Immunisation Myths and Realities: responding to arguments against immunisation 5th edition

Myths and Realities gives health professionals information to address some of the most commonly held myths about immunisation.

Page last updated: 20 April 2015

The 5th edition includes updated information on:

  • the notifications of vaccine preventable diseases;
  • the risk of intussusception following rotavirus vaccine;
  • MMR vaccine and autism;
  • influenza vaccine; and
  • reporting adverse events following immunisation.

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Myths and Realities was first published in 1994; the fourth edition was released in 2008. The fifth edition has been prepared by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS).

From June 2013, hard copies of Myths and Realities will be sent to Australian immunisation providers including general practitioners, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and Aboriginal health workers. Myths and Realities will also be sent to hospitals, aged care facilities, child and maternal health associations, medical colleges, state and territory health units, Medicare Locals, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and immunisation committees.

Enquiries regarding Myths and Realities can be forwarded to Immune Coord (

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