A dangerous person is coming to Australia.
When she gets here, she will speak in public places to enthralled groups of supporters. She will spread a dangerous message.
And it’s perfectly possible that this message could end lives.
This woman is not a terrorist, but she is an extremist.
In March, prominent American anti-vaccination campaigner, Sherri Tenpenny is scheduled to give a series of seminars in Australia designed to encourage parents to not vaccinate their children.
In these seminars being promoted by the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network, Sherri Tenpenny will apparently speak about “the truths about vaccination risks”, “your rights regarding vaccinations for child care and school”, and “how to keep babies and children healthy according to nature”.
Sherri Tenpenny is an osteopathic medical doctor from Ohio in the United States. Her website says that she provides “vaccine information you won’t hear from your paediatrician”. She claims to be “an outspoken advocate for…the right to refuse vaccination.” In addition, she “offers hope through her unique treatments” for patients who have been “vaccine-injured.”
She is on the record as objecting to childhood vaccinations, as well as Gardasil (the Australian-made vaccine that prevents the human papillomavirus, a major cause of cervical cancer), and the flu shot.
But perhaps the best demonstration of her views is the tshirts that she sells on her website.
There’s a tshirt for parents who want to celebrate “sparing” their children from vaccines:
There’s one for an unvaccinated child:
And there’s a tshirt for every person who hates facts:
There is a reason why the nonsense that Sherri Tenpenny spouts is not akin to the information that you’ll receive from your doctor.
It’s because it not credible. It’s lies. Misinformation and manipulation.
Science has repeatedly proven that immunisation does not cause autism.
A University of Sydney study involving more than 1.25 million children concluded that there was no evidence to support a relationship between common vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism.
But what science has also told us is that failure to immunise causes disease, disability and death.