Given that vaccines are among the best methods that medicine has for controlling viral disease it might seem surprising that so many are opposed to their use on a fundamental level. Especially surprising in the midst of a global p(l)andemic.
Dr Dan Ewald practices as a GP on Lennox Head and says his clinic has been inundated with phone calls from people wanting the flu vax during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people to watch for measles symptoms after a Byron Bay child was diagnosed with the infectious disease this week.
Award-winning journalist has Joan Shenton was not provided with visa conformation prior to her flight leaving the UK so that she had to cancel her appearance at a range of panel discussions on the effects of the Gardasil HPV vaccination programs.
Australia is supposed to be a tolerant society that has room for all opinions and nobody should ever be silenced. I was therefore saddened to read last week that Mandy Nolan has been afraid to publicly discuss her decision to vaccinate her children.
The director of a Brunswick Heads preschool says she was misled by the NSW health department regarding the application of new vaccination rules and that other local directors have been ‘utterly confused and frustrated’ by the changes.
Local preschools have been inundated with calls from the parents of unvaccinated children trying to enrol their kids in care before tough new vaccination rules come into effect on December 31.
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra. The report of low vaccination rates in the northern rivers came with the standard, conditioned dismissal of those concerned about the vaccination schedule.
The north coast’s low vaccination rates for one, two and five year-olds is a concern for NSW Labor Walt Secord, after the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released data today (June 8) on national vaccination rates in 2015-16. Sydney’s... Read More →
Geoff Dawe, Byrrill Ck. The vaccination debate needs philosophical widening. The late Dr Archie Kalokerinos resorted to injecting patients with vitamin C in approximately the 1980s when he found a link between the injection of vitamin C and the... Read More →
Patricia Bruce, Lennox Head. I am no radicalised main streaming lemming, I support home birth, medicinal marijuana use and I immunise my children.
Doug Moss, Byron Bay. In the interests of balance in the debate, I’ll offer a different perspective to that often stated by anti-vaxxers. But first, it’s right to acknowledge that both sides of the debate are motivated by the well-being... Read More →
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra. The pro-vaccination movement seems to be ramping up. Since our region has some of the highest vaccination resistance around, it’s probably appropriate to have this discussion here.
The view through my window is lovely. Sure, the grass is way too high, and the bush turkey has dug up the paw paw seedling, but everything is lush. The wallabies have so much green pick to nibble on they hardly move, just the occasional tummy scratch.
Simon Birmingham (federal minister for education and training), Christian Porter (minister for social services) and Susan Ley (minister for health). The Coalition Government's No Jab No Pay policy is encouraging parents to do the right thing for their children and public health, with a sharp rise in the number of children being immunised against preventable diseases.
Colin Clarke, Ocean Shores. Err, message to you anti-vaccination people out there. You do have freedom of choice as if you refuse to vaccinate your children you simply do not receive taxpayer provided family benefits.
Parents who don't immunise their children will stop receiving childcare benefits next year. And the new laws have been welcomed by the group Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters.
A move by a group of parents in the Tabulam area to set up a childcare centre that would not require children attending to be vaccinated has been condemned by opposition health and north-coast spokesperson Walt Secord.
Margot Hays, Bangalow. Hep B can only be contracted through sex and IV drug use and leaves the body after seven years, so why are we giving new born babies Hep B?
Sharon Gavin, Bangalow. So lovely to see all the gorgeous and healthy babies on the front page of The Echo this week.
The charitable status of the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (formerly the Australian Vaccination Network – AVN) has been revoked following an investigation by the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing.