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    Elizabeth Hart

    More and more vaccines are being added to the vaccination schedule with little or no consultation with the community. Are all these vaccines really necessary? It’s my opinion that that there is a great deal of lucrative over-vaccination being pushed upon citizens/children.

    An article in New Scientist in late 2011 reported: “While the rest of the pharmaceutical sector struggles to keep afloat as expiring patents send profits plummeting, the vaccine industry has become remarkably buoyant.”(1) A recent report on the global vaccines market notes: “Thanks in part to the adult influenza market and vaccines such as Gardasil and Prevnar, the global vaccines market has enjoyed a decidedly solid boost in revenue. Ten years ago, the vaccine market sat at $5.7 billion dollars…now, that market has soared to $27 billion.”(2)

    With vaccine manufacturers sizing up the potential for lucrative global vaccine markets, and scientists lining up for vaccine royalties, there are strong vested interests to consider.

    It’s about time the media starting applying some critical analysis to this issue…

    References:
    1. Debora MacKenzie. Vaccines enjoy a healthy return. New Scientist. 28 September 2011. Magazine issue 2831:
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20877-vaccines-enjoy-a-healthy-return.html
    2. 20 Top-selling Vaccines – H1 2012. FierceVaccines, 25 September 2012:
    http://www.fiercevaccines.com/special-report/20-top-selling-vaccines/2012-09-25

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    Elizabeth Hart

    Further to my previous comment regarding over-vaccination, detailed and fully-referenced letters I have written on this subject are pertinent, e.g.

    – Is universal HPV vaccination necessary? http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Is_universal_HPV_vaccination_necessary.pdf

    – Questions re the Ethics of Australian Government Mandated Vaccination (re the questionable second dose of the Measles/Mumps/Rubella live vaccine): http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Letter_to_Minister_Plibersek_re_MMR_vaccine.pdf

    – An open letter to the NSABB re the political and ethical implications of lethal virus development (re the influenza industry): http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Open_Letter_to_Paul_Keim_NSABB_31_Jan_2012.pdf

    Again, it’s about time the media applied some critical analysis to the vaccine industry…

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    Shields Linda

    Of course, Gus Nossal’s report on immunisation is invaluable, and of course all the notable writers are right. But how to convince young parents to have their children immunised is another matter. It is hardly surprising that they think twice about it, when they have never seen a child with any of these diseases. You have to be at least 60 to ever to have seen polio, and a lot older for diphtheria. Even measles is rarely seen, and parents can’t be expected to know what it might mean if their child contracts measles, let alone its very serious complications. I suggest a television and other media advertising campaign showing films and photos of children with the diseases. They are very frightening, and might bring home to young parents the importance of getting their children immunised.

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    Elizabeth Hart

    Re the Australian Academy of Science’s publication “The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers”.

    There needs to be more transparency in relation to this publication. For instance, I understand that Professor Ian Frazer, who is co-chair of the Working Group for the publication, receives royalties from the sale of HPV vaccines in the developed world. This fact was acknowledged on his article “Catch cancer? No thanks, I’d rather have a shot!” published on The Conversation, 10 July 2012: https://theconversation.edu.au/catch-cancer-no-thanks-id-rather-have-a-shot-7568

    However, there is no mention of this potential conflict of interest in The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers, or on the Australian Academy of Science’s website: http://www.science.org.au/policy/immunisation.html

    For information, here’s a link to emails I have forwarded to Professor Suzanne Cory, President of the Australian Academy of Science, on this matter: http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Academy_of_Science_Disclosure_Statements.pdf

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    Elizabeth Hart

    I’ve been trying to find out how ‘informed consent’ is obtained from parents of babies/children before vaccination. I think this is very much a grey area, particularly as immunisation is generally required to qualify for Family Tax Benefits: http://immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/faq-related-payments#immunised

    It seems that vaccination is, in effect, mandatory for the general population of children.

    In this regard, I recently forwarded an email to Professor Terry Nolan, Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Professor Nolan is also a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s Working Group for the publication “The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers”: http://www.science.org.au/policy/documents/AAS_Immunisation_FINAL_LR_v3.pdf

    In my email to Professor Nolan I raise the issue of consent in relation to the second dose of the live Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine, questioning the ethics of this arbitrary second dose, as it’s likely most children will be immune after the first dose of this live vaccine, which can be verified by serological testing for those cautious parents who might prefer this option.

    For information, my email to Professor Nolan can be accessed via this link: http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Email_to_Prof_Terry_Nolan_ATAGI_MMR_11_March_2013.pdf

    I previously forwarded correspondence on this matter to the Federal Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, in June 2012, but her office refused to respond to my letter, a startling example of lack of accountability of this government minister: http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Letter_to_Minister_Plibersek_re_MMR_vaccine.pdf

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    Elizabeth Hart

    For information, I’ve recently established a website titled: “Over-vaccination – Challenging Big Pharma’s lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals”: http://over-vaccination.net/

    The website is not ‘anti-vaccination’, rather, it is questioning the value of certain individual vaccines, and revaccinations of dubious value.

    There are pages on:
    – Over-vaccination – a multi-billion dollar market;
    – controversial Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination;
    – the arbitrary Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) second ‘booster’ dose;
    – annual flu vaccination and the flu industry;
    – pertussis/whooping cough – how does increasing the number of ‘boosters’ of the current vaccine protect against the new strain?
    – over-vaccination of pets – an unethical practice;
    – questions for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI); the Australian Academy of Science re “The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers”; and The Cochrane Collaboration;
    – forum discussion on vaccination e.g. the university and CSIRO-funded The Conversation forum; Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science’ forum; and the Virology Blog.

    There’s a ‘big picture’ on the lucrative international vaccine market which needs to be exposed, including questioning the ethics of over-vaccination.

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    Shields Linda

    The public would benefit if ads could be run on all TV channels and social media such as Youtube with pictures/films of children with the vaccine-preventable diseases. We can hardly blame young parents for falling prey to the anti-vaccine lobby if they have never seen how frightening (and damaging) these diseases are. One has to be at least 50 to ever have seen anyone with tetanus, and older for diphtheria.

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