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There’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing on social media (Facebook) recently. I’m old enough to be alarmed. There were, in my community in the 1950s, adults and children with polio. Isn’t it great that it has almost been eliminated? And who wants to see a baby with whooping cough?

It’s not that I trust the medical profession implicitly and am aware of drug companies luring some doctors into prescribing drugs. Well. Maybe that is an urban myth, but I suspect not. I’m also aware of the effects of thalidomide usage and you only have to read an article describing how people, in this case people with Down syndrome, have been experimented on to be appalled by insensitive experimentation.

However, for me the odds are for vaccination. This, from Unicef Health says it all. Screenshot 2017-07-09 15.02.13

This article in the Spinoff, by Souixsie Wiles is an intelligent and informed read.

As a parent, I understand that it can feel like not vaccinating is the safest thing to do. You’ve probably heard that some people say that vaccines contain mercury, and may cause autism. Isn’t it best to be on the safe side, and not put our children at risk? How bad can the diseases be anyway? The answer is pretty bad. Maybe your child will be all right, but the truth is that vaccine-preventable diseases can be devastating to the vulnerable people in your community. By vaccinating, you are helping to cast an incredible force field over your friends and neighbours. A forcefield that can stop many awful bacteria and viruses from infecting those most at risk, including babies too young to be vaccinated.

Dr Lance O Sullivan, has also spoken out saying he has watched children die from diseases that are preventable via immunisation. “You come up to the hospital and see the ravaged bodies [of unvaccinated children]. ” he said, outside the film Vaxxed.

(Stuff. May, 2017).

It scares me that in 20 years’ time some diseases we are capable of getting rid of will reappear.  As Wiles says:

It’s time we stopped stigmatising people with autism and worked together to make sure no one in Aotearoa New Zealand is needlessly harmed by vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Will you help?It’s time we stopped stigmatising people with autism and worked together to make sure no one in Aotearoa New Zealand is needlessly harmed by vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Will you help?

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