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Many adults missed out on vaccines that are routinely given to children today. Many adults missed out on vaccines that are routinely given to children today. Shutterstock

Health Check: when do adults need to be immunised?

Most of us will receive the majority of our vaccinations in childhood. But Australian adults still die and become disabled from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunisations are therefore an important preventive…
Parents need the facts about childhood vaccination. Parents need the facts about childhood vaccination. Nonanet.

Anti-vaccination network told to change its name or be shut down

The heated battle between Australia’s anti-vaccine lobby, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), and those fighting against its misinformation took a positive turn late last week, with the New South…
Too much urging can backfire and entrench some parents' opposition to vaccination. Too much urging can backfire and entrench some parents' opposition to vaccination. Flickr/skippytpe

Parents' decisions about vaccination and the art of gentle persuasion

Dr Seuss’ book Green Eggs and Ham is built around the urgings of a weird creature, Sam I Am, who insists the narrator eat the food of its title. When the narrator refuses, Sam issues an ever-widening range…
Infants too young to receive the whooping cough vaccine are at greatest risk. Infants too young to receive the whooping cough vaccine are at greatest risk. flickr/rifqy

Does whooping cough vaccine for parents protect newborns (and who should pay for it)?

Recent news reports say the free whooping cough vaccine for parents to protect newborns will be discontinued because it is not effective. Parents who’ve been told this is an important step to protect their…
Children too young for the vaccine or those who haven’t been vaccinated are most at risk from whooping cough. Children too young for the vaccine or those who haven’t been vaccinated are most at risk from whooping cough. anjanettew/Flickr

Clear and present danger: how best to fight the latest whooping cough outbreak

Even though we’ve had a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine since the 1950s, the disease is proving difficult to control and beat. Dealing with its resurgence requires clear communication about the importance…
If most people in a community are vaccinated, others are also protected. If most people in a community are vaccinated, others are also protected. Sanofil Pasteur

Braving the jab for community immunity

Let’s be clear: immunisations matter. They matter a lot. We all have a complex and ever-changing ecology of microorganisms and parasites inside our bodies and in our community. A recent fatal case of diphtheria…

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