New Vaccine Legislation in the States

April 26, 2011
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Vaccine state billsWe have a number of new state-level Action Alerts on vaccine-related legislation for you—some bills expand your freedoms, some restrict them, and one even wants to vaccinate your food!

Most states offer philosophical or religious exemptions from compulsory vaccination. In some states, religious exceptions include personal religious beliefs, whereas other states require the individual to be a member of a religion whose written texts explicitly prohibit invasive medical procedures. Even in states with exemptions, there are generally only two options: be vaccinated on the schedule recommended by CDC, or else get no vaccines at all. These laws do not allow for modified vaccine schedules or selectively vaccinating for some, but not other diseases.

Vaccine laws, including exemptions, are in constant flux—and it is important to keep an eye on them. The National Vaccine Information Center keeps a current list of the bills pending in the states.

A number of state legislatures—Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, and New York, for example—have introduced new bills that would preserve a parent or guardian’s right to refuse immunization for their child on philosophical or religious grounds. Some bills are allowing such exemptions, but are making the requirements stricter. We have a number of state Action Alerts which need your attention below.

In New York, there is a bill that would prohibit the sale of eggs unless they come from a salmonella-vaccinated chicken—even organic and direct-to-consumer farmers’ market eggs. This bill failed last session of the NY assembly but was recently reintroduced.

The bill was offered by two assemblymen from Manhattan after the salmonella outbreak last year from an Iowa CAFO—a Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operation, factory farming at its most inhumane and its unhealthiest. New York has not had an outbreak of salmonella linked to eggs produced in the state since the 1980s. A voluntary egg quality assurance program, managed by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, governs nearly 90 percent of the eggs produced in New York.

This New York bill would set a terrible precedent. If passed, it could lead to ordinary food laws being taken over by Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers, and we would lose all choice about our food. This bill needs to be stopped right here, and deserves the full light of publicity. We have an Action Alert below for New York citizens.

Our article “Vaccine Mania,” also in this issue, has much background information on the immunization question and the various issues at stake. We hope you’ll find it informative.

Your help is needed. These Action Alerts will help you share your thoughts with your local lawmakers about a number of bills currently being considered in state legislatures. If you are a citizen of any of the states listed below, please contact your state lawmakers immediately!


Connecticut

HB5043: To allow the parent or guardian of a child attending a day care facility to decide whether the child will be given a flu vaccination. (Remember that most flu shots still contain mercury.)

Connecticut Action Alert


Georgia

HB11: Freedom from Compulsory Pandemic Act—relating to emergency management, to repeal the authority of the governor to issue mandatory vaccination orders.

Georgia Action Alert


Kansas

HB2094: Vaccinations are currently mandatory for all children in childcare facilities. This bill allows parents or guardians the right to decline vaccination for their child based on reasons of conscience or personal belief.

Kansas Action Alert


Maine

LD 694: Would require healthcare providers to disclose the ingredients of the immunizing agent to the parent or guardian of a child prior to immunization, and would allow the parent or guardian to refuse the immunization based on religious or philosophical beliefs.

SP 287 and its companion bill LD 941: Would prohibit mandatory immunizations of any person.

Maine Action Alert


New Jersey

SB2625 and its companion bill A3836: Current law provides exemptions from mandatory immunizations for students based on religious beliefs; this bill amends the law and adds to the exemption the qualifier “of bona fide religious tenets.” This is an attempt to greatly narrow down the previously broader interpretation of the religious exemption for students. It will be interesting to find out what New Jersey legislators consider bona fide religious tenets.

A3746 and its companion bill S2659: Would restore powers to Public Health Council—which has no accountability to public or legislature. Therefore it could mandate vaccinations without legislative oversight.

A2450: Provides for exemption to mandatory immunizations on the grounds of a sincerely held or moral objection to the immunization.

New Jersey Action Alert


New York

A5912: Bill to vaccinate all egg-laying hens in New York State against salmonella.

New York Action Alert 1

A699: Bill to require HPV vaccine for all children born after 1/1/96. This is neither a safe nor a necessary vaccine.

A608: Bill to require meningococcal vaccination for 7th graders and college students.

S1331: Bill to add philosophical exemption to vaccination.

New York Action Alert 2


Oregon

HB 2635: Bars immunization against hepatitis B for children under 10 years of age unless the parent or guardian of the child has received information on the side effects and negative reactions that may result from the vaccine, and the parent or guardian of the child has consented in writing to the vaccination.

Oregon Action Alert


Texas

SB1107 and its companion bill HB1557: Mandatory bacterial meningitis vaccination of all first-time college students. Currently mandated for first-time students living in on-campus housing only; these bills make it mandatory for all entering college students, regardless of where they live.

Texas Action Alert

14 Responses to “New Vaccine Legislation in the States”

  1. Lore Kimber says:

    We miss your magazine, Mary bring it back! God Bless you and yours!

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  2. All children instinctively KNOW that that needle has nothing in it that is good for them. We know as babies that jabbing us is wrong. Even antibiotics really don’t cure much of anything and it’s the body itself that decides to do the healing.

    Penicillin might have saved me from advanced strep throat a couple of times but then the doctor gave me so much terramyacin and tetracycline when I was 16 that the terramyacin was coming out the other shot holes and my hips turned to hamburger so NOW, I’m allergic to almost all antibiotics. What am I supposed to do if I REALLY catch something nasty. . . .doctors don’t know. Besides I’m a senior citizen who has never had any vaccinations, in their estimation it’s my own fault and I can just die now and get out of the way.

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  3. Alan Inselberg says:

    All vaccine manufacturers, and their political sponsors, lobbyists, etc should fall on their respective needles, many, many, many times.

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  4. david wiseberg says:

    This could be helpful.

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  5. Crashaxe says:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with your health or the health of your child.
    ITS ALL ABOUT THE CHEMICAL COMPANY’S PROFITS FROM DRUGS AND THEY HAVE THE GOVERNMENT IN THERE POCKET!

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  6. People have to be totally ignorant as to the deadly benefits that vaccines offer. I nearly lost my first son after he was vaccinated. He became deathly ill. My brother lost a grandson, after a shot. My aunt lost her first child after a shot. This in just one family.
    It is so sad that “vaccines are the bread and butter of the pediatric industry” per Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.
    People have been totally brain-washed by the medical industry into thinking vaccines are beneficial. If people simply ate right and followed a healthy lifestyle – they would never get sick. I would love to see the medical industry go out of business.

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  7. debora tyler says:

    PLEASE DO HUMAN STUDIES ON ALL VACCINES, SINCE YOUR EXPERT LIED FOR THE CDC , NIH AND THE DRUG COMPANIES, THINK P[AUL THORSEN OF DENMARK, NOW IN THE UNITED STATES TO BE PROSECUTED FOR FRAUD OR DR PAUL PROFIT (OFFIT) WHO INVESTED IN ROTOTEK WHICH IS CONTAMINATED AND SOME BATCHES ARE RECALLED?
    FIND SOME REAL SCIENTISTS, NOT INVOLVED IN THE LIKES OF MERCK, PFIZER, GLAXO SMITH KLINE, SANOFLO PASTEUR, JOHNSON & JOHNSON, GE AND MONSANTO, TO NAME A FEW.

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  8. debora tyler says:

    please leave our constitution and bill of rights alone
    everyone should have a right to what is administered into their bodies.
    would like to see our politicians take over 80 vaccines in 5 years, that is the schedule now.
    and the military refuses to release vaccine records , so an individual has to get vaccines all over for college of nursing school. HOW STUPID IS THAT?

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  9. The goal needs to be improving our immune systems with fruit and vegetables, sunshine and fresh air activities , rather than using vaccines indiscriminately with all of the preservatives associated with those vaccines. Everyone deserves to be educated, rather than dictated to by those in power with money, ie., pharmaceutical companies. We are intelligent human beings and deserve the education in order to make choices.

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  10. i do not want vaccicnes in food or any forced vaccines on any living thih ,human or animal.

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  11. michelle shanley says:

    no vaccine in foods , no forced vaccines on any living thing.

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  12. vicki hood says:

    My grandson is dead 3 days after a vaccine. I have MS brought on one week after a vaccine. Have friends with lupus, cancers arthritus and other auto immune problems brought on by vaccine. Suggest study of vaclib.org to check dangerous ingredients like aborted human foetal cells, antifreeze, mercury(now called thimerisol), aluminum, rotting monkey cells, formaldehyde and other fecal material (literally). Documented info from pharma companies. ====My Constitution=====says nothing about the legality or right of my government putting a foreign substance into my body. States wishing to negate federal law? Over my dead body. You are not going to vaccinate my kid without a written promise that it will not harm them in any way, contains no dangerous ingredients, will not cause auto immune weakness or shut-down, will not affect brain function (autism, ADD, ADHD, seizures or other problems. I want no poisons in anyones system. Mother Nature gets angry, so do I.

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  13. Marilyn says:

    If I lived in one of those States, I would want to know about “side effects” of vaccinations; especially Texas students and bacterial meningitis.
    When will there be a vaccination to prevent/cure Cancer? That would be really insteresting! Nothing much has changed in the past 100 years. Medical Society just keeps pumping more chemo flavors into cancer patients and watching them die. Maybe 2% of cancer patients are survivors. Cannot go by the National percentages; they figure in even the chemo patient who made it five years and dies the next day after the 5th anniversary. Yep, made it five years, must be a survivor! Dead as a doornail!

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    • Aki B says:

      Marilyn, you are so right. Thank you for posting this information. More people need to know. A lovely person I knew just died of cancer. She was a cancer survivor, like the ones you mentioned. She really believed the treatments would work again — they didn’t and she’s gone. She was not elderly.

      Best to you,
      Aki B

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