Australian Skeptics vs AVN Propaganda

Immunization: Get the Facts

Immunization: Get the Facts (click to enlarge)

Businessman, aviator, and explorer, Dick Smith, has funded an Australian Skeptics’ advertisement to urge parents to access factual information on vaccination, in the wake of the country’s largest Whooping Cough epidemic.

The advertisement, placed in the Thursday, August 6 edition of The Australian newspaper, directly addresses the Australian Vaccination Networks’ stated position of being ‘pro-choice’ on vaccines – when realistically they’re actually very much anti-vaccine.

The AVN is headed up by Meryl Dorey – who says vaccinations are dangerous, who says no one dies of pertussis, who says that it’s better not to vaccinate and who insinuates that doctors only vaccinate children because it’s profitable for them. This, of course, is total bullshit – in fact this year alone three children in Australia have died of pertussis, some too young to vaccinate – such as Dana McCaffrey, the four-week old infant who caught pertussis and died due to vaccination rates in her home town of Lennox Head, New South Wales dropping too low and compromising herd immunity.

The advert from the Australian Skeptics is a great, emotive piece showing how to reach the public with real information – at a time when here in the UK herd immunity has been severely damaged due to the MMR hoaxes, with the most serious outbreak of measles in Wales since the time the MMR vaccine was introduced, there’s a lesson here for us in the UK too.

Well done to the Australian Skeptics and to Dick Smith for speaking out against this dangerous propaganda.

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  1. #1 by seniorcraig on June 3, 2010 - 00:26

    That is not what Maryl Dorey says. Get your facts straight.

  2. #2 by Marsh on June 3, 2010 - 00:34

    Seniorcraig – I’m going off what Meryl has said on TV in the past, but I’m happy to get the facts straight where they’re incorrect.

    Please attach straightened facts below, with sources.

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