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Australia Clamps Down on Anti-Vaccination Nurses

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by Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Vaccinations have long been a controversial talking point. We are told that in order to achieve and maintain good health, we must get vaccinated, but not everyone accepts this view.

In fact, many nurses and midwives, for instance, choose to promote anti-vaccination on social media or in person, saying vaccines are neither necessary nor even advisable. But now the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is warning that those who do this could face prosecution. The board urges the public to report any instances of people spreading “misleading and deceptive” materials.

“With no exceptions we expect all registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives to use the best available evidence in making practice decisions. This includes providing information to the public about public health issues,” announced Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Dr. Lynette Cusack.

The new stance is the result of reports that a “small number” of practitioners have been spreading anti-vaccination views on social media.

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