Vax benefits not just theory
COUNTLESS millions are spent each year in Queensland treating otherwise preventable conditions. These include whooping cough, measles or chickenpox – all illnesses that can generally be avoided through a simple program of childhood vaccinations.
“Herd immunity” – considered to be immunisation rates of about 95 per cent — is paramount, despite the junk science spouted by anti-vax conspiracy theorists. The Queensland Government’s cost-effective move to contact the parents of up to 35,000 unvaccinated children, or those needing booster shots, in an effort to lift immunisation rates should therefore be applauded.
Often a failure to vaccinate is just oversight, and busy parents are not to be blamed. All Queensland parents should remember though that, as of January 1, families with unvaccinated children may be ineligible for some Commonwealth payments, and the Palaszczuk Government also hopes to enact laws enabling child care centres to adopt exclusion policies.
It is not just the health of your child but also that of others that is at stake.