JABBED is a documentary on vaccination, by Emmy award-winning film maker Sonya Pemberton.
It premiered on SBS One at 8.30pm on Sunday 26 May, and already a discussion is building around the film. Sonya and the team have prepared some resources for doctors, and are also hosting a public forum in Melbourne.
JABBED: information for doctors from Sonya Pemberton
Vaccine-preventable diseases are still a problem in our community. While more than 90% of Australians support vaccination, some people are delaying or refusing vaccines. Whooping cough and measles in particular are appearing again. Meanwhile, some parents are anxious about the rare cases of serious reactions to vaccination. JABBED explores these issues.
Well-known medical leaders in the area worked with us to ensure the material in the film is evidence-based. They include acclaimed immunologist Sir Gustav Nossal, the co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine Gardisil, Professor Ian Frazer, and Professor Ingrid Scheffer, who has explored the link between the genetic basis of Dravet syndrome and vaccines. Jabbed acknowledges the risks of vaccines, but reminds us of the far greater consequences when community protection to communicable diseases breaks down.
Cases explored in the film include Osman Chandab, an infant at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with whooping cough. He was hospitalised after contracting the disease before his first vaccination at eight weeks.
The film shows the impact of whooping cough on Osman and the emotional toll on his family-particularly his mother Joumana-and the nursing team. Osman has fully recovered, but more than 38,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in Australia in 2011, and about one in 250 of the babies hospitalised dies.
Read about the other cases at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/jabbed.
And you can find more discussion and a preview at www.sbs.com.au/shows/jabbed.
JABBED: public forum in Melbourne, Wednesday 5 June
With Sonya Pemberton, Sir Gus Nossal, Prof Ingrid Scheffer and Dr Jenny Royle.
Why are Melbourne babies getting whooping cough?
Why are measles epidemics appearing in Europe?
Why does vaccination remain so controversial?
While more than 90% of Australians support vaccination, why are many of us delaying or refusing vaccines?
What’s going wrong with the community conversation about vaccination?
Diseases that were largely eradicated forty years ago are returning. Across the world children are getting sick and dying from preventable conditions because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots.
Yet the stories of vaccine reactions are frightening, with cases of people being damaged, even killed, by vaccines. How do people decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the real risks?
JABBED travels the globe to look at the real science behind vaccinations, tracks real epidemics, and investigates the real cost of opting out.
At the forum Sonya will discuss why she made JABBED and how it has changed her view of vaccination and the conversations we need to have.
Then she’ll join a conversation with Melbourne paediatric neuroscientist Ingrid Scheffer who discovered why a form of epilepsy (Dravet syndrome) is sometimes associated with vaccination, and Immunologist Sir Gustav Nossal
When: Wednesday, 5 June, refreshments from 5pm, presentation from 6pm
Where: University of Melbourne, The Spot Basement Theatre, Bldg 110, Business & Economics, 198 Berkeley St (corner Pelham St)