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A shot of fake news now and your defenses are raised in the future? funnyangel/Shutterstock.com.

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation

Does science have an answer to science denial? Just as being vaccinated protects you from a later full-blown infection, a bit of misinformation explained could help ward off other cases down the road.
For some parents, the decision to vaccinate requires more than just objective evidence. rocketboom/flickr

Australians’ attitudes to vaccination are more complex than a simple ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ label

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. AAP/Richard Wainwright

Is there a test your child can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson said?

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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull rounds on Pauline Hanson

Malcolm Turnbull has slammed Pauline Hanson's views on vaccination.
What if it wasn’t back to the drawing board every year for a new flu shot? Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine

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. from www.shutterstock.com

Prepare for a healthy holiday with this A-to-E guide

Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
A nurse administers the HPV vaccine in Dallas, Texas in 2007. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

Stories of vaccine-related harms are influential, even when people don’t believe them

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. Lily/Flickr

‘No Vax, No Visit’? If mum was vaccinated baby is already protected against whooping cough

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?

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