The health of pregnant women and their babies is at risk from parents who refuse to disclose that their children have not been vaccinated, according to researchers in Western Australia who have launched a pilot study to investigate the motivations of anti-vaccinators. Dr Bronwyn Harman, a families researcher with Edith Cowan University’s school of psychology and social science in Western Australia, said unvaccinated children could be carrying diseases such as rubella and whooping cough that are dangerous to pregnant women and newborns. “It really does frighten me a lot if people coming into contact with those women and children aren’t disclosing their status out of fear of being perceived as bad parents,” Harman, who is leading the study, said. “But we need to do everything we can to avoid the loss of little lives and that’s why it’s important to reach them.” Harman said it was important to understand the reasons parents were not vaccinating and to encourage them to be honest about their child’s vaccination status. She is encouraging parents who are anti-vaccination to contact her to help her and her team with their research. Many parents who do not vaccinate their children rely on “herd immunity” – the… Read full this story
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