In a, what has become rare, example of good health-related journalism, ABC’s Mediawatch has aired a scathing, no-holds-barred critique of the “balanced reporting” many so-called news outlets lazily resort to, in order to appear as if they’re doing what they are supposed to. Click here to watch the clip and share it on your social networks.
We in the pro-health community hold this truth to be self-evident: anti-vaxers know vaccines are evil and no evidence will persuade them otherwise, because they rarely, if ever, care about the science. As evident as that is to us however, we are aware that it is mostly an impression that we get based on the anti-vaxers’ way of debating the issue, things like: how low they set the bar for themselves and how astronomically high they demand the bar for the other side, their general mistrust of anything or anyone that disagrees with them (a.k.a. conspiratorial thinking), their belief that ———->FULL ARTICLE
Unfortunately, this is not the latest dance craze in the club scene, but it is the latest craze to come out of Meryl Dorey’s mouth, or fingertips to be precise. A recent news story out of Australia tells of a father who took the mother of his daughter to court over the mother’s refusal to vaccinate their child. The judge felt the evidence provided by the father was convincing whereas the evidence provided by the mother against vaccination were “outlandish statements unsupported by any empirical evidence“, you know the kind of stuff the anti-vax folks love to pass around. When ———->FULL ARTICLE
- As we all know, when the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) influenza started spreading across the globe, a lot of preparation took place to stop it from spreading, yet it still did. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic in June 11, 2009. Luckily, the toll in human lives of this pandemic was quite mild, given our worst expectations. That is a good thing, especially for the anti-vaccine advocates who have jumped at the opportunity to blame anyone and everyone involved in the preparation and prevention efforts of fear mongering. “You told us a lot of people could get ———->FULL ARTICLE
UPDATE: The AVN has won its case against the HCCC and the HCC Public Warning has been taken down. See AVN Media Release here. The Australian Vaccination Network, a “green our vaccines”, anti-vaccination group has been stripped of its charity status on Thursday, 10/14/10, by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) because it failed to publish the disclaimer on their website, as recommended by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), which “led to appeals not being conducted in good faith,” according to the official letter sent to the AVN by the OLGR. The HCCC, following an investigation ———->FULL ARTICLE
UPDATE: The AVN has won its case against the HCCC and the HCC Public Warning has been taken down. See AVN Media Release here. In an effort to stem the spread of misinformation about vaccines, the Australian New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission has issued this Public Warning about the Australian Vaccine Network (AVN). Here are some excerpts to keep in mind: The Commission’s investigation established that the AVN website: provides information that is solely anti-vaccination contains information that is incorrect and misleading quotes selectively from research to suggest that vaccination may be dangerous. Furthermore the Commission suggests the ———->FULL ARTICLE
READ THE FULL AETICLE AT ABC NEWS The New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) has compiled a damning report into Australia’s most prominent anti-vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN). The HCCC accuses the AVN of providing inaccurate and misleading information and selectively quoting research out of context to argue against vaccination. The report has also noted accusations that the AVN harassed the parents of a child who died of whooping cough last year, after the parents advocated the importance of childhood vaccination. Meryl Dorey runs the AVN from a home office on the north coast of NSW. ———->FULL ARTICLE