About The Government’s Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

When you read the literature search strategy employed by the committee putting together the 2017 handbook update, it states that they only searched inside the years 2006–2011. Why did they leave out 6 years worth of medical literature out of their searches? “The ATAGI and NCIRS technical writers also identified, where possible, focused clinical questions for each of the Handbook chapters, in advance of conducting literature searches.” What they mean here is that the writers of the handbook made up their own questions to enter into the search queries. When you use these databases, depending on exactly what your search term is, will shape the results you get returned. For instance, if I searched one of these databases with the question, ‘Is mercury safe in vaccines?’ I would get all the research papers that started with that hypothesis question. If you know about the confirmation bias in research, then you will know that a positive result is more often obtained than a negative. Therefore, when you ask a question like ‘Is mercury safe in vaccines?’ then you are most likely to get a ‘Yes’ response from the study. If the government researchers asked of the data bases, ‘Is mercury unsafe in vaccines?’ they might have come up with some very different results.

Oddly, on the government websites, it says that they used the most up-to-date information available in their 2017 Australian Immunisation Handbook update. How then can they also tell us that the research done for this update was only up until 2011? They excluded the last 6 years worth of research.

‘The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition’ is the handbook for consumers of vaccines. Herein lies the main thrust of the governmental reasons why they say that vaccines are safe and effective. The reference list total for this 580 page booklet = 1802 references. Of these references we find…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) references = 97

Australian Communicable Diseases Intelligence references = 96

Australian government (miscellaneous) references = 53

WHO references = 52

Dr Paul Offit references = 40

National vaccine storage guidelines: Strive for 5. 2nd ed. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing references = 23

Chiu C, references = 21

American Academy of Pediatrics references = 17

Gidding HF references = 15

Julia Brotherton references = 14

Hanna JN references = 14

Knuf M references = 11

Australian Communicable Diseases Network references = 10

Australasian societies references = 7

Klein NP references = 7

MacIntyre CR references = 7

Australian institutes references = 3

Booy references = 4

Cook IF. references = 6

GlaxoSmithKline references = 3

So, here we’ve got the recommended by the government vaccine schedule and ‘consumers’ handbook to go with, and 96 of their references are from themselves. Oops, make that 96 + 53 + we can’t forget the 23 references to the national storage guidelines! That’s 172 references by the government for the government. The infamous Offit gets 40 references. Of course, they also quoted a few references from the vaccine manufacturers, the most non-impartial information there is. In addition, they also quote references from numerous ‘doctors’ that have conflicts of interest with the vaccine manufacturers and have or are currently working for the government. There are other individuals on that reference list that also are employed by the government.