CARE FOR OTHERS
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.