How do you cope when a child you care about is not vaccinated?
My daughter’s best friend has tight white-blonde ringlets that all the pre-school girls stroke in envy.
She has the nature of an affectionate kitten; playful and yet slightly mischievous.
She makes my daughter burst out in peals of laughter and watching them together makes anyone smile.
There is nothing quite like a childhood friend is there? Especially the ones that last forever .
Except I don’t want this friendship to last forever.
In fact I am not sure I want them to be friends at all.
I secretly wish that my daughter’s best friend, whose mother is kind and gentle and whose father is always friendly, would get up and move away.
My daughter would be sad if that happened. But at least she would be safe.
My daughter’s best friend is unvaccinated. Her parents are secret anti-vaxxers. They hid the fact that neither my daughter’s friend or her older sister, aged 8, are unvaccinated. And together those two delightful children, aged just four-and-a-half and eight, make me very uneasy.
Researchers tell us that five out of six parents of unvaccinated children actually believe in vaccination. The biggest barriers to immunisation are time and location – families with poor access to health services, and children living in a large household. Parents are often just forgetful.