The assertions made by the homeopathy plus! site were according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ,were:
“misleading and deceptive and … could lead to serious health risks for consumers”.
The website ignored previous orders by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to publish a retraction of the claimsn and ACCC said:
“combination of claims that the vaccine was ineffective and that the homeopathic remedies listed on the page were an alternative prevention and treatment regime elevated this matter to one of extreme concern”
The websites claims come at a time when Australia is in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic with more than 29,000 cases confirmed nationally each year in 2009, 2010 and 2011 which is more than double the total in any previous year in the past two decades. Concerns were raised that people could be mislead by the websites claims and fail to vaccinate their children leaving them at risk of catching whooping cough.
Anti Vaccination is a hot topic for Australian Skeptics who closely monitor the activities of the Australian Vaccination Network through the StopAVN campaign. They claim that the Australian Vaccination Network propagates misinformation, telling parents they should not vaccinate their children against such killer diseases as measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and polio.
The StopAVN campaign was formed in mid 2009 following the death of baby Dana McCaffery of Pertussis, a vaccine preventable illness.