Join the club! Vaccination information is so contradictory, it’s hard to know what to believe.
That’s why the AVN says that you need to look at both sides of this issue, ask lots of questions, look at your own family’s health history and then – and ONLY then – make a decision that you think is right for your child and yourself. Vaccination is and must always be your choice so make sure you make and informed decision.
In this section, we will have information on every vaccine currently targeting children and adults in Australia. Much of it is sourced from medical journals. All of it is important to be aware of.
Let’s look at it this way. If you were going out tomorrow to buy a new car and your budget was $35,000, you would not just go to the first car yard you came to and say, “Here’s $35,000. What can you give me?” That would be stupid!
Instead, you would do research, read car magazines, speak with family and friends about their experiences, do some test drives and then, after you had satisfied yourself that you had found the right care for your needs, would you plonk down your hard-earned cash to buy a vehicle.
You would take the time to make this decision because your money is important to you and not easy to come by.
Why should your child’s health be considered any less precious than your cash? After all, you can always earn more money and buy another car if the one you’ve selected turns out to be a lemon, but once your child’s health is compromised, there’s no going back (though there are more and more treatments emerging for vaccine injuries – it’s always better to make an informed choice first in case your child is going to be susceptible to a serious reaction).
So take your time, do your research, and make your choice.
Keep the following in mind:
- The vaccine package inserts or data sheets contain vital information from the vaccine manufacturers themselves including ingredients, side effects and contraindications or reasons why the vaccine might not be appropriate for everyone. Read these first if you do nothing else! Each vaccine information page will contain links to the relevant package inserts.
- Vaccination is not compulsory in Australia for school, preschool, childcare or playgroup.
- You will NOT lose any government entitlements should you choose not to vaccinate.
- Vaccines are NOT safe for everyone. If your child reacts to a vaccine, the risk for that child is 100%. Some children are more susceptible to vaccine injuries than others. You need to be aware of the risks.
- Vaccines do not prevent you from being infectious to others. In fact, if you have received a live virus vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio (OPV), chicken pox, etc.), you can be infectious for up to 90 days after vaccination. This is one of the reasons why the theory of herd immunity makes no sense.
- Vaccines are NOT 100% effective. Vaccinated children and adults can still contract the diseases they are vaccinated against and in some cases, it is more common to get the disease if you’ve been vaccinated then if you have not. Be informed.
- No vaccine can give you lifelong immunity – only natural infection can do this. So everyone who is vaccinated may, at some unknown point in the future, again be susceptible to the diseases they were vaccinated against.
- There are natural alternatives for both the prevention and treatment of all infectious diseases which have not been approved by the government but which have stood the test of time. Check them out to balance against medical vaccination. It’s your right.