Chickenpox outbreak at “tolerant” Victorian school

As many as 25 per cent of students catch chickenpox at school where “a range of opinions are accommodated”, including non-vaccination

Muddied waters: setting the record straight about MMR vaccinations and autism

There’s a temporal link between autism being diagnosed and children getting several vaccinations. Photo credit: nealeanddalissa/Flickr The lack of scientific literacy in the media causes much harm to public understanding of the role and importance of vaccines. The latest instance revives the same old fears using the same formula that…

Uniting Church cancels AVN seminar

The Uniting Church in the City of Perth has taken a stance against the misinformation put forward by the Australian Vaccination Network. At short notice, the Church cancelled a booking the AVN had made to speak at a Church venue, citing that “the message promoted by the Australian Vaccination Network…

Tokyo embassy links to antivax group: Stop the AVN to the rescue!

By the Skeptic Zone’s Dave The Happy Singer The Australian Embassy in Toyko has removed a web link to the notorious Australian Vaccination Network after the ‘Stop The AVN’ group alerted officials. The deceptively named ‘Australian Vaccination Network’ (AVN) is a rabid anti-vaccination lobby group, spreading unsubstantiated fear, uncertainty and…

Another blow for Wakefield as Neurotoxicology paper withdrawn

A study authored by Andrew Wakefield and published in the journal “Neurotoxicology” has been withdrawn overnight. This follows last weeks complete retraction by The Lancet of his now notorious 1998 study that suggested a link between MMR vaccine and autism. Following The Lancet retraction on February 2nd, 2010, the anti-vax…

Dick Smith funds pro-vaccination advertisement.

Dick Smith has funded an advertisement placed in a national newspaper, The Australian, written by Australian Skeptics to alert parents to the dangers of the Australian anti-vaccination lobby. Known as the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), this group spreads misinformation and falsehoods about the safety and effectiveneness of vaccines. “Dick Smith…

Important information for parents: the facts about vaccination.

Immunisation saves lives. Since the humble observations about cowpox made by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, vaccination programs have saved millions of lives and dramatically decreased child mortality and suffering. Diseases such as smallpox are now consigned to history, while polio has virtually disappeared. But sadly there are some people…