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To sign or not to sign. Dealing with requests for vaccination exemption

Frank H Beard, Nicholas Wood
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COMPETING INTERESTS: Dr Beard and Dr Wood work for the NCIRS, which receives most of its funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. The authors provided advice to the Department of Health on revisions to the Immunisation Medical Exemption form. Dr Wood has received NHMRC project grant and career development fellowship funding to conduct vaccinerelated research. Dr Wood also works for the Sydney Children's Hospital Network, which has received funding from GSK Biologicals to support investigator-initiated industry-supported vaccine trials.

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Dr Beard is a Staff Specialist Public Health Physician at the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable diseases (NCIRS), Sydney; and Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Dr Wood
SERIES EDITOR: Dr Chris Elliot BMed(Hons), FRACP, is General and Developmental Paediatrician, St George Hospital, Sydney; and Conjoint Lecturer, School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW Sydney, NSW.