FROM THE EDI­TOR

North Shore Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

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

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