Vaccine myths rife among Australians

ALMOST a quarter of Australians believe homeopathic remedies are an effective alternative to vaccines, according to new research that has highlighted consumer confusion about vaccination.

A Newspoll survey of 1200 adults on behalf of the Australian Medicines Industry found 15% of Australians believe vaccines weaken the immune system and 7% believe children don’t need to be vaccinated because the baby’s immune system is adequately developed through the placenta and breastfeeding.

The survey also revealed 23% of respondents believe homeopathic remedies are an effective alternative to conventional vaccines.

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance clinical research head Professor Robert Booy said the research highlighted the confusion surrounding the issue of vaccination.

“Vaccines are the single biggest public health advance of the 20th century,” he said.

“While it’s

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