KURANDA is one of only three areas in Australia with immunisation rates low enough for it to be considered a disease-spreading timebomb.The 85% vaccination rate in Kuranda is better than I would have thought. I thought it had a higher percentage of the "alternative groups" (aka hippies). The Letters to the Editors page will, I assume, now be filled with a deluge of wingnuts for a couple of weeks. The wingnuts are already on the Cairns Post website spouting the usual myths and lies :
Almost 80,000 Australian children are not immunised against deadly contagious diseases such as measles and whooping cough, according to a damning report from new health watchdog the National Health Performance Authority. The World Health Organisation says immunisation rates for measles must be higher than 93 per cent to prevent its spread.
But in Kuranda, the rate of immunisation for one-year-olds is 85 per cent or less.
Cairns Public Health physician Dr Richard Gair said the statistics were concerning but not surprising.
‘‘There are pockets of low immunisation, usually it’s in an area where there are alternative groups who reject vaccination,’’ he said.
Well! If Kuranda is such a disease spreading town isn't it a wonder there are any children left!? I mean after all, what have all you folk who deem to have 'protected' your children got to worry about??
Posted by: Lisa Miller of Cooktown 1:21pm today
Vaccines are poison cocktails that spread the very diseases they are supposed to protect against. Do 5 mins of research on any vaccine and you will see I speak no lies.
Posted by: Derek Ford of Toronto 12:12pm today
Believe the false prophets at you and your own families demise. You will be held accountable for consenting to inject these toxic cocktails, especially into your children.If this is any indication, the stupidity shall be particularly concentrated.
Posted by: Zane Cosgrove of Cairns 10:06am today
Addendum: The Department of Health has a nice comprehensive brochure about vaccine denier arguments online.