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Educating Legislators About Vaccines – Anti-Vax Edition

We have a good idea about how anti-vaccine folks are educating legislators about vaccines.

Kennedy helped one legislator raise $100,000 at a luncheon event.
Kennedy helped one legislator raise $100,000 at a luncheon event.

They mostly bombard them with the same misinformation about vaccines that they use to scare parents.

Educating Legislators About Vaccines – Anti-Vax Edition

Tragically, some of these legislators fall for it and go so far as to propose bills that would weaken existing vaccine laws.

Fortunately, most know what they are seeing when they are presented with the same anti-vaccine talking points that have been refuted a thousand times already.

What religion do these families belong to?
What religion do these families belong to?

Are unvaccinated kids be discriminated against?

While some parents are making the choice to intentionally not vaccinate their kids, even though they have no medical contraindications to being vaccinated, it is important to remember that this is their choice. A choice that not only puts their own children at risk to get a vaccine preventable disease, but can put us all at risk.

“For its part, Catholic social teaching entails a duty to vaccinate in order to protect the vulnerable.”

Paul J. Carson on Catholic Social Teaching and the Duty to Vaccinate

And as no major religions are against vaccines and these are not kids with medical contraindications, it should be clear that this issue is not about discrimination, segregation, or medically fragile kids. It is about parents who don’t want to vaccinate and protect their kids, often because they have been scared into thinking that the risks of vaccines are greater than the risks of the diseases they prevent.

In general, rates of religious and medical exemptions should be pretty low.
In general, rates of religious and medical exemptions should be pretty low.

As there are actually few true medical contraindications to getting vaccinated and again, no major religions are against vaccines, a rate of 3 to 4% for medical and religious exemptions is very high!

Unfortunately, more and more often, we are seeing evidence that medical and religious exemptions are being abused. And that’s what has lead to the need for stronger vaccine laws.

True vaccine injuries, as defined by the vaccine injury table, are not common.
True vaccine injuries, as defined by the vaccine injury table, are not common.

Health care providers are well educated about vaccines, vaccine preventable diseases, vaccine reactions, and vaccine injuries.

What they are often missing is education about all of the so-called vaccine induced diseases and other things that get blamed on vaccines, from autism and eczema to diabetes and strabismus.

The only lack of education is on countering vaccine hesitancy, which is why many get frustrated and stop seeing the most vocal anti-vaccine parents.

The bottom line is that VAERS works.
The bottom line is that VAERS works.

VAERS is a common go-to argument for folks who are against vaccines.

While they quick to misuse the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care report and point out the limitations of VAERS, like that it is a passive reporting system, they leave out the simple fact that VAERS works! Through VAERS, we quickly detected the extra intussusception cases associated with the first rotavirus vaccine!

Most importantly, everyone should know that VAERS isn’t the only vaccine safety system we use. Several other post-licensure vaccine safety systems at the CDC and FDA monitor for safety issues, including the Vaccine Safety Datalink, and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Project, in addition to other global vaccine safety systems.

Information on reporting vaccine reactions to VAERS is on every vaccine information sheet that parents are given.
Information on reporting vaccine reactions to VAERS is on every vaccine information sheet that parents are given.

These post-licensure vaccine safety systems are in addition to all of the work that is done before any vaccine is approved by the FDA and then added to the immunization schedule by the ACIP.

Unbelievably, none of the issues put forth by the Health Freedom Nevada organization are true, which really makes you wonder how they can get away with talking about informed consent.

Don't believe their talk of unavoidably unsafe vaccines and a liability free industry.
Don’t believe their talk of unavoidably unsafe vaccines and a liability free industry.

Vaccines are safe, with few risks, and are obviously necessary.

Don’t let your legislators be mislead by any of the misinformation about vaccines from this Health Freedom organization.

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1 thought on “Educating Legislators About Vaccines – Anti-Vax Edition”

  1. Ignore the facts and make shit up, that is what big Pharma and you pro vax folks do. There is inherent risk in vaccines, where there is risk there should be choice. Your comments are distasteful, irrational and certainly unproven. Explain to me why the incidence of SIDS follows the vaccine schedule? you probably choose to ignore that and will make up another lie that it was “disproven”

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