Measles is making a come-back in our school system. The other diseases that we haven't seen outbreaks of for years due to previously good vaccination statistics will be making a come-back, and whooping-cough is already commonplace.
Personally, I think that this is terrible. Grown adults made the choice to not vaccinate their children for their own reasons, and now children suffer. The most frustrating part of this is that it won't only be the non-vaccinated who get ill, as vaccines are never 100% effective, so people who chose to vaccinate their children will also have to deal with the consequences of this serious disease.
When I went to school in the eighties and nineties, measles was unheard of and extremely rare. Now Beerwah High School (close to where I grew up) has seven confirmed cases and another eight with symptoms who are yet to be confirmed.
Thankfully the school took action and at the start of the week told students that they had to provide proof of vaccination against measles or consent to a booster shot, or they would have to go home for at least two weeks. I wonder if it isn't too little, too late.
I dread the day when we need to start treating diphtheria again, but I think that everybody in the medical profession will need to prepare for this possibility.
Part of me respects the choice of parents who do not want to vaccinate. The other part looks on in horror at what is going to unfold because of the luxury of this choice.