Dear anti-vaxxers, every preventable outbreak is on you
YOU did this. By ignoring medical advice and refusing to vaccinate your children, you did this.
The tiny south-east Queensland town of Kilcoy, with its population under 5000, is grappling with a potentially fatal whooping cough outbreak.
These small townships should not have to deal with the enormous isolation requirements that come with such a horrifying outbreak.
Parents should not have to watch their kids with eagle eyes, wondering if that splutter was from eating too fast or a killer virus.
Make no mistake, this is on your head.
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Refusing to protect your children without a true medical reason is unforgivable.
You who refuse vaccinations are the sleeping guards in our watchtowers allowing enemy forces to rape and pillage what we hold dear.
You are the one who lets the suicide bomber come through the checkpoint.
Your decision is no different from the person who pours poison into drinking water because it flows downstream from your house. You figure it won't affect you, and you're too selfish to consider the horror you risk inflicting on others.
Have you ever spoken to someone who has lost their limbs after their body has been ravaged by a disease? A life changed immeasurably because of an infection they could not have seen coming?
Noone who has had those conversations would make the decision you make not to vaccinate.
The power of these inoculations is often shown with a big scary needle about to break a vulnerable child's skin. It's an uncomfortable reality, but it is not the full picture.
Vaccinations are a suit of armour with shield and sword.
They turn a vulnerable community into an impenetrable unit protected by a shining force field.
Months from now my wife will give birth to our first child. We will have to weigh up whether we can take our bub to the shopping centre, because we live in a region that has perilously low vaccination rates.
Thanks to those people who say, 'It's my choice whether my child is vaccinated', we have to consider whether we are putting our newborn in harm's way.
We'll vaccinate as early as we can, as comprehensively as we can. But if there are gaps of vulnerability, we will blame ourselves if harm comes to our beloved.
We will blame ourselves for being so naïve to think that in this society we look after one another.
We will blame ourselves for expecting that others - like us - want a healthy and safe place to live.
But we will be wrong on every count.
All that blame is yours.