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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I couldn't go purely from the I-would-have-to-deal-with-the-adults-that-didn't-vax-and-I-couldn't-hold-my-tongue aspect.
    Haha 😅

    That is actually one of my concerns though - would I be able to make and maintain friendships with people who have views so opposed to mine...? I'm pretty good at getting along with almost anyone, but I don't know if I'd be able to make deep friendships with people who have such different values and beliefs, especially if they were very vociferous about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    You could also look at the state vaccine preventable disease annual report and you should be able to see where the highest rates of VPDs are which might guide you a bit too.
    Thanks! I'll look this up

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    It would depend on how little the infant was. It wouldn't worry me if all children were 4+ or getting close to it because they would have had all their shots. I'd also make sure that the adults at home had had boosters.

    Sounds like a nice place but I'd struggle a bit with the anti-science aspect. Being very pro-science and married to a scientist I might fall out with people if topics of homeopathy and other pseudo-medical topics were bought up.

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    I agree that it's a community I wouldn't want to be a part of. If 40% of the people in it are that backward in their thinking ( or lazy?) that they don't want to vaccinate it's not a place I'd want my kids to grow up in, go to school in, make friends etc etc.

    Vaccinations only work when there is a herd immunity. This limits out breaks of diseases. So you will be at a much higher risk of outbreaks there.

    Are you planning on anymore children? I'd also be worried if I was pregnant in a community like that

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    Definitely not. I do trust in my kids vaccinations, and I know I am done having kids so once upon a time I might have considered it once my DS was fully vaccinated.

    BUT

    Last year during chemo I was given a special letter which made sure I wouldn't be left in an emergency waiting room due to the risk of exposure. I had to keep my baby at home because he wasn't fully vaxxed and we couldn't risk him getting something and bringing it home to me. Having been in a high risk category and ending up in hospital due my immune system being so depleted gives me a whole new perspective. If I got sick again, I would have to leave a town like that or become more of a recluse then I had be last year. Not worth the risks IMO

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    Have a good look at the schools in the town. I lived/worked in a beautiful coastal town in WA with the lowest vax rate in the state. Many of the alternative lifestylers (who were the main source of unvaxxed kids) sent theirs to the steiner school or homeschooled. In saying that, in the 2 years I lived there I saw 3 teachers from the local state school come down with whooping cough.
    Personally if I had pressing reasons to move (eg:work) I would, if it was purely for lifestyle I would have very serious doubts. Similar to @VicPark I think I would have difficulty integrating into a community with so many anti vaxxers.

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    To answer a few of the above questions/points:

    There is a state school and an alternative school in town. The alternative school are open about the fact that they are anti-vax, offer homeopathic treatment for illness and injury, and are anti-suncreen. The state school is just your average school, but has good naplan results (not that that is the be all and end all!). So I'd figure a lot of the anti-vaxxers would go to the alternative school.

    One of my concerns was also that my children would start to believe the rhetoric if they were hearing it from friends, but I'd like to think that being raised to use their critical thinking skills they'd be able to see through it.

    Definitely done having children, so no more bubs to be concerned about.


    I'm really leaning towards not moving there. It's just such a shame as it was exactly what we were looking for, bar that one very big negative aspect

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    I agree that I would struggle to integrate into a community where the vax levels are so low. Also agree with @gingermillie to check out the local VPD rates. If the place was rife with whooping cough, measles, rubella etc compared to the general Australian population, then I wouldn't move. The risk would be too great. We all know that vaccines aren't 100% effective, and are most effective when herd immunity comes into play. I know first hand how awful whooping cough is despite being fully vaccinated. I would hate to put my kids in such a position knowingly. Shame, because it sounds idyllic otherwise!

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    I checked the VPD rates, but could only get the rates for the whole region (sunshine coast), which were not great. The whole region only has an 86% vax rate by 5yo.

    For example the region's pertussis cases were 257 for 2016, in a population of about 284K. So if I'm correct its a 0.09% chance of getting it...

    By comparison, the gold coast had 264 cases, but with double the population.

    Wish I could find out how many cases were in the specific area I'm looking at, but can't seem to find that info online...

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    It would never even occur to me to check

    I don't know how I would feel with a new born but with my 6 and 3yo I'd move there.

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