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...

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...

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...

Immunisation decision “Important victory for human rights”

Press release from No Forced Vaccines October 26, 2012 The announcement that parents who are on benefits will not be required to vaccinate their children is an “important victory for human rights” says Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, a group that opposes coerced or forced vaccination. In the recently released “Welfare Reform Paper 3:  Social Obligations for Parents” the Minister for Social Development, Paula Bennet stated that that she had “considered whether to establish an obligation in relation to child immunisation, but decided against this”. The minister wrote that decisions about vaccination “should remain with parents because immunisation is a medical procedure” and that “removing the right to refuse medical treatment would be an unjustifiable breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act”. The NZ Bill of Rights states that “everyone has the right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment”. Responding to Paula Bennet on this issue, Katherine Smith added: “Making a free and informed decision about any medical treatment, including vaccination is a basic human right.” Smith said.  “No Forced Vaccines is very pleased that the government has recognised that any move to make vaccination compulsory for children in benefit-dependent families would be incompatible with the NZ Bill of Rights.” The challenge now for No Forced Vaccines will be to ensure that “the vaccination industry does not manipulate the NZ government into introducing any other coercive vaccination policies.” Smith added. NZ’s vaccination rate for two years olds currently stands at a record high...

Vaccination Policy Timeline

Introduction The NZ government funds a national vaccination programme so that selected vaccines (those on the “National Immunisation Schedule”) are free for babies and young children and some other groups who are at higher risk of either developing or experiencing complications from some illnesses. Vaccination in NZ is voluntary: the Ministry of Health promotes vaccination vigorously but parents are still free to choose not to vaccinate, and those who want to vaccinate may choose to delay vaccinations or select some, but not others from those on the national schedule. This being said, NZ has a strong pro-vaccine lobby, and key members of this lobby have been working towards eroding parents’ rights to make free and informed decisions about which vaccinations their children should (or should not) have.  The document below  gives a timeline of key events in the push towards a coercive vaccination policy. Timeline 1995: The Health (Immunisation) Regulations 1995 requires education services to ask parents or caregivers to provide an immunisation certificate for children fifteen months or over or born after January 1995.  http://www.lead.ece.govt.nz/ManagementInformation/EstablishingAnECEService/Legislation.aspx#Health   2005 National Party MP, Dr Paul Hutchison writes in the NZ Herald that “Too many NZ children miss immunisation”, praises Dr Nikki Turner’s leadership at the Immunisation Advisory Centre (see below) writes that that “I advocate that the Government makes it compulsory for all preschools and schools to require children to present a certificate that either confirms the child has been immunised or confirms the parent has made a firm conscientious objection.”  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3577255 2010  The NZ parliamentary health select committee, under the leadership of Dr Paul Hutchison calls an Inquiry into “how...

Health Select Committee Report (2011)

No Forced Vaccines was formed in response to the Report of the Health [Select] Committee Inquiry into How to Improve Completion Rates of Childhood Immunisation. The full report may be downloaded from the NZ parliament website at the following link: http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf The Report was factually inaccurate and also contained a number of coercive recommendations.  (No Forced Vaccines spokeswoman Katherine Smith made a complaint to the Speaker of the NZ Parliament about the report but was told the Speaker could not investigate a complaint about  a Report produced by a Parliamentary Select Committee. (See http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/complaints/complaint-to-the-speaker-of-nz-parliament-concerning-the-health-select-committee-report/  for details.) The recommendations in the Report of the Health Select Committee that are of concern are detailed below: Unfortunately  it appears that the government is still seriously considering some of these recommendations. Recommendations concerning early childhood education and school enrolments Among the many recommendations made in the Report is the following: We recommend to the Government that it strengthen the requirements on parents to present immunisation information when their children enrol at early childhood centres or schools. The required immunisation information should consist of either a certificate demonstrating that the child has received all the appropriate vaccinations, or a written statement that the parents have declined to immunise their child. We consider this should be implemented within one year.” [Page 20] This recommendation appears to be based on the “Six star plan” presented to the Health Select Committee by Dr Nikki Turner who works for the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC). (Until 2010, IMAC acknowledged funding from the NZ Ministry of Health and five pharmaceutical companies supplying vaccines to the NZ market. The relevant page...

Government Reponse to Health Select Committee Report

Initial Government Response NB: The following article was written in June 2011.  For updated information, please see the Breaking News page at this link http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/breaking-news/ No Forced Vaccines was formed in response to the Report of the Health [Select] Committee Inquiry into How to Improve Completion Rates of Childhood Immunisation. The full report may be downloaded from the NZ parliament website at the following link: http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf On June 22, the government published its formal response to the Report made by the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to increase vaccination rates. The response was able to be accessed by visiting the following link and then downloading the response from the blue  box in the right hand side of the page until the Ministry of Health revamped its website.  I will try to locate the new link when I can.http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/immunisation The response of the government raises serious concerns as while the government does state that vaccination should be a choice, the official response from the government  has NOT rejected the coercive recommendations in the Report of the Health Select Committee. No Forced Vaccines has alerted NZ media to this problem by issuing a press release that summarises the key concerns about the government’s response.  The press release may be read on the Press Releases page of www.noforcedvaccines.org at the following link  http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/press-releases/ No Forced Vaccines members should already have received an email  about the government response.  If you are not already a member but would like to support this campaign to maintain freedom of choice regarding vaccinations, please email the site coordinator using the form on the Contact...