Vax app provides ‘strong scientific evidence’

The Science Q&A app, launched by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the AMA, gives GPs and parents clear explanations about immunisation in language designed to “reassure people including conscientious objectors about the safety and efficacy of immunisation”, the organisations said.

It caps a year in which the controversial Australian Vaccination Network was ordered to change its name to reflect its vaccine-sceptic messages, and in which the federal government linked family tax benefits to proof of immunisation.

It also comes after a booklet from AAS and the AMA, The Science of Immunisation, was sent to more than 7000 GPs nationally and seen by many more online.

AAS president Professor Suzanne Cory said every Australian should make decisions about immunisation based on the best available evidence.

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