Ros like many parents in our community wants to know she is making the right decision about immunisation.  It's important to know where your information is coming from.  Lots of people have opinions based on emotion but its best to talk to a qualified medical expert like your doctor to find out more about immunisation.

I think a lot of people in my family and in my circle are scientifically minded I would say and so we kind of are all of the same position that immunisation is really important. Like I did want to find out information, I wanted to kind of talk to people and speak to people who are actually medically trained. And then I would also seek my own research from different sources and speak to my doctor about immunisation as well, and just make sure that we are getting accurate, well researched information rather than just opinions or feelings.

In the age of there being such easy access to information people feel like they can kind of arrive at their own decisions and they might be getting the information from the wrong sources, or they might be supported just by the views of their community rather than going to legitimate, scientific or academic sources.

People might have quite emotional opinions rather than scientific opinions and it’s worth just interrogating where those opinions come from before you make decisions for your own family and for your community.

Parents want to know that they are doing the right thing by immunising their children and they seek information from various different sources such as the internet and family and friends. We would suggest that parents speak to a trusted healthcare professional such as their GP.

What I want to say to parents is thank you for immunising your children because it keeps my children safe as well.

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