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June 5, 2013

In Western countries, selective refusal of vaccinations is becoming more common. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/highly-educated-israeli-parents-refusing-to-vaccinate-according-to-state-program

Is your baby sick on the day of his/her scheduled vaccinations?

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An April study in the Journal of Pediatrics complains that sick children fall out of compliance. The study is  is now being used to encourage parents to vaccinate their children even when they are sick. Dr. Lisa Thebner, a pediatrician in New York City was quoted Monday in CNN Health as saying that, “The ideal is to vaccinate during a sick visit unless there is a proven track record of coming for every well visit, then perhaps it can be deferred.”

The other side of this discussion is that Mother needs to be able to properly monitor her infant after vaccination. With an ear infection, how will she know whether baby’s screaming is due to the ear infection or the vaccine?

That is why you should Ask 8 Before You Vaccinate, and do not vaccinate an already sick child.

Download brochure, here: http://www.nvic.org/CMSTemplates/NVIC/pdf/NVIC-ASK-8-Questions.pdf

 

– JS

 

May 29, 2013

Dear Concerned Vermonter for Vaccine Choice,

Today a bill, “To Encourage Transparency in Disclosing of the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children” passed the Maine House and will move to the Senate (tomorrow, May 30, 2013). This bill requires healthcare workers to disclose ingredients in vaccines to parents and to remind parents of their right to refuse vaccination.

This is a model bill for Vermont if ever I saw one.  There is nothing quite like the sinking feeling that a mother or father may have after consenting to baby’s “routine immunizations,” only to then experience an adverse reaction and to later learn what was in those shots.  We all have to make informed choices and do what we feel is best for our kids – but no doubt it is better to have all the facts up front.

Please read the bill here and consider sharing with your Senator(s) and Representative(s).

Also of interest: 

  • May 19, 2013: A Wisconsin bill would ban mandatory flu shots; Legislation was drafted after several hospital workers and health care contractors complained they were fired after refusing to be vaccinated. Read more here.
  • May 20, 2013: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that patients filing vaccine injury lawsuits can still get attorneys’ fees if the case is, “brought in good faith and (for which) there was a reasonable basis.” AP coverage here; Full SCOTUS ruling is available here, and the Amicus Curiae brief (including our coalition), is available, here.

 

~ Jennifer Stella, Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice