Petition to Professor Andrew Pollard, Head of Ofsted - Sir Michael Wilshaw, Philip Dunne, Jeremy Hunt, Nicola Blackwood MP, DAVID MOWAT, Sir Prior of Brampton, Mark Dickinson, John Morley, Jane Evans
STOP vaccination with the Influenza Nasal Spray Vaccine in our schools.
Please sign our Government petition too. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171338 Schools are establishments for Education NOT places for Mass Vaccination * GM strains of influenza used in the nasal spray flu vaccine have NEVER been studied for safety. * There may be a risk of inhalation of particles to those not consenting to the vaccine. * Recently vaccinated children can transmit the flu to others within their community. The nasal spray flu vaccine (Fluenz Tetra or Flumist Quadrivalent) currently administered to Early Years children in UK primary schools annually. 1 This new vaccine is genetically modified (GM) and contains four strains of live influenza virus designed to replicate in the nasal passage. 2. It has a Black Triangle label, which means it requires active surveillance. 3. It should therefore be administered in medical establishments such as GP surgeries, community health clinics, or hospitals where a nurse will have full access to medical records and where parents can be present during the procedure so they can seek specific advice regarding their individual child's health. By administering it to children in schools, the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Programme directly violates the Secretary of State’s declaration in The Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009 which says there is no provision for imposing or enabling any restriction or requirement which has, or would have, a significant effect on a person’s rights. 4. Mass vaccination of children with this nasal spray, in a school environment, puts the health of staff, other pupils and their families at risk because ‘the virus has the potential for transmission’ peaking at ‘2-3 days post vaccination in clinical studies’. 5. Public Health England claim that shedding from a recently vaccinated person is negligible but it has been proven, in both school and laboratory settings, that flu vaccine strains have been transmitted to other children and staff.6 7 Even the manufacturers advise that people who are immune-compromised should not come into contact with a recently vaccinated child8. which suggests that there is indeed some risk of transmission. The spread of particles from the nasal spray has not been studied during such mass vaccination programmes so we do not know the effect it may have on non-consenting children and staff. As it contains gelatine made from pork this may have an impact on those observing Halal practice. We therefore believe that Local Education Authorities should not penalise those parents who have made a fully informed decision wishing to exercise the precautionary principle by removing their children from school for the period of vaccination and vaccine shedding. AstraZeneca, one of the manufacturers of this product, has been fined on several occasions for improper and illegal false drug claims and patent fraud.9 Whether the mass vaccination of children in schools even protects them from influenza is unknown. In 2015 the flu vaccine was effective in just 3% of cases10. Dr Tom Jefferson, the lead author of the Cochrane Review on Vaccine for Preventing Influenza in Healthy Children, states that "influenza vaccines are about marketing not science."11 12 13 We object to vaccines being administered in places of education. The mass vaccination of children in schools is a potentially unsafe procedure. Let's stop this happening in UK schools. References: (1). For the first time, the youngest primary school children in 17,000 schools will be eligible to receive the free nasal spray vaccine, making this the largest school-based vaccination programme ever in England. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/winter-campaign-starts-with-largest-flu-vaccination-programme (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (2). Each vial of Fluenza Tetra vaccine mist contains 10 million ‘genetically modified organisms’ for each nostril of each of four strains of reassorted live attenuated. That's 80 million viruses per dose, designed to replicate inside a child's nasal passages. Summary of product characteristics, Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension influenza vaccine (live attenuated, nasal), 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use, updated 3rd Sept 2015 http://www.medicines.org.uk/emcmobile/medicine/29112/spc (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (3). https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/the-black-triangle-scheme-or (4). In accordance with section 45Q(3) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, the Secretary of State declares that he is of the opinion that these Regulations do not contain any provision made by virtue of section 45C(3)(c) of that Act which imposes or enables the imposition of a special restriction or requirement or any other restriction or requirement which has or would have a significant effect on a person’s rights. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/38/pdfs/uksi_20090038_en.pdf (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (5). "The highest proportion of subjects in each group shed one or more vaccine strains on Days 2-3 post vaccination". Although some of the children who received the Fluenz vaccine remained contagious for up to 28 days. Flumist Quadrivalent, Package Insert, PDF, Page 15, Transmission Study http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM294307.pdf (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (6). ‘With documented transmission of one Type B in one placebo subject and possible transmission of Type A viruses in four placebo subjects’ http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM294307.pdf (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (7). However, the risk of transmission is not only to the seriously immunocompromised contacts. There has been confirmed transmission of a vaccine strain to a child in a school setting. This means that a non-vaccinated child not consenting to the vaccine could potentially contract the vaccine strain anyway. A randomized, double-blind study of the safety, transmissibility and phenotypic and genotypic stability of cold-adapted influenza virus vaccine, Vesikari T, Karvonen A, Korhonen T, Edelman K, Vainionpää R, Salmi A, Saville MK, Cho I, Razmpour A, Rappaport R, O'Neill R, Georgiu A, G. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16804427 (Accessed: 7 August 2016) (8). Whilst it is a weakened version of the virus, it is still possible to catch the flu from it. "Vaccine recipients should be informed that Fluenz Tetra is an attenuated live virus vaccine and has the potential for transmission to immunocompromised contacts." https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/29112 (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (9). The company paid a fine of $520 million to the U.S. Department of Justice for illegally promoting Seroquel and settled thousands of lawsuits involving Seroquel for $647 million. https://www.drugwatch.com/manufacturer/astrazeneca/ (Accessed: 7 August 2016) (10). The year’s flu vaccine effective in only 3% of cases. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31155332 (updated 5th Feb 2015, accessed 15th Jan 2016) Vesikari T1, Karvonen A, Korhonen T, Edelman K, Vainionpää R, Salmi A, Saville MK, Cho I, Razmpour A, Rappaport R,O'Neill R, Georgiu A, Gruber W, Mendelman PM, Forrest B; CAIV-T Transmission Study Group. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2006 Jul;25(7):590-5, PMID: 16804427. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16804427 (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (11). The Cochrane Review on Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children published in 2012 reviewed 75 studies on flu vaccines with about 300,000 observations. It found "extensive evidence of reporting bias of safety outcomes from trials of live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIVs) [which] impeded meaningful analysis" and "evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of studies." http://www.cochrane.org/CD004879/ARI_vaccines-for-preventing-influenza-in-healthy-children (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (12). Doshi, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, argues that the vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated. ‘Expert questions US public health agency advice on influenza vaccine’, published 16th May 2013. http://www.bmj.com/press-releases/2013/05/16/expert-questions-us-public-health-agency-advice-influenza-vaccines (Accessed: 21 January 2016) (13). Is the government wrong about giving children the nasal spray flu vaccine? Luisa Dillner, 15th Oct 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/05/government-wrong-nasal-spray-vaccine (Accessed 22 January 2016)
Petition to Rudi Vervoort, Celine Fremault, Pascal Smet
Laat Brussel op adem komen! Faisons respirer Bruxelles! For more ambition on air quality.
FR – L’air que nous respirons à Bruxelles est souvent pollué. Il est tellement pollué que, chaque année, 632 bruxellois en meurent prématurément. Tellement pollué que la Commission européenne a jugé nécessaire d’initier une procédure contre notre pays et que cinq citoyens ont démarré une action au tribunal contre la Région Bruxelloise. Signez la pétition pour demander plus d’ambition, à court terme, sur la qualité de l’air à nos représentants politiques bruxellois. Le Plan Air Climat Energie est un pas modeste dans la bonne direction, qui a été amélioré grâce à la pression des citoyens, mais des mesures plus importantes sont nécessaires pour protéger les citoyens, les enfants et les personnes agées, les touristes et les navetteurs des effet destructifs de la pollution de l’air. NL - Onze Brusselse lucht is vervuild. Zo vervuild dat elk jaar 632 Brusselaars vroegtijdig sterven, zo vervuild dat de Europese Commissie ons land voor de rechter sleept en dat vijf burgers het Brussels Gewest voor het gerecht dagen. Teken de petitie en eis meer ambitie, en snellere actie rond luchtkwaliteit van onze politici. Het nieuwe Lucht Klimaat Energie plan is een eerste stap in de goeie richting, versterkt na druk van burgers, maar meer zal nodig zijn om burgers, kinderen en ouderen, toeristen en pendelaars te beschermen van de destructieve gevolgen van luchtvervuiling. EN - The Brussels’ air is often polluted. So polluted that 632 people die each year prematurely, so polluted that the European Commission is taking Belgium to court. Sign the petition and demand more ambition and quicker action on air quality from our politicians. The new Air Climate Energy Plan is a modest step in the right direction, improved after citizens’ pressure, but more will be needed to protect citizens, children and the elderly, tourists, and commuters from the destructive effects of air pollution SCHONE LUCHT BXL AIR PROPRE est une plate-forme citoyenne ouverte à tous - is een burgerplatform open voor iedereen. Info: https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirBXL/ or website www.schoneluchtbxl.be - www.bxlairpropre.be - www.cleanairbxl.be.
Petition to Margot James MP
Extend maternity leave for mothers of premature babies
When my first son was born ten weeks early, I had no idea that maternity leave would begin the very next day, months before we would bring him home. Born too soon, the reality of life in neonatal care is very different from what a mother would usually expect from the early days of maternity leave. Lines, monitors, life support machines and recovery from what is often a traumatic birth. Mothers wait days, if not weeks to hold their babies for the first time and face the agonising journey home without their baby each day. It broke my heart leaving my tiny baby every day and he spent the first months of my maternity leave in hospital. The very real cost of premature birth is not only measured in terms of financial pressures placed on families, most recent studies suggest it costs in excess of £2,000 for an average NICU stay, but also upon the long term health implications for the mother, with 40% of NICU mums developing postnatal depression following neonatal intensive care and more than half experiencing anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. As a mother I needed time to bond with my tiny baby, time to recover from our traumatic journey and time at home for my baby to grow and develop before I could return to work. Extending statutory maternity leave and pay would give mothers the emotional and financial support needed at a time of great stress and trauma - in turn leading to better postnatal health, a more positive return to work and better outcomes for babies development. We call on Margot James MP and Government colleagues to recognise the significant and unique needs of families with children born prematurely and to extend statutory leave accordingly.
Petition to The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Prof Dame Sally Davies, Dr Duncan Selbie
Provide tests for Group B Strep to prevent any more avoidable deaths of newborn babies
My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili’s first birthday last month. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just 9 precious days to spend with our beautiful son. Edward was cruelly taken from us as a result of contracting group B Strep infection at birth. On average, one newborn baby a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities - physical, mental or both. It is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Group B Strep is a normal bacterium carried by around 1/4 women, without symptoms and usually unknowingly. It can be passed from mother to baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby. But these consequences are usually preventable and that’s why I’ve started this petition with the charity Group B Strep Support. Unlike many other developed countries including Germany and Spain, the UK does not routinely offer tests to pregnant women specifically to check for Group B Strep carriage during late pregnancy. If doctors know a mum is carrying GBS, they can administer simple antibiotics during labour to prevent the infection - over 80% of these infections could be prevented. However the GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test is rarely available through the NHS. Since 2003, the UK has used ‘risk factors’ to guess which pregnant women might be at risk. Risk factors are poor at predicting which babies will develop the infection -- the number of babies infected is growing, we need to stop guessing and start testing. The ECM test costs the NHS £11 each and the antibiotics used in labour (usually penicillin) cost the NHS pennies. Had we had ECM tests in place, Edward Gili could be here today for us to see his first steps and hear his first words. We can’t afford to lose any more lives, we can’t afford not to do this.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Donald Trump
LEGALISE THE CURE FOR CANCER! #KASABIAN'S LAW
I have a story to tell you about our very own superhero, Kasabian Newton-Smith & his extraordinary family. I actually know this family and of course Kasabian personally and can easily class them as friends.I met Kay (Kas's Mum) 9 yrs ago, when by chance she walked into my hair salon, instantly I saw that she was a friendly, happy, honest, & genuine person and we clicked straight away. I also classed her as a friend straight away! Kasabian wasn't born then but not long after he made a appearance. Even though Kay and I don't txt or speak everyday, nothing changes when we do actually get time! Kay is such a beautiful person, so kind hearted and never judges, she's always there for others, and always sees the best in people.When Kasabian was first diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when he was 2 years old, he was only given two weeks to live then! So, To save their child the Newton-Smith family and friends rallied round, to raise funds to pay for his treatment in America. I was asked if I would help out and it was a honour to do the first ever head shave on Kay herself in 2009. Kasabian has relentlessly battled his cancers for 7 years, had more chemotherapy sessions & radiotherapy sessions that a grown adult can cope with, and In total Kas had more than 900 procedures in the 7yrs of his battle. He lost his hair three times through the treatment & he's been in remission twice, Even through all of that Kasabian was just like his mum - So very Kind Hearted, Selfless and Very resilient! He set himself goals by raising money for other charities, and once he'd sets himself a target, you can bet you're life that he'll smash it! In 2015 sadly more cancers had invaded his body - simply just way too many, and he had received all the treatment that was/had been available, which ment that treatment options were nil.He was then heartbreakingly deemed as terminal - Devastating! But the fearless youngster decided to kick start the fundraising campaign for PACT charity and did himself a 5k walk in Hillsborough Park June 2015, raising a staggering amount! I was proudly at Kasabian's walk in Hillsborough Park last year, I also arranged a suprise "minion" & "Buzz Lightyear" to walk alongside! And I was really privileged but very saddened to help at the most recent fundraiser at the Wadsley bridge club shaving more heads Nov 2016 .(Actually raising funds for Kasabians funeral) Even though I only class myself as the local hairdresser I used to make regular out of hours trips to Kays to cut Kas's hair, as he knew that I wouldn't hurt him due to his scar on his head, which was a Complete Honour! I love the Newton-Smith family so much, I've been so fortunate and lucky enough to meet and know such a amazing phenomenon of a young man and family! But Unfortunately witnessed his life in full circle. I will never ever meet anyone like Kasabian in my lifetime again! Simply because - There is only ONE of Kas! Sadly Kasabian Newton-Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th December 2016. It was his 9th Birthday on Thursday 15th December - his first Angel Birthday. A entire community are mourning the passing of a very brave & amazing little boy. 'KEEP SMILING YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR INSPIRING '- Kas - Warrior/Legend End the bigotry and educate. We don't need to find a cure for cancer, we need to legalise it. #KASABIANSLAW #WARRIOR #LEGEND #1lastsmile4kasabian What if I told you there were MULTIPLE CURES for CANCER but are suppressed because cancer is worth over £200 BILLION a year ... we don't need to find a cure for cancer, we need to legalise it! Cannabis HAS BEEN PROVEN to have many more benifits to 'OUR' HEALTH, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY! "KEEP SMILING YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR INSPIRING" - Kasabian Newton-Smith / Warrior & Legend #KASABIANSLAW #REVOLUTION
Petition to Hon. Phil Twyford MP, Hon. Julie Anne Genter MP
NZ Road Safety must include Horse Riders.
Horse riders are legal road users, but are not currently included in the national master plan for road safety "Safer Journeys". Our legislation is well behind other nations in recognizing the importance of sharing the roads . Our roads must be safe for all. Change current Road Legislation for horse riders, to at least match current Australian legislation, by: allow horses on shared paths. allow local authorities to create bridleways (walk-cycle-horse) on roads (they cannot under current law) Specifically allow horse riders on verges (current legislation is unclear), and if necessary for safety, on paths (as per current Australian legislation). Ensure that Councils and Road Authorities recognise the role that verges (unformed road surfaces) play in the safety of pedestrians and horse riders in rural areas. Set specific road speed 20kph (same as passing school buses) in road rules for passing horses (not a vague 'slow down'), or at least require drivers to follow hand-signals from riders. Injuring, or killing a ridden (or driven) horse must be an offence. Hitting a horse implies that the driver would have hit the person! It is not currently an offence to kill a ridden (or driven) horse. Road design, and road works (implementation) MUST make rural roads safe for walkers, cyclists AND HORSE RIDERS. This means: ensuring verges are safe for walkers, or horse riders. Verges are frequently destroyed by current road design standards/building; creating drains, culverts or putting obstacles on the verge such as barriers or signs (for vehicles) that endanger those who need to use the verges for their safety. speed limits that allow pedestrians, horses, and cycles in rural communities with no paths, and no road margin, to use the road safely. All road safety plans must recognise all road users on an even footing. Recognising that walkers, cyclists, AND HORSE RIDERS must have safe passage on our roads. Our rural roads must be safe for ALL to use. Please don't wait for the next horse to be killed, or rider injured. Sign Now
Petition to Arun District Council, cllr.paul.dendle
Save Our Sauna
At present Littlehampton Leisure Centre has a sauna. We have been informed that the new centre to be built, is not going to have a sauna! How can we have an improved facility, when we are losing something which we presently have! The sauna users pay extra for the facility and it is well used. We want Arun District Council to reconsider their plans for the new leisure centre, to incorporate at least a sauna and possibly a jacuzzi and steam room. There are health benefits from these facilities, as well as the social aspect. Felpham have already lost their facility in the past, so many members come across to Littlehampton to use the Sauna.We do not want to lose this one too! So please help us Save Our Sauna and encourage ADC to install one in the Littlehampton Leisure Centre.
Petition to Thunder Bay City Council
Anti-Idling Bylaw for Thunder Bay, ON
Motor vehicles are major sources of air pollutants, which are associated with adverse health effects. The Canadian Medical Association states that 21,000 premature deaths, 92,000 emergency room visits and 620,000 doctors’ visits are due to air pollution. This has an economic cost of more than eight billion dollars per year. The respiratory effects of air pollution include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular effects may cause heart arrhythmias, cardiac failure and stroke. An anti-idling bylaw will decrease air pollutants in our community and affect the health of the people living here.