Here in the oh-so-civilised West, we like to see ourselves as a rationally-minded bunch driven by reason and science.
Every winter, however, great snotty swathes of us become amateur alchemists and turn in sniffly desperation to the dark arts of Flu Voodoo.
According to the most cutting and edgy of medical research, there is no real cure for the average winter snotfest aside from a) time and b) a bit of luck.
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One day the Government may need to stage an intervention in Sydney’s plushest suburbs, Byron Bay’s glorious expanse, and the genteel landscape of the Adelaide Hills.
These are the places where some children’s lives are at risk because parents have entirely lost trust in governments, and are turning to some dodgy alternative sources of health information.
Studies by the Federal health department, CSIRO and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance have shown that while overall Australia’s uptake of vaccination is good – mostly around 90 per cent for children - in certain regions the levels of conscientious objectors have soared, resulting in clusters of deadly diseases.
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