No Real "Informed Consent" with Meningococcal C Vaccine
Public not being told of "serious risks" of vaccine in new meningococcal C vaccination campaign
Information forms prepared for the meningococcal C vaccination campaign in Northland do not include enough information
for potential vaccine recipients (or their parents) to make an informed decision about whether or not to be vaccinated.
This shocking revelation was made by Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, an organisation founded to
oppose coerced or forced vaccination. 
"It's important that people who are considering any vaccination have enough information about the potential risks and
benefits of the vaccine as well as information about any other ways by which they may be able to reduce their risk of
becoming ill." Smith says.
"Unfortunately the information sheets available from the website of the Northland District Health Board  omit many of
the potential adverse effects of Meningitec (TM), the vaccine used in this vaccination campaign. The information sheets
do include the more common and less serious side effects. However, according to the datasheet  produced by
Meningitec's manufacturer, some very serious conditions such as collapse, seizures and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a life
threatening skin condition, have occurred following vaccination with Meningitec(TM)."
According to Smith failing to disclose these (and other) potentially serious side effects on the information forms is
"unethical" and "also undermines public confidence in the public health system."
"If parents do consent to their child being vaccinated and he or she subsequently suffers a serious side effect that
they did not know could occur because there was no mention of it on the information form, parents naturally become very
upset and angry," says Smith.
"Meningococcal disease does not strike entirely randomly," Smith continues. "There are number of well-established risk
factors for meningococal disease including including living in overcrowded housing. People who smoke  and those
who drink heavily  are more likely to carry meningococcal bacteria in the back of their throat making them more
vulnerable to the disease or passing the bacteria along to others who may be susceptible. Passive smoking also increases
the risk for children in the family."
Nutritional deficiencies may also make people more vulnerable to develop meningococcal disease, according to Smith.
"Vitamin C is important for immune system function  and iron deficiency  is a well-established risk-factor for
meningococcal disease." Smith says. "New research also suggests that vitamin D deficiency  may also contribute to
increased risk of meningococcal disease."
Vitamin D deficiency is more common in winter and early spring because the vitamin is mainly obtained through exposure
of the skin to sunshine.
Smith cautions parents about giving children either vitamin D or iron supplements without professional advice as both
can be toxic in excess. Moreover, as a general rule, iron supplements should not be given during an acute infection as
they may increase the risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection, or worsen an existing bacterial infection. A
GP or other doctor can arrange a simple blood test for vitamin D and iron.
"A healthy smoke-free, alcohol-free lifestyle with a nutritious diet and supplements if necessary is one way to reduce
the risk of developing meningococcal disease." Smith says. "This sort of approach is also safe for people who cannot be
vaccinated because of pre-existing medical conditions or because of pregnancy."
Homoeoprophylaxis  is also an option worth considering by people who cannot be vaccinated, Smith adds.
More information about the meningococcal C vaccination campaign, meningococcal disease risk factors and
homoeoprophylaxis may be found at this link: _http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/articles/