Thank you for the diseases, anti-immunisers!

Why oh why is it that the more highly educated the mother, the less likely they are to immunise their children?  Currently there’s a spike in the incidence of whooping cough in certain areas of Sydney – and it’s in higher socio-economic ones, where the average mother is apparently more highly educated.

Intelligentsia Mamas, what are you thinking?  This really gets up my nose.  Can you please revisit your risk analysis? 

Maybe you’ve never seen someone who has suffered polio as a child and lived the rest of their lives with the debilitating consequences?

Maybe you’re scared due to over-analysis of the minimal risks?  Typical adverse reaction are tiny – a fever – and serious side effects are extremely rare.  Being keen to avoid the side effects is like refusing to wear a seatbelt when driving because it might hurt your shoulder.  

Maybe you love a good conspiracy theory and have bought into the crackpot idea that the entire medical profession is trying to poison you/pharmaceutical companies are trying to poison you/the government is trying to poison you?  Since the aliens are coming,  best retreat to your own commune where you can enjoy preventable diseases away from the rest of us.

Perhaps you’re credulous enough to believe the factoids regarding links to diabetes, autism and SIDS?  I read once that the more highly educated a mother, the more she questions medical conclusions.  Questioning can be a good thing.   But do a little more Googling and you’d discover any of these supposed links have been discredited. 

Or is it the *natural* brigade?  Those who avoid anything not natural, and conversely assume natural = good.  Whooping cough is natural too.  *Natural* can be nasty.  

I’m all for people having the right to choose how they live their lives.  But that freedom stops when it infringes mine.   That’s why I’m against conscientious objectors with regards to immunisation – for the same reasons I’m anti-smoking (even though you say you’re more fun, you’re still a bit smelly).  Your decision not to immunise increases the risk for everyone.

When assessing the risks, maybe you should have a good look at everything you do on a daily basis and work out what poses the most risk to your child – statistically speaking, being a conscientious objector to your child travelling in a car would make far more sense.  Just make sure they get their needles, please.


One response to this post.

  1. Love it, scary topic tho, I know a few who are even related wouldn’t agree however, I’m with you all the way.


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