WE SAY: Fall in vaccination rate risks havoc
OUR VIEW: PEOPLE have short memories.
Perhaps that is why the Coast's vaccination rates are so low compared with the rest of the nation, why we have the highest percentage of children in the country with "registered conscientious objection" recorded next to their name in immunisation records and why 1419 youngsters living in the region apparently are not fully immunised.
It is a documented fact that immunisation programs throughout Australia in the 20th century greatly lowered the risk of severe illness and death from largely preventable diseases.
Landsborough doctor Peter Dobson is quite right in saying that complacency has set in.
Because in recent times we haven't seen the wide spread havoc these diseases can inflict upon suburbia, we think we have won the war against them.
Dr Dobson warns that without "herd immunity", more people are at risk of falling victim to these menacing diseases once again.
Of course immunisation also poses a small risk and tragic consequences can result in a minority of cases.
But the deadly consequences that may result from our community as a whole failing to immunise ourselves and our children is to be feared even more.