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.

Continue reading Measles cases update and information

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.)  Continue reading No Forced Vaccines spokeswoman on Morning Report May 17 2016

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.

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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
https://www.facebook.com/events/435364743313053/

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 “influenza like illness” and seventy-one people needed to be vaccinated to prevent just one case of influenza.

The researchers found that for healthy adults influenza vaccination “shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalisation”, Smith says. [3]

Under the circumstances, any policy that attempts to coerce hospital staff into accepting influenza vaccinations is not only an “assault on their human rights to make a free and informed choice about their own medical care” but the policy was also “not supported by solid science”, Smith concludes.

 

 

[1] http://m.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11490970

[2] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10750740

[3] http://www.cochrane.org/CD001269/ARI_vaccines-to-prevent-influenza-in-healthy-adults

 

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’ are not mentioned even once in the ‘Immunisation’ section of the Report,” Smith said. [3]

 

“It’s not good enough for the government and the Ministry of Health to promote vaccination to parents without at the same time making sure that there are strategies in place to both prevent avoidable adverse reactions and to properly support every family in which a child suffers an adverse reaction that leads to chronic illness or disability,” Smith continued.

 

Children who have suffered a serious adverse reaction “deserve better than to be treated as inconvenient ‘collateral damage’ of the childhood vaccination programme,” Smith said.

 

Monetary compensation “cannot buy back a child’s life, in the case of a fatal adverse reaction, or magically restore a seriously ill child’s health”, Smith acknowledged.  “Adequate financial support for families of vaccine-injured children is necessary to ensure that parents can meet the medical, special education or other ongoing needs of their vaccine-injured children.”

 

[1] http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/about/media/00SCHE_MediaRelease20120301_1/inquiry-into-preventing-child-abuse-and-improving-children%E2%80%99s

 

[2] The submission made by No Forced Vaccines may be found at this link: http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/submissions/no-forced-vaccines-contributions-to-the-health-select-committee-inquiry/

 

[3] http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/documents/reports/50DBSCH_SCR6007_1/inquiry-into-improving-child-health-outcomes-and-preventing

 

“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, Mrs Smith said, “Merck, the manufacturers of the MMR vaccine used in NZ (MMRII) disclose a risk of arthritis, especially for women, who receive this vaccine.” According to Merck about 12-26 % of women who are vaccinated experience joint symptoms. For most, this is temporary but some vaccine recipients develop chronic arthritis. [2]

 

The risk of arthritis after rubella-containing vaccines is not entirely random, Smith continues, explaining that “genetic differences in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system mean that some women who receive rubella-containing vaccines have a higher risk of developing arthritis than others.” [3]

 

Screening of adolescent girls or women who were not already immune to rubella to make sure that they did not have one of the types of HLA system associated with increased risk of arthritis “would be one way to make vaccination safer,” Smith stated.

 

Another measure that the Ministry of Health could take “would be to make it compulsory for doctors to report adverse effects from vaccination to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring [CARM]”, Smith added. She also said that another useful initiative would be for “new fields to be established in the National Immunisation Register (NIR) where doctors could record side effects and new health problems following vaccination.” Mrs Smith continued. “Such information would be valuable to doctors and nurses as this would make it quick and easy to review “any adverse reaction a child may previously have experienced”.

 

Making it mandatory for adverse reactions and any vaccine-linked health diagnoses (such as autism) to be recorded in the National Immunisation Register would also mean that “if NZ has an equivalent group to the young African-American boys who are at higher risk of developing MMR vaccine-induced autism (or any other significant adverse health or developmental outcome following any vaccination) this group could be identified by using this strategy.”

 

Smith added that identification of any groups at risk of an adverse outcome after vaccination “would allow research into factors that may increase the risk for adverse reactions and thereafter develop strategies to reduce these risks.”

 

There was a danger that if NZ’s vaccination policy continued to focus on meeting bureaucratic targets rather than ensuring that the best available science is utilised in order to reduce the risk of adverse reactions, “that people will suffer needlessly from preventable vaccine-induced illness or disability,” Smith said.

 

“Any country that promotes vaccination has an obligation to institute policies that make vaccination as safe as possible for people who want to be vaccinated, while respecting the rights of people who do not want to be vaccinated,” Smith concluded.
 

[1] http://www.rescuepost.com/files/william-thompson-statement-27-august-2014-3.pdf

(Some background details and subsequent developments are at this link http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/obama-grants-immunity-to-cdc-whistleblower-on-measles-vaccine-link-to-autism/)

 

[2] https://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/m/mmr_ii/mmr_ii_pi.pdf

 

[3] http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/177/1/5.full.pdf

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 infection “ensure that they get professional advice about a suitable dose for their child and make sure that there is no contraindication for using this treatment.”

It was also troubling, Mrs Smith continued, “that parents could be influenced by articles online or elsewhere that encourage the use of paracetamol to treat the fever associated with common viral infections.”

While there are some situations (such as in patients with serious heart or lung disorders) where paracetamol would be indicated, a blanket recommendation for using paracetamol to reduce an elevated temperature, Mrs Smith stated “has risks, because a fever plays a valuable role in improving the efficacy of the immune system. Unnecessarily suppressing a fever may prolong an infection, or even increase the risk of death for patients who have a severe infection,” Smith warned. [4]

“A public education programme about how to use vitamin C and other nutrients to treat infections could greatly reduce morbidity and even mortality from infections,” Mrs Smith concluded.

 

[1] http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/69/1/70.extract

[2] The book Curing the Incurable by Thomas Levy, MD, JD, presents the research and case histories indicating how vitamin C may be used to treat diphtheria.

[3] http://w.ww.vaccinationcouncil.org/2012/09/07/vitamin-c-for-whooping-cough-updated-edition-suzanne-humphries-md/

[4] http://www.australianprescriber.com/magazine/18/2/33/5/

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 from which they may never fully recover.”

 

The danger of using any sort of financial penalty to try to increase vaccination rates “is that financially stressed parents whose child has already had adverse reactions might feel they have no choice but to agree to that child having another vaccine – one that might lead to tragic consequences such as disability or even death,” she continued.

 

Mrs Smith added that it was “fortunate for vulnerable families” that in 2012 the NZ government decided against linking children’s vaccinations to parental benefits.

 

Prime Minister John Key recently acknowledged that vaccination could cause death in some cases, Mrs Smith stated.

 

Smith concluded: “It’s a shame that David Seymour doesn’t seem to realise that vaccination entails real risks and seems to think the using financial blackmail is an acceptable way of increasing vaccination rates.”

 

ENDS

 

Note to media: Katherine Smith may be contacted for interviews via www.noforcedvaccines.org/contact/