I don't understand the point of this thread tbh. OP says she doesn't get either fanatical side, but then talks about how she wishes she had taken a "free ride" with her kids and has only liked the anti vaxxed posts. Seems like the whole point is just to stir the pot. I would like to post something from the paper yesterday, I read it and wanted to high five him!
Opposition health spokesman Andrew McDonald went a step further, blasting the controversial anti-vaccine lobby the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network as "evil".
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loislane2010 and emily173
Your comments have flabbergastered me!
You both need to educate yourselves.
As someone previously mentioned, the worst offenders for avoiding vaccinations are the affluent. There are certain groups with whom it's very popular.
My partner's dad lives in the part of the country with the lowest vaccination rates - far north NSW. For anyone who knows the area (think Byron Bay, Lismore, Ballina, Nimbin etc.), this won't be anything of a surprise. When DD was born, they wanted to come and stay with us for a week. I put my foot down and said that if they and their kids weren't up to date with their vaccinations, they weren't staying with us. Thankfully they hold a least SOME trust in science, and the kids were up to date, so it didn't cause an issue.
Something really important to remember with regard to VPDs - we don't live in an enclosed community. Overseas travel is so incredibly commonplace, and people regularly bring back diseases from countries where rates of measles etc. are high. In the past year in Adelaide, there was a case of a family who came back from overseas with measles. I don't know for sure, but given the contact they then warned about (at a very alternative school, also an alternative area/suburb), I think it's a reasonable bet that they weren't vaccinated. There was also a childcare worker just a few weeks ago who was diagnosed with measles, having been in contact with hundreds of kids whilst infectious.
These are risks that needn't be there.
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