‘Fear and alarm’: Public warned about anti-vax group

After an investigation launched last year, the HCCC concluded the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN) did not provide reliable information in relation to particular vaccines and vaccination more generally. 

“The commission considers that AVN’s dissemination of misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers,” it warned.

Specifically, the HCCC cited the group’s assertions about the efficacy of vaccines against human papillomavirus and pertussis; unsubstantiated links between vaccines and autism; the testing of vaccines and their ingredients; and an article claiming “Nurses don’t trust vaccines”.

It recommended the AVN amend its published information and said it would monitor the implementation of the recommendations.

The HCCC urged the public to use