Several babies in Western Australia have been infected by measles after a “non-vaccinating” family brought the preventable disease back from Bali.
This latest instance is another example of when parents choose not to vaccinate, they are choosing to risk the lives of not only their own children, but babies too young to be vaccinated, and other vulnerable members of our community.
As quoted in a recent edition of The West Australian newspaper a family who had not immunised their three children returned from a Bali holiday with one of their children infected with measles resulting in an increase in the confirmed cases of measles in infants in the area.
“People wonder why we get so concerned by small numbers of cases like this but this is exactly how a bushfire starts,” commented President of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller said to the newspaper.
“Unvaccinated families are essentially walking around our cities in summer throwing matches into dry grass, and suddenly you can get a wild fire that destroys lives.
“It’s either out of laziness or because they’re reading strange things on the internet instead of listening to the real experts.”
Babies are not vaccinated against measles until they are 12 months old. Please do your bit to help protect them