To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

by Clare Deville (follow)
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Vaccination remains one of our most contentious and divisive issues. There are valid arguments from both sides of the fence which leaves many people confused. Ultimately, parents want to do what is best for their child, and that comes down to making an informed and educated decision.

Reasons for opposing vaccinations range from religious and cultural beliefs, to mistrust of pharmaceutical companies, to suspicions of vaccines themselves, and the dangers they may pose. We hear and read in the media, and from government, that vaccinations are both safe and necessary - so why should we doubt it, politicians are renowned for their honesty after all...

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Governments maintain the absolute safety of vaccines in the face of mounting evidence that some are unsafe, and as compensation payout figures multiply. In the United States in 1988, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was founded, and according to the History of Vaccines website, 'as of December 1, 2011, the program had awarded $2.35 billion in 2,810 separate claims, including compensation for 390 deaths.' Draw your own conclusions from those statistics. In Australia no such reporting or compensation bodies currently exist.

In the spirit of education, people should be made aware that there is a safe alternative to vaccination - homeopathic immunisation (homeoprophylaxis). There are studies proving its efficacy but none which adhere to the rigorous methods of science. Homeopathy is demonised by the media but perhaps it is worth considering that over 100 million people in India choose and rely solely on homeopathic medical care.

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This article does not aim to influence readers either way, merely encourages them to conduct their own research and consider all the facts when making a decision about vaccination. For further information from both sides of the fence, check out Vaccination Awareness and the Australian Government's Immunise Australia Program.

We encourage our readers to share their thoughts or experiences regarding vaccinations by leaving a message in the Comments box.

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