I’ve addressed herd immunity here. If you haven’t read it yet, please do, because this builds on that.

In the past few years, it has become an actual moral duty to vaccinate. People who choose not to are vilified in no uncertain terms and blamed for the future return of smallpox and polio, every measles outbreak (even this one), and are becoming discriminated against in very real ways, (the Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County, NY, for example [1]). We should all do our duty, stop being selfish and ignorant, and just vaccinate our kids. For “herd immunity.” For “the weak, or too young among us who cannot be vaccinated.” To protect them from the 16 infections we have vaccines for. It’s actually less since not all of them are contagious (ex: tetanus).

Let’s pretend herd immunity is a reality. That getting vaccinated is worth it to protect the weakest among us. The first question, then is, who are the weakest? Is it the immunocompromised? We all get a picture of a bald child with cancer, on chemo, and the visceral response is to want to protect that child at all cost. It’s a good response. Let’s keep those feelings but also look at the facts. Is it children with autoimmune disorders that are on immune suppressing drugs for life? What about someone that’s already been injured by a vaccine? That very small minority that can’t seem to deal with vaccines and have a bad reaction. Like endless seizures, being paralyzed from the waist down, or SSPE?

California is an excellent example of where this is headed and I believe it exposes the motives behind making it a moral issue/discriminating against unvaccinated children.

SB-277 was passed in 2015. [2] It’s a bill removing all vaccine exemptions except medical. No personal belief or religious belief exemptions. Only the “injury exemption” which is what the medical exemption is. In my opinion, that would be far too late if it were my child.

For example, a young girl with severe seizures caused by vaccines as diagnosed by her doctor was one who qualified. She is now growing out of the seizures and they are happening less and less. Or, a young boy diagnosed with transverse myelitis (permanently paralyzed from the waist down) because of vaccines was granted a medical exemption. Both of these parents got exemptions for the rest of their children from fear that they would also be harmed. In the passing of SB-277, they were promised over and over that doctors would have full reign in making these decisions, that they would, in fact, be encouraged to do so, if there was a medical reason to believe the child would be harmed.

But for uninjured children, parents had the choice of vaccinating, moving, or homeschooling. Since then, there have been multiple bills stomped out that tried to get into the homes of homeschoolers. One was “in case of fire”, another was to pass out diapers, but all included the stipulation that your home could be searched by the government to make sure you weren’t neglecting your children, as defined by them. Not vaccinating is considered neglect by many, many people. But they’re not stopping there.

Now, promises are being broken only 4 years later, and a new bill is being passed (here are some doctors’ opinion of the bill). which will take the power to medically exempt away from doctors, and put it into the hands of the health department. The relationship between doctor and patient now has a third person stepping in. It will be some person looking at a stack of papers, checking boxes. It might be someone who has never seen another person in the uncontrollable and damaging grip of a seizure, who may never have met a paralyzed child, someone who has certainly never laid eyes on your child or can in any way care about them, and who would for sure not exempt the siblings of an injured child. A person who is not a doctor, who is most likely untrained except for in making the decision based on qualifications met. Someone who will never see the results of the decision he/she makes by denying your child a medical exemption. Someone completely devoid of relationship or accountability. A politician.

That letter you got from the renowned specialist stating your child could possibly die if vaccinated again? Well, that means nothing now.

And these are the boxes they’ll be checking:

“There are very few true contraindication and precaution conditions. Only four of these conditions are generally considered to be permanent contraindications: severe (anaphylactic) allergic reaction to a vaccine component or following a prior dose of a vaccine; encephalopathy not due to another identifiable cause occurring within 7 days of pertussis vaccination; severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and a history of intussusception as contraindications to rotavirus vaccine.

Conditions considered permanent precautions to further doses of pediatric DTaP are temperature of 105°F or higher within 48 hours of a dose, collapse or shock-like state (hypotonic hyporesponsive episode) within 48 hours of a dose, persistent inconsolable crying lasting 3 or more hours occurring within 48 hours of a dose, or a seizure, with or without fever, occurring within 3 days of a dose. The occurrence of one of these events in a child following DTaP vaccine is not a precaution to later vaccination with the adolescent/adult formulation of pertussis vaccine (Tdap).” [3]

Are you noticing that being “immunocompromised” is not a contraindication to vaccination? Did you notice that chemo was not mentioned? Children with cancer only see a small window of time when they are not recommended vaccines. And only live vaccines are ever contraindicated. They get pushed to get the inactivated ones harder than almost anyone because their doctors believe very strongly the vaccines are less dangerous to them than catching the flu etc would be. Children on transplant lists are often denied surgery until they are fully up to date on all of their vaccines. The immunocompromised are often the first in line for vaccines (even live ones) because they feel they are very low risk and offer great protection.

So I think we’ve established that herd immunity is a goal “for the greater good” of a very very precious few. A shrinking few. When pushing for this bill, people act as though doctors are passing out medical exemptions like candy and taking advantage of the system, but in reality there are 0.7% of children who have medical exemptions in CA. That’s less than 1%. A Harvard study concluded that adverse events happened in 2.6% of a population which leads us to expect around that many medical exemptions. [4] It is much below that.

In light of the very small amount actually deemed worthy of being medically exempt (my theory is there isn’t one person on this list of medically fragile people who isn’t still being pushed to get some type of vaccine at some point in their life), the next question becomes, what is the “accepted casualty”? How many is it ethical to sacrifice for the greater good of this almost nonexistent group? Does this group actually want that from us? How does our sacrifice actually benefit them? The live ones we get may protect them for as long as we are protected but what are the odds we would have passed that infection to them if we hadn’t been vaccinated? And are we protecting them during the period of time (about 6 weeks) during which those live vaccines actually shed the virus and can be transmitted to the immunocompromised? I’m guessing most doctors don’t warn their patients about that.

Do vaccines cause harm? How much harm? Is it really “one in a million” as some trusted people say? Well, fortunately, there’s a system that monitors this. It’s called VAERS (vaccine adverse event reporting system). If your child has a seizure after getting a vaccine, your doctor is supposed to report it to VAERS. If your child has brain swelling and develops a high-pitched cry that goes on for hours or days shortly after receiving a vaccine, your doctor is supposed to report it to VAERS. If your child dies within 24 hours of receiving multiple vaccines, your doctor is supposed to report it to VAERS after all other causes have been ruled out.

So here are the stats for 2018:

58,381 reports, including 412 deaths, 1,237 permanent disabilities, 4,217 hospitalizations. [5] I’ve been learning to play with it and you can look up by vaccine to narrow things down, etc. It’s fascinating and horrifying, especially when you look at longer time spans and the numbers get even more astounding, even though it was only put into place in 1990. So if it’s 1 in a million, there’s 327 million people in the US as of 2018…even if we just count deaths, that number should be closer to 327, not 412. That’s almost 100 more deaths than one in a million would be. If you count permanent disabilities and injuries, it’s much MUCH worse.

And it gets even worse. On the VAERS website itself, under “interpreting data” it states clearly that “underreporting” is a problem with how this data is collected. There have been two studies done on VAERS itself and both have concluded that vaccine reactions are grossly underreported. Here is the one funded by the CDC who later ghosted the scientists crunching the numbers, that says it is LESS THAN 1%. [6] I’m not good at math, but those numbers suddenly look scary high to me.

So my question now is, are you okay with that? Do you think that’s safe enough? Are you okay with living in a society that willingly sacrifices (at the very least) 412 babies each year so that the rest of the children can live free of disease? And in light of this, are you okay with vaccines being mandated to those who don’t want to take that risk?

What if the next death or injury is one of yours?

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/09/new-york-declares-public-health-emergency-over-measles-crisis.html
  2. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/genrec.html
  4. https://healthit.ahrq.gov/ahrq-funded-projects/electronic-support-public-health-vaccine-adverse-event-reporting-system
  5. https://vaers.hhs.gov/
  6. https://www.nvic.org/CMSTemplates/NVIC/Pdf/FDA/ahrq-vaers-report-2011.pdf

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