LETTER: Education rather than compulsory immunisation

NEWS tonight that vaccination of children will be enforced, how?

With fines for non-compliance? Jail even?

I am an advocate for 100% vaccination against all childhood diseases, but compulsion is likely to be counter-productive.

Has the Queensland Government given up on education?

For those of us born before antibiotics were available to counter many sicknesses,

it was normal as a child to be put close to those who had measles, mumps, German measles, scarlet fever, polio etc so that we would get the disease when young and so acquire immunity - or die.

We were very thankful for the pioneers in vaccine research who were able to make such dangerous actions unnecessary for our own children.

But the consequence seems to be that those younger generations have little appreciation of what they have been spared.

This must be the subject of a much more aggressive education program.

- TED WEBBER, Buderim


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