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...

No Forced Vaccines submission on No Jab No Pay legislation

No Forced Vaccines contributed a submission to the Australian Federal government following the call for submissions on the proposed “No Jab No Pay” legislation. The No Forced Vaccines submission is submission number 323 on the bill and may be downloaded from the Australian website government website via this link: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/No_Jab_No_Pay/Submissions Over 90% of submissions that were received on the No Jab No Pay bill but despite this the bill was passed by the Australian government....

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...

“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...

Call for compulsory vaccination by prominent GP “alarming”

Call for compulsory vaccination by prominent GP “alarming” PRESS RELEASE No Forced Vaccines, April 19, 2015   The statement by GP Dr. Lance O’Sullivan who won the “New Zealander of the Year Award” in 2014 that parents should be “compelled” to have their children vaccinated is “frankly alarming”, according to Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines.   “I have no doubts that Dr. O’Sullivan is a dedicated doctor who cares about his patients and the community, and his recognition is well deserved given the initiatives he has taken to improve the health of people in Kaitaia, such as the Kainga Ora healthy housing initiative,” Mrs Smith says.   “However, his misguided advocacy of compulsion with regard to vaccination is frankly alarming, given that he is a doctor, and should therefore understand that medical ethics demand that except in extreme circumstances (such as an unconscious patient who needs emergency treatment to save his or her life), patients must be able to make a free and informed decision about their medical care.”   In practice, Mrs Smith explains, given that vaccination is a medical procedure that has serious risks, as well as potential benefits, health professionals who offer vaccination to their patients need to provide information about the benefits and risks of the vaccine. This allows people to make an informed decision about whether to be vaccinated.   In the case of vaccinations for children, their parents need to have this information to make a decision on behalf of their child, she says.   “For a doctor to advocate for vaccination to be compulsory, or to favour the use of...

Prime Minister John Key to be congratulated for support for parental and human rights

Prime Minister John Key deserves the gratitude of every thinking New Zealander for his sensible decision not to follow the example of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott regarding linking children’s vaccinations to childcare subsidies or welfare payments. “It’s refreshing when a public figure who supports vaccination is also honest about the fact that for some people, vaccination can have unintended adverse consequences,” comments Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines. “While most children and adults who are vaccinated experience only minor or temporary side effects, in a few cases adverse reactions to vaccines can be life-threatening, such as the severe reaction that left Australian child Saba Button profoundly disabled and in need of 24 hour care for the rest of her life, or even fatal, such as the case of Ashley Jade Epapara who died after a routine influenza vaccination.” Explaining that vaccination is unusual among medical interventions in that it is a procedure designed for healthy people with the aim of preventing illness rather than treating someone who is already sick, Katherine Smith continues: “It is a basic human right to be able to make a free and informed choice about medical treatments – and in the case of children, parents need to be able to make this decision on their children’s behalf, since if anything does go wrong it is parents and children who have to live with the consequences.” Noting that New Zealand’s current vaccination rate is at a “record high 94%”, Mrs Smith adds, that “It’s clear that most New Zealand parents support vaccination without any compulsion and the current initiatives that are being taken...