OPINION: Vulnerable children are put at risk

EDITORIAL: It's amazing how much can be forgotten in just a couple of generations.

Take immunisation for example.

It wasn't that long ago that people were dying, or being left greatly incapacitated, by diseases like polio.

Now we take it for granted that such diseases are in the past.

But for my dad's generation, the horror of polio was all too real.

And there were lots of other diseases that could result in death too that children routinely caught, like measles.

It's funny how smug some parents have become, hedging their bets and relying on herd immunity while deciding against vaccinating their own children.

The Fraser Coast has fallen below the acceptable level of immunisation for herd immunity thanks to these so-called "conscientious objectors".

Friends of mine weren't able to get their little girl immunised because she was born with a serious heart defect.

Everyday their daughter is put at risk because someone else won't immunise their healthy child.

The vast majority do the right thing and our society is much better for it, trying to ensure the vulnerable are protected.

It's just a selfish few who are letting us all down.

Topics:  anti-vaccination anti-vaxers anti-vaxxers immunisation measles polio rubella vaccination whooping cough

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