Vaccinations protect from nasty diseases, but the anti-immunisation voice is getting louder. What should parents do about immunising their kids? What are the facts? How can parents make informed decisions?Â
The cold hard factsâ€™ immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases in Australia's newsprint media 1993â€“1998
The article reviews positive coverage of immunisation through the use of over four and a half years of Australian newsprint media. The report focuses on three main topics. The first topic is the problem of vaccine preventable diseases and low immunisation rates. The second topic outlines some notions of who is ...view middle of the document...
The article shows a bias against the media. Most points contained within the article pertain to the medias portrayal of immunization, mostly in a positive connotation. They attempt to use negative or panic language to show the risks of not immunizing children. They personified diseases as if they were murderers, building the fear levels. The findings in this article are very broad and can be used by anyone looking for information on this topic. It is not restricted to any particular group. The article makes heavy use of referencing throughout. It takes a lot of information from similar articles and brings them together. This collected information will allow parents to make informed decisions when it comes to getting their children immunized. It presents data in a clear and concise manner that shows the risks that they face in not getting vaccinations.
Implications for Essay
This Article demonstrates to me how the media can choose to portray a particular issue. They have presented diseases in a highly negative way and by extension have shown a favorable light on vaccination. It recommends essentially that parents should make an effort to have their children vaccinated.
Reasons for incomplete immunisation among Australian children: a national survey of parents
This article represents the reasons for incomplete immunization among Australian children, shown through a national survey of parents. The article found that the may be due more to parents disagreeing with immunization rather than medical contraindications or access issues. It continues by describing the results of the survey conducted. The survey found that approximately 70% of parents who disagreed or were concerned about immunization were fearful of the potential vaccine side effects. These disagreeing parents were significantly more likely to have a higher education and have a child with no recorded vaccinations. The article attempts to show a trend in the parents who object or do not agree with vaccinations. By taking a small sample of the population they can get a view of the percentage of the population opposing it. Using this information they can begin to develop tailored approaches to promote immunization among parents to help achieve the desired 95% immunization rate.
This article shows how portions of the population are against vaccinations and the characteristics of those who are opposed. The survey began with a pool of 1338 parents with children who were completely un-immuninised. The results of the survey showed that almost one third of those parents confirmed that they had not had their children vaccinated. This was further broken down to show that 270 parents disagreed with vaccination and 190 of these parents were concerned about potential side effects. It shows that these parents had a higher education level than average. This article presents the information in a very clear linear manner. However...