These days, I’m studying again but I have worked in a cancer ward for a number of years. Seeing patients in isolation, separated from their families because of the risk of disease, is heartbreaking. Family members are not even allowed to bring flowers as people die from secondary infections more often than the cancer itself. If these families could do something to stop their loved ones being in this position they would. My work makes me so conscious about the risk of disease. If my boys weren’t immunised, I’d have to keep them home every time they showed signs of illness in case it was something serious and contagious.
I am very involved in a community group which meets once a week. People in this group are all ages including babies, and come from all walks of life. Some are too young to have all their immunisation. I know that there are some people in the wider community who don’t believe in immunisation. I don’t think they realise that they put all of the vulnerable people in a small community like ours at risk.
To me, immunisation is everyone’s responsibility. It’s something we all do as a community to help keep vulnerable people safe and healthy.