For some parents, the decision to vaccinate requires more than just objective evidence.
Whilst most parents do vaccinate, health professionals often find it difficult to talk with those who are hesitant or decline. A new resource provides information and communication support.
One Nation senator Pauline Hanson told Insiders: ‘You can have a test on your child first’ before vaccinating.
Speaking on the ABC program Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. We asked three experts.
Pauline Hanson told the ABC she advised people to ‘go out and do their own research’ on the question of vaccination.
Malcolm Turnbull has slammed Pauline Hanson's views on vaccination.
Running an effective mass immunisation campaign, vaccinating children in Nigeria against measles is a logistical nightmare.
What if it wasn’t back to the drawing board every year for a new flu shot?
Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But a new way to create vaccines, called 'rational design,' might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing.
Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
The shingles or zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is made from a live but weakened form of the varicella-zoster virus.
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From November 1, the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine will be available for free to people aged 70 to 79 years. So how and why do you get shingles, and who should be vaccinated?
We can't keep blaming the MMR-autism scare – there are other forces at play.
Your child will receive a meningococcus vaccine, but it doesn’t cover all the subtypes.
Stories of meningococcal outbreaks tell us it's that season again. But what is meningococcal, why does it occur in seasons, and why does it strike fear into the hearts of so many?
A boy is vaccinated during an emergency campaign against yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The massive yellow fever vaccination campaign highlights why existing programmes need to be strengthened.
There's an effective vaccine – but it's not always the best option.
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They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
A nurse administers the HPV vaccine in Dallas, Texas in 2007.
Individual stories of perceived vaccine harms can undermine trust in vaccine safety, even if people don't believe the vaccine was to blame.
There’s no evidence to show your baby is at risk if visitors don’t get a whooping cough vaccine.
Prospective parents, aware of how devastating whooping cough can be, want to leave no stone unturned to protect their baby. But is No Vax, No Visit supported by the best evidence?
Parents are sensitive to what they hear about vaccines.
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Overall rates of vaccine objection have remained largely unchanged since 2001.
Rabies rates are rising in Africa.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
A doctor inspects the growth of cowpox on a milking maid.
Edward Jenner deliberately infected a young boy with cowpox and then smallpox. But his method wasn't as mad as is often made out.
Mark Zuckerburg’s Facebook post.
Myths about vaccines have resurfaced once again. Here is why you shouldn't believe them.
Some adults and many children report a fear of needles.
As more vaccines have been developed, the challenge of delivering them with minimal pain and number of visits to the doctor has increased. Needle-free vaccinations might help.
Protecting the herd means a certain proportion of the population has to be immunised.
When a high proportion of a community is immune it becomes hard for diseases to spread from person to person – a phenomenon known as herd immunity.