Anti-vaxxers put all kids in dan­ger

Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

VAC­CI­NA­TIONS are a sim­ple process.

You take your child in to the clinic, they’re given a cou­ple of quick shots, and you take your child home healthy. Full stop.

In that short ap­point­ment, in those few min­utes of cry­ing be­cause of the nee­dle, you’ve pro­tected your child, and ev­ery child around them from deadly dis­eases such as the measles or rubella.

Think back to the time be­fore vac­cines. In 1882, the most com­mon dis­eases chil­dren suf­fered from were things like diph­the­ria, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, cholera and scar­let fever.

Thanks to vac­cines, these dis­eases are al­most never seen in West­ern pa­tients.

There’s no rea­son why you shouldn’t vac­ci­nate your child. There is no link be­tween vac­cines and autism, and in fact vac­cines are only given to chil­dren af­ter a long and care­ful re­view by ex­perts.

And vac­ci­nat­ing your child, doesn’t just pro­tect your child. It pro­tects your un­born grand­child and it pro­tects those who are un­able, med­i­cally, to be vac­ci­nated them­selves. So the ques­tion is: is it re­ally your right to put other peo­ple’s lives at risk, or is it your re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect them?

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