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October 18, 2004

New Zealand Meningococcal Vaccine Campaign - Facts Disregarded: Risk Expert

New Zealand is preparing to vaccinate 1.15 million healthy children against the meningococcal virus, using a vaccine produced by Chiron Corp. that has been neither proved safe nor effective.

According to Ron Law, a risk analys expert, the campaign is based on fear and ideology rather than facts, proportionality, risk analysis or common sense.

Apparently the pilot vaccination project, used to "establish the safety" of the vaccine has caused a number of adverse reactions. But no one knows exactly how many or how serious, because the data was not properly collected or evaluated. So the vaccine is now officially safe (let's not look at a few cases of anyway to-be-expected side effects) and is ready to roll out to over a million kids.

However, despite the Minister of Health's pronouncement that the "epidemic" is not abating, the latest statistical evidence shows that mortality from Meningococcal disease declined dramatically over the last few years, well before even the experimental use of the vaccine this year. The Minister has been accused of "sexing up" the numbers of the disease during a parliamentary debate.

Is it not time the real efficacy of vaccination campaigns be honestly examined, including incidence of the disease vaccinated against before and after any vaccination drive? With Chiron's UK-produced anti-influenza vaccine cutting available doses in the US in half, it should be interesting to see whether this has any influence on the overall incidence of influenza in the US this coming winter season.

Here is Ron Law's challenge to the New Zealand health authorities:


Ministry of Health's Meningococcal Report Raises Further Questions

Ron Law
Risk & Policy Analyst
Beyond Alternative Solutions

"The Ministry of Health's report on adverse events following MeNZB vaccination raises as many questions as it provides answers," says risk and policy analyst, Ron Law

Does the MOH report include the two deaths reported following vaccination in trial participants?

What was the illness of the child referred to in the MOH report that was 'unrelated to the MeNZB vaccine?'

Why has the Ministry of Health changed the normal adverse event reporting protocol and is now only considering known and predetermined adverse events? This is unprecedented and is not good science.

Why has the Ministry of Health by-passed internationally agreed classification systems regarding causality?

Without knowing the circumstance of the accidental death, is it possible that the vaccine could have psychological adverse effects which increase accidents, or even suicide? This fact was denied and covered up by regulators and drug companies regarding SSRI antidepressants for 13 years; the truth has only recently been disclosed.

Does the MOH report include a baby about 1 year old who died soon after vaccination and on whom an autospy was done. Was this dead child admitted to Hospital? If not, was the death considered by the MOH?

Does the MOH report include a girl who went into anaphylactic shock after the vaccination and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

There is no mention in the report of an epileptic boy who had not had a seizure for three years but who had a Grand Mal seizure after the vaccine.

Does the report consider seizures other than febrile seizures? Discounting other seizures is not good science as other seizures are potential indicators of far more serious reactions than those caused by fever.

Does the MOH report include a pre-schooler who was in bed for two weeks with vomiting and diarrhoea post vaccination? That extent of illness in a pre-schooler, and bad enough to keep them bedridden, surely constitutes very serious illness, specially at that age.

Did the report consider the fact that one school [at least] had a reported c300 children absent following vaccination (all at once)?

Reports circulating say that the official spin is that they had 'the flu.'

How many of these children were tested for the flu virus? If none, why not? If they were, then what were the results? If not, why not?

Has any school in NZ ever had 300 kids away on one day/week all because of flu. And if it was for real, then there should be some investigation....

An analysis of the ESR weekly flu surveillance reports suggests that there were notifications of flu like illness in East/Sth Auckland at the time of the vaccinations, but that these were not supported by laboratory confirmation tests. What caused this rapid rise in flu like illness?

Flu was not an expected adverse effect of the vaccine.

Sentinel GPs are distributed on a population density basis of approximately 1 per 50,000. Sentinel General Practices carry out both disease and virological surveillance. The influenza case definition is "an acute respiratory tract infection characterized by an abrupt onset of two of the following: fever, chills, headache and myalgia" -- all symptoms of the MeNZB vaccine.

This data is either collected by phone, or forwarded by fax each Friday. Consultation rates are calculated using the number of consultations as the numerator and the sum of the patient populations, reported by the participating practices, as the denominator.

The national level of Influenza Like Illness activity is described using a set of threshold values: a weekly rate of 50-249 consultations per 100,000 patient population is considered indicative of normal seasonal activity; 250-399 indicates higher than expected activity, and >= 400 indicates an epidemic level of disease.

The rates as reported by the ESR weekly surveillance reports do not support a flu epidemic as being the cause of the absentees in Sth Auckland schools. The weekly reports of confirmed cases indicate normal levels of flu.

If it wasn't flu, what was it? And why has the Public Health system failed to undertake due diligence?

There must be something terribly wrong with that community if that many children got any illness all at once. And even if it was a large school say 1,200 - 1,500 wouldn't having a quarter to a fifth of the school away at the same time set off alarm bells? Especially when there is no evidence of flu in the region.

Wouldn't that normally be front page headlines in our daily newspapers?

Another question worth exploring is, "Why are there no pharmaco-vigilance experts on the monitoring committee?"

Dr O'Hallahan's statement on Friday that "CARM notes that the number of reports suggests that the rate of vaccine events following MeNZB˙ vaccination, resulting in health professional concern enough to generate a report, is low," is patently absurd, defies logic and provides no reassurance.

In 1999 the Ministry of Health was found by the Regulation Review Select Committee, chaired by Jonathon Hunt, and including Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor [who bought the complaint on behalf of industry] to have abused its powers when introducing mandatory warning labels on bee products.

As noted in the Committee's report, the sum of the Ministry's evidence against bee pollen and propolis was;

"The Ministry of Health has also considered the health risks of bee pollen and propolis products. Reports in New Zealand and Australia have linked bee pollen and propolis products to adverse reactions. Four adverse reactions to bee pollen have been reported to CARM in New Zealand since November 1993. There is at least one case of an allergic reaction to bee pollen and propolis products where there was no previous history of asthma or allergy. This supports warning statements that apply to the general population."


In six years there had been three adverse reaction reports -- none confirmed -- and the Ministry deemed that the evidence was so compelling that mandatory warning labels were imposed ... despite the Regulation Committee Chair, Jonathon Hunt, bringing this matter to the attention of Parliament, and moving that the regulations be revoked, and despite a five-person independent scientific review endorsing the select committee's findings, they never were [due to an election, the motion lapsed.]

Paradoxically, under Damien O'Connor's watch, they now have been inculcated into special food standards...


There had been three adverse reaction reports to CARM in six years regarding bee pollen, and the Ministry of Health deemed these products to be so hazardous that they required the harshest warning labels on any food, anywhere in the world.

There have been 88 adverse reaction reports to CARM regarding MeNZB vaccine in less than 2 months, and the Ministry deems that to be evidence of safety warranting no further action -- this is nothing more than spin-doctored Pseudo-science.

The media are also reminded that the Minister of Health, Annette King, in announcing the unconditional release of MeNZB [despite the rhetoric, no age restrictions were gazetted for MeNZB...] stated, "The epidemic has shown no signs of abating, but now the vaccine has received approval we can begin to fight back."

Having proven that the epidemic is already well and truly abating, and has been for some time, [a fact that the Minister still denies] the only grounds for continuing with the mass vaccination of 1.15 million healthy children with an experimental drug, is to keep up the perception of risk of disease, and the perception of the safety of the vaccine.

A key pro-vaccine immunologist in New Zealand [who, incidentally was also a member of the expert scientist group that concluded that the MOH failed to undertake meaningful risk analysis of bee products,] says on his website...

"If parents have no fear of vaccine, but fear of disease, the argument in favor of vaccination is clear-cut. If they have no fear of vaccine, but also no fear of disease, there may be inertia. When they have no fear of disease, but fear of vaccines, parents are likely to refuse immunization."

This is a key factor in the current debate ... the Ministry of Health is doing its utmost to rewrite the facts regarding the real level of disease, as well as moving heaven and earth to 'prove' an experimental drug is safe.

If it was as simple as monitoring a few case records and getting them reviewed by hand-picked independent experts (two of whom are colleagues of the meningococcal research team) then pharmaceutical companies would not have to spend millions on safety tests, and Vioxx would still be a safe drug.

The Ministry of Health's spin is nothing more than Pseudo-science; it walks all over best practice, and rewrites the facts.

I will be forwarding under separate cover a graph of the rise and fall of meningococcal disease ... the evidence speaks for itself and should be celebrated... bear in mind that the graph relates to total notified cases ... if deaths just related to meningococcal B were released by the Ministry, then the story would be much less horrific than that painted by the Ministry.

Given the evidence regarding both risks and the fact that the epidemic is well and truly past its peak, the precautionary principle would suggest that the vaccination programme be halted. At best it will save 1 or 2 lives, at worst it will immunise people against immunisation in the future.

Competing interest.

Ron Law practiced as a medical scientist for more than 20 years, lectured in business management for 8 years, is a member of the New Zealand Risk Management Society, and was a member of the Ministry of Health expert working group that advised the Director General of Health on the Reporting and Management of medical injury in the New Zealand health system.

The report of the working party concluded that the economic impact of preventable medical injury in New Zealand was between $2 and $3 BILLION per year. If the working group had used the economic impact cost that the Ministry of Health did to justify the meningococcal B mass vaccination program, then the costs would have been some 4 BILLION dollars per year based on the results of the Prime Minister's Husband's $1.5 million Ministry of Health and HRC funded research.

If these figures sound absurd, an Australian government taskforce concluded that, based on similar economic impact figures used by the Ministry of Health to justify the meningococcal mass vaccination experiment, preventable medical injury costs the Australian economy $33 BILLION per year. [report on file.]

In a letter dated 15 January 2003, the Minister of Health stated, "mortality data from 1998 attributes only 4 deaths to medical injury in that year." Professor Davis' report studied medical injury in New Zealand hospitals in 1998.

The Minister went on to say, "The Ministry of Health publication, 'the Burden of Disease and Injury in New Zealand,' ... did not focus on deaths from medical injuries because it is not a major category." [Letter on file.]

Can some brave reporter please ask the question:

Why has a disease that has caused fewer than 0.05% of deaths in New Zealand in the past decade get $250 million in special government funding for a mass immunisation experiment using a drug which has had zero efficacy testing undertaken, when at the same time a major cause of preventable injury in New Zealand is denied by the Minister of Health?

If a proportionate amount of money was invested in reducing preventable medical injury and was dedicated to reducing the carnage within the healths system, then the government would be spending some $37.5 Billion reducing medical injury in the health system ... and that's assuming the vaccine works and prevents ten deaths per year.

By 2003, the death rate had declined 75% to only 5 deaths of all ages caused by meningococcal B. The economic impact was based on 20 lives saved in the target age group per year.

The vaccination campaign is predicated on fear, and ideology; it has not been based on proportionality, risk analysis, commonsense, or the facts.

See also related:

Open Letter to Minister of Health: Serious MeNZB(tm) Adverse Effects Covered Up

Meningococcal Disease Continues to Abate
Saturday, 6 November 2004 Ron Law - Beyond Alternative Solutions
"The latest figures released by the Ministry of Health yesterday show that, despite denials by the Minister of Health, the meningococcal disease epidemic continues to abate," says independent risk & policy analyst Ron Law.

Minister defends vaccine's safety - New Zealand Herald - 20.10.2004
The Health Ministry has confidence in the safety of its meningococcal vaccination despite its rejection by Norway, Health Minister Annette King said yesterday.

Chiron: Vaccine License Suspended - Doubts Over Flu And Meningococcal Vaccines


Meningococcal Death Rate Lowest Since 1991

New Zealand: Novartis Vaccines Enters The MeNZB Debate
Novartis Vaccines, successor to Chiron Corp., which recycled a failed Norwegian meningitis vaccine in New Zealand, has now stated that it will drop the MeNZB vaccine in New Zealand, to replace it with a new version. Novartis has challenged researchers Ron Law and Barbara Sumner Burstyn who investigated the promotion and roll-out of the vaccine in New Zealand. The researchers respond to Novartis. Earlier articles giving the background of the New Zealand vaccine scandal are also available on the site.


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday October 18 2004
updated on Friday December 17 2010

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Readers' Comments

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Posted by: Sepp on October 19, 2004 03:56 PM


Thankyou for your web site. I am 20 years old and have one 4mth old son. My husband and i have never agreed to vaccines. We would never give our precious son these vaccinations which have claimed lives and caused endless terrible side effects. Did you know that the powers that be wish to cull the population of the world by 1/3 and an ADMITTED method to do this is through world wide vaccinations of adults and children!!!!! Barry Smith writes about this and you may find his books 'BETTER THAN NOSTRADAMUS" very interesting. Thankyou for your research, i wish people would not be so quick to trust those put in postitions to 'serve' and 'protect' us. But i will keep telling new mothers my thoughts on the evils of vaccines.

Posted by: Vanessa Campbell on November 30, 2004 07:26 AM


Here's a recent message by Chris Gupta of "Share The Wealth" (by email):

The following excellent investigative journalistic work by Barbara Burstyn & Ron Law clearly demonstrates how most regulatory bodies work. Knowing, all to well, that such cogent investigations are unlikely, and in the event that they do occur most are powerless do anything about it, is the ace that these unaccountable governmental bodies hold to push the agenda of their cronies - all under the pretense health protection. By design governments are unaccountable we see these corrupt shenanigans time and time again. The Nobel prize winner Milton Friedman aptly put it:

"Any system that gives so much power and so much discretion to a few men so that mistakes - excusable or not - can have such far reaching effects, is a bad system. It is a bad system to believers in freedom just because it gives so much power without any affective check by the body politic - this is the key political argument against.. central control."

Hence, central control such as our governments, be they small or large, are the primary danger in the push for globalization of health regulations such as CODEX or any endeavor for that matter...

For a blow by blow sequence of event see MeNZB? Quick Guide. Please circulate widely...

See also:

Meningococcal Disease at 10 to 13 Year Lows - Yet The Vaccine Propaganda Continues

New Zealand: Ministry Resorts To 'Meningococcal Monsters' - Media Silent

Disease Reduction & Medicine

Roots of Medical & Other Monopolies

Posted by: Sepp on March 1, 2005 03:01 PM


A further comment received from New Zealand:

Meningococcal Data Highlights MeNZB(tm) Concerns

Ron Law
Barbara Sumner Burstyn

The release of the bacterial types that have caused five recent cases of meningococcal disease in the Wellington region in recent weeks highlights that none of them would have been prevented by the current MeNZB(tm) vaccination programme.

Only one case was caused by the so-called epidemic strain targeted by the MeNZB(tm) vaccine, and that was in the Chiron scientist working at ESR. It is widely believed within ESR circles that the scientist acquired the original infection overseas, making a lie of the claim that the epidemic strain is unique to New Zealand; it is not.

Medical Officer of Health Annette Nesdale is reported as saying, "though it was unusual that just one case was caused by the epidemic strain, it was important to look at the bigger picture of meningococcal disease and not just the small number of recent cases."

This argument has clearly been written by a PR spin doctor as it was only a week or two ago that these cases were being used to support the need for the MeNZB(tm) vaccine.

The fact is that none of these cases would have been prevented by the MeNZB(tm) vaccine, even if it works, and neither would any of the three deaths confirmed so far this year.

It is interesting to note that Dr Nesdale is claiming that in the past three years only 67 per cent of confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in the Wellington region had been of the B epidemic strain. This would suggest that perhaps as few as 50 per cent of confirmed cases in the past 12 months have been of the epidemic strain highlighting that the epidemic is well and truly declining naturally in the Wellington region--before the roll out of the MeNZB(tm) vaccine.

Dr Nesdale should disclose to the public how many cases due to all strains there have been in each of the past three years in the Wellington region. The public would then realise that the epidemic is waning naturally and that use of total case numbers to promote the need for a strain specific vaccine is a cruel hoax.

Posted by: Sepp on April 22, 2005 01:10 PM


received by email on 24 April 2005:

Meningococcal vaccination increases risk in under 5 year olds

Ron Law & Barbara Sumner Burstyn

Twelve years after the event, it emerges that reassurances of "Trust us, this meningococcal vaccine will protect your children" has been proven to be fallacious. This paper demonstrates that the meningococcal vaccine used in Canada actually increased the risks for under two year olds by 390%, and in 2-5 year olds by 75%...

What faith can New Zealand parents have in the MeNZB(tm) vaccine when the Health Research Council's standing safety monitoring committee has been replaced by a group of hand chosen individuals with no pharmaco-vigilance expertise [as acknowledged by both the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council last week] and including selected colleagues and close contacts of MeNZB(tm) researchers and advisors?

Why has the Ministry of Health interfered with the normal practice of the Health Research Council?

- - -


posted on 21 04 2005

Vaccination against meningitis in children under two may make them more susceptible to the disease rather than conferring protection, according to a new study.

The authors of research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases say that serogroup C meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine confers a high level of protection among school-age children, but that children under two remain susceptible to infection following vaccination.

They found that, during the first 2 years after immunization, vaccine effectiveness was 95.0% among those age 6 years or older; efficacy was 77.3% during the following 3 years.

For those age 2 to 5 years, the vaccine was 62% effective during the first 2 years, but the estimate of effectiveness was negative during the next 3 years.

For those younger than 2 years, the estimate of effectiveness was -7.9% during the first period and highly negative (-390.5%) during the second period.

"The possibility of increased susceptibility to serogroup C meningococcal disease resulting from administration of a polysaccharide vaccine at a young age cannot be excluded," say the authors, suggesting that "once the protective antibodies have disappeared, the inhibition of the serological response could result in greater susceptibility to invasive disease".

Reference: De Wals P et al (2005) Effectiveness of Serogroup C Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine: Results from a Case-Control Study in Quebec Clin Infect Dis 40 (8) 1116-1122

Posted by: Sepp on April 24, 2005 09:11 PM


NZ Meningococcal Vaccination - Update 9 June 2005:

Evidence Shows MeNZB(tm) Vaccine Is Not Working
Ron Law & Barbara Sumner Burstyn

"The Ministry of Health press release this afternoon is riddled with faith and false information," say risk & policy analyst Ron Law and writer/researcher Barbara Sumner Burstyn

1. The heading demonstrates faith... the MOH says that the vaccine WILL work... this is a confession that they have no evidence that it is working. In fact, the evidence to date from Counties Manukau as shown on our Meningococcal Gold Rush, Second Edition, clearly shows it is not. The decline that had begun before the MeNZB(tm) vaccine was rolled out continues... with no increase in the rate of decline that would be expected if the vaccine was working. Even the Ministry's principal meningococcal advisor, Dr Reid, states that the efficacy of the vaccine and the duration of protection following vaccination are, at present, unknown.

2. Claims on radio that there have been 15 cases in Waikato this year are meaningless without knowing what types they are. In fact, the MOH will know that many have not been due to the epidemic strain of bacteria targeted by the MeNZB vaccine. The Ministry should publish the breakdown of cases in the whole of New Zealand.

3. Despite the Ministry of Health's rhetoric, Phase III trials are the norm for new types of vaccines. When these trials have been established then trials demonstrating equivalence have been used for subsequent variations. If phase III trials were not the norm, why did Chiron undertake phase III trials for its Menjugate C vaccine in the USA before abandoning its application for license?

4. The Ministry claims that the MeNZB vaccine is protective against the epidemic strain of meningococcal disease and yet its own expert committee [MAAC] was concerned that there was no efficacy data; Dr Jane O'Hallahan has stated that the vaccine would be rolled out "without efficacy data," and the MOH principal adviser has recently stated, "The efficacy of the vaccine and the duration of protection following vaccination are, at present, unknown." The Ministry's statement of protection is junk science.

5. The Ministry states that about 75% of all cases of meningococcal disease are due to the epidemic strain, and yet a spread sheet circulated privately to Pro-MeNZB health workers last week reveal that since 1997 only 50% of cases have been confirmed as being of the epidemic strain and barely a third of all cases have been confirmed as being of the epidemic strain in under twenty year olds.

6. The Ministry says "The vaccine was licensed under The Medicines Act under Section 23. This section enables a license under provisional consent where the data provided meets Medsafe requirements on both safety and protection grounds and there is a clinical need for the vaccine in New Zealand."

This statement is totally wrong and can only have been made to try and muddy the debate. Section 23 is designed for exactly the opposite type of evidence... where there is insufficient evidence to warrant a proper licence.

7. If the Ministry of Health has worked with Medsafe (a division of the MOH) to ensure the consent form and other information prepared for the public met all requirements for ensuring people had the information they required to enable them to make an informed choice about whether to vaccinate, why did Medsafe write to Dr Jane O'Hallahan, head of the MeNZB vaccine programme, on August 3 2004, after the vaccine was licensed and launched, to instruct her to include the Minister's expert committee's concerns about lack of efficacy data in the consent form? Why are parents still not being told about those concerns, despite the fact that telling parents was a condition of provisional license?

8. If the Ministry of Health makes all information, including highly technical information prepared for doctors and nurses, available to the public through the website, why has it not published its report on the epidemiology of meningococcal disease in New Zealand in 2004, despite it being finished and distributed to selected health professionals in April 2005?

Why has it circulated privately to pro MeNZB health workers publications and databases that the Minister has declined to release under the official information act?

Why is the Ministry of Health knowingly feeding the public false information about the number of cases and deaths due to the epidemic strain of meningococcal disease?

On Close-Up last Friday the MOH Dr Jacob's made false statements denying that the number of deaths last year was the lowest since the epidemic began. He said, falsely, that it was the second highest.

On Morning Report this morning the Ministry of Health's Dr Matheson made false statements regarding the licensing of the MeNZB(tm) vaccine.

Whilst we are extremely disappointed at the Ministry of Health's continued distribution of false information, we believe that this is further evidence of the need for a full public inquiry for reasons outlined in our Meningococcal Gold Rush, Second Edition, investigation on Scoop. Until that occurs, the public can have every reason to have decreasing faith in the Ministry of Health.

Posted by: Sepp on June 9, 2005 10:59 AM


I was convinced by our doctor to get my 3 yo son to get vaccinated with MeNZB. I checked the data sheet to make sure the vaccine did not contain thimerosal (mercury). My boy had three vaccinations - month apart from each. After the first one I noticed that he started having facial and hand muscle spasms, after the second one they aggravated, now the spasms involved his arms, shoulders and face. After the third one he has fully blown chorea with 10-50 episodes a day, muscle spasms involve his feet (toes), arms and wrists, face (nose).
Our doctor dismissed a connection with the vaccine, since my son had developmental promlems prior to the vaccination, however he never had a single spasm or tic episode before.
It is clear for me that the vaccine triggered chorea in my son. What's unclear: if it will go away.

Posted by: koba on June 24, 2005 01:49 AM


very interesting, has justified my decision not to vaccinate my two children despite pressure from school and doctor. Have you read Robert Kenndedy's article on Immunisation recently published on the internet? That is also a huge eyeopener particularly to parents of autistic children such as ourselves.

Posted by: gillian templeton on July 4, 2005 09:45 PM


After more than a year I think we have finally found out why our then 15yo son had several grand mal seizures, 3 weeks after the 2nd dose of the vaccine. He ended up in ICU in very critical condition, after all kind of tests the Dr's didn't know what was going on - or at least thats what they told us!! Our son is 16 now, has been weened off anti-seizure drugs for 2 months now and seems to be fine. This info has been a great enlightenment.

Posted by: enlightened at last on February 10, 2006 09:06 AM


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