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Top doc says anti-vaccinators on ‘flat earth’

First published in Waikato Times by Donna-Lee Biddle

A top doctor speaking at a national immunisation conference in Hamilton has likened parents who refuse to vaccinate their children to flat earth advocates.

The stark message from Dr Noni MacDonald, a Canadian leader in paediatric infectious diseases comes as medics discussed ‘vaccine hesitancy’, including the example of a Waikato family during the recent measles outbreak who thought they would be safe from the disease if they ate the right foods.

MacDonald, who has done work for the World Health Organisation, said the only way to protect against infectious diseases was by getting immunised and those who contended otherwise “are the people that think the world is flat, not round”.

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