About Vaccination Decisions

Judy  Wilyman

I have been a science teacher for 20 years and began researching this issue at the University of Wollongong in 2004. I completed a Master of Science degree (Population Health) in the Health and Behavioural Sciences Department in 2007. This included a research project analysing the Australian government's whooping cough policy. When I requested that I continue my studies with a PhD in the Health and Behavioural Sciences Department I was informed that the topic was political and I would have to complete my studies in the area of Science and Technology Studies (STS). I am currently completing a PhD in STS which has now been incorporated into the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at UOW. This discipline includes an examination of the science in the government's vaccination policy and a discussion of medical politics and public health policy. In 2008 - 2010 I transferred to Murdoch University where I was researching (part-time) and lecturing in environmental health issues in the Environmental Science Department. I transferred back to Wollongong University in 2011 to complete my PhD critiquing the Australian government's rationale for current vaccination policies.  

I have 3 children - 2 vaccinated and 1 unvaccinated. Please note that it has become necessary for me to address the way pro-vaccination lobby groups (many of whom are industry funded) are using social websites and the media to confuse the public about the science in this issue and about my research. Many subscribers of these lobby groups use abuse and ridicule to discredit researchers who are questioning the use of multiple vaccines in developing infants. My website is set up to present an academic debate (free of emotional arguments) and it contains information that will be presented for the completion of a PhD. It has also been published and presented in other academic forums. The science in a public health policy should not be selective and consumers must be involved in debating these issues.   

The current childhood schedule of vaccines in Australia requires parents to vaccinate their children with 12 vaccines before the child is 1 year of age. On 1st July 2012 the Government linked $2,100 in welfare benefits to fully vaccinating your child and at the same time introduced 2 new vaccines to qualify as 'fully vaccinated'. To refuse a vaccine parents must have a conscientious objector's form signed by a doctor in order to obtain the welfare benefit. In Australia vaccination is not compulsory but the government is pressuring parents to use more and more vaccines in their children without openly informing them of the ingredients of vaccines. Like all drugs the risk of vaccines increases with every vaccine that is used and no vaccine can be used without side-effects in some individuals.  

This website has been set up because there are many community members concerned about the number of vaccines parents are being asked to use in their children and the information that is being provided to the public. I believe people's position on this issue is a personal choice once they have been fully informed. The issue that must be debated is the right to choose this procedure. Pressuring individuals to use a medical procedure is an infringement of human rights (the International Bill of Human Rights applies to all countries). Vaccination in Australia should be promoted to the public on the risks and benefits of the procedure and not tied to financial incentives or other workplace benefits without providing evidence for the necessity to do this. 

In the 1990's I became aware of the significant increase in chronic illness that was occurring in children. By 2004, 41% of children (0 -14 years of age) had a chronic illness 1. The diseases that have been increasing since the late 80's include allergies, anaphylaxis, ADHD, autism, coeliac disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases (e.g. arthritis and diabetes). The medical journals and animal studies link the ingredients of vaccines as a cause of these diseases. Although the increase in these diseases correlates to the increasing use of vaccines, the government has not funded research that would prove or disprove this plausible link. The Australian government claims it is a 'coincidence' that these diseases have increased with the increasing use of vaccines but does not provide scientific-evidence to support this statement. Therefore this policy cannot be described as 'an evidence-based policy'.

Qualifications:

1982: University of NSW, Bachelor of Science Degree

1986: Wollongong University, Diploma of Education (Science)

2007: Wollongong University (Health and Behavioural Sciences Department), Master of Science (Population Health)          Research Project (Partial fulfilment of the degree of Master of Science): A Review of the Government's Vaccination Policy on Whooping Cough: High Distinction 

2008 - 2011: Murdoch University (Environmental Science Department) and Wollongong University (Social Science, Communication, Media), PhD Candidate and teaching. 

2011 - present: Research at Wollongong University 

Reference:

1. Australian Government, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS),

4829.0.55.001 Health of children in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05

 

Reference:mPPPParocess' (NRC- National Research Council, 1996).


My Background

I have been researching vaccination for 7 years at University. This has been done through the completion of a Master of Science degree (Population Health) at Wollongong University and continuing this research with a PhD. Prior to this I spent 20 years in the education system as a Science Teacher. I have also lectured in Environmental Health issues at Murdoch University. Whilst teaching in high schools I noticed the significant increase in chronic illness that is occurring in children today and after having my own children I became aware of the science linking the chemicals in vaccines to the diseases we are seeing increase in our children. I discovered that the government has not performed clinical trials to determine if vaccines could be causing the increase in chronic illness in our children. This was the motivation for the research and the desire to communicate this information to the public.