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Censorship of Vaccine Safety Discussions for Australian Nurses and Midwives

The Guardian published an article this past October (2016), which reports that "Nurses and midwives who ignore scientific evidence by promoting anti-vaccination to patients and the public [will be] cracked down on in a tough new position statement from their industry regulator."

The article goes on to urge the public to report any nurse or midwife who promotes anti-vaccination literature (even on social media) so they can face prosecution for their "offence."

This is troubling news for Australian nurses and midwives. What is labeled "anti-vaccination," more often than not, is discussion about vaccine safety.

Since there is science to support both sides of this discussion (a lot of it), it does not make sense to censor one side over the other, and to do so is irresponsible and dangerousI will never understand why a more comprehensive and unbiased approach to vaccine science and studies, and health in general, is so seldom considered in mainstream media, a…
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