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NSW Opposition attacks government on vaccination following North Coast diphtheria case

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The North Coast has recorded its first case of toxigenic diphtheria since 2001, leading Shadow NSW Health Minister Walt Secord to accuse the government of failing the community on public health and vaccination.

The report of the potentially fatal disease occurred on August 6, and is said to have involved an adult patient.

The North Coast Public Health Unit has confirmed that the patient was found to have toxigenic diphtheria, the rarest and most dangerous form of the disease.

The patient is now being treated with antibiotics and has been released from hospital.

It is the first time this particular strain has been reported on the NSW North Coast since 2001.

Mr Secord said NSW was ‘now seeing diseases which we thought were eradicated due to vaccinations’.

‘These cases should be setting off the alarm bells in the corridors of the NSW Government,’ Mr Secord said.

‘The Berejiklian Government is failing the community on vaccinations and vaccination rates.’

Mr Secord said that, if elected, Labor would increase the range of vaccinations available through pharmacies – further protecting the community.

Under the plan, NSW pharmacies would  be able to provide vaccinations for the dTpa vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough), and the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella).

This would bring NSW into line with South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

A spokesperson for the NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazard, said they had been advised that there was ‘no evidence whatsoever that low vaccination rates were associated with the local case’.

‘Under the NSW Liberals and Nationals, we have seen vaccination rates climb from 87.6 per cent under Labor in 2010 to their highest level ever,’ the spokesperson said.

 ‘NSW now also has the highest vaccination rates in Australia for Aboriginal children at five years of age, at 97 per cent which is a phenomenal achievement.’

‘We have done more to promote vaccination than Labor ever did.’


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  1. The problem we have is that vaccination isn’t a safe enough science, it is know they are causing asthma, epilepsy, peanut allergies, MS, diabetes type 1, eczema etc. The tetanus vaccine was found to be reducing life expectancy, so Australia finds itself in a tricky situation with a controlled media pumping out hysteria and bad science, and with politicians who are in bed with Big Pharma. There are also the many herd mentality people who have fallen for the pro vaccine cult without realizing that’s what it is.

    • Oh Lucy – you’re not confusing herd mentality with herd immunity are you? It’s strange how these diseases, which seemed like horrors from the past, and which filled the cemeteries with their young victims, are appearing here on the North Coast where everyone knows better than the scientists (unless the scientists agree with them eg about climate change). Can you quote the studies please that indicate these links you write of?

    • Lucy, while there certainly seems to be evidence that some people can have a reaction to some vaccines eg quite a few people had some sort of reaction to the cervical cancer vaccine, there isn’t any properly investigated scientific evidence that vaccines cause any of the things that you’ve mentioned. People have forgotten the dire effects of polio, whooping cough, measles, diphtheria etc in pre-vax days.

    • Yep:
      Vaccination isn’t safe;
      (Fill in name of vaccination here) reduces life expectancy or other disastrous result (nominate here);
      Controlled media;
      Big Pharma;
      Herd mentality (got that right, actually, just nominated the wrong group).

      Can hardly wait for response to Liz’s comments where the usual suspects will emerge, mostly citing non-peer-reviewed papers, quoting disastrous results of vaccination; controlled media, Big Pharma . . . . . .

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  2. Oh Liz, please explain why serious side effects including Autism and death are written on the inserts of vaccines and yet we are not even able to talk about this? Are we in Nazi Germany now?

  3. Another of the ‘hidden’ benefits of our wide open immigration policies. How many other ‘forgotten’ diseases have snuck in with the newcomers who have not been checked for pre-existing diseases?

  4. Dear me , Lucy, it is people like you with your ill-informed, cherry picked information from the internet that are the problem.
    All of what you have written above is complete nonsense. I am with Liz. Show us the scientific studies that prove your case. I’ll bet you can’t because vaccinations are not linked to any of the things you mentioned and politicians and medical professionals are not in bed with “Big Pharma’ That is another myth that ignorant people like you sprout.

  5. Hopefully one day australia will wake up and remove the compulsory vaccine program just like Italian government has shown in recent days . lower income parents are forced to vaccine even through side effects could be dangerous . Apperantly the government and big pharma know better then the parents .. also got to ask if gov cared so much for the newborn why only 15% of mothers breast feed – best way to pass on anti bodies instead of dipping with toxins at days of age ?

  6. The real problem is the idiots who will not understand that the science is correct. These people are brainwashed into believing that vaccination causes all sorts of diseases and can’t or won’t understand that people die from totally preventable diseases. They are in part responsible for these deaths. They quote discredited studies or just plain make up facts, the Far North Coast has the unenviable record of having the biggest outbreaks of things like whooping cough and will continue to rack up these “achievements” because the anti-vaccination charlatans won’t ever give up.


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