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It doesn't seem to be the Public Heath organizations so much as the parents wanting to share their story. There's another interview with them here

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8199964/We-were-hippies-about-it

where they talk about what it was like to watch their child suffer through a vaccine preventable disease, and the misinformation they feel they read online about vaccine reaction rates they claim led to their decision not to vaccinate.

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It doesn't seem to be the Public Heath organizations so much as the parents wanting to share their story. There's another interview with them here

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8199964/We-were-hippies-about-it

where they talk about what it was like to watch their child suffer through a vaccine preventable disease, and the misinformation they feel they read online about vaccine reaction rates they claim led to their decision not to vaccinate.


I know the parents have been speaking a lot, and I think that's a fairly natural reaction to the shock of their son's illness, but in the article you linked to in post #29:

 

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Auckland Regional Public Health clinical director Dr Julia Peters said parents who did not immunise their children were making choices with potentially far-reaching implications for society.

They should think about whether they might infect someone without the same level of defence as them, for example, someone with cancer or a baby who was not yet immunised.

"So I think when people (think) 'it's just about me and my individual choice', actually that's not true."

And it just seems sort of tasteless to be using a tetanus case to try to sell parents on the whole "herd immunity" reason for vaccinations. 

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