In the past week on two occasions the cost of non immunisation has been brought graphically home to me – once on TV and once personally. The death of a baby in Melbourne from whooping cough was covered extensively on the TV news and the heartache those parents must have felt is something I cannot comprehend. I’ve seen sickness in my boys but never something that could have been averted.
The second incident was a friend of mine who had to cancel a visit because she thought her son might have the same affliction. Whooping cough and a myriad of other disease have been dramatically reduced by immunisation. But they are on the rise because speculation, rumour and misguided beliefs have led some parents not to immunise their children. Such action can cause illness and even death in other children.
Council holds monthly free immunisation clinics on the first Thursday of each month in three locations – Mascot early Childhood Centre, 51 Coward Street, Mascot between 9.00am and 10.00am; the Central Library, Ground Floor Eastgardens Shopping Centre between 2.00pm and 3.0pm and again between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. If you need any more details on the next clinics or any other information, contact Council’s health services staff on 9366 3666. Do it for your children and other children.