CARE FOR OTH­ERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

WRITER Linda Pat­more in her let­ter in last week’s edi­tion head­lined “Vac­cine hys­te­ria” asks, "... if a child is vac­ci­nated, why are their par­ents so scared of un­vac­ci­nated chil­dren?"

I sug­gest most par­ents are cau­tious rather than scared.

The more ur­gent is­sue though is this: the larger the num­ber of un­vac­ci­nated chil­dren (and adults) the larger the num­ber who will likely be in­fected if there is an out­break of a vac­cine-pre­ventable dis­ease.

Even if my fam­ily is pro­tected by vac­ci­na­tion I would not be much of a hu­man be­ing if I were not greatly sad­dened by hun­dreds or thou­sands of my fel­lows suf­fer­ing and dy­ing from a dis­ease that vac­ci­na­tion could have pre­vented.

A present ex­am­ple is the rise in the in­ci­dence of whoop­ing cough in Aus­tralia.

As more par­ents are say­ing, as Ms Pat­more does, "Why would any­one with a new lit­tle baby want to pump viruses into a vul­ner­a­ble new lit­tle body?", dis­eases such as whoop­ing cough and measles, which were all but erad­i­cated in Aus­tralia, have made a come­back and are on the rise.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion es­ti­mates that more than six mil- lion lives are saved world­wide ev­ery year by vac­ci­na­tions. Do we not care about the lives of oth­ers? WILL PAS­COE, River­vale.

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