Booklet to combat vaccination myths

The chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, Dr Brian Morton, said The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers booklet, published today by the Australian Academy of Science, put to rest questions about preservatives in vaccines and the link between MMR and autism in an unemotional, straightforward way.

“You can diffuse the confrontational nature of the consultation by giving them a copy or the URL to get it themselves. They can go away and hopefully be persuaded by the evidence, not the anecdotal stuff,” he said.

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