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This FAQs page will address many of the common questions asked by visitors to the AVN website. As government policy and circumstances change it will be updated. Please use it to inform yourself and others.

Q1: Can live virus vaccines shed?

A: Yes, they can. Although the viruses are attenuated (weakened), they still come with inherent risks. As they are live, they can still replicate and infect the vaccinated individual and/or “shed” to those around them, for weeks after the vaccine has been given. Some of the live virus vaccines are the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), varicella (chickenpox), shingles, rotavirus and the yellow fever vaccine (given to travellers).


The Emerging risks of live virus and virus vectored vaccines

Varicella transfer after vaccine to pregnant mother

PubMed article on Rotavirus shedding

Mumps Vaccine sheds

Mumps vaccine sheds

Mumps outbreak in Netherlands linked to those vaccinated twice with MMR

(Vaccinated) Student Diagnosed With Mumps at California State University San Marcos

Harvard Mumps Outbreak (all students vaccinated)

Measles virus sheds for 1-13 days after vaccination:

Measles outbreak in a fully vaccinated secondary-school population

Q2: Can the DTaP Vaccine prevent Diptheria, Tetanus or Pertussis infection?

A: No, the DTaP vaccine reduces the pertussis symptoms, but does not prevent the infection. Research shows that the vaccinated can become asymptomatic carriers when exposed to pertussis, thus unknowingly spreading the illness. This is well documented in scientific literature.


Asymptomatic transmission is the most parsimonious explanation for many of the observations surrounding the resurgence of B. pertussis in the US and UK. These results have important implications for B. pertussis vaccination policy and present a complicated scenario for achieving herd immunity and B. pertussis eradication.”

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Q3: Can any of the Covid vaccines prevent Covid infection or transmission

A: The Covid 19 vaccines being offered in Australia (the Pfizer and AstraZeneca) are in clinical trials until 2023. As the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, stated, “The world is engaged in the largest clinical trial, the largest global vaccination trial ever, and we will have enormous amounts of data.” Those who receive the vaccines are in the clinical trials.

As the clinical trials are yet to conclude, there is no scientific evidence proving the Covid vaccines prevent Covid infection or transmission. Even the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) states:

Preliminary evidence suggests that the currently authorised Covid-19 vaccines may provide some protection against a variety of strains.

There have been many reported cases of recipients testing positive for Covid soon after being vaccinated.

Breaking Through — States Report Growing Number of COVID Cases Among Fully Vaccinated

Q4: Can my unvaccinated child attend school in Australia?

A: Yes, currently children can attend both primary and secondary school without being vaccinated.

Q5: Does the Polio Vaccine prevent Polio transmission / Infection?

The polio vaccine does not stop transmission of the virus. Following receipt of the Inactivated Polio Vaccine, if an individual is subsequently infected with the wild polio virus, the virus can multiply in the intestines and shed through the faeces, risking continued circulation in a community. Although public health professionals praise the polio vaccine’s merits, they generally omit to inform the public that the first polio vaccines frequently caused the very condition which they were meant to prevent, as well as causing cancer due to the SV-40 monkey kidney contaminants: See: What Polio Vaccine Injury Looks Like, Decades Later

The Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), which is given in many African and Asian countries is causing polio outbreaks. A CDC virologist confessed, “We have now created more new emergences of the virus than we have stopped.”

See: Polio Vaccine Causing Polio Outbreaks in Africa, WHO Admits

Q6: Can any Vaccines ensure health?

A: No. According to multiple independent studies carried out in the US and in Europe, the unvaccinated are, in general, healthier than the vaccinated.

Groundbreaking Study Shows Unvaccinated Children Are Healthier Than Vaccinated Children

Fully Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated — A Summary of the Research

In an interview on Sunrise in 2013, Professor McIntyre, Director of Australia’s National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, stated that an unvaccinated vs vaccinated study was in the “planning stages” in Australia, to determine the health of each group of children. However, a Freedom of Information Request (here) confirmed that the government held no documentation about this study, confirming that this important research has not been carried out in Australia.

Q7: Has the government’s coercive Vaccination policies resulted in a healthier Australian population?

A: No. According to Australia Health statistics, 50% of Australians now have some form of chronic illness. There are various environmental factors which would be contributing to this, but the government, in the most part, denies all vaccine injury, even though the manufacturers’ vaccine package inserts list many of the chronic illnesses as possible side effects.

See: Chronic conditions in Australia

Australia is often referred to as the “allergy capital of the world.” According to this government document: “Allergic disease currently affects more than four million Australians and is rising in prevalence” and “…approximately 75% of children will have persistent allergies to peanut, tree nuts, sesame and seafood.”

Overview of allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia

The number of Australians with health issues has risen exponentially over the last several decades, as has the number of vaccines on the Australian Immunisation schedule.

There has been extensive research linking allergies, neurological issues and other chronic conditions to vaccines.

Q8: Have any Vaccines at any time resulted in in the recipient being neurologically damaged, resulted in chronic disease or killed.

A: Yes. There have been many reported and proven cases of vaccines causing chronic disease and death in both children and adults. Although there is no financial compensation in Australia for vaccine injury, other countries, such as the US, have compensation through the government Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. As of April 2021, close to $4.5bn has been paid out to families for vaccine injuries in the US (with a maximum of $250k paid out per case of SIDS and no maximum for other injuries). Many families receive no compensation as cases can take many years to complete and proving an injury is extremely expensive and time consuming.

This website outlines how to recognise a vaccine reaction:

Q9: Do I have to have a vaccine to keep my job?

A: There are policies that some companies are enacting to force vaccination on their staff, but these policies are not backed by legislation and must be opposed. The Australian Federal Government has recently (as of July 2021) stated that Aged Care workers are required to take the Covid jab. Please see our legislation page for more information:

The government and the medical community are unsure about whether these new shots are able to convey any form of immunity, nor is it known whether they can prevent the spread of COVID. This is why, despite high compliance numbers in some countries overseas, masking, social distancing and tracking and tracing have not been eased.

Q10:  If I am injured by a vaccine, who is liable to subsequently support me financially?

A: In Australia there is currently no vaccine compensation through a government fund. Medicare and private health care providers may cover some costs related to the medical care, although many families are finding they are left to care for their loved ones with little to no assistance.

Q11: Does Australia have a Vaccine injury Compensation Program?

A: No, the Australian Government rarely recognises vaccine injuries and there is no compensation if your child is injured or killed following a vaccination. The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program may compensate a family of a vaccine injured or deceased child to a maximum of $250K for SIDS (and no maximum for other injuries).

Q12: Does my teenage daughter have to have the HPV vaccine, Gardasil?

A: No, Gardasil is not mandated in Australia.

Gardasil can cause serious injury and informed consent is essential. These are some studies showing the injuries sustained by some of the vaccine recipients.

Primary ovarian failure

Ovarian insufficiency

Autoimmune adverse events

Quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine and autoimmune adverse events: a case-control assessment of the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) database:

Vaccine Injury Court Cases of Death caused by HPV vaccine

On February 18, 2010, Lisa Ericzon (“petitioner”), filed a petition, on behalf of her minor child, J.E.

The case of Joel Gomez who died of myocarditis following his Gardasil injection

Decision awarding damages

Q13: Can my child go to child care if not vaccinated?

A: The Conditions on enrolment in early childhood education/childcare services can be found here:

Q14: Are there local support groups for unvaccinated families?

A: Please contact us on [email protected] and we will endeavour to connect you with families in your area.

Q15: What reporting system do we have in Australia for Vaccine side effects or injury? Can I report my child’s injury to the TGA?

A: If you believe you or your child has suffered an adverse reaction to any vaccination, please fill in the form at VaxxTracker – link below:

VaxxTracker Global Vaccination Reporting

You can also report directly to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) after filling in the details at VaxxTracker above.

AEMS Online Reporting

Q16: Are these adverse event reporting systems trustworthy?

A: No. The Australian reporting systems are passive and thus require the family or doctor to report the injury, and many people (including medical professionals) either do not recognise vaccine injury or do not know that there is a way to report the adverse reactions. A Harvard Pilgrim Health Care study funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services concluded that less than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. See: Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS)

Q17: Q: My child reacted badly to their first round of vaccines, can I get a vaccine exemption from my Doctor ?

A: From the Australian Government website

“The only reasons you might be able to get an exemption from having a vaccine are if you:

  1. had anaphylaxis after a previous dose of a vaccine
  2. had anaphylaxis after a dose of any component of a vaccine
  3.  are significantly immunocompromised—for live vaccines only
  4. have natural immunity—for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox only.”

The health of your child is of utmost importance and it is extremely disappointing that the Australian government only gives anaphylaxis as a possible side effect as there are many different health issues which vaccines can cause . There are other options for childcare. Please connect with other like-minded families in your local community to explore all options.

Q18: I have chosen not to Vaccinate my child, will the Gov financially penalise our family.

A: From the Australian Government website:

Your child must meet immunisation requirements to get:

Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy

The full rate of FTB Part A.

Child Care Subsidy

If you get this and your child stops meeting these requirements, you have 63 days to start meeting them again. If you don’t, your subsidy will stop.

FTB Part A

We may reduce your FTB Part A payments if your child doesn’t meet the immunisation requirements. Your payments may reduce by up to $29.40 per fortnight. This will apply for each child that doesn’t meet the requirements.

Q19: My child is unvaccinated, can he/ she attend childcare, daycare and receive the standard Government rebate?

A: The Australian states’ requirements can be found here

There are other options to childcare. Please connect with other likeminded families in your local community to explore all options.

Q20: Does the covid vaccine shed?

A: There have been many reports surfacing of people (mainly women) who have chosen not to take the experimental injection and  are experiencing symptoms after being in close proximity to those who have received the Covid jab. The symptoms include menstruation difficulties,  miscarriages, heavy bleeding, and reduction of breast milk.  Courageous medical doctors have been raising awareness and speaking out about these very concerning developments.

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Q21: How is the Covid vaccine different from other vaccines?

A: Our webpage here explains how the Covid injections differ from traditional vaccines

Q22: Is it true the Covid vaccine has been fast tracked and by passed many safety trials?

A: Yes. The Covid injection could be fast-tracked due to it being developed under “emergency” conditions. Vaccines normally go through animal trials first before moving to human trials, which normally take many years.  However, normal protocol was not followed with the Covid jabs due to governments’ push to provide the vaccines under “State of Emergency” conditions. They are currently approved for emergency use only hence why our state governments are keeping their states under a “State of Emergency.”  The Covid jabs being used in Australia are still in clinical trials until 2023.

Pfizer jab won’t be complete until 2023.

The AstraZeneca trials will reach completion in February 2023.

Q23: If they have tried for years to develop an effective and safe RNA vaccine for animals unsuccessfully, how were they able to produce ones for humans so quickly?

A: Until now,  an mRNA vaccine was never brought to market due to the fact that the vaccinated animals, after being exposed to the wild virus, developed severe health issues, many resulting in death. The mRNA technology was considered unsafe for humans. However, under the guise of keeping us “safe”, the Australian government supported the development of these new technology vaccines which have been approved for emergency use.

Q24: Can the Covid vaccines cause injury and death?

A: Yes. There have been many reported injuries and deaths around the world from all the Covid vaccines. These are being reported on both mainstream and alternative news sources. Unfortunately the Australian Government and the mainstream news, in the most part, deny vaccine injury or death, even if it occurs within a very short time of a vaccine.

Family remembers ‘fun-loving’ woman who died after COVID-19 vaccine as authorities investigate

Australia Covid injection report statistics: See: AusVaxSafety

COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report 

US Covid injection report statistics:


UK Covid injection report statistics

Q25: Why was the AVN investigated by HCCC and why did they make a public health announcement warning against the AVN?

A: The AVN was investigated by the HCCC in 2009 due to complaints filed against us by an organisation called Stop the AVN whose stated goal was to do anything they could to force our organisation to close. The full history of the complaint and our response can be found on this page of our website

Q26: What happened with the No Jab No Pay high court challenge and the funds donated towards this?

A: In 2015, the AVN worked with several other organisations to bring about a Senate Inquiry into proposed No Jab No Pay legislation. Despite thousands of submissions and testimony from many other groups, including government departments, stating that this legislation should not be passed, the Senate chose to enact No Jab No Pay in January 2016.

The AVN believed that this issue was so important, it should not be allowed to stand. We sought funding from our members and raised over $100,000 to support legal action. We got advice from 3 separate groups of constitutional lawyers at a total cost of over $50,000. The advice was that a High Court challenge against No Jab No Pay did not have a chance of winning and would end up costing millions of dollars for no benefit.

We were devastated, as you can imagine, as were our members who supported this action with their donations. We went back to everyone who donated and asked if they would like a pro-rata refund from the funds they had donated. Less than 10% of our donors asked for a refund – the rest of our supporters told us to keep the money to use for future issues that would arise. Of those who asked for the pro-rated refund, they were all given their money back after expenses (the cost of counsel’s advice).

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