Immunisation is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. "Anti-vaxxers” have firm convictions about vaccines’ harmful effects and many people believe their children have been harmed by vaccines. Others have ‘vaccine hesistancy’: they are not inherently anti-vaccine, but are concerned or confused by the mixed messages they are exposed to and want to do the best for their children.
Until the beginning of the 20th Century, infectious diseases were the most common cause of death. This is no longer the case because of the development of vaccines. The reality is that vaccines have saved countless lives.
Vaccines save millions of lives
Vaccines are one of the most effective and cost-effective public health measures to prevent disease. Immunisation programmes internationally have contributed significantly to the decline, and in some cases eradication, of infectious diseases.Explore
Vaccines undergo extensive testing
Before any vaccine are made available they must pass many stringent safety tests.Explore
"Safe" is a relative term
Vaccines are the safer option when confronted with a choice between leaving a child vulnerable to disease or vaccinating them.Explore
Vaccines cause herd immunity
Vaccines protect those who haven't or can't been immunised through herd immunity.Explore
Vaccines are unsafe
Big Pharma puts profit above safety, and promotes misinformation about the dangers of disease that our bodies are perfectly capable of fighting off without vaccinations.
Vaccines contain known neurotoxins
Several of the compounds in common vaccines are known neurotoxins.Explore
The link between vaccines and sudden death syndrome
Some claim vaccines are associated with sudden infant death syndrome.Explore
Vaccines aggravate existing illnesses
In some cases, vaccines have aggravated other underlying illnesses, with disastrous consequences.Explore
Vaccines overwhelm the immune system
The immune system is not able to cope with the intravenous injection of multiple diseases at the same time.Explore
The claim of a link between vaccines and autism
There is a persistent claim that vaccines can cause autism.Explore
Vaccines have side-effects
Some possible side effects of vaccine can be life-altering. Some have argued that while incredibly rare the causal link between vaccines and these side effects, mean that by vaccinating a person you risk causing them harmExplore
The passing of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act suggests that vaccines are inherently unsafe
Why would US lawmakers pass an act to eliminate the financial liability of vaccine producers if vaccines are safe?Explore
We cannot say whether vaccines are safe
It is a fundamental right of parents to make decisions about their child’s welfare.