CHALLENGING OVER-VACCINATION POLICY AND PRACTICE IN AUSTRALIA

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????UPDATE MARCH 2017: See my to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull challenging coercive over-vaccination of children.  It is alarming that Senator Pauline Hanson has been so aggressively attacked and bullied by Prime Minister Turnbull and others for representing parents’ legitimate concerns about vaccination policy and practice.  In our liberal democracy we must be allowed to freely question government mandated medical interventions, i.e. vaccination.

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of vaccine products and revaccinations around the world. We have no idea of the long-term consequences of this ever-increasing vaccine load.

As I outline on my webpage Over-vaccination – A multi-billion dollar market, vaccines are becoming the pharmaceutical industry’s breadwinner, with the international vaccine market increasing nearly five-fold in recent years.

It is alarming that we appear to have no independent infectious diseases specialists considering the impact of the over-use of vaccine products on the immune response of future generations.  Consider for instance the worrisome parallels with the over-use of antibiotics and the rise of super-bugs.

In Australia, children aged from birth to 15 years will have at least 46 doses of vaccines via combined vaccines and revaccinations via the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program Schedule.[1] (This does not include annual flu vaccinations.)  I suggest there is considerable over-vaccination occurring with many of the vaccines and revaccinations on the schedule.  (See for instance my letters and emails to the Australian Government’s Chief Medical Officer on this matter, hyperlinks below.)

Australia-Needle-ShadowUnder the Australian Government’s coercive No Jab, No Pay Law, vaccinations for children aged up to five years are compulsory to access Australian Government tax and childcare benefits[2]  This means parents are being coerced into these vaccinations without the opportunity to properly consider the risks and benefits of each vaccination intervention, i.e. there is a lack of ‘informedconsent’ before vaccination.  I suspect there is also a lack of ‘informed consent’ for vaccines given after the age of five years.   This contravenes the obligation for ‘valid consent’ before vaccination, as outlined in Section 2.1.3 of The Australian Immunisation Handbook.[3]

I am forwarding letters challenging over-vaccination to various Australian and international parties, see menus above.  

My concerns are summarised in my letters and emails to the Australian Government’s Chief Medical Officer*, (now Professor Brendan Murphy and formerly Professor Chris Baggoley), which I publish here for citizens’ information, see hyperlinks below:

  • Email challenging meningococcal B and W vaccination (24 March 2017).  My email includes reference to conflicts of interest of individuals impacting on vaccination policy, in particular members of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation who are associated with the vaccine industry.
  • Letter re conflicts of interest and lack of transparency and accountability for vaccination policy and practice in Australia (23 June 2016).  My letter includes reference to groups influential on vaccination policy, i.e. the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), the TGA’s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines (ACSOV), the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), the TGA’s Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC), the Influenza Specialist Group/Immunisation Coalition, and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).
  • Email re compulsory vaccination in Australia (3 June 2016).  My email includes reference to conflicts of interest and lack of disclosure by people influential on vaccination policy, censorship of discussion on vaccination policy (e.g. via The Conversation and MJA Insight), and the influence of coercive vaccination lobby groups such as SAVN and Friends of Science in Medicine on vaccination policy.
  • Letter re misleading information on aluminium and vaccine safety and vaccination policy  (25 May 2016).  My letter challenges an unsound systematic review which categorically defends the use of aluminium-adjuvanted vaccines, co-authored by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Tom Jefferson et al, and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal in 2004.  This poorly evidenced review has been cited in material used to support the use of aluminium-adjuvanted vaccines, e.g. The Australian Immunisation Handbook and the Fact Sheet on Vaccine Components published by the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS).
  • Letter challenging mandated over-vaccination with the second dose of live measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine ( 16 June 2016).  My letter notes children are likely to be immune after the first dose of live measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, if the vaccine is as effective as claimed by the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, but two doses of this vaccine are compulsory to access family tax and childcare benefits.  I request that the Chief Medical Officer take urgent action to ensure parents are properly informed of the alternative option of serological/antibody titre testing to verify immunisation after the first dose of MMR vaccine, rather than being forced into having their child probably over-vaccinated with an arbitrary second dose of this live vaccine product.
  • Email challenging mandated pertussis revaccination (29 February 2016).  My email challenges repeated revaccination throughout life with the apparently defective acellular pertussis vaccine, which may actually be causing new strains of the disease to develop, and spreading the disease via vaccinated individuals.

*The Chief Medical Officer is the principal adviser to the Australian Federal Health Minister and the Department of Health.

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References:  (Links current as at 27 June 2016.)

[1] National Immunisation Program Schedule from February 2016: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/5403D77C07E1973ACA257D49001E3775/$File/NIP-schedule2016.pdf

[2] See No Jab, No Pay – New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments – Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers, November 2015: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/67D8681A67167949CA257E2E000EE07D/$File/No-Jab-No-Pay.pdf   Dr Masha Somi, Assistant Secretary, Immunisation Branch, has advised me: “While the vaccines required for catch up vary depending on the age and vaccination history of the child, the vaccinations relevant to No Jab, No Pay are those usually administered to children before the age of five years.” (11 March 2016.)

[3] The Australian Immunisation Handbook acknowledges: “In general, a parent or legal guardian of a child has the authority to consent to vaccination of that child…” and states “For consent to be legally valid, the following elements must be present:”

  1. It must be given by a person with legal capacity, and of sufficient intellectual capacity to understand the implications of being vaccinated.
  2. It must be given voluntarily in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation.
  3. It must cover the specific procedure that is to be performed.
  4. It can only be given after the potential risks and benefits of the relevant vaccine, risks of not having it and any alternative options have been explained to the individual. (My emphasis.)

Section 2.1.3 Valid consent. The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th Edition: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part2~handbook10-2-1