STOCK IMAGE: A doctor making a vaccination to a child.
STOCK IMAGE: A doctor making a vaccination to a child.

‘It’s nonsense’: GP’s fears as anti-jab film nears

THE region's leading GP says it's concerning how willing some are to go against scientific wisdom, as a secret anti-vax film screening sells out.

The Australian Vaccination Risks Network advised its secret screening of Vaxxed II: The People's Truth on the Coast on December 6 had sold out.

The 95-minute film which posed the question of whether vaccines were really safe, had already sold out five venues on the east coast of Australia.

Executive producer and prominent anti-vax campaigner Robert F Kennedy Jr is involved in the film which interviews apparent victims of vaccine injuries on film.

Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president and Buderim-based GP Dr Roger Faint said it was "always concerning" when films like Vaxxed II gained traction.

He said it was "flying in the face" of scientific wisdom, and studies were constantly being conducted showing the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, compared to the devastating effects of serious illness and disease.

"It's nonsense really," he said.

CONCERNED: Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president Dr Roger Faint. Photo: Contributed
CONCERNED: Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president Dr Roger Faint. Photo: Contributed

He said he was always interested in what was driving campaigns like it.

Last month State Health Minister Steven Miles urged people to boycott the screenings, fearing fatal consequences if a parent viewed it and decided not to vaccinate a child.

He called on the classification board to refuse its classification, and urged local venues to be aware of suspicious bookings which could be a cover to show the film.

The Australian Vaccination-sceptics network (AVN) founder Meryl Dorey told The Courier-Mail the film told stories of "many parents on the Vaxxed bus because their children were either injured or killed or permanently injured by vaccines".

Dr Faint said vaccination rates tended to fall in the "outlier areas" in the region, in places like the hinterland and Eumundi.

He said there was "no doubt we're getting more measles" and he said people tended to forget with time how dangerous and devastating diseases could be.

Dr Faint said most people had made their minds up either way, but often needed a bit of reassuring and it was easy to show the risk of the vaccine versus the risk of the disease, based on science.


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