To vaccinate, to partially vaccinate, or not to vaccinate…
…that is the question!
Why would you consider the information we publish?
Why would you become an AVN supporting member?
Vaccination is often a contentious and emotionally heated issue.
Whether to vaccinate your child is a huge decision.
We all want to do the best for our children and to maximise their level of health; we all want to contribute to a healthier community – but the choice to vaccinate is often made without access to all of the facts (either because we feel ‘it’s just the done thing’ or because we feel pressured to do so).
We often forget that vaccination is a medical procedure; there ARE risks involved and seeking further information, including second or third opinions is a RESPONSIBILITY for everyone, but particularly for parents faced with this decision.
The AVN is NOT anti-vaccination;
nor are we pro-vaccination.
The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN) exists to further
a pro-choice position
with regard to vaccination and your health decisions.
AVN provides a forum with information for you to consider while developing your informed choice.
Your choices include:
- to vaccinate fully,
- to vaccinate partially or according to a modified schedule of your choosing, or
- to not vaccinate at all.
The choice you make after fully investigating the issue should be honoured and respected.
There should be no intimidation, coercion or ridicule when it comes to your health, or that of your family.
The AVN does not provide health advice. If questions arise for you after reading material that AVN publishes, you should seek advice or clarification from an appropriate healthcare provider.
Know that it is always your choice.
Vaccination is not compulsory in Australia.
The AVN shares information and facilitates discussion amongst its membership around the central position that the risk/benefit arguments FOR vaccination are NOT as clear-cut as we are routinely told by governments and medical authorities.
These authorities have an obligation to demonstrate the benefits of vaccination (beyond reasonable doubt) and protect the public from harm. Information shared on this site argues that such authorities have repeatedly failed to DO the NECESSARY research, free from bias, to support their public claims (particularly relating to safety and efficacy).
That this debate is so polarising clearly shows
that reasonable doubt exists!
Simply making a decision through emotion or third- or fourth-hand opinions and commentary leaves you uninformed and dogmatic. We urge you to investigate thoroughly and develop a more balanced understanding about vaccination, its potential benefits and risks, some possible alternatives, and your right to free medical choice.
Our aim is to provide a forum where information can be shared and discussed, empowering our members and supporters to truly exercise their informed consent, by clarifying what decisions are possible around this issue and why you might make them! Via these means this site will introduce you to issues which government and medical authorities skip over and questions they routinely fail to answer.
To be very clear for all first time visitors – the information provided does differ from the mainstream point of view.
In an effort to be as transparent as possible, we aim to provide all relevant links to the mainstream or government perspective (as it relates to our content) for you to investigate and weigh against the ideas and information we present.
** This is a work in progress as we review and improve our site.
The AVN is an inclusive, supportive organisation that respects a broad range of opinion.
Individual members of AVN hold different views surrounding vaccination – from a clearly anti-vaccination stance at one end, all the way through to the cautious acknowledgement that better research needs to be undertaken if we are to support the ‘carte blanche’ approach common to most governments and medical authorities around the world.
And we’re not alone! Our membership-run organisation is one of many here in Australia and around the world that campaign for:
- better research,
- better safety,
- truthful, fair and open debate,
- clear and accurate acknowledgement of the known risks and
- support for people who have been negatively affected by vaccine use.
Please help us to achieve these goals by becoming a member.
Around the world and locally, political parties, some media, a growing number of medical and other health professionals, many researchers and MANY individuals HAVE chosen to investigate both sides of the argument and have rejected part or all of the dominant position.
In the past the AVN acted to provide whatever support and advice we could for people (often parents and children) who sadly, were injured or otherwise negatively affected by vaccine use.
The AVN however is NOT a health-service provider and so our direct support functions extend only to directing people toward other safe support networks such as private Facebook pages and other groups.
Please contact us if you would like more information or for media interviews.
If you believe you or your child has suffered an adverse reaction to vaccination please fill out our Adverse reaction report form and if you have not already done so, report the reaction to your doctor.
In addition, you may choose to directly report a reaction here to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – the body that overseas and monitors vaccines in Australia.
Make an informed choice!
It’s your right and it’s your responsibility!