An anti-vaccination event for mothers and their unimmunised children at a popular Melbourne attraction has sparked major concern.
News.com.au have reported that a Melbourne mother advertised via Facebook asking other anti-vaccination parents to gather at the Melbourne zoo on Wednesday.
She proposed that the event be moved to next weekend — when hundreds of families are likely to pack the zoo — if too many parents were working.
“Out of bad things great things happen,” the post said.
“I so want to put this on council websites as an event for anti-vaccine Moms (sic) and bubs catch up.”
Health authorities dubbed the post irresponsible. It comes less than a month after a Brisbane mother was slammed for advertising a chickenpox party on Facebook.
Melbourne Zoo director Kevin Tanner said: “The zoo is a public facility and open to everyone wishing to come to enjoy our wonderful wildlife”.
Acting Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said it was “completely irresponsible” for parents to fail to vaccinate.
Australian Medical Association Victorian president Tony Bartoni reassured parents that the event would not affect their vaccinated children.
“At the end of the day it is about the irresponsibility of the message that it’s fine not to vaccinate,” he said.
Anti-vaccine activist Brett Smith said any concern over the event was just hysteria.
“It is one thing to say the polio vaccine saved the world, it doesn’t mean a parent has to believe the hep B vaccine is appropriate for their one-day-old child,” he said.
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