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Vaccination debate flares on NSW north coast after 7yo contracts tetanus



A northern New South Wales doctor says a seven-year-old child who is in a critical condition after being diagnosed with tetanus was not immunised.

The girl was initially treated at Lismore, before being transferred to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on Wednesday.

Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease which is transmitted by bacteria in soil, and can enter the bloodstream through minor wounds.


Key Points

  • A northern New South Wales doctor says a seven-year-old child who is in a critical condition after being diagnosed with tetanus was not immunised
  • Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease which is transmitted by bacteria in soil, and can enter the bloodstream through minor wounds
  • Thankfully in Australia it's had very low rates of prevalence over the last few decades due to vaccination
  • There was controversy earlier this week when anti-vaccination advocate David Wolfe gave a sold-out talk in Mullumbimby, where childhood immunisation rates are around 50 per cent
  • When these campaigners come up with their quasi theories they're ignoring the fact that tetanus is with us
  • Once they've got it [patients] need to be ventilated and paralysed so that their body can live through it

I find it a tradegdy that it sometimes takes a death to convince people, and it is usually a child that dies because of the parents ignorance.

There are a lot of similarities between anti-vaxers and climate change denialists.

Essentially, they are both based on BS opinions, not science.

Bill Nye did a good explaination of Cognitive Dissonance here on Wired



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