THREE GOOD REASONS TO IMMUNISE
1 It’s a child’s best protection against serious illnesses. There may be short-term side effects, such as swelling, soreness and numbness at the site of the needle, but social scientist Julie Leask says the benefits mostly outweigh the risks. “The benefits vaccines have in averting serious complications from the diseases they prevent still outweigh their risks,” she says.
2 Science supports immunisation – studies that suggested a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism have been discredited.
3 You’re contributing to a healthier community and helping protect vulnerable members of society, such as the elderly and other children, especially those who are sick and cannot be vaccinated.