Doctors calling for calm

A GLADSTONE doctor is urging people not to panic about vaccinations in light of the recent flu vaccination issue.

Dr Stephen Rigby said he was concerned at recent figures published in a medical journal that showed double the number of parents compared to previous years had decided to not vaccinate their children with any immunisations at all.

He said the public should not panic in relation to the flu vaccination, especially now it is being withheld until further investigations has been carried out.

“Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people die from complications from the flu,” he said. Dr Rigby said vaccinations were the most effective deterrents available to health professionals.

“The vaccination does have a dramatic ability to reduce the fatalities,” he said.

Dr Rigby said those vaccinations for children, including immunisation against polio and measles, helped deter epidemics: “Those diseases, when they were prevalent in epidemic proportions, were disastrous.” Dr Rigby said during the late 1970s, there were still cases of polio and tuberculosis.

“People don’t remember that now because they haven’t been subjected to those epidemics,” Dr Rigby said.

“Those diseases are making a comeback and it would be a tragedy if people panicked and stopped vaccinating against those diseases.”



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