Iain Curry

Vaccination fighters put kids, elderly at risk, say doctors

MEDICAL experts fear anti-vaccine campaigns are putting our babies, children and elderly at risk.

Landsborough GP and Sunshine Coast Medicare Local Chair Dr Peter Dobson said given the Coast had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, the attempt to sow mistrust and misinformation was dangerous.

"But worst of all, it puts at risk the most vulnerable in our community - our babies, children, the elderly and the sick," he said.

Dr Dobson is among Coast medical professionals dismayed at the Australian Vaccination Network's recent campaign aiming to discourage patients from relying on professional immunisation advice from their family doctor.

He said their suggestion medical professionals were uninformed about immunisation was completely incorrect and your GP should be your first port of call for health issues.

Dr Dobson also responded to the "no jab, no play" campaign launched by metropolitan media, proposing to exclude unvaccinated children from daycare and playgroups.

"By restricting access to daycare and playgroups to only fully immunised children, parents who may have received mixed messages about the safety of vaccination will be required to either obtain a conscientious objection form, or ensure their child's vaccinations are up to date," he said.

 

>> Vaccination facts

  • The Sunshine Coast region has the third-lowest childhood vaccination in the country.
  • The three lowest sub-regions are Maleny, Nambour and Noosa.
  • Vaccinations are safe and effective, endorsed by the World Health Organisation, health professionals across the world, the National Health and Medical Research Council.
  • The diseases that are prevented by the childhood vaccination schedule include measles, diphtheria, polio, whooping cough, rotavirus, cervical cancer and prevent some types of bacteria that cause meningitis and pneumonia.

 

Where do you get your information on vaccinations?

This poll ended on 10 June 2013.

Current Results

Media

0%

Government websites

5%

Anti-vaccination websites

5%

My local GP

55%

Medical books and reports

20%

Google

7%

Family and friends

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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