Politicians and Google do not provide reliable information regarding the safety or benefits of vaccinations, particularly for our children. Due to the success of immunization, some diseases are no longer seen, or very rarely diagnosed in our community, leading to reduced perception of threat from diseases once common, such as measles, mumps and polio . A number of websites providing unbalanced, misleading and alarming vaccine information have  been established and the views prominently quoted and repeated  by politicians, celebrities and through social media platforms. 

The WHO initiated the Vaccine Safety Net, (VSN)  a global network of websites, to help internet users find reliable, credible and accessible vaccine safety information for their needs. To be included in the listing, a website must be evaluated to have a public health focus, contain current evidence-based information, be professional, registration and information must be available free, contain information on vaccine safety in an unbiased context, presenting all reasonable sides of controversial issues, be professional and easy to navigate. Corporate and industry websites are excluded and websites not regularly reviewed despite the availability of new evidence are also excluded.

The VSN portal is owned by the World Health Organisation, and is sponsored by WHO's and partner's grants and is independent from the pharmaceutical industry.

Websites help people make informed decisions, but do not replace a discussion with your GP.

For local information, see ( a very clear chart demonstrating the comparisons of the effects of diseases and the side effects of vaccines is available at the website  and extensive information on all vaccines and details of the local vaccination schedule)

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