By Sophie Cross
Recently the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph launched a campaign to give child care centres and pre schools the right to ban unvaccinated kids under a proposed "no jab, no play" policy.
The campaign has been launched to stop the rise in the number of children succumbing to preventable diseases, because parents are failing to have them fully immunised. The vaccination debate is also running high in the UK where a measles outbreak has affected almost 1000 people in the Swansea area of Wales, and is believed to have caused the death of a 25-year-old man.
In Australia, the death of a 10-year-old schoolboy from Chickenpox in 2009 shocked parents enough to take vaccination seriously. Even for Chickenpox, which we all remember from our childhood, which can kill. A vaccine has been available in Australia since 2005.
My own brother, as a child, developed thrombocytopenia (a disease that affects the production of platelets in the blood) following a nasty bout of Mumps. He was covered in bruises because his blood wouldn't clot. He was in constant danger of internal bleeding. He wasn't allowed to even get out of bed by himself in case he fell and caused uncontrollable bleeding. He was hospitalised for a long time and had to endure unbelievable pain through bone marrow tests in his spine.
Back then kids weren't vaccinated against Mumps as a matter of course, but I bet he wishes he had been. Mumps, measles, rubella and chickenpox don't just stop at those viruses. Serious viruses can lead to many other equally or much more life threatening illnesses.