Newsletter 112: Vaccination Question for Jonathon Carapetis, director Telethon Kids Institute
The following letter has been sent to the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Gillian Trigg, Geoff Hutchinson (ABC Radio 720 Perth) and other journalists and academics at the University of Wollongong.
Director Telethon Kids Institute
5 June 2016
Dear Professor Jonathon Carapetis,
I note your open letter dated 3 June 2016 to parents that was written after I published my open letter to Geoff Hutchinson (1 June 2016) describing the false and misleading information that was presented in his program (ABC Radio 720) about the Telethon vaccination seminar.
Many Australian parents are concerned about the one-sided vaccination debate that is being presented by the Telethon Kids Institute, the Australian government and the mainstream Australian Media. There are many medical professionals and researchers speaking about the risks of vaccines but your Q and A panel did not include any of these experts. Further, many of our questions weren’t answered at this seminar and Geoff Hutchinson, described the concerned parents as ‘anti-vaxers’ and ‘pseudo-scientific academics’ – neither of these descriptions is true. Geoff Hutchinson, did not make any attempt to accurately present the views of the concerned parents at this event and nor have other Australian journalists.
Here is the question that I asked at the seminar that was not answered by the panel. Yet the question is critical to the health of all Australians:
Professor Fiona Stanley, previous director of the Telethon Kids Institute and Australian of the Year in 2003, wrote in 2001, "The rates of infectious diseases in Australia were very low from 1950 - 2000 and the majority of the fall in the under 5 mortality rates (80%) had occurred by 1960: prior to the introduction and widespread use of the majority of vaccines." (Stanley 2001 Child Health since Federation p379 and 370)
"Infectious diseases fell before widespread vaccination was implemented" (Stanley 2001 Child Health since Federation p378).
Why has the Australian government mandated the recommended vaccines (12 plus) for children in a social welfare policy when vaccine-created herd immunity did not reduce the deaths and illnesses to most infectious diseases in Australia?
These quotes from Fiona Stanley are supported by the majority of public health officials of the 20th century. This is documented in Chapter 2 of my PhD thesis published on the University of Wollongong website.
Please explain why hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza B, pneumococcal, meningococcal, rotavirus, mumps, measles, rubella and chickenpox are mandated in a social services policy, when deaths and illnesses to these diseases were reduced without vaccines. In other words, vaccine-created herd immunity is not necessary to control these diseases and the diseases were not a risk to the majority of Australians when the vaccines were introduced. Public health policies should be designed for the majority of the population – not the minority, particularly when the solution also presents a risk for some people.
If you believe that I have misquoted Fiona Stanley and other public health officials of the 20th century, please explain to the concerned community how this quote has been misrepresented and why these vaccines have been mandated in a social welfare policy, before there is any legislation or regulation in a public health policy to support this measure?
Please could you also explain why all journalists, including Geoff Hutchinson, are incorrectly presenting this debate as ‘anti-vaccination’ when the majority of the concerned community want to debate the risks and benefits of vaccines and the removal of informed consent for medical procedures in Australia?
I look forward to your response and will publish it on my website for the concerned community.
Dr. Judy Wilyman
The Science and Politics of Australia’s Vaccination Policies