A new booklet written by Australia's top immunologists has set out to clear up confusion about immunisation and dispel common myths.
The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers was published by the Australian Academy of Science and launched today (November 26) by the academy president professor Suzanne Cory.
"The academy is strongly committed to ensuring that every Australian has the opportunity to understand scientific issues and base their decisions on the best available evidence," Professor Cory said.
"That’s why we brought together some of the best researchers in the field in Australia to develop a document written as simply as possible, and which is thorough and scientifically rigorous."
Professor Cory urged parents to use the booklet as a guide in making decisions about their children's health and added that it will "enhance understanding" of how immunisation provides protection from infectious diseases, also touching on the "underlying benefits and risks of immunisation".
Questions addressed in the booklet include what is immunisation? What is in a Vaccine? and Are vaccines safe? among others.
The immunisation booklet is available for free download from the Australian Academy of Science website.
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