(A reader posted this thoughtful letter to Governor Jerry Brown to our Facebook page, and we thought it was so good, we wanted to share it with a wider audience. SB 277 has passed through the California State Assembly and today it passed through the Senate. The bill is on the way to the governor’s office. We, too, are strongly opposed to SB 277 and wish to do what we can to convince Governor Brown to veto the bill.)
I am a pro-vaccine parent who strongly opposes SB 277.
My child, now 20, received all of her childhood vaccines, with my informed consent.
Her pediatrician and I decided together to delay the hepatitis B vaccine until puberty, because it addresses a disease that is spread via needles and sex, and she was at almost no risk of coming in contact with it. We based our decision partly on the congressional testimony provided in 1999 by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which stated:
“With hepatitis B vaccine, the case for mandatory immunization with few exemptions is far less persuasive than with smallpox or polio vaccines, which protected against highly lethal or disabling, relatively common, and easily transmissible diseases. An intelligent and conscientious physician might well recommend AGAINST [emphasis is Ms. Carpenter’s] hepatitis B vaccine, especially in newborns, unless a baby is at unusual risk because of an infected mother or household contact or membership in a population in which disease is common . . . For most children, the risk of a serious vaccine reaction may be 100X greater than the risk of hepatitis B . . . . Striking increases in chronic illnesses have occurred in temporal association with an increase in vaccination rates [Illnesses inc. asthma, diabetes, autism, ADHD] . . . . Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and the whole panoply of childhood diseases are a far less serious threat than having a large fraction (say 10%) of a generation afflicted with learning disability and/or uncontrollable aggressive behavior because of an impassioned crusade for universal vaccination . . . . Hepatitis B vaccine as a cause of sudden infant death has not been ruled out.”
My point here is that my pediatrician and I were able to discuss this information about this vaccine, and its benefits and risks, and make a medical decision based on all the facts, and not on a poorly-thought-out piece of legislation that removes parental choice and informed consent.
sb-277 bI was fortunate to have a pediatrician who was very knowledgeable about pediatric vaccines and their questionable approval process. Not all physicians meet a high standard of understanding the risks weighed against the benefits of CDCs vaccine schedule. This pediatrician also unbundled some of the vaccines which are routinely administered in one injection, so that my daughter’s immune system could better cope with a slower rate of vaccine administration. Additionally, this pediatrician was among the first in the country to recognize the problems with the live polio virus vaccine, and with the DPT whole cell vaccine and its links to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
SB 277 removes parents’ ability to have relationships like this with our children’s pediatricians, relationships that are based on trust and accurate information, instead of on pharmaceutical industry legislative lobbying and profits.
I would like to share my thoughts about the pharmaceutical industry with you and why its reputation is pertinent to my opposition to SB 277. The U.S. pharmaceutical industry, out of all the industries that make billions, is probably the most ethically challenged. Paying fraud settlements is simply a part of this industry’s normal business plan. Currently, Merck, the drug company that may stand to benefit the most from passage of mandatory government vaccine laws, is involved in two separate & serious federal fraud cases, involving its MMR vaccine. U.S. v. Merck Co. alleges that Merck “fraudulently misled the government and omitted, concealed, and adulterated material information regarding the efficacy of its mumps vaccine in violation of the FCA [False Claims Act].” In Chatom Primary Care v. Merck Co., Merck is accused of fraudulently monopolizing the mumps market. Both cases are continuing through the court system. They are not isolated cases, as far as fraud is concerned, in the pharmaceutical industry; indeed, these two cases are a small part of a larger, disturbing pattern within the industry. This is not an industry that should be lobbying for legislation, like SB 277, that will generate multi-billions for itself. I do not want this industry to be between me and my physicians around the issue of vaccinations.
Additionally, four separate government inquiries have been conducted recently into the goings-on within the vaccine division at CDC, and all four inquiries revealed serious and grave conflicts-of-interest on the part of almost every person who sits on the Boards that make the decisions about which vaccines to approve, when to administer them, and how. The only reason these inquiries were not acted on is because of the power and control of the vaccine industry over our elected legislators and the regulatory agencies that oversee this industry.
sb277-oppositionThe vaccine industry is pushing for even more legislation to remove Americans’ ability to make informed medical decisions, so SB 277 is not where this will end. It is the beginning. An example of this legislation is SB 453, which seeks to mandate psych meds. There are others, not just in California but in other states as well.
Back in 2011, you vetoed SB 105, writing: “. . . I am concerned about the continuing & seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state . . . . I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children.” That is exactly how I feel about state-mandated vaccines.
I urge you to veto SB 277 when it comes across your desk. The way to get more children vaccinated in California is to better-regulate the pharmaceutical industry and its vaccine divisions, thus creating a climate of confidence and trust in CDC’s recommendations, NOT in force-vaccinating our children according to a one-size-fits-all CDC schedule that overrides the special and important relationship between a physician and patient.
Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease
Washington, D.C., March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to "Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated," and to "Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit."1
A statement on the website of St. Jude's Hospital warns parents not to allow people to visit children undergoing cancer treatment if they have received oral polio or smallpox vaccines within four weeks, have received the nasal flu vaccine within one week, or have rashes after receiving the chickenpox vaccine or MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.2
"The public health community is blaming unvaccinated children for the outbreak of measles at Disneyland, but the illnesses could just as easily have occurred due to contact with a recently vaccinated individual," says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. The Foundation promotes a healthy diet, non-toxic lifestyle and freedom of medical choice for parents and their children. "Evidence indicates that recently vaccinated individuals should be quarantined in order to protect the public."
Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12
Furthermore, vaccine recipients can carry diseases in the back of their throat and infect others while displaying no symptoms of a disease.13,14,15
Both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals are at risk from exposure to those recently vaccinated. Vaccine failure is widespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recent outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles have occurred in fully vaccinated populations.16,17 Flu vaccine recipients become more susceptible to future infection after repeated vaccination.18,19
Adults have contracted polio from recently vaccinated infants. A father from Staten Island ended up in a wheel chair after contracting polio while changing his daughter's diaper. He received a 22.5 million dollar award in 2009. 20,21
"Vaccine failure and failure to acknowledge that live virus vaccines can spread disease have resulted in an increase in outbreaks of infectious disease in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals," says Leslie Manookian, producer of The Greater Good. "CDC should instruct physicians who administer vaccinations to inform their patients about the risks posed to others by those who've been recently vaccinated."
According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the best protection against infectious disease is a healthy immune system, supported by adequate vitamin A and vitamin C. Well-nourished children easily recover from infectious disease and rarely suffer complications.
The number of measles deaths declined from 7575 in 1920 (10,000 per year in many years in the 1910s) to an average of 432 each year from 1958-1962.22 The vaccine was introduced in 1963. Between 2005 and 2014, there have been no deaths from measles in the U.S. and 108 deaths reported after the MMR vaccine.23
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nutrition education foundation with the mission of disseminating accurate, science-based information on diet and health. Named after nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, the Washington, DC-based Foundation publishes a quarterly journal for its 15,000 members, supports 600 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. The Foundation phone number is (202) 363-4394(202) 363-4394, www.westonaprice.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011 http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/27/cid.ciu105
4. Detection of Measles Virus RNA in Urine Specimens from Vaccine Recipients http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7494055
5. Comparison of the Safety, Vaccine Virus Shedding and Immunogenicity of Influenza Virus Vaccine, Trivalent, Types A and B, Live Cold-Adapted, Administered to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Infected and Non-HIV Infected Adults http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/181/2/725.full
6. Sibling Transmission of Vaccine-Derived Rotavirus (RotaTeq) Associated with Rotavirus Gastroenteritis http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/2/e438
7. Polio vaccination may continue after wild virus fades http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2008/10/polio-vaccination-may-continue-after-wild-virus-fades
8. Engineering attenuated virus vaccines by controlling replication fidelity http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v14/n2/abs/nm1726.html
9. CASE OF VACCINE-ASSOCIATED MEASLES FIVE WEEKS POST-IMMUNISATION, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, OCTOBER 2013 http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20649
10. The Safety Profile of Varicella Vaccine: A 10-Year Review http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/197/Supplement_2/S165.full
11. Comparison of Shedding Characteristics of Seasonal Influenza Virus (Sub)Types and Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09; Germany, 2007-2011 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0051653
12. Epigenetics of Host-Pathogen Interactions: The Road Ahead and the Road Behind http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1003007
13. Animal Models for Influenza Virus Pathogenesis and Transmission http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3063653/
14. Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate mode http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24277828
15. Study Finds Parents Can Pass Whooping Cough to Babies http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/03/health/03coug.html?_r=0
16. Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jun/12/immunized-people-getting-whooping-cough/
17. Vaccine Failure -- Over 1000 Got Mumps in NY in Last Six Months http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/06/vaccine-failure-over-1000-get-mumps-in-ny-in-last-six-months.aspx
18. Impact of Repeated Vaccination on Vaccine Effectiveness Against Influenza A(H3N2) and B During 8 Seasons http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/09/29/cid.ciu680.full
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