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Decision re: Non Vaccinators Support Group

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#226 F.E.B.E

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

Thank you for your feedback everyone. I can't address every comment made but please be assured that it wasn't a snap decision, we have been trying to make this thread work for over a year and there was just no way to satisfy everyone as well as cover ourselves from a duty of care perspective.

Yes, the recent threads on the subject did urge us to do a final review of the thread but once again we took a few weeks to think and make our decision.

As I said earlier, people are welcome to discuss vaccination in any relevant sub forum. However we ask that you do not:
- personally harass members for being anti-vax
- link to false medical information and propaganda (e.g AVN)
- Provide specific medical advice for another member which is either for/against immunisation

Please report any posts you deem offensive or against forum rules. And if you have any suggestions for a sub forum or buddy group thread for your particular situation let myself, Therese or Chelli know.

#227 Therese

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

Just a reminder that name calling is against forum rules. I understand this is an emotive topic but calling people names doesn't gain anything.



#228 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

Re: the issue of adults being up to date with booster doses, there are actually very few vaccines for which regular adult doses are recommended for healthy adults.  The Flu vaccine is recommended yearly.  Tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccine is recommended for new parents and grandparents, but otherwise is given 10 yearly.  And that's it.  The others are only needed if there is a specific medical condition (ie: pneumococcal is recommended for smokers, and people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background), or if there is no known history of the person being vaccinated or having that disease (such as MMR).

See Qld health - Immunisation Adults

There is the issue of failure to seroconvert for some people.  Most vaccines have a seroconversion rate above 95%, with the notable exception of pertussis which in studies has been shown to be effective in 59 - 89% of cases. Pertussis - NNII.  This is reflected in the recommendation to have boosters for pertussis routinely.

So most adults don't need boosters for most diseases.  This is why your GP isn't testing you, or telling you to have boosters, at least not until you have a medical condition or you are elderly.  So it seems to me that this 'issue' is a bit of a furphy.

Edited by ednaboo, 26 January 2013 - 10:33 AM.

#229 jag04

Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

I am only a newbie but would be dissapointed if there was a specific section for anti-vaxxers, who in my experience are irrational conspiracy theorists.

A win for logic and common sense.

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