Information about pertussis (whooping cough)

Pertussis (whooping cough)   Pertussis (whooping cough) is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs, causing a cough.  The illness begins with a catarrhal stage which could be mistaken for the cough that accompanies a common cold. (This is the stage at which the disease is most infectious; pertussis is considered to be contagious from three weeks after the onset of coughing.) Some (not all) people who contract pertussis have a cough which has a characteristic “whooping” sound. (Children are more likely to have the classic “whooping” noise when they cough than are babies or adults. Babies may not have obvious coughing at all but may suffer from breathing difficulties, including apnoea.)  The coughing fits may be accompanied by vomiting and the combination of these symptoms can be quite debilitating. In severe cases, the patient may become temporarily blue from oxygen deprivation at the end of a coughing fit. There is a risk of developing pneumonia as a complication.  A less common but very serious complication is encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) which may cause brain damage (or be fatal). Untreated pertussis may last for 100 days as the immune system can take a long time to bring the bacterial infection under control. After a bout of pertussis, people may remain vulnerable to other chest infections for some months until their lungs have fully recovered from the effects of the bacteria. Pertussis is most dangerous to babies under six months of age due to their smaller airways and immature immune systems. When deaths occur in NZ from pertussis they are usually in young infants.  (Fortunately deaths from pertussis...

Welcome

Welcome to the website of No Forced Vaccines an association which aims to maintain New Zealand’s parents’ rights to make the decisions about vaccination they think right for their child/ren without coercion or financial penalty – as well as the rights of adults to choose freely whether or not they are vaccinated. In New Zealand parents’ rights are unfortunately now under threat; hence the need for this organisation. Please read the About page at the following link http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/about/ to learn how parents’ rights are threatened and why the organisation was founded. We welcome new members.  If you would like join No Forced Vaccines, please visit the following link http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/join-us/ Below are the principles upon which the association is...

Key Principles

Vaccines are medications which have potential risks as well as potential benefits. There is debate in the scientific community about the efficacy and safety of many vaccines. The decision whether or not to take any medication is one that must be made by the individual concerned.  It is a fundamental human right to be able to choose one’s own medical treatment without coercion.  Adults make decisions about their own medical  treatment.  In the case of children, responsibility for decisions about their medical care rests with their parents or guardians. Children and young people have a right to education.  Any policy that restricts access to education (at early childhood, primary, secondary, or tertiary level) on the basis of a child or student’s vaccination status is discriminatory and unethical. Children and young people in the formal education system have the right to the best teachers available.  NZ is currently facing staff shortages in many areas of the education sector.  Any policy that seeks to coerce teachers (or other staff employed in the education sector) to be vaccinated is unethical and will likely lead to an exodus of intelligent and hardworking staff from the education sector. People who are sick or injured require skilled care from intelligent and caring health professionals.  There are currently staff shortages in many areas in the public health system.  The introduction of any new policy which could worsen this situation (such as policies mandating vaccination for health professionals and health care students seeking practicum placements) must be opposed because it is unethical and infringes the rights of health professionals to choose their own medical treatment without coercion. ...

Joining No Forced Vaccines

No Forced Vaccines is a voluntary association.  Membership is open anyone who wants to help maintain parents’ rights to make healthcare decisions for their children and to uphold the rights of adults to remain free to make their own choices about medication without discrimination or coercion. What does membership entail? Members are not obligated to give any money. We hope that members will do what their time and resources permit to defeat any proposals that infringe on human rights by restricting parents ability to make health care choices for their children without coercion or financial penalty as well as those that seek to restrict the educational opportunities available to children and young people, or employment opportunities of adults on the basis of their vaccination status. How can I join No Forced Vaccines? Please email using the contact form.  Please include your name, address and contact phone number, email and any ways that you may like to...

How Members Can Help

Suggested ways in which members can help include: Email the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Health and Associate Member of Health to let them know that you find any policy that coerces parents into vaccinating their children to be unacceptable.  There is a template letter you can adapt to your own use and email addresses on the Resources page of this site. Putting the Report of the Health [Select] Committee Inquiry into How to Improve Completion Rates of Childhood Immunisation on the agenda of the Board of Trustees (or management committee) meeting at their children’s school or preschool. If a union member, raising the issue with their union representative. If a teacher, informing colleagues at your own workplace and other early childhood centres and schools about the issue. If a member of a political party, raising the issue at local meetings and with party members in positions of authority. Raising awareness of parents in your community about the proposed changes to NZ vaccination policy and what it could mean for them and their children, such as by distributing the leaflet downloadable from the Resources page of this website to other parents at your children’s preschool or school and at community events such as out door concerts, school fairs, sporting and cultural events etc Leaving leaflets (downloadable from the Resources page of this website) on information tables at libraries. Libraries should be a good place to reach parents during the school holidays. Putting up posters (downloadable from the Resources page of this website) at community centres and church notices boards, shop windows (always ask permission first!) etc Reporting...