App joins the fight against anti-vaxers

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The Australian Academy of Science has released a Science Q&A app to provide the scientific evidence for immunisation and help dispel the myths promulgated by anti-vaccination groups.

Available for Android and Apple tablet devices, the app is based on based on the academy's Science of Immunisation booklet, published last year and distributed to 7000 GPs. It is also available online at the academy website.

Launched today by academy president Suzanne Cory, immunologist Gus Nossal and AMA president Steve Hambleton, the app presents evidence-based medical and scientific information, answers common questions and dispels myths about immunisation.

Dr Hambleton said it was another useful tool for community GPs, who are the public face of immunisation for most Australian families.

“The app features strong scientific evidence, clear explanations, and easy-to-understand language that will reassure people, including conscientious objectors, about the safety and efficacy of immunisation,” Dr Hambleton said.

“It is an important new resource that will help dispel the non-scientific myths and misinformation circulated by anti-vaccination groups in the community.”

The app also provides access to the academy's Science of Climate Change booklet, first launched in 2010 and due to be revised next year.

It is available from Google Play and the App Store.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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