In light of the screening of a controversial American anti-vaccination film in Melbourne this week, Red Nose is reminding families that it recommends immunisation for babies for many health benefits including a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
A decision to screen Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe at Village’s Crown casino cinemas on Wednesday, and in other parts of the country, has been slammed by a leading Australian immunisation expert, The Age reported. The film reignites false claims about a link between the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine and autism.
Red Nose recommends all babies should receive the normal program of immunisations at the scheduled ages, both in infancy and beyond.
Red Nose’s Information Statement on Immunisation states that “Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against some diseases. The risks of these diseases are far greater than the risks of immunisation. The vast majority of babies in Australia have childhood immunisations.”
There is strong evidence to show that immunisation is not associated with SIDS and that immunised babies are actually at a lower risk.
Read Red Nose’s Information Statement on immunisation here.
Red Nose’s Information Statements are prepared by its National Scientific Advisory Group.