July 2, 2008

Top 10 Reasons NJ Needs Vaccine Exemptions

Top 10 Reasons NJ Needs the Conscientious Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations Bill A260/S1071

1. Vaccination is the only mandated medical procedure whereby adverse reactions pose significant health risks to children.

Adverse reactions to one vaccine include: Encephalitis (brain damage), Diabetes, Arthritis, Anaphylaxis, nerve deafness, febrile convulsions and seizures, Pneumonia, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), atypical measles and death. Source: MMR II Package Insert, Merck: 12/2007.

2. Vaccination is the only medical procedure that does NOT require industry-standard, double-blind, placebo-controlled safety studies.

Vaccination studies are NOT performed according to the industry-standard protocol: instead, both sets of children are administered vaccines and then analyzed for adverse reactions, efficacy, etc. A “placebo-controlled” unvaccinated group is never used in studies. An example of these flawed studies is as follows: Ten double-blind studies involving 2,252 subjects showed no significant difference in the frequency or severity of adverse experiences between ENGERIX-B and plasma-derived vaccines. Source: SmithGlaxoKline Vaccine Package Insert: 12/2006. U.S. populations of unvaccinated children are readily available for studies: children with religious and/or medical vaccine exemptions; children (15,000) in the Chicago-area HomeFirst practice; and the Amish population. Additionally, vaccines are NOT evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility. MOST, if not all, vaccine studies are actually performed by the vaccine manufacturers themselves.

3. Vaccination mandates the injection of known toxic ingredients into children.

Vaccine ingredients/mediums include neurotoxins, carcinogens, foreign denatured viruses, DNA derived from aborted fetal tissue, and antibiotics. Examples of vaccine ingredients include: aluminum* (heavy metal neurotoxin conclusively linked to Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders.), formaldehyde (carcinogen), bovine casein (animal protein/foreign DNA), glutaraldehyde (dangerous toxin), monkey kidney cells (animal/foreign DNA), calf serum (animal/foreign DNA), neomycin sulfate and polymyxin B (antibiotics), yeast protein, diphtheria toxoid (foreign virus), tetanus toxoid (foreign virus), Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 poliovirus (foreign viruses). Source: Pediarix Package Insert, GlaxoSmithKline Biologics and Norvartis: 6/2007. Additionally, thimerosal is still found in most flu vaccines, now mandated annually for NJ children 6 to 59 months.

*According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Aluminum is now being implicated as interfering with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and in other tissues (Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children,1996).

4. U.S. Federal and State Government agencies and the American Academy of Pediatrics have conflicts of interest and are NOT protecting our children.

On June 7-8, 2000, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assembled an invitation-only meeting, entitled “Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information” at the Simpsonwood Conference Center in GA. There were fifty-two attendees, including high ranking officials from the CDC, FDA, the top vaccine specialist from the World Health Organization and representatives from all major vaccine manufacturers, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth, and Aventis Pasteur. The objective of the conference was to discuss the findings of CDC epidemiologist, Tom Verstraeten, regarding a link between thimerosal in vaccines and a dramatic increase in autism and other neurological disorders as analyzed in the federal database of 100,000 children. In the end, the group withheld Verstraeten’s findings, and told other scientists that the data was lost. By the time the study was finally published three years later, Verstraeten was hired by GlaxoSmithKline and the data was adjusted to discredit the link between thimerosal and autism. Source: Simpsonwood Transcripts, 2000; Robert Kennedy Jr., Deadly Immunity; Rolling Stone,1995.

Another example of conflict of interest: Paul Offit, MD, of University Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, is a member of the CDC Vaccine Advisory Committee and was one of the members who voted to add the rotavirus vaccine to the Vaccines for Children’s program. Offit is a patent holder of a rotavirus vaccine and admitted to receiving $350,000 in grant money from Merck to develop the vaccine. The rotavirus vaccine was approved by the FDA in August 1998, then recommended by the CDC for universal use in March 1999. During safety trials and the vaccine’s introduction, children developed serious bowel obstructions and many had to undergo surgery, while some died from intussusception . The vaccine was pulled from the U.S. market in October 1999. According to a federal hearing on conflicts of interest, Rep. Dan Burton stated, “No individual who stands to gain financially from the decisions regarding vaccines that may be mandated for use, should be participating in the discussion or policy making for vaccines.” He went on to say that the CDC "routinely allows scientists with blatant conflicts of interest to serve on intellectual advisory committees that make recommendations on new vaccines," even though they have "interests in the products and companies for which they are supposed to be providing unbiased oversight." The House Government Reform Committee discovered that four of eight CDC advisors who approved guidelines for a rotavirus vaccine "had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that were developing different versions of the vaccine." Source: FACA: Conflicts of Interest and Vaccine Development: Preserving the Integrity of the Process, June 15, 2000.

In first quarter 2008, Offit participated with Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, former NJ Deputy Health Commissioner, at a Vaccine Ethics Panel in Philadelphia. Eddy Bresnitz, NJ Deputy Health Commissioner and state epidemiologist, recently announced he is leaving public office to become Merck’s medical director of adult vaccines.

5. Informed Consent is limited or non-existent because vaccine manufacturers and physicians bear NO liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.

Vaccine manufacturers and doctors bear NO liability for vaccine injury or death once a vaccine is mandated or recommended for the Childhood Vaccination Program, as stipulated in the U.S. National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act of 1986. This act also established VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System), a government tracking system for vaccine injuries and deaths: 236,756 vaccine adverse reactions, including deaths, were reported between Jan 1990 and Feb 2008, by doctors and individuals. Inherent in this legislation, physicians no longer represent their patients, but act as agents of the state in requiring their patients be vaccinated. Parents are consistently not informed of the risks of vaccination vs. the diseases, nor have the ability to make informed vaccine choices through a conscientious exemption.

6. Nineteen other states currently have the conscientious/philosophical exemption.

Currently nineteen other states provide its citizens with the right to informed consent for vaccinations by providing them with a conscientious/philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccinations. NJ Parents deserve these same basic rights. In 2003, Jane Orient MD, FACP, executive director of the Assn. of American Physicians and Surgeons stated, “Parents should be offered vaccines for their children, with full disclosure, and without the pressure of a "requirement." The question remains, why is it that children need 36 vaccines for fear of rampant disease epidemics and the notion that children will become sick and/or die; yet the currently “undervaccinated” population of adults in our country who received eight or so vaccines as children and whose “protection” dwindled within a few years, are not causing epidemics or ill and dying from Chicken pox, diphtheria, polio, mumps, Hepatitis B or any other diseases?

7. The NJ vaccine mandate process bypasses our legislative process and is managed by the Public Health Council, a Government-appointed panel.

New Jersey’s childhood vaccines are voted on and mandated by the Public Health Council, a Governor-appointed panel of 7 voluntary members. The PHC members are NOT representative of NJ citizens, are NOT an elected body, may have conflicts of interest, and consistently ignore public comment. New Jersey deserves the right to have all medical procedures, especially those that are recommended to be mandated, pass through our state legislature and include thorough, unbiased review, a full public hearing and inclusion of public comment.

8. Vaccination has been proven to cause Autism.

In 2007, Hannah Poling, the first of 4,900 autism cases being considered by Federal Vaccine Court, was conceded by US Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, confirming a causal link between vaccines and autism. According to a CNN Interview (March 28, 2008) with CDC director, Julie Gerberding, she admitted that Hannah Poling’s “autism-like symptoms were caused by vaccine-induced fever.” Additionally, Dr. Bernadine Healy, former NIH director and a cardiologist, stated publicly that when she began researching autism and vaccines she “found credible published, peer-reviewed scientific studies that support the idea of an association. The government has quite simply refused to conduct the studies, so others have come forward.”

In June 2007 an independent national research firm, SurveyUSA, posted results of an extensive survey “of more than 9,000 boys in California and Oregon and found that vaccinated boys had a 155% greater chance of having a neurological disorder like ADHD or autism than unvaccinated boys." - Generation Rescue, June 26, 2007: Data was gathered by SurveyUSA, a national market research firm, which surveyed parents on more than 17,000 children (http://www.generationrescue.org/survey.html). It must be noted that New Jersey has the most mandated vaccines throughout the world and the highest rates of Autism.

Also, since 1991, when the CDC and FDA recommended three additional thimerosal-containing vaccines for infants, the estimated number of autism cases increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166. According to Dr. Bill Weil, an American Academy of Pediatrics consultant attending the meeting, “You can play with this all you want; the results are statistically significant.” Source: Simpsonwood Transcripts, 2000.

9. The current religious and medical exemptions in NJ are often challenged and have inconsistent requirements.

School principals/nurses, and preschool directors, as well as NJ Health Department officials often challenge and reject vaccine exemptions submitted by parents. The approval process for vaccine exemptions is inconsistent and confusing. Additionally, the religious exemption is all-or-nothing and does not allow a parent to make informed choices. For instance, many parents are aware of the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine and do not want to give it to their child, but parents cannot choose to eliminate one vaccine from their child’s schedule; they must reject all vaccines. There are no options.

10. The premise that a certain number of our children may become disabled and die so that other children may escape a possible disease is unethical and unacceptable.

Does our state government have the ethical right to require that a number of children die so other children can possibly avoid a disease? As citizens and parents, we expect and deserve the right to protect our own children. Children are dying every day from adverse reactions of vaccinations; in fact, the Federal Vaccine Court compensates families $250,000 for each child proven to have died as a result of vaccination. The Federal Court web site verifies that more than 12,500 claims have been filed since creation of the program in 1987, including more than 5,300 autism cases, and more than $1.7 billion has been paid in claims. Shouldn’t parents have the right to informed consent in order to determine the risk they are willing to accept for their own children? Are you willing to sacrifice your child for the sake of others?

NJ Needs Vaccination Choice, not MORE Mandates.

Since 1983, there has been a 260% increase in vaccine mandates for NJ children. As of December 2007, NJ just mandated four new vaccines for our children, as young as 2 months old. NJCVC and other organizations are voicing opposition to the disturbing trend. Parents should have the right to informed consent regarding vaccinations for their children, just as they do with any medical procedure. Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a board certified pediatrician and Chief of Pediatric Integrative Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center notes, “There are risks associated with all medical practices, including vaccines, so it is important for parents, along with their doctors, to evaluate an individual child’s medical history and health, including genetic predispositions and allergies, to determine what is appropriate. Informed consent is a key ethical principle in medical practice.”
We thank the current 10 senators and 25 Assemblypersons who are sponsors of bill A260/S1071 and ask others to support this important legislation by making it into NJ law as soon as possible.


Kurt Luidhardt said...

I am a contributor to Congressman Dan Burton's campaign blog (www.danburtonblog.com). We are always encouraged to read posts like this one from our fellow autism advocates. Thanks for your hard work for autistic children.

We'll make sure to send some readers your way from our blog.

Ginger Taylor said...

Thanks Kurt,

Dan is one of our heroes. He was out there fighting for our kids before my son was even born.

Please pass on my gratitude to him for all he has done.