11 August 2017

A measles scare in Perth this week is a timely reminder of the importance of immunisation programs against damaging infectious diseases.

Speaking in Parliament in support of No Jab, No Play arrangements, local Member of Federal Parliament Madeleine King said it was important for parents to be aware of the dangers of not vaccinating children because misinformation about immunisations and vaccines was rife.

“The majority of parents want to do what is best for their children,” Ms King said.

“But persuasive, and misleading, arguments on the internet can unfortunately push some people to make irresponsible decisions and put not only their own children’s health at risk but that of the wider community too.

“The AMA has said eight percent of the population are vaccine hesitant and this is very concerning.”

Ms King said up to 200 unvaccinated students attended the school at the centre of Perth’s measles scare.

“These unvaccinated students come from across the metropolitan area and risk spreading highly infectious diseases which can be seriously damaging to or even fatal to people who are unable to be vaccinated due to age or health.

“Instead of being swayed by pseudo-science I urge parents who have not vaccinated their children to look at the medical research and consider the serious complications these diseases can have on their children and vulnerable people in the community.”