Meningitis Vaccines are required for Vermont College students but exemption forms are available. Are you uneasy about the role of marketing in leveraging parental fears to sell (and mandate) more vaccines?
….However, the headlines prompted by the 13 campus cases — which resulted in one death and one double amputation — helped reshape the financial prospects for the drugs. Some physicians and other industry experts are now growing uneasy about the role of marketing in leveraging parental fears to sell the meningitis B vaccines as well as other expensive vaccines for rare illnesses.
A complete Bexsero series costs $320. A competing vaccine for meningitis B, Trumenba, a Pfizer product, costs $345…
Vaccination has ALWAYS been a voluntary procedure~!
And, Vermont citizens have long-held reservations against compulsory vaccination. For more than a century, (and long before the industry was indemnified from product liability – in 1986), this debate has been quite active.
One can also read about the grave concerns expressed by citizens like F.E. Simpson of Glover, Vermont: He warned about our fundamental rights and liberties being at risk due to medical politics (see the Orleans County monitor, January 12, 1921).
In 1979, Dr. Roberta Coffin lobbied the legislature to pass a law that would require vaccination for school attendance. After concerns were raised by Senators and parents (including the possibility that schools might get sued if children reacted to the serums), they built both religious and moral exemptions into the law.
Since that time, lawmakers and doctors respected that parents must always reserve the right not to inject a serum into their children, whether they are religious or not, because the product could cause harm. Click here to view/download the original “exemption” form.
Just seven years later, in 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, shielding vaccine manufacturers and doctors from civil product liability and malpractice lawsuits when a permanent disability or death is caused by a vaccine.
If the AAP and CDC’s vaccine “recommendations” are followed, babies born in 2016 will receive 50 injections by age 18. This is seven times the number of injections recommended in 1983, before industry was freed from liability for product harm.
In 2007, Merck and some legislators tried, but failed, to mandate the HPV vaccine for school entry in Vermont. At that time, “Moral Exemptions” were re-named to “Philosophical Exemptions.”
In 2011, the Supreme Court decided Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, prohibiting any individual from filing a civil suit for a defectively designed vaccine in any US court. Pharmaceutical companies and doctors now enjoy extraordinary protection against liability for vaccine injury or death that may occur after they “give” a vaccine.
In 2012, “Philosophical Exemptions” were upheld in a vote of 133-6. At that time, the Vermont legislature displayed an overwhelming support for parental choice in such medical decision-making. It was only in 2015 that industry pressure became too much.
In 2015, using a national campaign to spread fear of measles, and after intense lobbying by pharma and the medical industry, “Philosophical Exemptions” were deleted from Vermont law on July 1, 2016. In addition, Health Department employees have modified “required educational material” and are choosing to withhold important product risk information from parents.
Today, only “Religious Exemptions” remain available to Vermont parents, unless you can secure a medical exemption from your doctor. We are told by parents they are impossible to get, because pediatricians refuse to acknowledge or make any connection between vaccines and their side effects.
Parents need to understand that it is critical to have consent and choice in a free society.
One very concerned Vermont Mom writes in response to recent health department claims that, “Vaccines are Unrelated to Autism”. Read more…
IN THE NEWS
Apr. 20, 2017 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Interview by Tucker Carlson
Vaccine Policy – Sharyl Atkisson reports: “Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. briefed members of Congress on Capitol Hill, pushing them to investigate an untouchable subject: the safety of vaccines.” – Full Measure, February 19, 2017
Actor Robert De Niro Concerned With Dangers Of Mercury In Vaccines – CBS Pittsburgh, February 15, 2017
Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate (read more at: Sacramento Bee)
Dirty Little $ecrets: Following the Pharma Money Trail in Texas (read more here)
Drugmakers contribute campaign money to Vermont candidates (read more at: Assoc Press)
January 17, 2017: US Dept of Health and Human Services Announces Final Rule Making Changes to Vaccine Injury Table
“To gain entitlement to compensation under this program, a petitioner must establish that a vaccine-related injury or death has occurred, either by proving that a vaccine actually caused or significantly aggravated an injury (causation-in-fact) or by demonstrating the occurrence of what is referred to as a ‘‘Table Injury.’’ That is, a petitioner may show that the vaccine recipient suffered an injury of the type enumerated in the regulations at 42 CFR 100.3—the ‘‘Vaccine Injury Table’’— corresponding to the vaccination in question and that the onset of such injury took place within a time period also specified in the Table. If so, the injury is presumed to have been caused by the vaccination and the petitioner is entitled to compensation (assuming that other requirements are satisfied) unless the Respondent affirmatively shows that the injury was caused by some factor other than the vaccination (see 42 U.S.C. 300aa–11(c)(1)(C)(i), 300aa–13(a)(1)(B)), and 300aa–14(a)).“- Federal Register
~ California parents have filed suit against state agencies and state employees to stop mandatory school vaccination law which removed exemptions. [tweetthis] California parents have filed suit against state agencies & state employees to stop new school vaccination law which removed exemptions. [/tweetthis]
~ The Liability Issue. Why are vaccine consumers not warned of product risks? Read more… [tweetthis]The Liability Issue. Why are vaccine consumers not warned of product risks? Read more at http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/the-liability-issue/[/tweetthis]
~ Get to Know your Elected & Candidate Positions on Vaccine Choice, and vote accordingly!
76 Vaccine injuries have been reported since right around when our philosophical exemption was outlawed (view VAERS … May 1, 2015 – May 14, 2016). Under mandatory vaccine policies, some people get hurt. Do these lives not matter? More…
Synopsis – In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism.
The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC.
Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens.
Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.
Below are links to the official complaint letters sent to the CDC.
AUSSIE PHD UNDER FIRE FOR STANCE ON VACCINES: “This is a discriminatory policy against educated parents and their healthy children, and it infringes on human rights” – Dr. Judy Wilyman (PhD) – Read more…
The summer 2015 edition of the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, was devoted to the subject of vaccinations— find it here.
THE PUSH IS ON… It may be “ruled legal,” but is it right to force-drug American children against their parent’s best judgement with liability-free pharma? Mandatory Vaccinations: Precedent and Current Lawshttps://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21414.pdf
Congressional Research Service, May 21, 2014
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Did you know that in 2016 your parental right to medical decision making will be restricted by the State? Passed in 2015, Act 37 removes a parent’s right to have a “philosophical conviction” opposing state-mandated child vaccination, effective July 2016.
For now, the law keeps a “religious exemption” intact. However, a bill has already been introduced to do away with all non-medical exemptions in VT (see: H.212). Lobbyists say that this bill to remove the religious exemption will not be touched during an election year. Are you willing to wait and see?
Act 37 was not fully vetted by lawmakers because it was the result of a “sneak amendment” orchestrated by the American Academy of Pediatrics and pharmaceutical interests. In just one month, the industry managed to attach major vaccine policy changes to another bill that had already passed the house and even switched committees in the process. The new law was signed by the Governor Peter Shumlin on May 28, 2015 and includes a report to be made to the legislature on feasibility of mandatory vaccination for school staff. Teachers, administrators and janitors take note: H266, a bill to require mandatory vaccination for school teachers and administrators, has already been introduced.
There are many elements to the new mandatory vaccine law (Act 37), effective July 2016. Click here for a detailed overview.
Also, “rulemaking” is going on now at the Health Department and there is a public comment period open through Dec. 2nd. Click here for a detailed overview of the proposed rule that is supposed to implement the new law. File a comment, here.
Citizens have been told by David Englander, Attorney for the DOH that, “Shortly after the conclusion of the public comment period the Department will file the final proposed rule, including any revisions based on public comment and a response to all issues raised during the public comment period, with the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR). Members of the public can testify in favor of or against the rule when LCAR meets to consider the rule. For information about the day and time this rule will be considered at LCAR and how to testify at LCAR contact Katie Pickens at [email protected] or (802) 828-5760.” File a comment, here.
It is critical that your elected lawmakers hear from families and schools that will be impacted by the new law, because they have been told there will be no fiscal/economic impact. Lawmakers need to know that there is indeed an impact on families schools – and this is our chance to speak up.
Proposed Rules Call for:
– 7 vaccines – 5 shots – by age 2 months
– 14 vaccines – 10 shots – by age 4 months
– 21 vaccines – 15 shots – by age 6 to 14 months
– 25 vaccines – 17 shots – by age 15 to 18 months
– 28 vaccines – 18 shots – by age 18 months
—Penalties for school administrators and childcare providers who do not enforce compliance.
— Includes All schools – including independent schools and colleges, for just one class enrolled (so may affect homeschoolers).
The following persons in VT will be affected by Act 37 :
children enrolled in a child care facility or pre-kindergarten.
students enrolled in kindergarten. elementary school, secondary school.
students in post-secondary school.
health care providers.
child care and school administrators.
Act 37 is 19 pages long and has several components you must know about:
Requires reports to the Dept. of Health when a person has reason to believe another person is sick – shall tattle within 24 hours (see section 2 on 18 VSA sec 1001).
Requires all schools to make publicly available aggregate vaccination rates of the student body to all parents and students (see section 3 which amends 18 VSA sec 1121).
Removes the right of parents and/or students to hold philosophical beliefs in opposition to the State’s universal list of mandatory vaccinations listed as required for daycare, pre-K, K, and all schools (public, private, independent, primary, secondary, post-secondary) (see section 4 which amends 18 VSA sec 1122).
Requires the Dept. of Health to adopt rules together with the Agency of Education and Dept. of Children and Families that shall LIST which vaccine doses will be required for Vermont schools (see section 5 which amends 18 VSA sec 1123).
Collection and reporting of data on chid vaccination status in 1st and 8th grades (see section 6 which amends 18 VSA sec 1124).
Grant the Dept. of Health the power to implement “quality improvement intitiatives” at any school that has a vaccination rate below “the average” (see section 7 which adds 18 VSA sec 1125).
Requires the participation of all Vermont residents in a Mandatory vaccination registry (adults and children) with no opt-out or penalty for violation of privacy and allowance for any researcher with IRB approval to have access to these records (see section 8 which amends 18 VSA sec 1129).
Establishes an advisory council on vaccination practice – there is no public membership or dissenting member (see section 9 which adds 18 VSA sec 1131).
Sets up a committee to look at the legality of making mandatory vaccinations required for all school administrators, faculty and personnel (see section 11).
Effective: July 2015 except sections 4 and 6 (see section 12).
The Dept. of Health has begun to set forth how they envision this law to be enforced. Their draft proposal includes an intensive and complicated vaccine schedule which mandates all CDC recommended vaccines within 2 years of recommendation and imposes penalties on daycare and school administrators who do not exclude children if these children are not in compliance with a new law. You can read their draft proposal, which is incomplete, here.
This update is by no means an exhaustive analysis of the new law or the rules being proposed. Please read the new law for yourself and if you have comments or concerns about Act 37 or how it is being implemented, please send them ASAP to: David Englander
Vermont Department of Health
PO Box 70, 108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402 [email protected] [email protected]
Be sure also to send a copy to your lawmaker and if you wish, copy us- Thanks
This page will be updated with further comments as they are received from others and developed by VCVC team members….