How Does a Vaccine Get “Mandated” for School?

State of Vermont vaccination regulations (copy here) state that

“The Vermont Recommended Immunization Schedule is based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as approved and published by the Centers for Disease Control.” [underline added for emphasis]

(Note it is only recommended but parents who wish NOT to follow the recommendations must file an EXEMPTION (see forms tab on our main menu)

Vermont’s vaccination regulations also state that

The Commissioner of Health shall annually convene the Vermont Immunization Advisory Council (VIAC) to assist in the determination of whether the Immunization Schedule found in Section 7 of this rule should be updated in accordance with the published Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immunization schedule. The Commissioner may convene additional meeting of the Council as necessary.”


Following release of a CDC vaccine recommendation, a two-year phase-in period will pass before children and students may be required to have the vaccine in order to enroll in a child care facility or school.” and ” If necessary to protect the public’s health, the Commissioner may require a shorter phase-in period.”

All of the above  went into effect July 1, 2016 – but as of the time of this writing, the Vermont Immunization Advisory Council (VIAC)  has never been convened.

This youtube video will give the reader an understanding of how ACIP votes on a new vaccine recommendation.

This video is an excerpt of the February 2018 ACIP meeting.

Full meeting here.

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October News

October 31, 2013

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October 29, 2013:

October 27, 2013

“The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.”  

– Supreme Court of the United States, 1927 

– read more legal history, HERE.

Screen shot 2013-10-03 at 12.10.35 AMVaccination Choice is a Human Right. 

Your body, your family, your health choice.

October 24, 2013: Vaccine Court Facts

– Should there be a vaccine injury that is recognized by parent and/or doctor then documented, diagnosed, reported on a death cert or otherwise proved – parents can file in the US Court of Federal Claims/Vaccine Program, Office of the Special Masters for vaccine injury (this is what we refer to as “Vaccine Court.”

– US “Vaccine Court”requires *prima facie* proof of cause and there are many flaws in the program.

– US “Vaccine Court” has paid $255 million in 2013 alone.

– In “Vaccine Court” cases, the US DHHS is the defendant, and the US DOJ defends the DHHS in the case, and we the taxpayers fund it.

October 23, 2013

October 22, 2013

  • Sex differences in the vaccine-specific and non-targeted effects of vaccines (PDF).
  • 2010 SUNY study suggests decreased health care utilization in patients who had wild-type chicken pox infection.
  • Atopic disorders: a default pathway in the absence of infection? (link to study)

October 19, 2013

October 17, 2013:

October 14, 2013: Vaccine-associated measles (which occurred in VT in 2011) may be dangerous for those who are immunocompromised (study).

October 10, 2013: Vaccines that use mercury compounds (thimerosal) as a preservative are exempt from UN pact to limit mercury – environmental health news.

October 8, 2013: Contrary to official government stance on autism, VICP has ruled in favor of vaccine-induced autism many times.

October 7, 2013: Parents have the right to be fully informed about vaccine ingredients – and the right to decide whether they agree to cope with possible vaccine side effects – without having to lose the child’s education.

October 6, 2013: Vaccine Choice FAQ’s.

October 5, 2013: Vaccine-Refusing Parents Falsely Blamed for Whooping Cough Epidemic by Heather Calligan

October 3, 2013: Don’t miss Anne Barbano’s radio show/conversation between VT vaccine choice advocate Lisa and VT pediatrician Bob- LISTEN HERE.

October 2, 2013: Recommended Reading List of Scientific Publications on Whooping Cough (“Pertussis”) and information for lawmakers.

October 1, 2013: Vaccine Failures (measles, DTaP) are driving calls for mass vaccination of children and adults.

Pregnant? Should you Get Vaccinated?

Last update: 11/13/2013. This page will be continually updated. Check back often for updates.

11/9/2013 – please see:  Vaccination During Pregnancy, Is it Safe?

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Whooping Cough Shots During Pregnancy? – click here.

Flu Shots During Pregnancy?

Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy: A Critical Assessment of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

– found here:



Pertussis Vaccine, Background

Oct. 2, 2013

In 1997, the CDC published a report titled, Pertussis Vaccination: Use of Acellular Pertussis Vaccines Among Infants and Young Children Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). In this report they clearly state that, “The increase in reported pertussis cases has occurred despite pertussis vaccination coverage levels that are higher than at any time in the past.”

Today, we are experiencing outbreaks of whooping cough. Is it groundhog day all over again?

Today, whole cell pertussis vaccine (DPT vaccine) is not administered in the US.

Of all the vaccines which have been routinely used by children in the past century, the brain damaging effects of the pertussis (whooping cough) portion of DPT vaccine is among the most well documented in the scientific literature. Created in 1912, the crude pertussis vaccine basically consisted of B. pertussis bacteria killed with heat, preserved with formaldehyde, and injected into children. In the early 1940’s, aluminum was added as an adjuvant and later the mercury preservative, thimerosal, was added when pertussis was combined with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines to create DPT. Pertussis vaccine was never studied in large clinical trials before being given to children in the first half of the 20th century or after it was combined into DPT and recommended for mass use by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1947.

The pertussis vaccine’s ability to kill was first signaled in 1933 when T. Madsen reported two babies died within minutes of vaccination. In 1947, Matthew Brody gave detailed descriptions of two cases involving brain damage and death after pertussis vaccination. But, it was the 1948 published case study by Byers and Moll that gave the strongest warning that children were suffering brain inflammation within 72 hours of pertussis vaccination and being left with various kinds of brain damage. Forty years later, the prospective UCLA/FDA study published in Pediatrics in 1981 comparing DT and DPT vaccines would find that 1 in 875 DPT shots is followed by either a convulsion or collapse shock episode within 48 hours of vaccination.

Biological mechanisms for pertussis vaccine induced brain damage center on pertussis toxin (PT), one of the most lethal toxins in nature. Pertussis toxin is a known neurotoxin, a reliable inducer of brain inflammation and brain damage, which is why it is used in lab animals to deliberately induce EAE (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis). Pertussis toxin is implicated in brain inflammation caused by pertussis (whooping cough) complications as well as pertussis vaccine complications. Unfortunately, pertussis toxin is also thought to be responsible for stimulating immunity which is why it remains in DPT, DTaP and Tdap vaccines.. Other ingredients in DPT vaccine, which have been associated with neuroimmune dysfunction and may interact synergistically with pertussis toxin to cause shock, brain damage or death are: endotoxin, aluminum, and mercury.

After decades of reports in the medical literature that the pertussis portion of DPT vaccine was causing brain damage in some children, the large, case controlled National Childhood Encephalopathy Study was conducted in Britain and published in 1981. It confirmed a statistically significant association between pertussis vaccine or pertussis-containing vaccines (DPT) and acute brain inflammation leading to permanent brain damage. An NCES reanalysis 10 years later re-confirmed the finding. In 1994, the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, published a report validating the conclusions of NCES, stating that ” “the balance of evidence is consistent with a causal relation between DPT and the forms of chronic nervous system dysfunction in the NCES in those children who experience a serious acute neurological illness within 7 days after receiving DPT vaccine.”

A Ten-Year High for Vaccine Injury Filings in 2013, according to Acting Director of Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, Vito Caserta.

“He added that the majority of claims filed are filed by adults, mainly associated with injuries alleged to have been caused by influenza vaccine.”


Facts about Pertussis Outbreak in Vermont (1996)

“Because of the cyclical nature of pertussis outbreaks, periodic reemergence of pertussis epidemics can be anticipated.” – CDC MMWR Weekly, September 05, 1997 / 46(35);822-826 

In 1996, over 280 cases of pertussis cases were identified here in Vermont.
Here is the breakdown of the age groups of those infected:

12 (4%) were aged less than 1 year
32 (11%) were 1-4 years
42 (15%) were 5-9 years
129 (46%) were 10-19 years
65 (23%) were greater than or equal to 20 years

How many of these 215 children were vaccinated? According to the report, of the children who had a known vaccine status,

5 children aged 7-47 months were partially vaccinated
14 children aged 7-47 months were vaccinated with 3 doses
49 children aged 7-18 years were partially vaccinated
106 children aged 7-18 years were fully vaccinated
Disturbingly, 174 children were vaccinated and over half (61%) of the school children were considered “fully vaccinated!” It’s also important to keep in mind that in 1996, 97% of children aged 19-35 months in Vermont had received three or more doses of DT or DTP vaccine (the “schedule” recommendation at that time).

Complete failure in vaccinated children: at least 80.9%


This page is an excerpt from 17 Examples of Admitted Vaccine Failure by Jeffry John Aufderheide.

Get Informed on Pertussis Vaccine.


Vermont administered the Adacel vaccine yesterday to hundreds of adults. Are you interested to know more about this vaccine?




Click this link to read what is publicly available on how these products have been tested for safety and immunogenicity

Click here to report your vaccine reaction (and call your doctor to ask him/her to make the report for you).

Straight Talk on Whooping Cough

“Pertussis vaccine is not our best vaccine, regardless of mutations” admitted Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen during House Testimony in April 2012. Chen and other Health Department employees collaborated last session with medical trade organizations and their lobbyists in an effort to remove Vermont’s philosophical vaccine exemption. Despite making drastically falling vaccination rates and rising exemption rates the cornerstone of their argument for removing the philosophical exemption, data that the Vermont Department of Health had in their files told a different story. In fact, the % of schoolchildren vaccinated against whooping cough has risen steadily for years:

Source: VT Immunization Surveillance Data.

What is more, vaccination rates for all other vaccines continue to rise, while use of the exemption decreased in 2012 (see: VT Vaccination Rates Up, Exemptions Down in FY 2012; Health Department Report Refutes their Own Claims).

Reports are coming in from all over rural America about increases in the number of whooping cough cases. No wonder. Scientists have found – and Vermont Health Department’s own data shows – that, despite high and rising vaccination rates, the Whooping Cough (acellular pertussis) vaccine is failing.

“The acellular pertussis vaccine’s failure to deliver durable infection protection to children aged 7-10 years led to the 2010 California pertussis epidemic” said Dr. Tartof, an epidemic intelligence officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta at the 2011 Infectious Disease Society of America Annual Meeting.

Photo credit/Source: CHEST Physician Article (Pdf)

Problems with acellular pertussis vaccines, also known as “DTaP,” are nothing new. Over the last decade the DTaP vaccine has been shown to have “waning immunity” – meaning that it is not protecting from infection as it should. Many recently published studies indicate not only problems with vaccine performance but also the danger of vaccinated persons serving as silent reservoirs for infection.

According to Tracy Dolan, Deputy Health Commissioner for Vermont, “We do not have any official explanation for the outbreak and have not linked it to the philosophical exemption issue.” She adds that the high number of vaccinated people catching whooping cough this year is, “generally consistent with the national trends.” Dolan’s opinion echoes that of Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease who said recently: “We know there are places around the country where there are large numbers of people who aren’t vaccinated. However, we don’t think those exemptors are driving this current wave.”

So, why on Earth are we still wasting time and resources trying to blame the recently upheld philosophical exemption for the outbreak? Blaming this outbreak on people who did not even use the failing product makes no sense. The truth is, people vaccinated for pertussis are still capable of carrying the organism in their respiratory tract and can unknowingly spread pertussis. Informing Vermonters on the facts – #1 that the vaccine is failing and #2 that cases of pertussis can be mild – may be very helpful in protecting the vulnerable. For example, if you have been vaccinated, and have a cough, you may have a mild case of pertussis and should take precautions not to kiss baby.

We all share the common goal of health – for ourselves, for our children and for our community members. Rather than expending more state time and money on regressive legislation based on false claims and finger pointing, let us roll up our sleeves and find alternatives to support the health of Vermonters. For example, perhaps the state should consider making recommendations for treatments that can lessens the symptoms of whooping cough such as the use of Vitamin C?

Also, given the Shumlin Administration’s penchant for aerial spraying, environmental causes of whooping cough should be examined in earnest. For example, according to OMSJ: “Two years ago, Jim West (HARPUB) predicted the link between whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks and pesticide spraying; noting that, in California, counties that have no quarantine or spray programs report no incidents of pertussis, while counties that have such programs do (see chart).

Last month, Dallas-Fort Worth officials began spraying programs to combat an alleged West Nile outbreak and, as West predicted, Pertussis cases were reported.”

In Vermont, according to VTDigger, the legal basis for the state spraying pesticides over hundreds of private properties stems from DOH Commissioner Harry Chen’s determination that the recent episodes of EEE were a “significant public health risk.” Let us hope he reviewed his own Department’s data this time…

Whatever the cause of the whooping cough outbreak, why not work together to better ensure the most positive of health outcomes? Given that the whooping cough vaccine product performance is poor, Vermonters need to be equipped to deal with the possibility of illness even (especially?) if they DO decide to vaccinate.  After all, vaccine products come with no guarantees or warranties.

And that is why Vaccine Choice is an inalienable a Human Right.

Info. about the Tdap Vaccine

“Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen says an epidemic of pertussis, or whooping cough, has hit the state and Chen wants everyone over the age of 19 to get a special booster shot in the coming weeks.” – Listen to VPR here.

“He said teachers and health care workers who work with children should be particularly careful in making sure their vaccinations are up to date.” See Brattleboro Reformer article here.

Given that Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen is calling on all adults to “step up and do their part” we thought it only fair you have all the facts before you consent to injection with the Tdap Vaccine being offered. One thing you should know is that you will not be vaccinated with a pertussis-only vaccine. The vaccines on offer come in the form of a “triple shot” containing tetanus and diphtheria toxoids as well as acellular pertussis vaccine.

The following information is from John D. Grabenstein, RPh, PhD, FAPhA. Immunofacts(R) Vaccines and Immunologic Drugs, 2012. NOTE: The author is a pharmacist and epidemiologist employed by Merck and Co., Inc.

Adverse Reactions: “Rarely, an anaphylactic reaction (ie, hives, swelling of the mouth, difficulty breathing, hypotension, or shock) has been reported after receiving preparations containing diphtheria, tetanus and/or pertussis antigens. Death after vaccine-caused anaphylaxis has been reported. Arthus-type hypersensitivity reactions, characterized by severe local reactions, may follow receipt of tetanus toxoid. A review by the IOM found evidence for a causal relationship between receipt of tetanus toxoid and both brachial neuritis and Guillain Barré syndrome. A few cases of demyelinating diseases have been reported after some tetanus toxoid-containing vaccines or tetanus and diptheria toxoid containing vaccines, although the IOM concluded that the evidence was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship. A few cases of peripheral mononeuropathy and of cranial mononeuropathy have been reported after tetanus toxoid administration, although the IOM concluded that the evidence was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship.”

Efficacy: “The duration of protection against pertussis is uncertain.”

Want more? See also package insert information found in our post written for pregnant women:

Special Report

The Vitamin C Treatment of Whooping Cough

In light of the highly publicized whooping cough cases in Washington State, CA and now Vermont, we wanted to share important information that was published as an article on December 20, 2011.

The original can be found at:

See also:

* DATA from VT Dept. of Health; &

* VTDigger: 90% of cases are in VACCINATED Vermonters

by Suzanne Humphries, MD

This is important. If you think that a vaccinated person cannot get whooping cough, in the most severe manner, think again. Most babies over the age of 6 months who get whooping cough are fully and “appropriately” vaccinated. Pertussis is admittedly, even by the vaccine enthusiasts, primarily spread by vaccinated children, adolescents and adults, who have inadequate immunity. Regardless, they will still say the problem is not with the vaccine, but rather with too few doses of vaccine. However, conventional medicine’s own scientific studies demonstrate that bacterial clearance and immune response is not as efficient in the vaccinated, in particular with the acellular pertussis vaccine. When pertussis is left to take its normal course in the community, the supposedly vulnerable infants that the vaccinationists scream and yell about, are protected by maternal antibodies and mother’s milk until they are old enough to process the disease on their own. After vaccines were introduced, this protection was vastly reduced, because the mothers were only having vaccine antibodies to pass along to their infants, and that defense is neither effective nor long-lasting. A recent study confirms that natural immunity to whooping cough lasts up to 30 years, whereas the immunity from a vaccine lasts 3 years, and after adult boosters, all antibodies have disappeared within a year. The risk of vaccination with unpredictable waning “immunity,” and vaccine failure, is not as reliable as what nature has set forth, and it never will be.

The Vitamin C Treatment of Whooping Cough by Suzanne Humphries, MD


see also: and VT-pertussis-bydose-Sep52012