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Immunisation rate in Ipswich one of highest in the state

IPSWICH continues to have one of the highest immunisation rates in the state among children aged up to a year old.

The latest West Moreton Hospital and Health Service figures show 92.2% of children in that age bracket are fully immunised.

The Australian Medical Association Queensland has used reports this week, of three people aboard a plane from Bali to Brisbane testing positive for measles, to renew its push for parents to immunise their children.

AMA Queensland president Dr Shaun Rudd said on Thursday it was a stark reminder of the dangers of the highly contagious disease.

He said people who thought it was not an issue were simply wrong.

"Immunisation rates in parts of Queensland are well below the safe level to prevent diseases," he said.

"You would not put your children in the car without doing up the seatbelt.

"People who fail to immunise their children are exposing them, and others, to a huge risk."

National advocacy group The Parenthood's executive director Fiona Sugden said immunisation was the only way to stop children contracting diseases.

She said modern medical practitioners and science agreed that immunisation works.

"People who peddle mistruths about immunisation are putting people's lives in danger," she said.

"Those people prey on those who are vulnerable in our communities, using scare tactics and lies."

Controversial anti-vaccination organisation Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network claims there is no scientific proof immunisation works and could lead to adverse side effects.

It stated the decision to immunise should be left up to individual parents.



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