NaturalNews) Are vaccines really safe and effective? More and more credentialed health professionals are beginning to question that assumption, and what they're finding out about the lack of real science behind the assumed safety and efficacy of vaccines is actually quite shocking.

Today, Dr Sherri Tenpenny speaks out in an interview with the Health Ranger, posted on NaturalNews.TV: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=4CD1F...

In that interview, Dr Tenpenny says,

"It seems as though the pharmaceutical industry looks at children as nothing more than a repository of their products, whatever those products are... whether they are a vaccine, an artificial coloring from the food industry, something in a pill such as a medication, and we see these kids, they're not healthy, they're pale, they just don't look healthy. And then the pharmaceutical industry paints these happy pictures that we have to keep vaccinating these kids to keep them healthy. And the pediatricians say because these kids are sick, we need to vaccinate them more!"

Dr Tenpenny also calls out the huge conflicts of interest across the vaccine industry and pushers of vaccination policies, saying:

"The money isn't really to be made in the vaccine industry. The money is made by Big Pharma with all of the drugs that are given to treat and address all the illnesses that are subsequent to the side effects of the vaccines."

"If we could cut vaccination by 90 percent and get everybody's vitamin D levels up between 60 and 80 [ng / dl], we wouldn't have this health care problem that we have to tax everybody to death to try to take care of people. People would be healthy."

About the underlying assumption that vaccines are a valid approach to health, Dr Tenpenny questions that, too, saying:

"True health cannot come from a needle. Injecting people with something to try to keep them well is a 200 year mistake."

Speaking on the executives of the vaccine companies who have knowingly released contaminated vaccines that harmed and killed innocent children, Dr Tenpenny says, "Some of them will go to jail. Because I'm sure that some of them know absolutely what's going on." She goes on to compare the behavior of the vaccine companies to ENRON.

HERE'S WHAT ELSE YOU'LL LEARN IN DR SHERRI TENPENNY'S INTERVIEW

• Why parents are waking up to the truth about vaccine dangers.

• Why vaccines are related to our epidemic of asthma and allergies.

• Why "vaccines are the backbone of the entire pharmaceutical industry" because they create lifelong disease requiring expensive medical treatments.

• How vaccines are made with 63 different chemicals that may pose a grave risk of harm to human health.

• Why there's no profit to be made in keeping people healthy, leading to the drug companies actually working to keep people stuck in a cycle of degenerative disease.

• Why infection and temporary illness is actually an important part of boosting long-term immunity and health.

• Why psychiatric drugs can cause young males to grow "man boobs."

• Why there have never been any legitimate randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on vaccines.

Hear the full interview at:
http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=4CD1F...

Learn more about Dr Sherri Tenpenny at her clinic's website:
http://tenpennyimc.com

Ever wonder why doctors can’t find the cause for many diseases? It’s because they are conditioned to ignore the relationship between illness and vaccines. These are some of the diseases that have documented associations with vaccines:

  • Allergies and eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Acid reflux requiring an infant to take proton pump inhibitors, which have many side    effects
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes (infant and childhood)
  • Kidney disease
  • Miscarriages
  • Long list of neurological and autoimmune diseases
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • And many, many more

These are some known vaccine side effects, documented in medical literature and/or in package inserts:

  • Arthritis, bleeding disorders, blood clots, heart attacks, sepsis
  • Ear infections
  • Fainting (with reports of broken bones)
  • Kidney failure requiring dialysis
  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Severe allergic reactions, such as hives and anaphylaxis
  • Sudden death
  • Many common diagnoses given for hospital admissions.
 
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, (NVICP) has awarded more than $1.2 billion in damages to children and adults injured by vaccines.

Autism is associated with vaccines.

Autism was rare until the mass vaccination programs were accelerated in 1991, with the introduction of the hepatitis B vaccine and the HiB (meningitis) vaccine. Tens of thousands of parents will attest that autism appeared in their children very soon after they were given these, and other, vaccines.
 
Study the information on the website www.fourteenstudies.org. You will find the studies denying the association between autism and vaccines to be highly questionable.

Drug companies, insurance companies and the medical system get rich when you get sick.

Vaccines do not give life-long immunity, which means booster shots are recommended.
 
Each booster shot increases the risk of more side effects.
 
Vaccine side effects can make you sick for the rest of your life. Conveniently, there are many drugs to treat the side effects caused by vaccines.
 
In the U.S., neither drug companies nor doctors can be sued when something bad happens from a vaccination. Both are protected by the 1986 National Child Vaccine Injury Act. This law, signed into effect by then-president Ronald Reagan decreed: "No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death." (Public Law 99-660)

Many doctors and health-care practitioners do not get vaccinated and do not vaccinate their children. Why not?

  • They know vaccines are not proven to be safe or effective.
  • They know vaccines contain dangerous substances.
  • They know vaccines cause serious health problems.
  • They have treated patients with serious side effects from vaccines.

The only people who benefit from being healthy are you and those you care about.

Drug companies have infiltrated and seized control over the entire healthcare system, including medical schools, medical journals, hospitals, clinics and the local pharmacy. A doctor’s very livelihood thus depends on blind faith, without questioning any aspect of any vaccination. Even when obvious evidence of vaccine damage occurs right before a doctor’s eyes, s/he is usually unwilling to consider a vaccine as the cause. Though uncorrupt science and medicine support rejection of vaccines, doing so can be considered professional career suicide. The signatories to this document boldly risk this end for the safety of you and your child. 

Hospitals benefit financially from hospitalizations and tests.

Drug companies make billions of dollars from vaccines.

Drug companies make tens of billions of dollars from drugs given to treat side effects and life-time illnesses caused by vaccines. 

Vaccines are the backbone of the medical system. Without vaccines, healthcare costs would go down because we would have a healthier overall society. We have exchanged chicken pox for autism, flu for asthma, ear infections for diabetes. The list goes on and on. In the zeal to eliminate a short list of relatively benign microbes, we have traded temporary illnesses for pervasive, life-long diseases, disorders, dysfunctions and disabilities.

How many vaccines are there?

If U.S. children receive all doses of all vaccines, they are injected with up to 35 shots that contain 113 different kinds of disease particles, 59 different chemicals, four types of animal cells/DNA, human DNA from aborted fetal tissue and human albumin. 

If you think you don’t have to worry about vaccines because your children are older, think again. There are at least 20 more vaccines currently in the development pipeline for release in the next few years, mostly targeting adolescents and adults.

Some Vaccine Ingredients: How is it possible that vaccines will not be harmful to your health?

  • Stray viruses and bacteria from the animal cell cultures that vaccines are made in.
  • Mercury, a well-documented neurotoxin, is still in the multi-dose flu vaccines throughout the world. Trace amounts remain in several other vaccines.
  • Aluminum, a poison that can cause bone, bone marrow and brain degeneration.
  • Animal cells from monkeys, dog kidneys, chickens, cows, and humans.
  • Formaldehyde (embalming fluid), a known carcinogen.
  • Polysorbate 80, known to cause infertility in female mice and testicular atrophy in male mice.
  • Gelatin, from pigs and cows, known to cause anaphylactic reactions, is found in large quantities in the MMR, chickenpox and shingles vaccines.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in inhaled flu vaccines, is known to cause metabolic disturbances (e.g. diabetes), seizures and other neurologic disorders.

Conflicts of Interest

The same people who make rules and recommendations about vaccination profit from vaccine sales. For example, Dr. Julie Gerberding, who was in charge of the CDC for eight years, is now the President of Merck Vaccines. Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice(ACIP), developed and patented his own vaccine. 

According to the CDC, the average U.S. 10-doctor pediatric group has over $100,000 of vaccine inventory in their office to sell. These doctors make money from office visits and from giving your children vaccines, and also from follow up office visits for assessing reactions.

February 14, 2011

BY MARIAN GREENE  "TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL"

 http://truthaboutgardasil.org/


“A pap smear never harmed anyone," says Dr. Diane Harper, lead developer of Gardasil®, the HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals. In this segment we delve deeper into that and other statements made by Dr. Harper. She also was involved heavily in the development of Cervarix®, the HPV Vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. In this segment some interesting comments pertain to both HPV vaccines.

In our first segment, Harper made some startling clarifications about the use of Gardasil® in boys and men, and how, "Unfortunately, the FDA has given Merck a blanket approval to use Gardasil® in males 9-26." She further admitted neither Gardasil® nor Cervarix® would cure or treat a current diagnosis of HPV, but that some have hypothesized that these vaccinated people instead may "react poorly" to these vaccines.

 

When asked to clarify her statement about pap smears, she stated, “The best way to prevent cervical cancer is with routine Pap screening starting at age 21 years. Vaccination cannot prevent as many cervical cancers as can Pap screening. Pap screening with vaccination does NOT lower your chances of cervical cancer - Pap screening and vaccination lowers your chances of an abnormal Pap test. Gardasil® is associated with GBS [Guillian-Barre Syndrome] that has resulted in deaths. Pap screening using a speculum and taking cells from the cervix is not a procedure that results in death.” She further tells us, "Gardasil® can be offered along with Cervarix® as an option to prevent abnormal Pap test results in those women who can make an informed decision about how much they value this benefit compared to the rare risk of GBS. If a woman has no access to Pap screening, receiving HPV vaccines may help reduce cervical cancer IF the vaccines last long enough. At this time, Gardasil® is proven to last for at least 5 years, and Cervarix® for at least 8.5 years. Health policy analyses show that there will be no reduction in cervical cancer unless the vaccine lasts at least 15 years."


In our time with Dr. Harper, we learned that she feels that those who participate in male with male sex may have some protection against anal cancer. However, she also states that in order for Gardasil® or Cervarix ® to truly make a difference, they must be effective for at least 15 years. At this time, neither HPV vaccine fits this description. She also admits there is the connection of serious side effects and deaths with these vaccines. In fact, we asked Harper if she had a statement she would like to make to those who have suffered side effects. She replied, “Please push for full disclosure in consent forms so that parents and potential vaccinated persons can weigh the benefits and risks of the HPV vaccination from their own perspective. Having federal funding to researchers to aid in setting up full disclosure consent forms will help the process of decision making."

We then asked about the possible side effects that can be caused by Gardasil®, and her response was, “The side effects are many; most require only time to reverse. For the severe autoimmune demyelinating diseases, working with a neurologist is often helpful.” However, when we asked her how much time she thought it would take for these side effects to wear off, as some of those affected are approaching three and four years of being injured, Harper stated, “I do not know of a time frame in which the side effects will wear off.”

 

This interview has raised some serious questions. If the HPV vaccines need to be last a minimum of fifteen years in order to be effective and lower the incidence of cervical cancer in women, why are they being so heavily marketed when the developer states Gardasil® lasts five years and Cervarix® lasts just over eight?

In our next segment, Dr.Harper will go into detail about the use of placebos in the HPV vaccines, and if there was one used in the HPV vaccine trials.

 

 

 February 7, 2011

 BY MARIAN GREENE  "TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL"

http://truthaboutgardasil.org/

Truth About Gardasil was recently given the opportunity to ask Dr. Diane Harper some questions about the HPV vaccines, she helped create. Below you will find the first and second installments of our three part series.

 

When even one of the developers of a vaccine recognizes and discloses its dangers and limitations, shouldn't the FDA and CDC listen?

Truth About Gardasil recently had the opportunity to discuss Gardasil®, the HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals, with one of its lead developers, Dr. Diane Harper. In this first installment of our interview, Dr.Harper sets the record straight on several questions surrounding this supposed "miracle vaccine".

 

Harper, a Medical Doctor who is internationally known as a clinician and researcher, also earned a Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH). She is probably most well known for her role in the development of Gardasil® and in the readying of this vaccine for its public release. She helped in every phase from recruiting trial participants to providing medical care during the trial to collecting specimens and interpretation of the final data.


There has been much controversy and debate about Gardasil® from its very beginning. Questions have been raised not only about its safety, but also the advertisements and marketing plan by Merck. Gardasil® started out being marketed to young women ages 9 to 26, as cervical cancer prevention in the "One Less" campaign. According to neontommy.com, Merck won awards for this by "creating a market out of thin air". Since then, the FDA has granted approval to not only market it to boys of the same age range, but has given permission to add anal cancer to the list of diseases that Gardasil® can prevent. . See Gardasil's Marketing Raises Ethical Issues Blog

Harper says, “It has been a plan for Merck from the beginning". When we asked her about this she stated, “Unfortunately, the FDA has given Merck a blanket approval to use Gardasil® in males and females 9-26 years old without making it clear to parents or males/females that the only data for male cancer preventions is in MSM (gay men) NOT in heterosexual men". She goes on to say, "For men who have sex with men, there is a benefit to using Gardasil in the prevention of anal intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 and 3. However, in the case of heterosexual men, this was never tested, and there is no penile cancer prevention seen in heterosexual men".

Harper also tells us that for people who have a current diagnosis of HPV , "Neither Gardasil® nor Cervarix® will cure or treat the current HPV, so there is no reason to vaccinate for current disease. A previous diagnosis of HPV does not preclude the use of one of the vaccines - data show similar efficacies in those with past HPV as those who are HPV naive. The reasons for adverse reactions are not clear. There is a remote immune hypothesis that someone with a large HPV infection may react poorly to a HPV vaccine, but this is hypothetical and theoretical".

 

When we asked Harper about these adverse reactions, and if there was a chance specifically of developing auto-immune conditions, she said, "After getting Gardasil®, yes". The question about whether people with an auto- immune condition were excluded from the trials, Harper stated , "Getting an autoimmune disease from a vaccine is very different than having an autoimmune disease first and then being vaccinated. Gardasil®/Merck is now undertaking trials to vaccinate women with auto immune diseases".

We questioned her further about the risks versus benefits of the HPV vaccines, and how long these "benefits" would last, as well as her infamous statement, "A pap smear never harmed anyone". The answers to those questions and many more will appear in the next segment on our conversation with Dr. Diane Harper.



23 February 2011

BY MARIAN GREENE  "TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL"

http://truthaboutgardasil.org/

 In this final segment of our three part series with Dr.Diane Harper, lead developer of Gardasil®, we will continue to uncover more shocking information about this HPV vaccine. We have already learned some startling facts about what many were expecting to be a "miracle" vaccine.

Dr.Harper has told those of us at Truth About Gardasil, that she feels the FDA was too lenient with the approval of this vaccine, giving Merck, "a blanket approval" for those in the 9 - 26 years of age group. She stated in order for either Gardasil® or Cervarix® to truly be effective against cervical cancer, the vaccines would need to last at least fifteen years, instead of the five years and eight years, respectively. We also got verification from Dr.Harper that Gardasil® is indeed causing some of those vaccinated to develop auto-immune health diseases.


This segment is devoted to the use of placebos during the vaccine trails of the HPV vaccines, and whether or not a true placebo was used. If you remember from your high school science class, in order to have a true experiment, you should have the substance you are studying and a benign substance, usually saline. It has been brought to the attention to those of us at Truth About Gardasil that saline was not the only placebo in this case, nor was it used in the entire vaccine trial process. In fact, the main "placebo" was an aluminum adjuvant. This same adjuvant is also used in the actual vaccine. We asked Dr.Harper about the use of saline, and if there was a full report somewhere comparing an injection of Gardasil® to an injection of saline. She says there is no such comparison. When asked if this was common practice in vaccine trials and if she were aware of this in any other trials, she stated, “Meaning vaccines for mumps, and pneumonia, and haemophilus? No." As it turns out, saline was used only in certain areas, and was compared to the aluminum adjuvant “placebo”, as well as Gardasil® .

 A Critique Of The Promotional Campaign 

 For Gardasil – HPV Vaccine

 By Judy Wilyman 

PhD Candidate Murdoch University

 Dr. Diane Harper is a researcher who was involved in the safety and efficacy trials for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – Gardasil®. This drug is observed to prevent infection from 2 strains of HPV virus (16 and 18) and it has been promoted to the public as being preventative against cervical cancer. The clinical trials for this drug were funded by the pharmaceutical company Merck and many of the researchers were employed by Merck (1). On the 19th August Dr. Harper spoke out about the concerns she has regarding the safety of this drug and its ability to prevent cervical cancer. She is to be commended for doing this and her comments have been presented in a CBS media release titled Gardasil® Vaccine causes More Deaths and Damage than the disease itself (2). As a parent and a researcher, I have been compelled to write the following article about Dr. Harper’s comments because it is apparent that the public has been misinformed about this drug.

Dr Diane Harper, a lead researcher in the development of the humanpapilloma virus vaccine

In the interview Dr. Harper gave to CBS she stated that she believes "the public should receive more complete warnings before receiving the vaccine". This is incorrectly stating the problem. Instead of ‘more complete warnings’ I believe it is extremely important that parents are given accurate information on Gardasil®. This drug has been promoted as a cervical cancer drug when in fact it has only been observed to prevent HPV infection (1).

Health authorities have claimed that this vaccine will be effective for 5 years. Considering this vaccine was tested for only 4 years in women 16 – 26 years of age, I think it is important that parents are informed how this information was generated. Parents would also like to know what ‘protection’ for 5 years actually means. Given that we have evidence it will protect against infection from HPV strains 16 and 18 but we have no evidence that it is the determining factor needed for carcinomas to form (3) (4). So it may prevent some cervical cancer (remembering that HPV does not cause cervical cancer on its own – another co-factor is required) assuming these 2 strains (16 and 18) are a determining factor in cancer development and assuming there is no infection from one of the other 12 HPV viruses known to be associated with cervical cancer development in humans (3) (4).

The US CDC claims the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ but where is the supportive data for this statement? Vaccine safety and efficacy studies for Gardasil® were funded by Merck and other pharmaceutical companies. As producers of the vaccine they have a serious conflict of interest. Consequently the public is entitled to demand accountability and rigour in the presentation of immunisation policies. Particularly since Merck’s chief executive officer was quoted in 2006 claiming ‘Gardasil® was the pharmaceutical brand of the year for building a market out of thin air’ (5).

This media hype is also supported by the fact that cervical cancer is not a significant problem in all countries. Yet it was portrayed to women as the "second most life-threatening cancer among women worldwide (3). In developed nations where Pap Smear Screening Programs have been implemented cervical cancer is a very low risk to women (3). It is almost 100% curable when it is detected early (6) and in Australia it is listed as the 18th most common cancer in women (5).

In addition, it remains unproven that HPV infection is the determining factor in carcinoma development given that the majority of women are infected with HPV but the majority of women do not get cervical cancer (3) (4). Pfister (1990) confirms this by stating "vaccination is not yet justified as there is no formal proof for HPV causing cancer" (8) He continues by saying that "although the latter is certainly true, the best way to prove a necessary role of HPV in genital cancer development would be prevention by vaccination". This is particularly interesting as he finishes by saying "extensive research is needed before a vaccine will be available". Yet Haverkos is still stating in 2005 that many scientists admit they still do not know what the cofactor is that is necessary to turn HPV infection into a carcinoma (3).

November 17 2010 meeting at FDA re Gardasil – extract

 

MS. BOYCE:  I just want to start by saying I have no conflict of interest.  In fact I sold all my Merck stock when I found out what it had done to my daughter.
I am here today because my daughter was harmed by the Gardasil vaccine.  My daughter was actually sterilized by the vaccine.
I don’t have a medical degree but consider myself pretty well educated.  I’ve spent the past 2 years researching medical papers so I could understand why my daughter had such debilitating side effects post-Gardasil, and I read hundreds of medical papers from various sources.  There is a lot of misinformation out there about what causes HPV, in my opinion.
I presented information last September against the vaccine at a similar FDA meeting when you were considering extending the vaccine to boys and older women.  At that time I told the advisory panel that many of the Gardasil girls were showing symptoms of severe vitamin deficiencies, specifically niacin.  That in turn causes pyruvate kinase deficiency, something critical to the Krebs cycle.  For those of you in the audience here that don’t know, the Krebs cycle is a vital function in the body that provides nutrients for new red blood cells, energy, and glucose, and repairs cell damage during periods of stress.
If the person has severe pyruvate kinase deficiencies, the person exhibits a myriad of symptoms and can never recover unless they take supplements.  If they don’t get supplements, they continue to deteriorate.  That is what is happening with many of the Gardasil girls.  The symptoms are slightly different because of individual genetic makeup; however, all the side effects exhibited are caused by the same PK deficiency.
Unfortunately, since PK deficiency is a relatively new finding, only discovered in 1996, the majority of doctors have never heard of it.  I am certain they don’t understand that the Gardasil vaccine would have catastrophic implications for these individuals.
Since PK deficiency or hemochromatosis is the most prevalent genetic trait in the United States, any individual having it would have a difficult time recovering from a vaccine.  But my daughter was never tested for this prior to vaccination, even though your charts show that you do not include people with those autoimmune disorders in your studies.
Does this mean that each person getting the Gardasil vaccine will actually get cancer from the vaccine if they have PK deficiency?  I don’t know, but certainly there are those with genetic deficiencies that will have issues with it.
Already the May 2006 FDA VRBPAC reports that if a woman has HPV and receives Gardasil, her chances of getting cervical cancer increase by 44.6 percent after inoculation.  Is it just possible that HPV is caused by PK deficiencies?  I believe so.  Shouldn’t patients be tested for the most prevalent genetic trait prior to vaccination if this vaccine would be so dangerous to them?  And what about the test studies?  Were individuals with PK studied, a predominantly Northern European trait included in the test studies?  Right now today you showed they were not.
In my opinion there were not parallel populations put in these studies, unless the study that was included from Costa Rica, they were expecting to market this vaccine to Hispanics, which I doubt, since it’s the most expensive vaccine ever produced.
The Merck Manual clearly cites several types of PK deficiencies and even suggests that individuals with these inherited disorders would not be candidates for vaccines.  A few types of PK deficiencies I would specifically point out are G6PD, a traditionally Jewish trait, sickle cell anemia, and thalassemia.  There are many other names for the same deficiency, such as Celtic Curse, HH, HFE, mel(?) or iron overload, but they are all the same PK deficiency.
In fact most if not all of us have a slight form of PK deficiency because of several issues, including toxins in our environment, in our homes, excess minerals in our drinking water and foods, alcohol consumption, and a gamut of other factors, including stress and exercise.
I don’t believe scientists developing this vaccine had access to all the information they should have.  I want to believe that they did not understand that PK deficiency is also environmentally caused.  Everyone here needs to understand that PK deficiency is no longer just a genetic trait.  The effect of a live vaccine like Gardasil has tremendous implications for all of us because we all have some form of this deficiency.  We will not be able to recover from this vaccine and, perhaps slowly, will continue to exhibit debilitating side effects post-vaccine.

By Matt Theunissen - NZPA      9 April 2011 

 A toddler recently diagnosed with leukaemia was injected with the wrong vaccine when he was a baby, leading his distraught parents to wonder whether this mistake caused the debilitating cancer.

Two-year-old Chace Topperwien has been undergoing up to 10 hours of aggressive chemotherapy a day for acute myeloid leukaemia in Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital since his birthday on March 17.

His parents, Ryan and Keri Topperwien, took Chace to be vaccinated when he was six weeks old and were shocked to learn that the immunisation nurse had incorrectly injected him with Gardasil, a vaccine intended for 12-year-old girls to prevent cervical cancer.

"The nurse came back in and said 'I'm sorry but I've actually given your son the wrong drug'. We were like 'what do you mean you've given him the wrong drug?'," Mr Topperwien told NZPA.

"I wanted to go nuts but I looked at my wife and we both were kind of just shocked. She said 'I can give him the right one now' but there was no way we were going to let her touch our boy again."

When Chase was diagnosed with leukaemia last month they could not help but draw a link, although they were assured by numerous doctors that the Gardasil would have had no adverse effects.

"I can't see how they can say that unless there's research done on it and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have done research on six-week-old boys getting a Gardasil vaccination.

"We just want to get some answers, we want some research done. They made the stuff-up and now, for the last two years, they've just swept it under the carpet."

The couple had been doing their own research online and found numerous cases of Gardasil causing ITP, a condition which prevents blood from clotting as it should -- also a symptom of leukaemia.

Chace was diagnosed with leukaemia after his parents took him to the doctor when they noticed a rash on his neck, and his blood test results came back abnormal.

"I can't even describe it. It was probably the worst possible outcome that we could have imagined. We thought it would just be a check, just to make sure everything was all right. It crossed our minds beforehand but we just thought 'no, it definitely can't be leukaemia'."

Mr Topperwien, a ceiling repairer, and Mrs Topperwien, who is doing a PhD, both dropped their lives in Hamilton to be with their son in the Auckland hospital fulltime.

"I don't think I'd be able to work anyway, I'd end up just injuring myself because I'd be thinking about Chace all the time.

"We're both not making any money but I think it's better for my boy for us to be here than at work because, like the doctor said, a happy child recovers faster."

Chace was doing "remarkably well", despite being cooped up in a hospital ward for 23 hours a day and having his golden locks shaved off.

"We also shaved our heads to make him feel like it wasn't weird, because he'd never really had his hair cut, he'd only ever had trims, so we just wanted to show him that it was okay."

The family had been receiving overwhelming support from their family and friends, and from total strangers, Mr Topperwien said.

A Facebook page, Chace Topperwien Fundraising, has been set up to raise money for them.

        

 BY KATHERINE SMITH    8 APRIL 2011        

 

On March 24, 2011, the Report of the Health Select Committee's Inquiry into "How to improve [increase] immunisation [vaccination] completion  rates" in New Zealand which was published on the parliamentary website. The government has 90 days (from March 24) to respond to the report.

The full report is posted at this link:
http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/

The Health Select Committee (under the leadership of Dr Paul Hutchison) has produced a report that not only recommends raising the targeted vaccination completion rate to 95% for NZ children aged 0-4.  It also proposes a target be set for 11 year olds.

The report also recommends that the government make children's enrollment at school and early childhood centres  dependent on parents producing proof of their children's vaccination status and – even more ominously – suggests that government consider linking "existing parental benefits" to vaccination.

If the government accepts the recommendations in the report, it appears that parents will be forced to choose whether their child has no vaccinations – or all vaccinations on the schedule in order to enroll in a school or early childhood education centre.  Eligibility for the 20 Hours Free Early Childhood Education may also be restricted to children who have had all recommended vaccinations (or whose parents have decided against vaccination) according to Page 33 of the Report.  Moreover, it is also possible that parents who do not comply with this "all or nothing" approach to vaccination (for example those who want their children to have some vaccines, but not others) may face financial penalties.  


The report represents a significant attack on parents' rights to make health care decisions for their children.

We are in an election year; if you disagree with the recommendations in the report,  please act now to let all political parties know that you find this unacceptable.

Please forward this message widely and visit the website www.noforcedvaccines.org  as soon as you can for more information and for ideas on how you can help with the campaign to resist the erosion of human rights threatened by this Report.

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