In Greece, all vaccines on the National Immunisation Programme (including Hep B and chickenpox!) are compulsory for admission to school (school is compulsory as well by the way!). The only exemption is a medical exemption reports Sandrine.
We have just launched a petition (within Greece) requesting freedom of choice
regarding vaccination of our children. We also have a lawyer who is putting
together a file of scientific and legal arguments to support our case. Towards
the end of May, after the elections, she will present our case at various
relevant bodies such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, the
Institute of Child Health and the National Immunisation Committee.
I am really excited about this and I hope that it will at least help open the
debate on this issue and prepare the grounds should a Court case arise in the
The Campaign is relying on donations (we need to raise 5,000 euros). If you are
willing and able to help, we’d be really grateful!
Please use the Arnica Paypal account to send your donations stating “Greek Vaccination Freedom Campaign”.
We also have a special bank account for this purpose in Greece, but I believe that the cost for an
international transfer is quite high. In any case, if you don’t have a paypal account and still wish to make a donation, please email me and we will find another way.
The petition can be found at:
It is in Greek and we are only collecting signatures from within Greece at the
moment, but here is a translation of the text in English for your information.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR THE VACCINATION OF OUR CHILDREN
Target: Greek Ministry of Health, Greek Ministry of Education
In Greece, all school-age children are required to provide proof that they have
received all vaccines listed on the National Immunisation Programme in order to
be admitted to school. The only exemption to this requirement is a medical
exemption. According to the latest National Immunisation Programme (2011), this
amounts to a total of 14 different vaccines, with many requiring multiple doses.
According to the authorities, compulsory vaccination is necessary in order to
protect public health. However, each vaccine comes with a list of potential
adverse effects and we believe that no one should have the right to force
parents to take such risks for their children.
Most parents who claim freedom of choice regarding vaccination have serious
concerns over the short term and long term safety of vaccines, as well as doubts
over their efficacy.
Vaccines contain toxic ingredients, such as aluminium derivatives, known to
cause brain damage, formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic, Monosodium Glutamate
(MSG), which is a neurotoxin and polysorbate 80, which is linked to severe
anaphylactic reactions. Additionally, the Package Insert and Patient Information
Leaflet of each vaccine list a number of possible short term adverse reactions
ranging from redness at the injection site to a high fever, seizures and
anaphylactic shock. Studies have also associated vaccines with autism, as well
as auto-immune disorders such as Diabetes Mellitus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid
arthritis and Gillain-Barre Syndrome to mention just a few. Additionally,
vaccines have not been tested to see whether they cause cancer or fertility
Much of the research carried out on vaccines is funded by the pharmaceutical
industry. In its December 2009 Factsheet (no. 335), the World Health
Organisation reported: “Corruption in the pharmaceutical sector occurs
throughout all stages of the medicines chain, from research and development to
dispensing and promotion”.
There is now an increasing number of medical experts, such as those belonging to
the International Medical Council on Vaccination, who openly disagree with the
generally accepted view that vaccines are safe and efficacious. The conclusions
of the Council have been reached individually by each member, after rigorous
personal research, study and observation.
Finally, many of the “vaccine-preventable” diseases are either so rare or so
mild, that a parent should have the freedom to decide whether or not they want
to vaccinate their child. Most vaccination exemptions are only given after a
child has already been damaged by a vaccine. It is the parents who will have to
live with and take care of a vaccine-damaged child. Therefore, parents should
have the freedom to choose what risks they are willing to take.
We, the undersigned, request that vaccines are no longer compulsory for
attendance to school. Since the pharmaceutical companies admit (in their package
inserts) that vaccines may cause serious side effects, including permanent
injury, we believe that forcing parents to take such a risk is unconstitutional
and an invasion of our human rights.
We therefore petition for freedom of choice regarding vaccination of our