Decision affects wider community

An important strategy has been to offer free immunisation ” go online and check out the work of Wanneroo, Joondalup and the Health Department.

Since three WA children died from influenza in 2007, the State has made the flu vaccine free for children aged over six months.

However, figures revealed recently show WA has slipped behind other States in its immunisation rates.

Combined with the increase in conscientious vaccine objectors and recent outbreaks of measles, health authorities and practitioners are concerned.

One consideration for parents ” as referred to by immunisation campaigner Rosanna Capolingua ” is that a decision not to vaccinate has repercussions for the whole community (including vulnerable children under the age of vaccination) and not just their own child.