Guest post by Pink Prosecco
I woke up this morning to an email informing me that there was an outbreak of measles at my child’s school. In my area the problem is not generally too bad, but in Merseyside they are suffering the worst outbreak of the disease since 1988, with over 200 people affected – about 20% of these have needed hospital treatment.
Although I’m not completely sure about making such vaccinations mandatory, or excluding children from school if their parents don’t comply – I’m not completely opposed either. On a recent radio interview the writer Peter Ackroyd, asked in which historical era he’d most like to live in, immediately responded that he felt it would be neither sensible nor desirable to live in any era but our own. And it certainly seems neither sensible nor desirable to allow dodgy (non)science to persuade you not to immunise your children against serious and preventable diseases and – more importantly – to put the lives of children who are unable to be vaccinated in danger.