Anti-vax childcare move attacked

A move by a group of parents in the Tabulam area to set up a childcare centre that would not require children attending to be vaccinated has been condemned by opposition health and north-coast spokesperson Walt Secord.

Local media yesterday said the group, headed by Junita ‘Wanda’ Halden, had taken the move in response to the federal government’s decision to prevent unvaccinated children attending childcare centres and parents claiming childcare tax rebates.

Ms Halden said she was still in the early stages of planning the centre and would release more information in the new year on her Facebook page.

But her claims that ‘multiple vaccinations cause autism, adverse health reactions, spread communicable disease, cause damage to blood, brain tissue and sometimes death’ have been disparaged.

Mr Secord described the idea as ‘irresponsible and dangerous’ and called on the government to take a bipartisan stand on the issue.

‘The science is in. Vaccination along with fluoride is one of the 20th century public health achievements. Vaccinations work and save lives,’ Mr Secord said.

‘It is time the Baird government drew a line in the sand and stood up to the anti-vaccination movement,’ he added.

‘It is irresponsible, dangerous and ridiculous – and puts the whole community in danger of measles, whooping cough, mumps and other deadly diseases.’

‘Sadly, parts of the north coast have the lowest vaccination rates in Australia – that puts the whole community in jeopardy and is against all sensible public health messages,’ Mr Secord said.

A member of Stop the Anti Vaccination Network, Dr John Cunningham, told ABC yesterday that he thought the plan was ‘one of the more stupid ideas I’ve ever heard of’.

‘A child care centre full of unvaccinated children would serve as a haven for disease,” he said.

‘Certainly if there was any outbreak of disease, that is certai where it would come from or where it would go to very quickly,’ Dr Cunningham added.

But not all vaccine advocates share the view that the current government’s coercive approach is appropriate.

Dr Julie Leask, from The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, is an outspoken critic of punitive, coercive vaccination policies, which she has claimed, are counter-productive.

She favours positive policies to remove structural barriers to vaccination up-take, tailored communication strategies, and professional development and engagement ofvaccination providers.

6 responses to “Anti-vax childcare move attacked”

  1. Melanie Gates-Manar says:

    Robert F Kennedy and other public figures around the world are campaigning to have all neurotoxins removed from vaccines and to monitor and regulate the global pharmaceutical industry far more thoroughly so that we can all get back to being vaccinated safely.

    Social media platforms have made it easy for parents to share their stories of vaccine injury and death. No sane parent wants to play Russian roulette with their child’s life just so others may profit. It’s a no-brainer in my view.

    With so many parents refusing vaccinations, the pressure is on governments and corporations to pick up their research and safety standards as they are obviously still inadequate. If this issue is to be taken seriously, corporations need to take full financial responsibility for when their products do cause harm otherwise parents just won’t take the risk. And rightly so. After all, why fix it if it ain’t broken?

  2. cka: Alf McKeon says:

    ‘Sadly, parts of the north coast have the lowest vaccination rates in Australia – that puts the whole community in jeopardy and is against all sensible public health messages, Mr Secord said’.
    We also have a very low incidence of Disease. Maybe, that is because the Immune System that God gave us needs no tampering.

  3. Good on you for making a stand and accommodating those parents who have done their own research into the junk science and utter fraud of vaccine testing. There will no doubt be huge pressure from people who don’t care enough to look at both sides of the debate. I for one wish you the very best.

  4. geoff bensley says:

    In the 1950s we had an outbreak of poliomylelitus throughout Australia. Preventable these days?
    Maybe we may end up with leper colonies again ? Shame that it can be prevented with a jab!

  5. Rafjee says:

    Hey wait a second
    Walt Secord
    Previous Chief of Staff Kristina Kenealy (American Born)(former NSW premier)
    Kristina Kenealy is married to Ben Kenealy
    Ben and Kristina returned to the US so Ben could take up a position with ‘The Boston consulting group’
    Who are the main clients for ‘The Boston Consulting Group’?
    BCG serves as an adviser to many businesses, governments, and institutions. Some recent BCG clients include Google, IBM, Aetna, Pfizer, American Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Tata Group, Harvard School of Public Health, Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, Russian Ministry of Energy, Government of Canada, United States Agency for International Development, and European Union Phare Programme, according to the 2009 publication by Wetfeet on the company.

    After four years it was back to Australia to enter politics. Possibly with marching orders and an agenda from the people behind ‘The Boston Consulting Group’

    Far Fetched? Maybe not so…

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