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How to address the persistence of misinformation about vaccines online

How to address the persistence of misinformation about vaccines online

Today an interesting study exploring the link between exposure to negative information regarding vaccination on Twitter and expression of a negative opinion regarding vaccination has been published by a team from Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. In this post, lead authors Adam Dunn and Julie Leask look at how to approach the issue […]

The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

The Health Wrap: On Closing the Gap; persistent policy pickles; lessons for Oz in heated US vaccine debate?

By Kellie Bisset On Closing the Gap This fortnight, we learned that Australia’s progress in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage was, in the words of the Prime Minister, “profoundly disappointing”. The release of the Closing the Gap report, which showed targets on life expectancy, early childhood access, reading and numeracy and employment have remained […]

Why won’t the Federal Government support a no fault compo scheme for vaccine-related injuries?

Why won’t the Federal Government support a no fault compo scheme for vaccine-related injuries?

The Federal Government needs to do a much better job of explaining the reasons for its reluctance to introduce a no fault compensation scheme for vaccine-related injuries, according to Associate Professor Heath Kelly.  To date, the responses to calls for such a scheme have not been helpful, he suggests. *** Why won’t the Government support […]

Why Meryl Dorey should stay on the Woodford Festival program

Why Meryl Dorey should stay on the Woodford Festival program

Organisers of the Woodford Folk Festival are coming under fire for including anti-vaccine lobbyist Meryl Dorey on the festival program. Rachael Dunlop, Researcher and Communications Officer at the Heart Research Institute, wrote at The Conversation that it is an “irresponsible and dangerous” mistake. In the article below, the University of Queensland’s Jon Wardle argues that […]

Influenza vaccination and children: weighing up the evidence

Influenza vaccination and children: weighing up the evidence

As has been widely reported, the Food and Drug Administration recently sent CSL a warning letter raising concerns about its manufacturing processes and the company’s investigation into problems with its influenza vaccine for children, Fluvax (which has been marketed in the US as Afluria). The letter, dated 15 June, asked for CSL to respond within […]

Adverse events, vaccination and the case for a no-fault compo scheme

Adverse events, vaccination and the case for a no-fault compo scheme

The issue of adverse events associated with vaccination has been in the news recently following the release of the Horvath report, An investigation into the management of adverse effects associated with influenza vaccination of children (with the Panvax and Fluvax products). Meanwhile, a rapid online publication by The Medical Journal of Australia has called for […]

The latest update of health and medical news from The Conversation

The latest update of health and medical news from The Conversation

In the latest update of health and medical news from The Conversation… Reema Rattan and Fron Jackson-Webb write: Here’s a taste of what The Conversation’s health and medical experts have said over the past two weeks: A licensing scheme to make smokers butt out for good By Simon Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of […]

Diphtheria death prompts call for action to boost vaccination

Diphtheria death prompts call for action to boost vaccination

Correction (May 5): A Croakey reader reports having diagnosed diphtheria in another patient a few years ago (see comments below), so the Brisbane case is not the first for nearly two decades as previously reported. I have asked for the reader to provide more details and confirmation, and will post these when they become available. […]

Temperatures soar in federal/states stoush over influenza vaccination

Temperatures soar in federal/states stoush over influenza vaccination

Temperatures are rising in the stoush between federal and state health officials over who was to blame for an inadequate response when evidence began to emerge that young children in WA were suffering febrile convulsions after having the influenza vaccine Fluvax. As previously reported at Croakey, in August a report by a former WA chief […]

Unpicking some myths about parents who reject childhood vaccinations

Unpicking some myths about parents who reject childhood vaccinations

Dr Julie Leask, a senior lecturer in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, writes: The decision of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing today to revoke the Australian Vaccination Network’s charitable status will no doubt have a substantial impact on the group. It was the right decision as this group […]