Meryl Dorey on vaccine safety
Our guest today for the 2nd hour is Meryl Dorey, who runs the Australian Vaccination Network, a non-profit organisation which sets out to inform people about the hidden facts regarding both the efficacy and safety of vaccines.
In July 2010, the HCCC issued a warning after the AVN failed to comply with its recommendation to disclose on its website that the group's purpose was to provide anti-vaccination information. The AVN appealed, and in February 2012 the NSW Supreme Court ruled the HCCC should not have issued a public warning at all - and was not within its jurisdiction in doing so.
In addition to the official investigations, Meryl has been the target of an aggressive campaign from a lobby group calling itself "Stop the AVN", whose goal is to completely silence the AVN, and by implication, anyone one else who might dare to publicly challenge the absolute authority of the of the government/corporate partnerships which control our health care system.
From the AVN website:
By the time an Australian child is 12 months old, they will receive 23 vaccines and by the time they start school, that number will more than double. We owe it to our children to be fully informed about all aspects of vaccine safety and effectiveness. If we don’t investigate this issue fully, we may not be doing the best thing for our children or for ourselves.
The Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. (AVN) has been operating since 1994 with a mandate to provide scientifically-sourced information on this complex and difficult issue. We believe that everyone has the right to access all available data on vaccinations, immunisations, immunizations, inoculations – whatever you choose to call them. The government and the medical community provide you with one side of the story – the AVN gives you the other side. Taken together, this data will allow you to make the best possible decision for the health of your child.
Our discussion today covers a broad range of questions in relation to the safety and efficacy of immunisation. Meryl also documents some of the protracted legal struggle in which she has been engaged, simply for asserting the right to present an alternative opinion to the public on matters of health.
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