Archive for May 21st, 2013

A simple question about immunisation

I might be missing something here, but the news out of New South Wales that unimmunised children could soon be excluded from childcare centres because apparently they’re a threat to the safety of us all, has me wondering one thing.

Who is actually at risk here? Surely if immunisation protects us from diseases, then unimmunised people potentially spreading diseases is only a concern for the unimmunised people, as the immunised ones should be immune. So if unimmunised people are the only ones at risk, and the parents of unimmunised children have made the decision to not immunise their children for one reason or another, surely it is their choice and excluding these kids from childcare centres provides no societal benefit as unimmunised kids should provide no risk to immunised kids.

This would seem logical if immunisation provides, as the name implies, immunity from certain diseases…but then again, maybe I’m missing something.

Would anyone like to explain this to me?

Samuel

3 comments May 21st, 2013 at 06:12pm


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