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Read This Before Vaccinating for Anything
Posted By Dr. Mercola | Febr ary !" #!$! | %&'&"& (ie)s
by Barbara Loe Fisher There are three basic facts you should remember when you are exercising your right to make an informed, voluntary vaccination choice for yourself or your child in America: 1 *nfor+ed ,onsent is a - +an Right. The right to voluntary, informed consent to a medical intervention, including use of a !harmaceutical !roduct such as a vaccine that can in"ure or kill you or your child, is a human right
#hile the $tate may have the legal authority to mandate use of vaccines, nobody has the moral authority to F%&'( you to get vaccinated or vaccinate your child without your voluntary, informed consent ) Vaccine /a)s -a(e 01e+2tions. *n 1+,-, the . $ $u!reme 'ourt affirmed the legal authority of state governments to !ass laws re/uiring citi0ens residing in the state to use certain vaccines
Today, all -, states have enacted vaccine laws that re/uire !roof of vaccination for children to attend daycare, elementary, "unior and high school and college 1accine re/uirements vary from state to state and all -, states allow a medical exem!tion to vaccination2 34 states allow a religious exem!tion to vaccination2 and 14 states allow a !ersonal, !hiloso!hical or conscientious belief exem!tion to vaccination To find out what your state vaccine law says and which exem!tions you may take and how to take them, click here 5 Freedo+ is 3ot Free' Beco+e a Vaccine ,hoice Ad(ocate: 6any state governments now re/uire nearly three do0en doses of more than a do0en vaccines to attend school 6edical and religious exem!tions are becoming harder to get and exem!tions for reasons of conscience are under attack by !ro!onents of forced vaccination
The 7ational 1accine *nformation 'enter is working with citi0ens in states to ex!and or !rotect legal exem!tions to vaccination Si1 Princi2les for Protecting Vaccine ,hoices First Princi2le. *t4s 5o r ,-O*,0
#hen exercising your right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination for yourself or your child, remember that state vaccine laws contain: 1 ) Legal requirements that school and health officials are res!onsible for enforcing Legal exemptions that you have the legal right to choose to exercise 89ublic schools must allow vaccine exem!tions outlined in state vaccine laws, but !rivate religious or other non:state o!erated schools may re"ect vaccine exem!tions ;
6ost state vaccine laws do not allow unvaccinated students with vaccine exem!tions to attend school during confirmed outbreaks of certain infectious diseases for defined !eriods of time Re+e+ber: Nobody has the moral authority to force you or your child to be injected with a vaccine without your voluntary, informed consent and you have the legal right to exercise exemptions to vaccination according to the laws in your state. Second Princi2le. 5o -a(e the Right to 63O7 <ou have the legal right to know the risks and com!lications of vaccines B(F%&( you make the choice of whether or not to allow your child to be vaccinated The 7ational 'hildhood 1accine *n"ury Act, !assed by 'ongress and signed into law by 9resident &eagan in 1+4=, directed all doctors and other vaccine !roviders to give !arents written information about vaccines B(F%&( children are vaccinated Re+e+ber: All vaccines and other !harmaceutical !roducts carry a risk of in"ury or death and those risks can be greater for some than others 7ever agree to use a vaccine, drug or other !roduct without fully informing yourself about ALL risks The !roduct information insert, which drug com!anies by law must include with every vial of vaccine !rovided to !ublic health clinics and !rivate doctors> offices, includes a descri!tion of the vaccine>s re!orted reactions and !recautions <ou can ask for a co!y of that vaccine information insert from your doctor or state health de!artment Third Princi2le: Be *3FORM0D and Pre2ared ?nowledge is !ower Arm yourself with accurate information about vaccination and health @o your own research and talk to one or more trusted health care !rofessionals before you make any health care decision Become an educated consumer and you will be em!owered to defend your right to freely make voluntary choices about health, including vaccination, for yourself and your children
Re+e+ber: *f you arm yourself with accurate information about vaccines and health, you will be !re!ared to intelligently and rationally discuss your vaccine choices with your family, friends, colleagues, doctors, elected officials and others in your community Fo rth Princi2le: Ta8e R0SPO3S*B*/*T5 for 5o r 7ords and Actions #hen you are standing u! for your right to know, and freedom to choose, whether or not to vaccinate yourself or your child, how you go about exercising your rights will determine whether or not you will succeed *n your contact with doctors, school or government health officials, remain calm but !olitely firm when ex!laining and defending the vaccine choice you have made *f you are treated with disres!ect or are harassed in any way by a doctor or government official, do not engage in an un!roductive argument <ou may want to contact an attorney, your elected state re!resentatives or local media if you or your child are threatened To !ublicly !ost a re!ort of harassment for your vaccine choice, click here Re+e+ber: Treat others as you want to be treated, even if you are being attacked or harassed for the vaccine choice you have made 9rotect yourself and your family by seeking legal or other ex!ert counsel, if necessary $erve as an exam!le for others in your community whenever you defend your right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination, including the right to decline to use one or more vaccines for yourself or your child Fifth Princi2le. 6ee2 7R*TT03 Records Be sure to ask your doctor for co!ies of your medical records or your child>s medical records, including recorded information about vaccinations and illnesses .nder the 7ational 'hildhood 1accine *n"ury Act of 1+4=, doctors and other vaccine !roviders are re/uired by federal law to:
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#rite down any serious health !roblems that occur after vaccination in a child>s !ermanent medical record ?ee! a !ermanent record of all vaccines given, including the manufacturer>s name and lot number &e!ort serious health !roblems, hos!itali0ations in"uries and deaths that occur after vaccination to the federal 1accine Adverse (vents &e!orting $ystem 81A(&$; 8*f your doctor won>t re!ort, you have the right to make a vaccine reaction re!ort to 1A(&$;
Re+e+ber: *t is wise to kee! written records of your interactions with doctors, school and health officials that involve vaccine choices you make, as well as co!ies of any vaccine exem!tions you file with the state <ou may have to hire an attorney to defend your informed consent rights when it comes to vaccination and it is im!ortant to have written records
Si1th Princi2le. Be ,O9RA:0O9S *t is not easy to stand u! for the right to make informed, voluntary choices about vaccination when !ublic health officials, the !harmaceutical industry and many medical doctors are !utting !ressure on all Americans, es!ecially !arents, to use every government recommended vaccine The fact that the numbers of doses of government mandated vaccines have tri!led in the !ast /uarter century, while the numbers of chronically ill and disabled children have also tri!led, offers an o!!ortunity to have a long overdue !ublic conversation about the effects of vaccination on individual and !ublic health Re+e+ber. Freedom of thought and exercise of free s!eech is !rotected under the . $ 'onstitution You have the right to talk !rivately and !ublicly about any concerns you have about vaccine necessity, safety and effectiveness, and to work with your elected officials to modify the vaccine laws in your state Become an engaged, courageous citi0en activist and !rotect your right to make vaccine choices Vaccination and 9.S. /a). A Brief S ++ary
Medical 01e+2tions: All -, states allow medical exem!tion to vaccination
6edical exem!tions to vaccination must be written by a medical doctor 86 @ ; or doctor of osteo!athy 8@ % ; and are usually reviewed annually by school or state health officials $ince 1+4=, the 'enters for @isease 'ontrol 8'@'; and American Academy of 9ediatrics 8AA9; have eliminated most officially recogni0ed medical reasons for withholding vaccination 8contraindications; so that almost no medical condition /ualifies for a medical exem!tion to vaccination *n most states, school or state !ublic health officials can /uestion or even deny a medical exem!tion to vaccination written by a doctor if it does not strictly conform to '@' and AA9 contraindication guidelines The 7ational 1accine *nformation 'enter is working with citi0ens who want to change vaccine laws to !revent state school or health officials from /uestioning or denying a medical exem!tion to vaccination written by a doctor
Religio s 01e+2tions. All but two states 8#est 1irginia and 6ississi!!i; allow religious exem!tion to vaccination
These exem!tions are worded differently in different states and re/uire different forms of written documentation that must be submitted to state governments su!!orting a sincerely held religious belief o!!osing vaccination $ome states re/uire a notari0ed affidavit or letter from a s!iritual advisor attesting to the sincerity of a !erson>s religious beliefs about vaccination The religious exem!tion is under attack and, in some states
like 7ew <ork, !arents are being grilled about the sincerity of their religious beliefs by state officials and denied religious exem!tions to vaccination so their !artially or com!letely unvaccinated children cannot attend !ublic schools The 7ational 1accine *nformation 'enter is working with citi0ens, who want to !rotect their rights to religious exem!tions, to add or re:write the religious exem!tion in state vaccine laws
,onscientio s Belief 01e+2tions. 14 states allow conscientious, !ersonal or !hiloso!hical belief exem!tion to vaccination These states come the closest to !rotecting a citi0en>s right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination in America They are:
Ari0ona, 'alifornia, 'olorado, *daho, Louisiana, 6aine, 6ichigan, 6innesota, 7ew 6exico, 7orth @akota, %hio, %klahoma, &hode *sland, Texas, .tah, 1ermont, #ashington and #isconsin This exem!tion, like the religious exem!tion, is under attack by forced vaccination !ro!onents who want to eliminate non:medical exem!tions to vaccination in America The 7ational 1accine *nformation 'enter is working with citi0ens who want to !rotect or add conscientious belief exem!tion in state vaccine laws
Vaccine 01e+2tions for Military Personnel. All branches of the . $ Armed $ervices !rovide medical and religious exem!tions to vaccination, but those exem!tions must be first declared before enlistment in the military
*f a military recruit does not clearly state a medical or religious ob"ection to vaccination B(F%&( "oining the military, he or she gives u! the right to ob"ect to vaccination during active military service Failure to obey an order to vaccinate while on active military duty can result in demotion, im!risonment and involuntary discharge from the military, including dishonorable discharge After enlistment, legal assistance is often re/uired to successfully ob"ect to vaccination without being sub"ected to sanctions Family dependents of active military personnel often must obtain approval from military officials to exempt children from vaccination for medical reasons or religious objections, especially if the children are attending military-operated daycare or schools or are deployed to foreign countries or re-entering the .!. after living in a foreign country.
Vaccine 01e+2tions for *nternational Tra(el: @ifferent countries have different laws re/uiring vaccines to enter or leave the country
6ost develo!ed countries, including those in (uro!e, currently do not re/uire visitors to show !roof of vaccination Aowever, some countries in Africa, Asia and elsewhere may re/uire certain vaccines to enter or exit 'lick here to check the '@' website on travel vaccine re/uirements
Other Vaccine 01e+2tion *ss es. 1accine choices also can affect ado!tion, immigration, child custody arrangements during divorce !roceedings, eligibility for health insurance and government entitlement !rograms, and medical care
'hildren ado!ted from foreign countries as well as in the . $ may be re/uired by .$ law and ado!tion agencies to receive certain government mandated vaccines *mmigration laws also contain vaccine re/uirement !rovisions *n cases of divorce, one !arent may attem!t to gain full custody of a minor child by using the vaccine choice issue as leverage $ome families have been dro!!ed from medical insurance !lans or barred from eligibility for government funded medical care and food su!!lement !rograms if children are not given all government recommended vaccines *ncreasingly, !ediatricians are refusing to treat children who are not fully vaccinated and, in some instances, medical !ersonnel in hos!ital emergency rooms and !hysicians> offices have reported parents to state child social services agencies for child medical neglect for refusing to vaccinate their children *n these circumstances, you may need to consult to !rotect informed consent rights /egal O2tions The 3ational ,hildhood Vaccine *n; ry Act of $"%< was !assed by 'ongress to !rotect vaccine manufacturers and vaccine !roviders from liability for vaccine in"uries and deaths in civil court *f a child is in"ured by a government recommended or mandated vaccine, the child must sue the $ecretary of Aealth for damages under the Act in the . $ 'ourt of 'laims in #ashington, @ ' *f the vaccine in"ured child is turned down for federal com!ensation or offered too little to !rovide for the child>s lifetime care, a lawsuit may be filed in civil court against a vaccine manufacturer or negligent doctor with certain restrictions By ),,+, about B) billion had been awarded to vaccine victims for brain inflammation and immune system damage leading to !ermanent in"ury or death, even though two out of three children are turned away for federal com!ensation The Botto+ /ine
#hen you or your child is in"ured by a vaccine, the risks are 1,, !ercent, and you will be left to deal with the conse/uences Those who make and give vaccines are !rotected from liability in civil court, and federal vaccine in"ury com!ensation is very difficult to get There is no guarantee that a vaccine will, in fact, !rotect against an infectious disease or that ex!osure to an infectious disease will cause a com!lication, in"ury or death Cood health is about so much more than vaccination and !reventing ex!erience with infectious disease
1accines are !harmaceutical !roducts that carry a risk of in"ury or death that is greater for some than others The right to informed consent to medical risk:taking is a human right "mpowering ourselves with information and ta#ing responsible action to protect the right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination in $merica is one of the most important actions we can ta#e as citi%ens to protect our freedom. @on>t let anyone force you or your child to take a vaccine without your voluntary, informed consent *f a doctor denies you or your child medical care because you want to make vaccine choices, find another doctor *f a doctor threatens you, or if a government official denies a medical or religious exem!tion that you have legally filed, find an attorney to hel! you *f you don>t like the vaccine laws in your state, contact your elected officials and work to change them
Together, we can educate the !ublic and reform vaccine laws in America to !rotect the right to make informed, voluntary vaccination decisions for ourselves and our children For More *nfor+ation ...
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&arbara 'oe Fisher is the co-founder and president of the National (accine )nformation *enter, and the author of +,he *onsumer-s .uide to *hildhood (accinesE and +(accines, $utism / *hronic )nflammation0 ,he New "pidemic E Founding N()* in 1234 with parents of vaccine injured children, she developed strategy for and led a national, grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system. 5er boo#, 67,0 $ !hot in the 6ar#, which she co-authored with 5arris *oulter, 7h.6., was the first major, well documented critique of $merica-s mass vaccination system calling for safety reforms and the right to informed consent to vaccination.
!he has served as a consumer representative for more than 18 years on vaccine advisory committees and has testified in state legislatures and in *ongress, as well as represented consumers in many scientific and other forums as an advocate for vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system. !he is a consumer voice for vaccine safety and informed consent issues on radio, television and in print and )nternet news reports on the science, regulation, policy, and ethics of vaccine policy and law. 6uring the past three decades, she has debated more pediatricians and .!. public health officials on the subject of vaccine ris#s and informed consent on television, radio and in other public forums than any other $merican.
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