Making an informed Choice

One of the most vital of these decisions is whether to vaccinate our children fully, partially or at all. All of these choices are valid but, since vaccines, like all medical procedures, can carry with them the possibility of serious injury or death, we need to be able to make our choice with the best available information.

Unlike medical treatments which are given to relieve the symptoms of illness, vaccination is given to healthy babies, children and adults. Therefore, the requirement to ensure safety is greater for vaccines then for any other medical product or procedure.

The medical community and government health authorities want to ensure that every child, and indeed, every adult, gets each vaccine on offer. But the ultimate decision is and must always remain with us – the child’s parents. After all, vaccination is not compulsory for school in Australia.

UPDATE: The No Jab No Pay law was introduced nationwide on the 1st January 2016 and the No Jab No Play laws in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

By the time an Australian child is 18 months old, they will receive 37 doses of vaccines. We owe it to our children to be fully informed about all aspects of vaccine safety and effectiveness. If we don’t investigate this issue fully, we may not be doing the best thing for our children or for ourselves.

The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, Inc. (AVN) has been operating since 1994 with a mandate to provide scientifically-sourced information on this complex and difficult issue. We believe that everyone has the right to access all available data on vaccinations, immunisations, immunizations, inoculations – whatever you choose to call them. The government and the medical community provide you with one side of the story – the AVN gives you the other side. Taken together, this data will allow you to make the best possible decision for the health of your child.

The AVN – because every issue has two sides

10 comments on “Making an informed Choice
  1. Magpie says:

    Wow, this website is like the Fox News of Australia.

  2. James says:

    Magpie, Fox News rarely shows a balance of views. Clearly AVN has a view on vaccination, however at least they do give the other side a fair run.

  3. MC says:

    Hi,
    I was just wondering what your position is on vaccinating for adults When they travel to India or Africa?
    Thabks

    • meryldorey says:

      We have no position on that, MC. We believe that anyone who wants to vaccinate should be allowed to do so just as anyone who doesn’t want to should have the right not to without fear or favour (or financial penalties). If you are interested in the issue of travel vaccines, we do have an article on that subject in our shop but also speak with health professionals you trust and do your own research as much as possible about both the diseases and the vaccines.

  4. Jess says:

    I am curious to know whether the AVN are concerned about compromising herd immunity in the community? You claim to be a ‘balanced’ organisation. If your anti-vaccination message is successfully spread to more parents, we will continue to see outbreaks of preventable diseases. It is also unfortunate, that those who believe your message seem to cluster in certain areas. Are you concerned about the children in these communities? And in addition to the children, what about the infants, pregnant mothers, elderly and immune suppressed? Do you believe in your message when you see diseases spread like wildfire through an under-vaccinated school?

    Do you think it is responsible to tell parents that the ‘research’ they can do on online blogs is superior to the information that they receive from trained Health Care Providers?

    • AVN admin says:

      Jess, please read up about herd immunity. It does not exist and vaccines do not provide it. If you are going to base your decisions on fallacies, that is of course your right. But don’t expect others to be governed by verifiably incorrect myths.

      • Jess says:

        Thank you for your advice, but I have studied and understand very well the principles of herd immunity. I wonder what sources you have been reading that suggest that herd immunity is a ‘verifiably incorrect myth’? I would really like to read them.

      • Jess says:

        Hi AVN admin, I am concerned (after reading your reply a month and a half ago now) that I am being ‘governed by a verifiably incorrect myth’, and am still awaiting your recommendations regarding trustworthy reading sources. Please provide them at your earliest convenience. Thanking you!

        • AVN admin says:

          Jess, do what all of those who have made a conscious choice not to vaccinate or to vaccinate selectively have done – research by reading books, medical journal articles and speaking with health practitioners from both sides of the divide. If you want a list of recommended books, please check out the AVN’s shop. We are all responsible for our own health and the health of our children. That means taking the time to do our research and not just believing what others tell you – not your doctor, not your mother and not me.

  5. Mish says:

    The AVN made an impact on my life over 17 years ago when a Principal of a school handed me print outs of information regarding vaccinations. I was only a teen then. Now, I am a mother. We have one family member who has severe Autism as a result (suspected) from vaccinations. (Born ‘normal….autistic 3 years later)
    I boost my child’s health and strengthen my child’s immunity naturally. I provide a diet enriched with organic greens, organic veggies and organic fruits along with organic meats, pure water a range of healthy food options and no vaccinations. These are my preferences. These are not criminalistic choices and should never be criminalised. I know that these are the ideals of a caring and responsible mother. I pride myself on my educated and well-informed choices that I make for my family.
    I would hate to think as a responsible adult, that I could be deprived of this mainstream action; to have the free-will, the power, the option, and dare I say it, the ‘privilege’ to decide what’s best for my family.

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