Richard Saunders, international speaker, long time member of Australian Skeptics Inc. and judge on the hit TV series ‘The One’, released his short documentary film “The Vaccination Chronicles: if only” on YouTube for free in July 2014 as a reminder of a time before wide-spread vaccines were available.
The documentary features stories of Australians from all walks of life, including the popular science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, AM, all of whom share a common experience – knowing the personal effects of serious, infectious diseases. The film serves as a warning for today’s parents who think that diseases such as polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles and others are no longer a threat.
In a time where vaccination rates are at dangerously low levels in several areas across Australia, including the North Coast of New South Wales, Mr Saunders said, “This is all about getting an important message out, a lesson from history.”
“I think it’s vital that young parents hear for themselves the stories from people who have seen what happened in the past and what could happen again if we let our guard down as a society.” Mr Saunders added, “No one wants to go back to the bad old days with babies dying and children in iron lungs.”
“The Vaccination Chronicles: if only” can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTprFOmIjIg, and permission is given for public screenings. The production, a personal endeavour by Mr Saunders, was made possible with the financial and personal support of many like-minded people from all over the world. So far it is subtitled in English, Dutch, Turkish, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Danish and German. A DVD is in production.
Richard Saunders is best known as one of Australia’s leading skeptical thinkers and judge on the hit TV series “The One”. He is a life member of Australian Skeptics Inc., a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in the USA, a podcaster and the author of children’s books including many on origami.