Immunisation Myths

Vaccination remains one of the most successful and cost-effective advances in global public health, protecting children against serious diseases including measles, whooping cough and diphtheria. Vaccines prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year, according to the World Health Organisation.

In line with the Australian Immunisation Schedule, all children should be vaccinated. Unfortunately, Western Australia is below the national average for coverage rates in one, two and five year olds. 

Support for general practice

If you are a general practice and want to find out more about how we can help you to increase your childhood immunisation rates, please contact your usual Practice Support team member, or contact our toll free Practice Assist helpdesk on 1800 277 478 or email practiceassist@wapha.org.au

Immunisation Myths Campaign

To help counteract some of the myths surrounding vaccines and reassure parents they are safe, we have prepared a series of easy to watch videos and social media posts as part of a campaign called Immunisation Myths.

You can watch the videos below. You can also download them and accompanying social media posts for use on your own communication channels from our Press Kit.

Vaccines are unsafe

This video debunks the myth that vaccinations are unsafe. It states that in Australia, all vaccines must pass stringent safety testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administration before being approved for use.

Vaccines cause autism

This video debunks the myth that vaccinations cause autism. It discusses Andrew Wakefield’s now discredited study, how it played on people’s fear and how many of its findings have since been disproven.

Alternative therapies are safer than vaccines

This video debunks the myth that alternative therapies are safer or better than vaccinations. It states that there is no scientific basis to support the use of alternative therapies to prevent diseases targeted by vaccines.

Too many vaccines are bad for babies

This video debunks the myth that an infant’s immune system can’t handle so many vaccines. It states that vaccines are designed to strengthen and support a baby’s immune system.

With good hygiene we don’t need vaccines

This video debunks the myth that we can control the spread of diseases by having good hygiene. It states that most diseases we immunise against are not caused by poor levels of hygiene or sanitation.

Tackling the myths 

This video gives a 30 second overview of the core of the campaign’s message. It encourages parents of young children who may be confused about what’s true and what’s not when it comes to vaccinations to discuss those concerns with their GP.