Educate parents on benefits of vaccines, says Siti Hasmah

LANGKAWI (Bernama) – Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, wife of the Prime Minister, yesterday urged medical practitioners and nurses to give parents the best advice on the importance of vaccination for their children.

Dr Siti Hasmah said she was aware that there were anti-vaccine parents who refused to allow their children to be vaccinated because of various factors and beliefs.

“There are parents who do not think that there is a need for vaccine because their children will grow up and develop natural immunity, but parents cannot wait until their children develop natural immunity.

“We do not want to see something happen to our children because they are not being vaccinated (for example) like paralysis and so on,” she told the staff and nurses at the Ayer Hangat Health Clinic.

She was responding to a question from a nurse on tips to advise parents who reject vaccinations for their children, especially newborn babies.