Senate tells AVN 'stop scare campaign'

THE Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Vaccination Network to immediately disband and to cease its "harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccines".

The motion was proposed by the Greens Health spokesman Dr Richard Di Natale and passed unanimously.

It noted low vaccination rates in some parts.

The motion noted "the irresponsible campaign run by the Australian Vaccination Network, which is spreading misinformation about the risks of vaccination".

"I have had people contact me who have lost children to diseases that have a safe and effective vaccine," Senator Di Natale said.

"Well-meaning parents are being fed dangerous misinformation which undermines their faith in the safety of vaccines. This has to stop.

"The AVN have gone so far as to promote measles as a healthy gift from Mother Nature and not the deadly disease it really is.

"As a doctor, I saw first-hand the tragedy these easily-preventable diseases can cause.

"Today the Senate has joined with the public health community to send a clear and strong message to those who are peddling lies about vaccines - they should pack up and go home."

Topics:  australian vaccination network avn immunisation

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