My family still live in the Tweed Heads area where I spent my teens until I was old enough to escape to greener pastures. Although my Mother has some out there beliefs such as the reality of ghosts, psychics and varieties of magical thinking, thankfully our family are all vaccinated.
However due to the ignorance of people who maintain their ‘right’ not to vaccinate, we are all susceptible to a preventable disease that should be all but eradicated by now.
Diseases do not discriminate the informed from the ignorant, they just kill, not unlike bad ideas and persistent ignorance in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence. Combining these two blights is a sure fire recipe for needless suffering. It is completely irrelevant as to whether people ‘believe’ in the benefit of vaccinations, what matters is that they are safe, that they work, and that they save the lives of children, regardless of who their parents are, or what nonsense they happen to ‘believe’.
Jayson D Cooke
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