FROM THE EDITOR
The controversial movie Vaxxed is on its way to the North Shore. As a former health reporter, I am dismayed by this kind of harmful scaremongering. Of course, my heart goes out to those parents who believe their children have autism because of vaccines. Unfortunately, there is no credible evidence for that view. There’s an impressive opinion piece by Dr Lance O’Sullivan on Stuff, where he debunks the movie far more effectively than I could. O’Sullivan says Vaxxed is directed by a man whose ‘‘research’’ has been discredited. The allegation put forward that hundreds of thousands of expert scientists have been silenced defies commonsense. These scientists would prize the opportunity to develop a cure for autism or expose fellow shadowy scientists. O’Sullivan has seen first-hand the devastating effects of serious diseases, such as whooping cough, which could have been prevented. Vaccines are cheap, effective public health measures which have saved the lives or prevented serious harm to tens of thousands of Kiwi kids.
- Jodi Yeats