begged parents to give their children the MMR jab after her daughter nearly died to measles. 

Debbie Roscoe, of Birmingham, who appeared on This Morning, revealed daughter Ellie was almost struck down with the virus in 2017 aged 23.

She decided against giving Ellie, now 25, the second vaccination before she started school after bogus studies linked the jab to autism.  

The decision appeared to have no effect on Ellie's life until December 2017, when she suddenly broke out in red blotches and her temperature soared to 39C (102.2F).

She was initially misdiagnosed with chicken pox, prescribed antibiotics and sent home by her local GP.

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Debbie Roscoe, from Birmingham, appeared on This Morning earlier today to warn other parents against skipping out on the MMR jab

Debbie Roscoe, from Birmingham, appeared on This Morning earlier today to warn other parents against skipping out on the MMR jab

She revealed her daughter Ellie was almost struck down with the virus in 2017 aged 23 after missing out on the second dose of it

She revealed her daughter Ellie was almost struck down with the virus in 2017 aged 23 after missing out on the second dose of it

The decision appeared to have no effect on Ellie's life until December 2017, when she suddenly broke out in red blotches (pictured) and her temperature soared to 39C (102.2F)

The decision appeared to have no effect on Ellie's life until December 2017, when she suddenly broke out in red blotches (pictured) and her temperature soared to 39C (102.2F)

It wasn't until she went to Heartlands Hospital and was transferred to the infectious diseases ward that she was properly diagnosed.

A specialist asked to inspect her mouth and noticed silver spots - a tell-tale sign of measles - and realised she had the illness, once thought to be eradicated. 

Her mother is now speaking out about the dangers of skipping out on vaccinations.

'Another 24 hours and she possibly wouldn’t be here today,' she told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV's This Morning earlier today.

Ellie was given her first MMR vaccination at three months old in 1994. But the following year a now-discredited study was published linking the jab to autism. It prompted her mother to choose against giving her daughter the second jab

Ellie was given her first MMR vaccination at three months old in 1994. But the following year a now-discredited study was published linking the jab to autism. It prompted her mother to choose against giving her daughter the second jab

Asked about why she chose not to give her daughter her second MMR, she said: 'Autism was in the newspapers at the time.

'It was a great fear of mine because I had seen what autism could do. The facts were not really available at that time cos we’re going back many moons ago. 

WHAT IS MEASLES, WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND HOW CAN YOU CATCH IT?

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from an infected person by coughing, sneezing or even just breathing.

Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection, and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever and a rash.

The rash appears as red and blotchy marks on the hairline that travel down over several days, turning brown and eventually fading. 

Some children complain of disliking bright lights or develop white spots with red backgrounds on their tongue.

In one in 15 cases, measles can cause life-threatening complications including pneumonia, convulsions and encephalitis.

Dr Ava Easton, chief executive of the Encephalitis Society told MailOnline: 'Measles can be very serious. 

'[It] can cause encephalitis which is inflammation of the brain. 

'Encephalitis can result in death or disability.'

Treatment focuses on staying hydrated, resting and taking painkillers, if necessary.

Measles can be prevented by receiving two vaccinations, the first at 13 months old and the second at three years and four months to five years old.

Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital  

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