1- Obtain the package inserts for each vaccine you are considering giving to your child or taking yourself. You can find links to the package inserts in our Vaccination Information section (they are referred to there as Data Sheets). These leaflets are produced by the vaccine manufacturers and generally contain information you should know but are usually not provided with. This includes:
(a) Vaccine ingredients. Be sure to look for metals (aluminium, mercury in the form of Thiomersal), antibiotics and preservatives.
(b) Known side effects. The package insert include a far more extensive list of side effects then the government information. To compare what information is provided to doctors by the Australian Government, download the 9th Edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook for free. This book is the vaccine ‘bible’ for Australian doctors and yet, it omits a great deal of the information on ingredients and side effects that is available from the package inserts…. [Read More]