At MVEC we strongly encourage people to seek answers to their questions and to be well informed with evidence based information. We know that nearly half of all parents have some concerns about immunising their children, ranging from minor concerns to more serious degrees of vaccine hesitancy.
There is a lot of information available to people, particularly on the internet, which can be quite overwhelming. However, we know that health care providers, particularly GPs, nurses and paediatricians, are the most frequently accessed resources for immunisation information for parents and the most trusted. We also know that providing information alone is not enough to address parents concerns about immunisation and we would encourage them to speak with their health care provider as well as accessing information from recommended websites or online.
MVEC is committed to providing up-to-date information to help address questions about immunisation, appreciating that this information needs to be in multiple formats and cover a broad range of queries.
Below is a selection of reliable resources that can help in the decision-making process.
- Australian Government Department of Health: Get the facts about immunisation
- Australian Government Department of Health: Questions about vaccination
- NCIRS SKAI project: Sharing knowledge about immunisation
- SKAI: Talking about immunisation
- Better Health Channel: Immunity for community
- MVEC: MMR vaccine and autism
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Centre (USA)
- The Vaccine Confidence Project
Authors: Margie Danchin (Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
Reviewed by: Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) and Margie Danchin (Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)
Date: March 2019
Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.
You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.