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Navigating the Vaccination Program

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Navigating the Vaccination Program: For Australian Parents is written by Kathleen Austin. The author’s purpose is to help new parents and others understand the issues involved in our burgeoning vaccine program.

The aim of this book is not to encourage people to either vaccinate or not vaccinate their children.

Though her intent may appear ambiguous, Austin’s caution in regard to vaccination is clear. She invites parents to read her book and learn – observing and recording any changes after each round of vaccinations should the readers wish to vaccinate their children.

You, and only you, have a bird’s eye view of your child, day by day, and you will have the clearest picture of changes that may not be normal.

The growing vaccine schedule

Pivotal to this book is an appreciation of how the list of childhood vaccines is increasing to the point where parents are told to vaccinate their child for 15 different diseases and with multiple doses of most of them. Parents are coerced to comply or be punished by loss of certain family payments and denial of child care and pre-school for their unvaccinated child.

See: Vaccine Laws

How the vaccine schedule has changed

Some people born in the 1930s were given only one vaccine – smallpox. In the late 1940s to early 1950s many children had up to 5 doses of vaccines. Three doses of DTP was available from 1953.

By 1975 – there were 19 doses to 12 years old. The first now given at 3 months.

In 1998 – 32 doses up to 16 years, and given from 2 months.

In 2018 – 40 doses by 4 years and 45 to age 16, plus the annual flu vaccines.

Here is the list of infections for which vaccines are now given to our children and grandchildren.

Hepatitis B



Pertussis (whooping cough)

Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b)




Meningococcal ACWY




Varicella (chicken pox)

Human papillomavirus


Navigating the Vaccination Program  has a detailed examination of the Australian Childhood Vaccine Schedule and a discussion of each of the various vaccines including the history of the infection; the risks of the disease; and the adverse effects that can occur after vaccination.

Read more information on the vaccination schedule here.

Why are babies given so many more than previous generations?

In Navigating the Vaccination Program: For Australian Parents Kathleen Austin tackles many questions including why are babies and young children given so many more vaccines than their parents and grandparents. Why were all these doses of 15 diseases added to the vaccination schedule?

Historically, many people died from infectious diseases, like smallpox and diphtheria. Good parents wanted to protect their children from such a fate so chose, and sometimes were forced, to vaccinate.

As time went on some children were becoming paralysed from polio and as people naturally became afraid, they vaccinated.

But what really led to the explosion in the number of vaccines today were the changes to the vaccine manufacturer’s liability in the USA.

In 1986, the U.S government took over the liability for the vaccine injury. Instead of being a failing industry, vaccine manufacturing then became a protected industry.

This has been a considerable factor leading to the huge amount of vaccines used today. The prediction is that the vaccine industry will reach an estimated $61 billion in profits by 2020. So we can expect to see many more vaccines on the market and hence the need for more scrutiny of this relentless industry.

Informed consent

Kathleen Austin includes this quote from the Australian Immunisation Handbook:

Valid consent can be defined as the voluntary agreement by an individual to a proposed procedure, given after sufficient, appropriate and reliable information about the procedure, including potential risks and benefits, has been conveyed to that individual.

This is where this book really steps up for as we know the real risks of vaccination are not conveyed to new parents. Informative sections of the book include the contents of vaccines. It would be unusual for a doctor or nurse administering a vaccine to be able to relate the various adjuvants and list of chemicals that is being injected into children during these crucial early years of life.

What is in vaccines?

Sugar and spice and all things nice or slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails … More like the latter

The author urges parents to ask the following questions about each vaccine:

Is it necessary?

Is it effective?

Is it safe?

Austin examines each vaccine and asks these questions of each one:

Take the Hepatitis B vaccine which is given to newborns and repeated at 2, 4 and six months of age.

Is it necessary?

Unless a parent is infected with the disease, there is hardly any chance of your child becoming infected with hepatitis B as the disease is largely spread by lifestyle choices: sharing drug needles, having multiple sex partners and getting tattoos.

Is it effective?

While it may protect a child against another infected biting child, will its effectiveness last until the risky age; late teens plus?

Is it safe?

In the U.S, from January 1, 1991 to October 5, 1998 a total of 1771 neonatal (aged 0-28 days) events after receipt of HepB vaccine were reported to VAERS. Eighteen were death reports. Nearly one in 100 adverse events reported for this vaccine were deaths.

Are vaccines the only way to prevent these infections

As pointed out by Kathleen Austin the basics of good health for children include:

Plenty of sleep, breast milk for babies followed by the consumption of unprocessed foods and plenty of time spent in fresh air and sunshine.

In this her latest book, Kathleen Austin urges us to think through the issues, using published research and government data. Sadly it is becoming very difficult to trust our doctors let alone the vaccine manufacturers. For the sake of our children and grandchildren we must bear this responsibility. Austin shows us how.

Navigating the Vaccination Program can be purchased online


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