Here is a letter sent by Dr Viera Scheibner,
Principle Research Scientist (Rtd) and now prominent public campaigner, to
the Medical Observer, an Australian medical newspaper, on February 19th,
1999 Medical Observer Pty Ltd
Level 2, 100 Bay Road,
Waverton NSW 2060
19 February 1999
SIMON CHAPMAN TO TAKE HIS OWN MEDICINE
On February 19, 1999, the Medical Observer published an article by Simon
Chapman, in which he issued a challenge to the anti-vaccination movement in
My response to his provocative article is as follows:
If vaccines are such a blessing I challenge Simon Chapman to appear on
television and allow himself to be injected with all baby vaccines, adjusted
to his body weight by a doctor of my choice and in my presence.
The vaccines to be administered to Simon are as follows:
- DtaP: 3 doses within 4
- Hib (any conjugates):
3 doses within 4 months
- OPV or IPV: 3 doses
within 4 months
- Hep B: 3 doses within
1 month of each other.
The time of the first dose represents month 0.
There isn't a better way to demonstrate to us that vaccines are safe and
effective than by Simon taking his own medicine.
After every lot of vaccines an independent medical doctor and myself would
assess Simon's reactions and the general state of health. Long-term reactions
will be followed up for 3 years.
If you do not publish my letter and/or Simon does not agree to this easy
and safe demonstration, then it will show us all that vaccinators are
dishonest and are afraid of their own medicine. In other words: put up or
I will publicise this proposition and your response on the Internet to
ensure that my response to Simon's challenge is widely known.
Yours very sincerely,
Viera Scheibner PhD