Signs from a protest in 2015 against a California bill that prohibits parents from using a religious exemption as a reason to not vaccinate their children. The bill became law.
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Opposition to vaccines still prevents many children from getting needed preventative care. Understanding who is opposed, and why, can help, but the answers may surprise you.
Parents are concerned combination vaccines, which protect against several diseases at once, can be too much for a young immune system to cope with.
Vaccines against multiple diseases in one jab strengthen kids' immune systems, not weaken them. Here's why we shouldn't fear these combination vaccines.
There are better ways to boost vaccination rates than excluding kids from child care.
A push for all unvaccinated kids to be excluded from day care is coercive, punishes families and has no evidence to back it. Here's what we can do instead to boost vaccination rates.
There's an effective vaccine – but it's not always the best option.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has been campaigning heavily on health issues.
Labor wants the government to guarantee it won't fully privatise the new Australian Schools Vaccination Register.
Saving lives one needle at a time.
Big pharma is finally starting to pay attention to the developing world. Here's why.
The emotional appeals of the opposing views on vaccination are both driven by concern for children.
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The plan to withhold payments of child-care and family tax benefits for unvaccinated children could cost non-compliant parents up to A$15,000 a year. But is it ethical to punish parents?
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A new oral drug could help reduce the spread of measles.
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Any action taken at the community level should start with acknowledging that parents want the best for their children.
The National Health Performance Authority’s report on childhood vaccination coverage released this morning shows immunisation rates have slightly increased in 2011-2012. But there are still some areas…