Choosing To Vaccinate

Choosing to Vaccinate

For those people who choose to vaccinate either themselves or their children there are a number of things that are prudent to do. If you choose to proceed with any vaccinations you should obtain the package insert of the vaccine(s) and read it thoroughly before you consent to any vaccine being administered. Do not accept “Patient Information” which omits important information including side-effects. Request New Zealand Physicians Circulars, or Professional Data Sheets. Many of these are on the internet at http://www.medasfe.govt.nz/Profs/datasheet/DataSheet.htm#t.

Note contraindications, warnings, precautions and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor to explain the signs and symptoms of all adverse reactions so that you may recognise them should they occur.

If you choose to give your child a vaccine, an important consideration is when to vaccinate. To minimise the risk of adverse reactions, follow these guidelines:

  • Delay the vaccination for as long as possible to ensure that your child’s immune system has had a chance to mature and strengthen.
  • Never vaccinate a sick child.
  • Pre-load your child with vitamin C to help them combat the assault on the immune system and to fight the effects of vaccine ingredients such as aluminium, formaldehyde and 2-phenoxyethanol. Pre-loading with vitamin C is recommended by Drs Archie Kalokerinos, Glen Dettman and Ian Dettman. Dr Mike Godfrey, an expert in preventive and environmental medicine, recommends one gram of vitamin C per day per year of age up to five grams per day leading up to vaccination.
  • Do not vaccinate if there has been a reaction to a previous vaccine, or there is a history of reactions to that vaccine in your family.
  • Do not vaccinate if there is a family history of convulsions, neurological disorders, epilepsy, severe allergies or immune system disorders.
  • Do not administer a vaccine which contains substances to which the recipient has a known sensitivity, e.g. antibiotics, eggs, etc.
  • Where possible give vaccines as single shots and do not get more than one vaccine administered at a time.
  • Wait two months between vaccinations.
  • Do not vaccinate a premature baby according to its chronological age but according to its adjusted age (e.g. a two month premature baby should not get its ‘six week’ vaccines until three and a half months after birth).

When you vaccinate…

Obtain the following information prior to vaccination for your records, verified and signed by the vaccine administrator (a vaccine data record sheet has been designed below for your use):

  • evidence that you (or your child) are healthy
  • if for a child, evidence that the child is developing normally;
  • time and date of administration;
  • name of vaccine administrator and credentials;
  • name and manufacturer of vaccine;
  • the Vaccine Lot and batch number;
  • written verification that the vaccine has been stored correctly at all times.

This information is critical for obtaining Accident Compensation coverage in the event of compensatable injury.

Reporting an Adverse Reaction

Any vaccine reaction should be reported on a H1574 form by your doctor, yourself or the person who administered the vaccine. Send the completed form to:

The National Toxicology Groups Centre for Adverse Reaction Monitoring
PO Box 913,
Dunedin,
New Zealand.

Ensure that ALL symptoms are recorded on the form and retain a copy for your own records. Request verification in writing that the data has been entered into their computer.

The form should be available from your doctor but can be obtained by writing to the Toxicology Centre for Adverse Reactions, or at http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/regulatory/forms.htm.


Vaccine Data Record Sheet

This vaccine data record sheet has been designed specifically for a child, but can also be used for an adult…

Date Vaccine(s) given:

Child’s name:

Health status of child at time of vaccine(s):

Is the child generally progressing well?  Yes / No – explain…

Name of Health Practitioner giving the vaccine(s):

What type of fridge are the vaccine(s) stored in?

Signed by
Health Practitioner:
Name of Vaccine given:

Vaccine Manufacturer:

Vaccine Lot and batch No’s:

Vaccine Expiry Date:

Did you read the Vaccine Package  insert sheet?:  Yes / No

Name of Vaccine given:

Vaccine Manufacturer:

Vaccine Lot and batch No’s:

Vaccine Expiry Date:

Did you read the Vaccine Package  insert sheet?:  Yes / No

Date Vaccine(s) given:

Child’s name:

Health status of child at time of vaccine(s):

Is the child generally progressing well?  Yes / No – explain…

Name of Health Practitioner giving the vaccine(s):

What type of fridge are the vaccine(s) stored in?

Signed by
Health Practitioner:
Name of Vaccine given:

Vaccine Manufacturer:

Vaccine Lot and batch No’s:

Vaccine Expiry Date:

Did you read the Vaccine Package  insert sheet?:  Yes / No

Name of Vaccine given:

Vaccine Manufacturer:

Vaccine Lot and batch No’s:

Vaccine Expiry Date:

Did you read the Vaccine Package  insert sheet?:  Yes / No

Date Vaccine(s) given:

Child’s name:

Health status of child at time of vaccine(s):

Is the child generally progressing well?  Yes / No – explain…

Name of Health Practitioner giving the vaccine(s):

What type of fridge are the vaccine(s) stored in?

Signed by
Health Practitioner:
Name of Vaccine given:

Vaccine Manufacturer:

Vaccine Lot and batch No’s:

Vaccine Expiry Date:

Did you read the Vaccine Package  insert sheet?:  Yes / No

Name of Vaccine given:

Vaccine Manufacturer:

Vaccine Lot and batch No’s:

Vaccine Expiry Date:

Did you read the Vaccine Package  insert sheet?:  Yes / No