First measles this now! The fear of an imminent outbreak of POLIO if a shocking number of parents fail to vaccinate their children
- Health experts fear that a polio outbreak could occur in southeast Queensland
- Doctors fear falling vaccination rates may & # 39; disaster & # 39; cause when polio returns
- Falling prices include parts of Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts
- Warnings follows a recent outbreak in the neighboring country of Papua New Guinea
- Parents insist on ensuring that their children are aware of all their vaccinations
There are serious fears that falling vaccination rates in some of the most densely populated areas of Queensland could cause a polio outbreak, almost two decades after the disease was eradicated in Australia.
Doctors and health advocates have warned that the disease is & # 39; like wildlife & # 39; could spread and cause a disaster for the southeastern state after a recent outbreak in neighboring Papua New Guinea.
Australia is free from the disease, which affects the nervous system and has caused irreversible paralysis since 2000.
Polio vaccinations (photo) have fallen below 80 percent in parts of southeastern Queensland, according to federal health figures
The percentages of children receiving the full range of vaccinations in parts of Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts are among the worst in the state, where the figures are 80 percent lower for polio, according to federal health data.
New Farm, South Brisbane and the West End in downtown Brisbane had a vaccination rate for all diseases of less than 90 percent for two and five year olds, while the vaccination rate for polio in the Gold Coast hinterland fell below 80 percent, The courier post reported.
Surfers Paradise, Noosa and the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast also showed a decrease in the vaccination rate of polio & # 39; s.
The figures shocked Australian vice president Chris Perry of the Australian Medical Association Queensland, who urged parents to ensure that their children were fully vaccinated.
Declining percentages of polio vaccinations can lead to a recurrence of the disease, which was eradicated in Australia almost 20 years ago
& # 39; If Polio comes in, it would spread like wildfire. It would be a disaster, & he said the publication.
Mr Perry admitted that the risk of polio returning was moderately small, but warned that non-vaccinated people were in trouble & # 39; if that were the case.
& # 39; And those people in the area who have vaccinated their children are also in trouble & # 39 ;, he added.
Polio survivor Cathy Newman, 71, who suffered child pornography as a child, also expressed serious concerns.
& # 39; It is a major concern that there has recently been an outbreak in Papua New Guinea. It's just a plane trip, & # 39; said the post-Polio support group convener.
Australian medical association Queensland vice-president Chris Perry (photo) fears that an outbreak of polio in south-eastern Queensland will be & # 39; like wildfire & # 39; would spread
The last polio epidemic in Australia was in the early 1960s with the last reported case of wild polio virus in 1972, according to Polio Australia.
The western Pacific Ocean, including Australia, was declared polio-free in 2000 by the World Health Organization with the last imported case of wild polio virus reported in 2007.
& # 39; But until polio has been eradicated from the rest of the world, it is still important for Australia to maintain high vaccination rates because there is a constant risk that unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated travelers will get polio in countries where is always present, & # 39; Queensland Health website states.
& # 39; Vaccination against poliomyelitis is the most effective method to prevent the disease and stop the infection from returning to Australia. & # 39;
Experts are encouraged by parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against polio
The polio vaccine is recommended for all children in a combination vaccine at the age of two, four and six months, together with a booster at four years.
Symptoms include fever, headache, gastrointestinal disorders and stiffness of muscles in the neck and back.
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