Three things we KNOW about immunisation and vaccinating:
1. It's a highly contentious topic among parents;
2. There's an awful lot of incorrect information about it on the Internet; and
3. Rates of vaccination in Australia are dropping.
So, in the interests of helping other parents make informed decisions about the health of their families, I'm posting this link to a very new document published by the Australian Academy of Science, called 'The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers':
It's endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Australian Medical Association, so I expect we'll be seeing copies around doctors' offices soon.
NOTE: I haven't started this thread with the intention of sparking another heated debate about immunisation. However, as a journalist whose profession intrinsically means hours spent on the Internet, I am constantly amazed and occasionally outraged by how much incorrect information - including on the topic of immunisation - is published online and how much of it is accepted as fact. Clearly, so too is the local medical profession, hence the release of this document. I found it very helpful and hope other parents do too, whether you vaccinate your children or not.