Antivaxers violently react to proposed government immunisation-childcare policy and vilify bereaved parents

This news broke today:

UNVACCINATED children will be banned from all childcare centres and preschools in Australia under a hard line proposal spearheaded by the federal government.

The immunisation rates of all preschools and daycare centres will be made publicly available to parents, and a loophole allowing formal objections will also be closed as part of the Turnbull government’s plan to boost vaccination rates.

In a powerful endorsement of The Sunday Telegraph’s four-year No Jab, No Play campaign, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to state and territory leaders demanding all jurisdictions introduce nationally consistent laws to protect Australian children, and has vowed to take the policy to the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

The Australia-wide laws would not only remove exemptions for objectors but would ensure vaccination rates at each centre and preschool were publicly available.

In Sydney this week the Prime Minister met mother-of-four Toni McCaffery, whose baby daughter Dana died of whooping cough at four weeks of age.

Image courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph

The following screenshots of reactions from anti-vaccination activists – including attacks against the bereaved McCaffery and Hughes families (both of whom lost babies Dana and Riley, respectively, to whooping cough), as well as attacks on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his wife, and members of his government – are taken from various anti-vaccination Facebook groups and pages, today.

Anti-vaccination activists state that Malcolm Turnbull “needs a bullet”, and that he needs to “be put down.” Another states he would be “happy to punch him in the head.”

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No Vaccines Australia page 

Page administered by Ian Hastings of Sydney and Adelaide (also runs No Fluoride Australia).

The attack on Toni McCaffery is a lie. From The Sunday Telegraph, on May 26 2013:

TONI McCaffery suspects a daycare centre was the most likely point where her daughter Dana contracted whooping cough in 2009.

Dana was just six days old when Mrs McCaffery took her inside the centre while dropping off her four-year-old daughter Aisling.

Just over three weeks later, Dana was dead, her tiny body ravaged by whooping cough.

After Dana died, Mrs McCaffery set up a spreadsheet to track her movements and pinpoint where her baby had been exposed to the disease, narrowing the potential places down to the shopping centre, the school and the childcare centre.

Then six cases of whooping cough were confirmed at Aisling’s childcare centre.

Indeed, the McCafferys themselves have been consistent regarding the source of Dana’s infection from the beginning.

A NSW Health pamphlet featuring Dana’s story was released in 2011. The text is from NSW Health, but, this shows the McCafferys’ consistency:

On the fifth day, the whooping cough toxins caused her organs to shut down and Dana had a cardiac arrest. She was only 32 days old when she died.

Nobody knows where Dana was infected with whooping cough. It may have been at her sibling’s school or preschool. A loving relative or friend, or a complete stranger may have unknowingly passed the infection on.

The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network also attacked Toni McCaffery using Hastings’ lie:

Anti-Vaccination Australia group 

Group administrators are Belgin Sila Colak-Arslan and Breana Stanley.

Group moderators are Shawn Dhu, Bronwyn Hancock, Erin Kingston, Dan DeBuriatte, and assorted fake profiles.

Anti-Vaccination Australia page

Post by administrator Belgin Colak-Arslan:

Belgin Colak-Arslan public profile 

Serene Johnson is a registered nurse

Unvaccinated Australia group 

Group administrators are Brett Smith, Olivier Vles, Carmen Louise, Steve Kefalinos and various fake profiles.

Severe Adverse Reaction to Vaccination group 

Group administrators are Tanya Hammond, Lois Vitler, and Rob Thompson (fake profile).

Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network page 

Page run predominantly by AVN president Tasha David:

Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network fans page 

Page run predominantly by AVN past-president Meryl Dorey:

Vaccine Free Australia group 

Group administrators are Courtney Hebberman, Luke O’Hehir, Leah Hudson, Olivier Vles, and Zane Cosgrove.

Bring Vaxxed to Australia/New Zealand group

Group administrators are Tasha David (AVN president), Tasha David (other profile), Jennifer Smith (AVN representative), Sarah Cox (abused her own son with bleach enemas), Samantha Wisteria, Jennifer Heywood, Peta Dowle, Jamie Elizabeth Crook, and other fake profiles.

To be continued…


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