The JABS aims and objectives states that JABS “neither recommends nor advises against vaccinations but we aim to promote understanding about immunisations and offer basic support to any parent whose child has a health problem after vaccination.” It is also stated that all are welcome on the discussion boards. However, it has become obvious to some visiting posters that their contributions to discussions have been deleted, not because their comments are offensive, libellous or inflammatory, but because their opinions are “borderline” with respect to the majority feeling of regular contributors.
As a source of information that seeks to help “parents to make an informed decision on the benefits and risks of vaccination” we think that the JABS admin team have a duty to allow (if not encourage) a degree of balance on their website. We do not see how forbidding disparate points of view on the forum can benefit JABS as a site or, more importantly, parents and their children. These concerns come not from a single “compulsive nuisance”, but are the feelings of many observers who feel that JABS has deviated from best practice of providing support and information from a variety of sources.