Autism NZ weighs into vaccination debate sparked by doctor's protest at film

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Autism New Zealand is worried the film Vaxxed legitimises false claims linking vaccinations to autism.

The 2014 New Zealander of the year’s protest has reignited debate.
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Northland doctor and 2014 New Zealander of the year Lance O'Sullivan's protest at a Kaitaia screening of the film has reignited debate.

1 NEWS has been contacted by anti-vaccination campaigners convinced their children have suffered from vaccine damage. 

But experts say they're misinformed.

"Look, it's very concerning. I guess it's good people trying to get information. But at the end of the day it's got to be balanced, so again, the evidence suggests there is no link between vaccines and autism," said Dane Dougan of Austism New Zealand. 

Hilary Barry and Jack Tame give their two cents to the screening of an anti-vaccination movie.
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Meanwhile Dr O'Sullivan is now calling for vaccinations to be compulsory. 

"We know that immunisation saves lives. I've had to hold the bodies of children who are ravaged by diseases that are preventable from immunisations, and try to save their lives," he said.

Dr O'Sullivan says health and community workers should not have been at the screening, and the Northland District Health Board chief executive, Nick Chamberlain, agrees those working with vulnerable children should be focusing on evidence. 

"Even though I support hugely informed choice, when it's misinformed choice that's occurring I think we have got to step in," Mr Chamberlain said.

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