If you want to know what health authorities are up against regarding misinformation about vaccinating children you just need to look at the Federal Health Department’s document entitled “Myths and concerns about immunisation.”
Someone in the Department has calmly addressed, with footnotes and everything, a range of theories about immunisation that is so long and so wild that if it wasn’t so serious it would be funny. I think the loopiest one is that vaccines “cause Mad Cow Disease”. Just to put your mind at ease: “Despite many millions of doses of vaccines being administered worldwide, there have been no reported cases of vCJD associated with vaccines.”
But the other indicator of just what rational, medically-trained, experts are up against, is that if you Google “vaccination”, the second highest link is to the Australian Vaccination Network, which is not as its name suggests a helpful organisation giving useful advice to parents. It is an extreme, non-scientifically-based, organisation that has dragged the vaccination debate in this country back into the dark ages. The Government’s own Immunise Australia website comes third on Google’s list.
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