Anti-vaccination lobby's poster for its \
Anti-vaccination lobby's poster for its \"documentary\".

Anti-vaccination lobby targeted Coast ahead of outbreak

THE anti-vaccination lobby held a screening of a controversial film on vaccination in Maroochydore a week before a rare bacteria once wiped out by vaccines resurfaced in Queensland.

And the Anti-Vaccination Network Australia is continuing to hold "secret screenings" of the "documentary" Vaxxed at locations around Australia.

It appears most screenings are taking place in areas where vaccination rates are worryingly low, such as parts of Northern New South Wales.

Queensland Health confirmed six cases of the rare disease diphtheria had been confirmed in Queensland this year, including one in Brisbane last week.

This is double the normal "two to three" cases previously diagnosed.

And another case of the vaccine-preventable bacteria, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, was confirmed on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend.

Thankfully this case was the non-toxin and less dangerous strain.

Vaxxed was screened at the Maroochydore RSL to a "sold out" audience on December 7.

Facebook footage of the event showed the presenter telling people they were there to present "the truth about vaccines".

"This is so people can make informed decisions, not from financial blackmail and fear of disease," he said.

"It's not about being right or wrong, it's about getting the truth out there."

The Anti-Vaccination Network Australia makes claims on its website that diphtheria was largely wiped out before the vaccine was introduced in Australia.

This clashes with modern medical advice which shows countries that do not have the vaccine used widely have far higher rates of the deadly disease.

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