Time for a wide-ranging & independent inquiry into the effectiveness and safety of vaccination

Media Release

The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN) condemns Prime Minister Turnbull’s recent call for an Australia-wide childcare ban on unvaccinated children as representing a cynical exercise in fear politics, and call on him to immediately convene a wide-ranging inquiry into both the effectiveness and safety of vaccines provided under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Public health policy must be informed by evidence, not anecdote or populism via orchestrated fear campaigns.

Vaccination is an invasive medical procedure carrying the risk of chronic disease, disability and death and should not be undertaken lightly.  Our government and public health officials should not be advising the public to submit to vaccination without high-quality evidence of its benefit and safety, nor should parents be coerced into submitting their children to vaccination via draconian laws such as No Jab No Pay and No Jab No Play, both of which breach various human rights, protected by treaties to which Australia is a party.

We note the Prime Minister’s statement to the effect that if all of the children enrolled in the McCafferys older children’s childcare centre had been vaccinated, Dana McCaffery would still be alive.  This statement is demonstrably false and should be retracted immediately.

Losing a baby under any circumstances, whether to a disease or a vaccine, is equally tragic, but for the Government to use a child’s death to persecute other children is absolutely inexcusable.

The science is clear. Vaccination of close contacts against Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is NOT capable of conferring protection on newborns too young to be vaccinated.

We consider the Whooping Cough ‘cocooning’ strategy to be one of the more egregious examples of high-handed fraud perpetrated on the Australian public by our health authorities at the behest of pharmaceutical interests, for the dual purpose of concealing vaccine failure, and expanding market penetration of vaccination to adults.

It is the most cynical form of deceit to appeal to parents’ hard-wired biological instincts to protect their babies from harm by selling them a ‘magic forcefield’, and to incite hatred against unvaccinated children as being a clear and present danger to the safety of their children when the real culprit is the failing vaccine itself.  It’s legally, ethically and morally wrong, and it needs to stop.

Despite unprecedented, high rates of vaccination, Whooping Cough remains endemic in Australia, just like every other country which uses the vaccine.  Increased use of a failing vaccine will not change this state of affairs.  It will, however, expose a larger segment of the population to catastrophic vaccine injury.

As far back as 2009, Professor Peter McIntyre acknowledged that the acellular Pertussis vaccine “does not necessarily stop you getting infected by Bordatella pertussis”. (p 12 ‘InTouch’ Newsletter of the Public Health Association of Australia April 2009)

On what basis then, did he become one of Australia’s most aggressive supporters of the cocooning strategy?

How could a vaccine – which does not prevent infection in a recipient – be capable of preventing infection in a newborn too young to be vaccinated?

The simple answer is, it could not and it does not.

primate study published in 2014 confirmed what Professor McIntyre and other public health experts knew all along.  Recipients of acellular Pertussis vaccines are not protected from colonisation, do not clear the infection faster than naïve animals, and readily transmit B. pertussis bacteria to unvaccinated contacts.

A study published in 2015 concluded that “vaccinating individuals in close contact with infants too young to receive the vaccine (“cocooning” unvaccinated children) may be ineffective.” and that “asymptomatic transmission” by vaccine recipients may explain any alleged resurgence in the disease.

population study of Western Australia’s 2011-2012 cocooning program published in 2015 found there “was no difference in the incidence of pertussis among infants whose parents were both vaccinated postpartum compared to those with unvaccinated parents”.

Professor McIntyre himself performed the last rites on the cocooning strategy in April 2016, so why is the Prime Minister still promoting this lie in 2017?

Unfortunately, the damage is already done. The cocooning lie is now ingrained in the public psyche and it will take a very long time to undo the divisiveness and hatred generated by this lie. Our public health officials need to be held to account for this lie – they must not be permitted to promulgate lies under the guise of protecting public health.

Australians are losing their right to decline vaccination based on this lie.

This just isn’t right.


8 comments on “Time for a wide-ranging & independent inquiry into the effectiveness and safety of vaccination
  1. Donnella Buxton says:

    I would like copies of Suzanne Humphries Lectures been sent to the uneducated political leaders. Her research has all the scientific study references to back up the history and truth of the damaging effects of vaccines. At the end of the day people just want safer vaccines with out the harmful ingredients. The investigation into the vaccines industries needs to be made for the health of all. How DARE any company believe that is it okay to Kill and injurer thousands of people all over the world for the past 50 years. They say it is for the greater good that we offer our children for sacrificial injury or death. What company would get away with killing there workers in the name of their product. The increasing levels childhood diseases Autism, ADHD, Cancers just name a few is the highest and growing at a rapid rate like no other time in history. WE MUST HAVE A CHOICE TO VACCINATE OR NOT.

  2. Chris thompson says:

    Have copies of the documentary THE TRUTH ABOUT VACCINES been sent to political leaders-if so can we now have a public debate on the content of this 7 part expos a.

  3. PHIL says:

    Where are contentious nurse who once were advocates for their patients. Who helped prevent mandatory vaccinatiions back in the 70’s after it was shown in nursing journals that mass vaccinatiion s caused muliple deaths in the outback indigenous popolations. Nurses now are effectively gagged with subtle threats of losing their registration by Aphra . An organization set up to protect the public interest. Nurses now are required to have certain vaccinatiion s as a prerequisite for condition of employment to obtain a position with Queensland Health. Having watched the first few episodes the the new series “the Truth about Vaccination, I am reminded that we are facing a disaster similar to the Holocaust and to not speak up is to be an accesory to one of the greatest propaganda crimes of government ever. Totalitarian intolerence of an innocent minority is the hallmark of a regime that disregards the voice of the individual in order to promulgate a corrupt agenda on the masses. History will show , that this is becoming one of its darkest moments. When people under threat of losing but a small amount financially, were willing to sacrifice their children on the alter made by big pharma, and whose flame was lit by those elected to protect them

    • Debra says:

      Sadly there are pharma shills who vilify those nurses publicly and also report them to APHRA. We are being attached from all sides.

  4. Lena Sandstrom says:

    Time to wake up Turnbull. YOu are supposed to be an intelligent man elected to lead this country and having everyone’s best interest at heart. By forcing everyone to be vaccinated you are doing the total opposite as vaccines are not the cure all they are made up to be. Take a look at the current research and look at it from every angle and not just the paid-by-big-pharma side of the story. You want to protect the children who are the future of this country. Is it then okay to send a percentage of them into a sudden death through SIDS that has been proven to happen shortly after vaccinations. The ones who survive a number of them will end up suffering lifelong with autism or other chronic illnesses.

  5. Natalie says:

    I am deeply affected by all of the ill-informed articles currently flooding mainstream media. I am worried where this is going, for future generations including my kids. People will wake up, but it shouldn’t have to take mass damage years or decades afterwards to learn it the hard way. We want to do some things to create a movement of awareness to others in oblivion & trusting their govt or those drs know best. Thankyou for the work that you do AVN

  6. Yvonne Tait says:

    I fully support all you have written here. I feel totally let down by this government. They are elected to represent the population, all the population, not a select few, which from where I’m standing seems to be those appointed to committees making decisions on vaccine schedules for our citizens, whilst at the same time creating a massive conflict of interest because they are funded by pharmaceutical companies and therefore obviously peddling their wares. We have politicians on both sides of the fence reportedly with financial interests in pharmaceutical companies, and from that point alone those so encumbered should not be in a position to mandate unsafe medical procedures on anyone. The American legal system declared that vaccines are “Unavoidably Unsafe” and as a result of that conclusion the pharmaceutical companies, unable to get insurance for their product threatened to cease making them ( we should get so lucky ) so the US govt started the vaccine injury compensation program, it has paid out over 3 Billion dollars to date. So not a safe procedure. If people wish to vaccinate all well and good, but it must be by choice and I believe there are certain safe guards in place Federally to ensure all medical procedures are voluntary, those safe guards we need to explore.

  7. Daniela says:

    What needs asking is why human diploid cells, bovine fetal cells, green monkeys kidney cells,glyphosate
    (Roundup), automotive anti freeze,peanut oil,egg albumen,aluminum and mercury,polysorbate 80, gluten etc etc. Why are these foreign ingredients in vaccines? What is that got to do with whooping cough or measles or chicken pox ? Why no one is questioning the peanuts allergy as peanut oil is in vaccines? Why no independent studies have not been carried on safety of vaccines? Why no one is questioning the deaths of babies after receiving vaccines often happening whithin minutes or just hours later? No one should be forced to vaccinate their children under threat of suspended payments or no school . Fear and scare mongering tactics belong to tyrannical fascist governments. People must have freedom of choice it’s a human right !

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