Opinion

Get a jab or deserve a left jab, your choice

OPINION: A very dear friend of mine has a daughter who was born with a serious heart condition.

As a result, her daughter is immune suppressed and can't have live vaccines to protect her from diseases, making the child almost totally reliant on her immunity.

A few months ago, my friend and her husband took their two young children to a Gold Coast theme park for some well-earned relaxation.

They had been through a lot as a family since their daughter was born, with her having to go through several surgeries to correct her heart defects.

When they arrived home, my friend was dismayed to see television reports of a measles outbreak at the theme park and she immediately knew that she and her partner had to get her son and daughter to a hospital.

Thankfully they did not have the disease.

I think of this story and what my friends have had to go through every time I see another silly online article or uninformed person on Facebook spreading immunisation lies and blasphemy.

These immunisation disbelievers smugly ask us why we are worried about the possibility they could spread diseases when we should feel confident in our vaccinated state.

Besides the fact that these people are enabling the spread of these diseases, it is these vulnerable members of society that I worry most about, like my friend's little girl and newborn babies who are too young for vaccines.

If I get this angry, I can't imagine how my friend feels, being the mother of a small girl who is constantly at risk because of the ignorance of others.

Topics:  carlie walker, editors picks, immunisation, opinion




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Men splashed by 'croc' while fishing in the Mary River

CARE NEEDED: One of the Mary River crocodiles that has since been relocated to a farm in Rockhampton.

Huge splash makes Maryborough anglers wary.

Tagged tiger shark Maroochy baited and killed on drum line

RESEARCH: A 3m tiger shark called Maroochy was tagged by Ocearch on February 2, 2015. Photo Ocearch

The young shark was tagged in February 2015 by Ocearch.

Claims M’boro transit centre in a ‘disgraceful state’

Pat Phillips says the Lennox St transit centre is in a bad state

Latest deals and offers

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked