No Forced Vaccines Statement to TV 3 on Measles Cases May 24. 2016

Introduction: On May 23, 2016, Lachlan Forsyth, a reporter for TV3 news, emailed through the Contact Form on the No Forced Vaccines website asking whether No Forced Vaccines could provide a statement or whether a spokesperson would like to be interviewed for a news item on the recent measles cases. No Forced Vaccines spokeswoman emailed back indicating her willingness to be interviewed and/or to provide a written statement. On May 24 Mr. Forsyth asked No Forced Vaccines to provide a written statement in response to a claim made by the Ministry of Health that the recent measles cases “shows the importance of widespread vaccination, and that the virus is currently able to spread due to pockets of the population where vaccination rates are lower.” You can read the full statement by downloading at the link below: No Forced Vaccines statement regarding measles cases May 24, 2016...

Measles cases update and information

Measles, MMR and Legal Information Update   Website editor’s note:  The following information bulletin is designed to help families and school staff affected by the recent cases of measles in schools in the Waikato and Horowhenua given the school closures and concern about the measles cases. It may also be of interest to other people who are living in an area (such as Northland) where there are currently reported measles cases and would like more information about measles and MMR vaccination. This information primarily is designed to help the following groups of people: People who may have been exposed to measles and are looking for information about measles and measles treatments. People who are considering MMR vaccination and would like information about the vaccine. People who want information about the legal basis for the exclusion of some unvaccinated people from schools while they are considered to be infectious. Information about measles and measles treatments:   In people who are usually healthy, measles is usually a mild-moderate illness.   The initial symptoms are often “cough and cold” type symptoms and may include a runny nose, cough, red eyes (viral conjunctivitis) and an elevated body temperature (fever).  (Please note that during this period of the illness, and until at three days after the emergence of the rash, people who have measles can easily spread the virus to others.  People who are immunocompromised remain infectious for longer; please seek professional advice about the risk of transmitting measles to others if you are in this situation.)   The rash of measles generally appears 3-5 days after the other symptoms. Diarrhoea and vomiting can...

No Forced Vaccines spokeswoman on Morning Report May 17 2016

On May 17, 2016, No Forced Vaccines  spokeswoman Katherine Smith was invited to be a guest on Radio New Zealand’s “Morning Report” to discuss the recent measles cases in the Waikato area. Please read on the access the audio file of the interview.  (A summary of key points is also included on this post for people who have poor internet connections.)  In response to these cases Morrinsville College was closed on Monday May 16 and the students and staff (those born after 1969) have reportedly been asked to provide evidence of having had two MMR vaccinations or stay away from school/work for two weeks. The Medical Officer for Health for the Waikato has also reportedly asked schools in the region to begin checking students’ vaccination records. Katherine Smith was interviewed about the measles outbreaks by Susie Ferguson and the link to the interview on Radio NZ’s website is below. http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201800971   NB:  If you have a poor internet connection and cannot access audio or video files, please scroll down (below  link to the youtube video of the interview with Katherine Smith) for a summary of the statements that Katherine Smith made during the interview. Interviews available on Youtube The audio files of the interview with Katherine Smith and also an interview with Dr. Nicki Turner who also appeared on Morning Report on May 17 are also available on youtube.   NB: Dr Nicki Turner works for the Immunisation Advisory Centre, an organisation that receives funding from both the NZ Ministry of Health and “private industry sponsorship” .  (Based on the fact that the IMAC website used to include the...

Australians to rally for freedom of choice on September 20

Literally thousands of Australians took to the streets in June this year to express their opposition to a proposed vaccination policy which could see families in which children (who do not qualify for medical exemptions) who are not fully vaccinated in accordance with government policy lose eligibility for a family tax credit and childcare subsidy worth up to $15,000 per child per year. You can read a report about the rallies here: http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/news/australians-rally-against-proposed-no-jab-no-pay-policy/ To learn about the rallies that will take place on September 20, please visit the link below – or scroll down this page: www.nojabnopaynoway These rallies are particularly important because the “No Jabs No Pay” bill was introduced into the Australian parliament on September 16. PLEASE SHARE THIS POST THROUGH FACEBOOK ETC. SO THAT EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE VACCINATION DECISIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT FINANCIAL BLACKMAIL CAN LEARN ABOUT THESE RALLIES. THANK YOU.   Details for rallies are as follows: BRISBANE: Emma Miller Place, Roma Street 11am – 1.30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/792600814189112/ CANBERRA: Federation Mall, Parliament House 11am https://www.facebook.com/events/821075284656941/ MELBOURNE: Flagstaff Gardens, West Melbourne VIC 3003 11am https://www.facebook.com/events/702076213271329/ PERTH Parliament House Steps  10.30 – 11.30am Flyer for information For further information: info@vaccinationdecisions.net SYDNEY: Town Hall 1pm...

Bullying of hospital staff to accept influenza vaccinations “not acceptable”

No Forced Vaccines Press Release August 3, 2015   Bullying of hospital staff to accept influenza vaccinations “absolutely unacceptable”   That staff at Waikato Hospital have been bullied into accepting influenza vaccinations, according to the NZ Herald is “absolutely unacceptable in a democracy” and is an “assault on workers’ human rights”. Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines says that she is “appalled” to learn that one staff member has been sacked because he or she did not comply with the new hospital policy regarding influenza vaccination. [1] “Influenza vaccination carries serious risks, including the risk of developing Guillain Barre syndrome, a disorder of the nervous system which can involve varying degrees of paralysis and can be fatal in some cases,” Mrs Smith continues. “It’s not surprising that many health professionals refuse influenza vaccinations, presumably because they do not want to put their health at risk.” [2] She rejects the hospital’s claim that unvaccinated staff pose a risk to patients. “People who are not vaccinated do not necessarily contract the flu if they are exposed to it”, she adds. Nor, she adds, do influenza vaccinations necessarily protect staff and patients from the flu or flu-like illnesses, citing a Cochrane collaboration study which found that “at best [influenza] vaccines may only be effective against influenza A and B which represent only 10% of circulating viruses [that can cause flu-like symptoms]”. She also notes that the study’s authors stated that that the effectiveness of influenza vaccination in preventing illness was “small” – meaning that at last 40 people needed to be vaccinated against the flu to prevent just one case of...

New Zealand “needs to do more for victims of vaccine-injury”

Press release No Forced Vaccines April 28, 2015   New Zealand “needs to do more for victims of vaccine-injury”   While New Zealand is doing very well in terms of increasing vaccination rates “as a nation we often fail victims of vaccine-injury.” That’s the conclusion of Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, a group that opposes forced or coerced vaccination.   Explaining that some members of No Forced Vaccines have family members who have suffered significant adverse reactions to vaccines, including reactions that had caused ongoing illness or disability, she described how No Forced Vaccines had contributed a comprehensive document to the 2012 Health Select Committee “Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with a focus from preconception until three years of age”.   [1]   “The No Forced Vaccines submission included general information on initiatives that could be used to improve young children’s health, as well as strategies that could be used to reduce the risks of adverse reactions to vaccines,” Mrs Smith stated. [2]   “As some No Forced Vaccines members are parents of children who have suffered a significant adverse reactions to vaccines, reactions which have left their children with ongoing health problems or disabilities, the No Forced Vaccines submission described the sorts of problems that are faced by families when a child has suffered from a serious adverse reaction, and suggested ways that such families could be better supported.” Smith continued.   Unfortunately, Smith said, the Report of the Health Select Committee, published in November 2013 completely ignored the concerns of No Forced Vaccines members. “The words ‘vaccine injury’ or ‘adverse reaction’...

“Science, not bureaucracy, should be at the heart of NZ vaccination policy”

Press release April 27, 2015 “Science, not bureaucracy, should be at the heart of NZ vaccination policy”     If NZ wants to continue to improve public confidence in vaccination and increase vaccination rates, “The Ministry of Health needs to focus on using science to make vaccination safer.” That’s the message from Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, an organisation that opposes coerced or forced vaccinations.   “The government has done a good job of promoting vaccination to parents and vaccination rates are consequently at an all-time high,” Mrs Smith said.   However, in order to sustain high vaccination rates, public confidence in vaccination needs to be maintained, she warned.   “A key reason why many adults, especially health professionals, decide against vaccination for themselves or their children is the risk that a vaccine could cause serious side effects,” Katherine Smith said. Noting the recent disclosure by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientist Dr. William Thompson, that the CDC had suppressed data that showed an increased risk of autism for African-American boys who received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine prior to the age of three, she said that, “This revelation has understandably reduced public confidence in agencies that promote vaccination – even those that nothing to do with the MMR-autism cover-up detailed by Dr. Thompson.” [1]   Here in NZ, Mrs Smith continued, “One way to improve public confidence in vaccination would be to screen people prior to vaccination – so that those who are at a higher risk of suffering an adverse reaction from a particular vaccine can be identified prior to vaccination.”   For example,...

Simple, Effective Treatments for Common Childhood Illnesses: What Parents and Health Professionals Need to Know

April 27, 2015 Press Release: Simple, Effective Treatments for Common Childhood Illnesses: What Parents and Health Professionals Need to Know   The NZ government needs to do more to make sure that parents and health professionals “are better informed about treatment options for common childhood illnesses.” That’s the advice from Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, a group that opposes coerced or forced vaccinations. “The government has been very successful in promoting vaccination to parents,” Mrs Smith stated, “And the fact that most vaccines for childhood illnesses are free is also a factor in NZ’s record high vaccination rates.” Mrs Smith added. “However, as no vaccine is 100% effective, parents still need information about treatments for the common childhood infections.” Mrs Smith said. For example, chickenpox,measles, mumps and rubella and other acute viral infections have a long, successful history of being treated with supplementary vitamin C, Mrs Smith stated. “Unfortunately, many parents and even some health professionals don’t realise this.” This simple treatment, she said, “Supports the immune system in fighting the virus and is safe for the vast majority of patients.” Noting that some of the diseases for which there are vaccines, such as diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) “are dangerous because of the toxins produced by bacteria”, Mrs Smith added, “and there is more than ample evidence that vitamin C could be a helpful treatment in these conditions, either as sole treatment or in combination with other treatments, depending on the individual situation.” [1][2][3] It was important that parents who are considering using vitamin C to treat a child who is suffering from any type of...

Act Party leader’s endorsement of Welfare Working group proposal “puts vulnerable children at risk”

No Forced Vaccines Press Release April 22, 2015   Act Party leader’s endorsement of Welfare Working group proposal “puts vulnerable children at risk”   Act Party leader David Seymour’s support for the Welfare Working Group’s proposal to link children’s vaccination to parental benefits is misguided because it risks harming vulnerable children.   That’s the warning from Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, a group that opposes coerced or forced vaccination.   In 2012, the Welfare Working Group recommended “that beneficiaries be required to ensure that their children complete the 12 Well Child/Tamariki Ora health checks including completion of the immunisation schedule, (unless they make an informed choice not to.)”   “At the time of the Welfare Working Group’s pronouncement, No Forced Vaccines pointed out that any policy that infringed on parents’ rights to make healthcare decisions for their minor children was ‘an insult’ to parents who were receiving a benefit,” Mrs Smith continued.   “Moreover, any policy that forces parents to ‘choose’ between their child having all vaccines or none, puts children’s health at risk,” she added.   The greatest risk, of an “all or nothing” stance regarding vaccinations, Mrs Smith explained, would be for children who had begun to have progressively more serious adverse reactions to each vaccine that they received.   “Under normal circumstances, if a child were having increasingly severe side effects after each injection, many parents would decide against further vaccinations for that child,” Mrs Smith said, noting that in many case histories of vaccine-injured children, “a pattern of worsening reactions to each vaccine is evident prior to a child suffering a severe reaction...

No Forced Vaccines contributions to the Health Select Committee Inquiry

No Forced Vaccines contributed to the 2012 “Inquiry into improving health outcomes and preventing child abuse with a focus from preconception until three years of age.” The submission was drafted by No Forced Vaccines’ spokeswoman Katherine Smith.  It was then sent out to everyone in the group so that  corrections could be made and the diverse range of health professionals who are members of No Forced Vaccines, as well as parents and grandparents could contribute their perspectives. The submission may be downloaded from this link: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/mi-nz/50SCHE_EVI_00DBSCH_INQ_11221_1_A239186/9e2640cef12c6740f68afe4ddab203e69d43bbf2   In addition, a Supplementary Submission for No Forced Vaccines was made by Mischele Rhodes.  This document describes her experiences after her previously health baby son developed health problems  following routine vaccinations. It may be downloaded from this link: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/mi-nz/50SCHE_EVI_00DBSCH_INQ_11221_1_A258987/3f3bdfe29deac973cb8a26eb46f070304c1ea7bc   In addition Christopher Savage, a former police officer, contributed a hard copy document (in the form of a Statutory Declaration) which was posted to the “Inquiry into improving health outcomes and preventing child abuse with a focus from preconception until three years of age” as a further Supplementary Submission in support of No Forced Vaccines. This document does not appear to be on the Parliamentary website.  However, a scanned version of the document is below. Christopher Savage’s contribution describes his work on cases in which children died following adverse reactions to vaccines. Christopher Savage Statutory Declaration Page 1` Christopher Savage Statutory Declaration Page 2 Christopher Savage Statutory Declaration Page 3 Christopher Savage Statutory Declaration Page 4 Christopher Savage Statutory Declaration Page 5 Christopher Savage Statutory Declaration Page...