Lifestyle

Science clears up myths surrounding immunisation

'The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers' attempts to explain the latest immunology science in "accessible language".
'The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers' attempts to explain the latest immunology science in "accessible language".

AUSTRALIA'S leading immunologists have banded together to debunk the "common myths" surrounding the vexed issue of immunisation.

The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers has been published by the Australian Academy of Science and was released in Sydney on Monday.

A national panel of experts in the field compiled the booklet, which was funded by the Federal Government, in response to "confusion created by contradictory information" about immunisation.

It attempts to explain the latest immunology science in "accessible language".

Based on a series of key questions, the publication aims to increase awareness of the science on which public and personal health policy decisions responses should be based.

Launching the booklet on Monday, AAS president Professor Suzanne Cory urged all parents to use it when making decisions about their children's health.

"The academy is strongly committed to ensuring that every Australian has the opportunity to understand scientific issues and base their decisions on the best available evidence," Prof Cory said.

"That's why we brought together some of the best researchers in the field in Australia to develop a document written as simply as possible, and which is thorough and scientifically rigorous.

The booklet was prepared by a working group overseen by Professor Tony Basten and Professor Ian Frazer, and an oversight committee chaired by Sir Gus Nossal.

Some of the questions addressed in the booklet include: what is immunisation?, what is in a vaccine?, who benefits from vaccines?, are vaccines safe?, how are vaccines shown to be safe?, and what does the future hold for vaccination?

The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers is available at science.org.au/immunisation.html.

Topics:  health, immunisation, research, science, vaccine




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Workmates credited with saving man from certain death

THANK YOU: Bruce O'Grady in the centre with (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

BRUCE O’Grady does not remember the morning of January 25, 2016.

Multi-million dollar upgrade for Redbank Plains Rd

Cr Sheila Ireland, Cr Kerry Silver and Cr Cheryl Bromage at the new intersection upgrade of Redbank Plains Road and Cedar Rd.

Cheryl Bromage delivers big infrastructure project for city

Victim's life changed forever after horror crash

Samantha Green has been confined to a wheelchair since a car crash in January, 2015. Here she is outside Ipswich Courthouse with her mother Margaret Stroud.

She endured a nine kilometre ride of terror

Latest deals and offers

Man thanks colleagues for saving his life after forklift incident

Bruce O'Grady returned to his Wulkuraka workplace on Thursday to thank his workmates that saved his life after a workplace accident in January. (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

Ipswich paramedics have praised the workplace health and safety focus of a local...

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances