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 Legal bid to change vaccine campaign.
Legal bid to change vaccine campaign.
 299 words24 July 1998Courier MailCOUMAIEnglish(c) 1998 Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd THE
Australian Vaccination Network
plans to seek a Federal Court
injunction to change the Federal Government's $30 million campaign to
vaccinate 1.75 million children against measles, mumps and rubella.
Jonathan Nolan, who is preparing the court application, confirmed yesterday it should be lodged in thenext few days.
 AVN president Meryl Dorey said yesterday forms given to parents as part of the campaign seekingconsent for children to be vaccinated were "misleading and downright deceptive".
She said it was extremely difficult for parents who did not want their children vaccinated to fill out theforms appropriately.
"It could easily be put into plain English," she said.
The group also was opposed to an information booklet being sent to all parents of school children.
She said it did not inform parents why vaccination might not be appropriate for their child.
It listed the most common and mild reactions without stating any of the less frequent but more severeside-effects.
"Parents are entitled to know this information if they are going to subject their child to a vaccination,"she said.
The group also did not believe schools were the proper venues for medical procedures.
"There is too much of a risk of an error being made," Mrs Dorey said.
"By all means have an education campaign, there is no problem with that at all."
 A spokesman for federal Health Minister Michael Wooldridge said the vaccination booklet distributed tostudents went overboard in giving balanced information and was sourced from the best medical andscientific evidence in the world.
"I would be surprised if the Federal Court even gives them standing to proceed with this obscuregrandstanding for an unscientific and risky request," he said.
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