May 28, 2011

Whooping Cough on the increase

After reading the weekend papers I was concerned to learn that Whooping Cough is on the increase and thought that it was timely to remind our residents of the importance of immunisation and the free program offered by Council.

Immunisation is important because it controls the outbreaks of these horrendous diseases.  If you have ever witnessed a baby or toddler with whooping cough, as I have, it is very scary and heart wrenching.  That is why when my two sons were born I did not hesitate.  The pain of a needle, which is over in seconds, was nothing compared to watching my sister-in-law’s three year old with whooping cough. If we support immunisation then these diseases can be removed from our communities. Most of the parents with young children today would not be aware of the horrors of polio or even measles and chicken pox which were prevalent when I was a child.  This is because of the success of immunisation programs.  As the Daily Telegraph story highlights when we all relax and think immunisation is no longer warranted, that is when they creep back in.

Council’s clinics are conducted by a Doctor and Nurse and are held on the first Thursday of every month.  Session are held at the Mascot Baby Health Centre from 9am to 10am and the Central Library, Eastgardens from 2pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 7pm. For more information phone 93663666.

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