At MVEC we strongly encourage people to seek answers to their questions and to be well informed with evidence based information. We know that nearly half of all parents have some concerns about immunising their children, ranging from minor concerns to more serious degrees of vaccine hesitancy.

There is a lot of information available to people, particularly on the internet, which can be quite overwhelming. However, we know that health care providers, particularly GPs, nurses and paediatricians, are the most frequently accessed resources for immunisation information for parents and the most trusted. We also know that providing information alone is not enough to address parents concerns about immunisation and we would encourage them to speak with their health care provider as well as accessing information from recommended websites or online.(see Resources)

MVEC is committed to providing up-to-date information to help address questions about immunisation, appreciating that this information needs to be in multiple formats and cover a broad range of queries.

Below is a selection of reliable resources that can help in the decision-making process.


Immunisation – Get The Facts About Immunisation

NCIRS SARAH project – Support and resources to assist hesitant parents with vaccination

Better Health Channel [Victoria]- Immunity for community

Department of Health [Canberra] Immunisation resources- myths and realities

MVEC: MMR vaccine and autism

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Centre (USA)

The Vaccine Confidence Project




Reviewed by: Margie Danchin (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne), Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne) and Rachael McGuire (MVEC Nurse Educator)
Date: May 2016
Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.
You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.



Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.