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Vaccination debate flares up again

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The report of low vaccination rates in the northern rivers came with the standard, conditioned dismissal of those concerned about the vaccination schedule.

People who are concerned about constantly growing, one-size-fits-all mass medication, which is showing every sign of becoming compulsory.

Let’s just call them all irresponsible, child-killing anti-vaxxers and pay no attention to their concerns whatsoever.

I am absolutely not anti vaccination as I grew up in the polio era with three kids in my class affected, two crippled and one dead.

There is certainly justification for vaccination against virulently infectious diseases that usually result in death or disability and for which there are no other remedies.

There is no justification for mass medication against diseases that don’t remotely fall into that category.

I am absolutely pro-science; thorough, diligent science that examines all the available evidence before making any determination.

Parents should be able to have confidence in their GPs who are largely considered to be people of science.

What a pity these ‘people of science’ have been conditioned to believe that only considering information supporting the vaccination schedule is real science; that it’s ok to demonise and not even look at any information not supporting the constantly growing and massively lucrative vaccination schedule.

Our ‘people of science’ medical practitioners might like to reassess their understanding of what constitutes real science; examining all the available information before making any determination.

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra


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  1. Extraordinary to see there are people of such qualification and wisdom in our rural paradise who are able to lecture our GPs on medical science. What a saving to our health and education systems it would be if those GPs had dispensed with with their six years of training, and settled instead on the North Coast somewhere with enough access to the internet to be able to be able to undertake the ” thorough, diligent science that examines all the available evidence” . And all they needed to do was open Facebook and type in “vaccination” and enlightenment would have been theirs, with the added benefit of not providing any more money into the big, bad, evil, tentacles of “Big Pharma” (thunderous ominous drum roll).
    I don’t who your GP is – I trust the advice of mine.

    • Please note, I am not lecturing our medical practitioners on medical science as I am totally unqualified to do so. I am reminding them of what constitutes real science. Should they care to look at all the available information they will find many well credentialled scientists risking their careers to point out their concerns about the constantly growing and massively lucrative vaccination schedule.
      Neither you nor they will know if you don’t look. If it’s such nonsense why be afraid to look?

      • So important to remind out GPs of the science of their profession. I trust you also remind your electrician of the importance of electrical safety too – can’t be too careful with our kids safety if we are using electricity. What about your plumber – best to be sure and remind him of the need to put plumbers tape on the thread – in case they forget their training and the tap leaks. And of course you get the mechanic to give you the empty container to make sure she did use the recommended oil in you car – just in case she forgot. It is a dangerous world out there but with the internet now we can study every calling and make sure they never forget their basic education and training.

        • Once again you choose to misrepresent me for your own aims. I am not lecturing medical practitioners on medical science but reminding them what actual science is.
          Are you saying that good science is only considering information supporting any given proposition whilst demonising and refusing to even look at any information not supporting the proposition?

          • I am saying Robin thatrest of us do not need to concern themselves with health matters that whatever reason vex some other people. Ordinary people do not need to examine the facts or take a stand – we have a very good system of medical training and public health, it is not corrupted by big-pharma or anyone else. All they need to do is go to the GP.

  2. Since when has there been an open two sided community debate??? No dont ask questions, just let whatever company inject whatever into your bloodstream whenever we tell you. Or else! Hmmm. Funny that the demographics of non vaxers is mostly well educated, independent thinkers isnt it.

    • The proportion of people who object to vaccination is higher among higher socio economic groups, but they are only a small proportion of those higher socio-economic groups overall, and only a small proportion of people who are not fully vaccinated. Rates of non-vaccination among non-objecting parents are higher among lower socio-economic groups (Trends and patterns in vaccination objection, Australia, 2002–2013 – Beard et al. Most well educated people vaccinate their kids. I would also wonder about the suggestion that non-vaxers are independent thinking – the clustering in certain areas like the North Coast suggests the oppposite – that there are people who, while they imagine they are independent souls, are actually inclined to be more influenced by peer pressure.

  3. Be interested to see where you got the information on the non vaxers, that they are mostly well educated, Independent thinkers (Obviously private research).
    Perhaps more though, they are in a state of varying degrees of paranoia about any organisation or bureaucracy who they feel (Oh and they are so very aware of their personal space and feelings) are controlling or part of some larger conspiracy. It must be exhausting to always see the dark side of things.
    Lucky for them though its their children not them who will suffer, just like the parents who are currently nursing their children during the current outbreak of whooping cough. On behalf of your unvaccinated children Good on you for being educated, independent thinkers. They would thank you themselves but they are too busy coughing their lungs out.


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