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...

TV3 News report: NZ teens vaccinated without parental consent

  On April 24, 2012 TV3 news reported that the Waikato District Health Board had been using social media to promote vaccination to teenagers and that some teenagers under the age of 16 had been vaccinated without parental consent. See:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10805358   The Waikato DHB later responded to press releases put out on this issue by No Forced Vaccines, Family First and the Immunisation Awareness Society by issuing a press release of its own. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1204/S00098/vaccination-of-children-without-parents-consent.htm http://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2012/04/vaccine-programme-should-not-exclude-parents/ http://www.ias.org.nz/vaccination-2/ias-unsurprised-at-waikato-dhbs-social-media-campaign-to-illegally-vaccinate-minors/...

Media Reports Archives

Media Reports NB:  This page has archived new stories from April 2011 – November 27. More recent stories will each be assigned their own post. The purpose of this page is to provide links to reports in the media that deal with the issue of vaccination, with a particular focus on stories that are relevant to New Zealand, the recommendations in the Report of the Health Select Committee and the government’s response. (Some international stories are also included to provide a global context for the issues we face in NZ.) Reports will be posted in chronological order, with those that are most recent being at the top of the page:   November 26, 2011 The Australian reported that the Australian Medical Association has called for better monitoring of side effects of vaccines. “Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said the government must introduce ‘active surveillance’ to monitor side effects instead of relying on doctors and patients to report problems through ‘passive surveillance’.” “‘For a vaccine, you are taking healthy people and trying to keep them healthy so surveillance of the side effects is doubly important,’ Dr Hambleton said.” The full story is here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/ama-urges-watch-on-vaccines/story-e6frg8y6-1226206545001 NB: The statement in this story that the “government has announced penalties for parents who fail to immunise their children” is untrue. There has been no such announcement, although there has been media reporting that this is the case. (See the story below for details.)   November 25, 2011 The Australian Herald Sun reported that parents who chose not to vaccinate their children would lose access to the “the family tax benefit part A end-of-year...