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Feds and States Keep Tightening the Screws on Vaccines—Including a New Bill in Congress

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Meanwhile, the federal Vaccine Court keeps paying the victims hurt by vaccines—a clear acknowledgement that some vaccines are dangerous. Action Alert!

Earlier this month, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced HR 2232, the Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015. The bill would amend the Public Health Service Act by requiring states seeking federal grants to prove that each student enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school has been vaccinated following the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

So far, the bill has no cosponsors. But there may well be other such bills soon, and it is time to let Congress know that strong-arming schools is not the way to go. Currently there are also over two dozen state-level efforts to eliminate or restrict non-medical exemptions to vaccination—religious, personal, philosophical, and conscientious belief exemptions. Federal programs have also revved up their efforts to increase vaccination rates across the board and instill “vaccine confidence” in the public. In some states, pediatricians are being told by insurance companies that they will be paid less if all of their patients are not vaccinated on schedule.

After a string of lawsuits in the 1980s imperiled vaccine profits, vaccine manufacturers threatened to leave the US market. The government responded by relieving vaccine manufacturers of all legal liability when patients suffered an adverse reaction from a vaccine. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was set up in 1988 as a substitute to give support to families who were harmed by vaccines.

Since 1988, the VICP has awarded almost $3 billion to over 4,000 families who were harmed by vaccines—even though the window to file a claim is so tight that many families miss it. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) receives an average of 30,000 reports each year, 13% of which are considered “serious”—that is, associated with “disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death.” One recent article pointed out that adverse events from vaccines are significantly underreported, since healthcare providers, doctors, and vaccine manufacturers—all of which have major incentives not to submit adverse events—account for 73% of the VAERS reports. There have been estimates that perhaps less 10% of doctors report hospitalizations, injuries, deaths, or other serious health problems following vaccination. There are no legal sanctions to doctors for not reporting.

As we have noted before, the government’s response to adverse events from vaccines is to say that research on them has not been published in peer-reviewed journals, so they need not be considered—yet when asked to do such research, the government refuses.

There is more. Readers familiar with this issue know the vitriol and disdain directed by the mainstream media at anyone who even suggests a link between vaccines and autism, an extremely emotional and heated issue. The link is widely reported as “debunked,” the case “closed,” and any relationship “ruled out.” But if there is no link between vaccines and autism, then why has the Vaccine Court made payouts to injured children who become autistic after receiving a vaccine?

A law review article published in 2011 found eighty-three cases of autism among those compensated by the VICP for vaccine-induced brain damage. Of the eighty-three cases,

seventeen note an autistic disorder in a published decision of the Court of Federal Claims and twenty two have SCQ (social communication questionnaires) confirming caregiver reports of autism. In other words, thirty-nine of the eighty-three cases, or 47% of this sample, have confirmation of autism beyond parental report alone.

Further, twenty-one decisions by VICP acknowledged autism or autism-like symptoms associated with vaccine-induced encephalopathy and seizure disorder.

What makes this all worse is that government officials seem to be aware that vaccines are not as safe as they insist they are. We already know that the CDC has covered up inconvenient data. Now, according to an Associated Press report, the VCIP has been more stringent in its pay-outs over the years because officials are afraid concessions will erode the public’s confidence in vaccines, thus reducing vaccination rates. The AP report also details how families seeking relief from the VCIP could wait over a decade for the first check to arrive. In fact, fewer than 7% of the 7,876 claims not involving autism met the 240-day target in which cases were supposed to be resolved.

The latest attack on vaccine exemptions and choice has clearly been driven by the wave of alleged public concern over last year’s measles outbreak in California. We say “alleged” because (a) the concern is not coming from the public, but from agencies with a vested financial interest in selling vaccines, and (b) the measles outbreak was hyped out of all proportion to the facts of the case. As we previously reported, this measles “outbreak” consisted of fewer than 200 people out of 320 million people in the country—in other words, about 0.0000625% of the population—with no reported deaths at all. Here’s the kicker: many of those who came down with measles were vaccinated or may have picked it up from recently vaccinated kids! Moreover, deaths from the vaccine itself have been well documented.

These few measles cases were seized upon by the mainstream media as an opportunity to trumpet the supposed safety of vaccines, and to demonize anyone who raises legitimate concerns about vaccines—whether about some of the vaccines in the government’s recommended schedule, or the demonstrably dangerous ingredients and adjuvants in vaccines, or the problem of overloading a young child’s immune system with too much at one time, administered too early.

The media has consistently and conveniently downplayed crony capitalist connections between the CDC and the vaccine industry, which has a world market share of about $24 billion:

  • The story from a CDC whistleblower about the agency covering up evidence of harm to young black males from the measles vaccine was quickly and quietly buried.
  • So was the story of how the head of the CDC vaccine division gave the Gardasil vaccine to Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, and then left to become president of the Merck vaccine division.
  • A CDC doctor whose work was meant to disprove the link between vaccines and autism fled justice in 2010 after officials uncovered massive fraud involving the theft of $2 million in taxpayer dollars.

In light of all this, how can state legislators seek to remove important non-medical exemptions to vaccines? And how can federal lawmakers seek to pass unprecedented federal mandates to vaccinate all children? Given the documented and indisputable safety risks with vaccines, parents deserve to have a choice when it comes to their children’s health.

Action Alert! Write to your representative in Congress and urge him or her NOT to co-sponsor the Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015. Please send your message immediately.

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