Forced Vaccination or Social Isolation? Is this our future?

In the past few months there have been outbreaks of measles cases in several states including Washington State, Oregon, New York and one case in Massachusetts.  Outbreaks of measles are not uncommon.  They occur every single year and they cycle up and down.  There have been no deaths due to measles decades.  So why the sudden insanity over measles?

I had measles as a child in 1961.  Due to good maternal care which included my mother’s famous chicken soup, watermelon and ice cream, I made a quick, full and complete recovery.  There was no panic or fanfare.  There were lots of puzzles and books, a really cool pair of red sunglasses and visits from my cousins who had already had measles.  And, there was no vaccine.

The Rockland County New York emergency declaration case, which was struck down in court Friday at 5:15 p.m. appears to expose the insanity of today’s approach to public health.  Instead of focusing on keeping those with active measles at home until the disease completed its course, the directive, by Rockland county administrator, sought to isolate healthy children who happen to have a religious exemption to vaccination.  They were barred from any public place in which 10 or more persons could gather. The parents of these children,  who might choose to defy the order, would be fined and possibly jailed.  At the time, there were only 4 active cases of measles.  I would say it makes sense to for anyone to remain at home with an active infection until they recover and  the actions of the Rockland County Health Director and Administrator could have taken this common sense approach to isolate the sick.  Instead they held vaccine clinics.

Most of the measles cases occurred in communities of Ultra Orthodox Jews.  Rockland County has many and so does New York City.   They have every right, just like all Americans to decide what is best for their families based on their beliefs.  April 9, 2019, the New York City Health Director and Mayor DiBlasio announced a public health emergency.  All persons who have not been vaccinated with MMR or who cannot show that they have immunity or a medical exemption, will be vaccinated or fined $1,000.00.  Bills are currently in the New York State, Connecticut, Washington State and Oregon Legislatures to remove the Religious exemption to vaccination.  So mandatory vaccination in these states is simply a few legislative votes away.  Unless like Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed, the constitutionality of such restrictions is considered.  https://nypost.com/2019/04/09/cuomo-questions-legality-of-enforced-vaccinations-in-brooklyn/

 

Rhode Island’s religious exemption is still law for those who choose not to vaccinate.  In 2015, a bill was submitted in the Rhode Island Senate to remove it.  It did not make it out of committee.  Rhode Island has one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation, about 93%.  New York’s rate is in the 90% range.  According to the CDC, an official outbreak of measles needs only 3 cases.  https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.htm

Here are some points to ponder:  

Are less than 1,000 annual measles cases in a country of over 300 million people, a public health emergency?

Are we about to lose the right to informed consent and vaccine choice over measles fear?  It appears Mayor DiBlasio is willing to do just that.

Is what has transpired in the past few months really about public health or is it about political influence and pharmaceutical profits?

We will see what the verdict in New York City will be.

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House Bill H5165 Introduced – January 23, 2019

House Bill H5165 was introduced on January 23, 2019. The bill was introduced by Representatives Michael A. Morin, Stephen M. Casey, Robert D. Phillips, Camille Vella-Wilkinson, and Julie A. Casimiro. It was referred to the Health, Education, & Welfare Committee. As of today it has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.

Call To Action:
Call your Representative AND the members of the House Health, Education & Welfare Committee. Ask that they support H5165 and recommend them for passage.

We have updated all the legislator & committee member information on our Rhode Island Resources page! We’ve also added the National Resources page.

 

My Turn: Maddalena Cirignotta: Why does R.I. Department of Health want to track us?

Thank you to the author for permission to share her op-ed from Providence Journal.

This winter, the Rhode Island Department of Health has introduced legislation via Rhode Island lawmakers to track the complete medical records of every person in our state. This RIDOH Registry would extend our current mandatory tracking system from all minors to all adults as well. House Bill 7882 and Senate Bill 2530 would let the RIDOH legally data mine the personal medical information of every adult and child in Rhode Island.

If H-7882 and S-2530 are passed, the Department of Health will track all sensitive and private medical information for all people in our state. RIDOH will have unrestricted knowledge of medications we are taking, medical procedures we have had, pregnancies, counseling services, mental health, and all medical choices we have made.

There is no opt-out of the registry. If passed, it will be mandatory. According the language of the bills, “Any person may opt out of the disclosure of their immunization status by contacting the department of health.” What about the rest of the registry? This bill violates the right to informed consent as well as privacy. We as human beings, have the right to say “no” to imposed data collection of our personal records.

KIDSNET, our current no-opt-out, mandatory tracking system for all minors in Rhode Island, even collects our children’s Social Security numbers. RIDOH does not list the “participating programs” that have access to the Social Security numbers and private medical records of our children. Furthermore, “parental consent to include children’s data is not required.”

Any tracking system should always respect the human right to informed consent. KIDSNET should be an opt-in-only system that requires a signature in order for data to be collected in the first place. Meanwhile, these draconian adult registry bills should be permanently put to rest.

These alarmingly invasive bills violate our core right to privacy. They additionally raise several deeply concerning questions about the RIDOH:

Why does our state health department want to track our personal data? How does the RIDOH justify legislation that removes the basic tenant of informed consent? Once our data is collected, what recourse would citizens have to protect our information from hackers? How would people ensure that their private medical choices will not be used against them in the future? Does the RIDOH expect taxpayers to fund this massive and costly registry?

In 2017, voices of all kinds began to speak out with their truths. Individuals are joining the collective chorus of outrage as we declare, “Enough is enough.” The time is ripe for Rhode Islanders of all races, genders, cultures, abilities and backgrounds to claim our inherent rights to privacy, choice and informed consent for ourselves and our children.

If we wish to maintain our core freedoms, we must all tell our lawmakers that we do not want to be forced into a mandatory tracking system by our government. House Bill 7882 will be heard by the Health, Education and Welfare Committee in Room 101 of the Rhode Island State House within the next few weeks. Let our representatives know that Rhode Islanders do not wish to be forcefully tracked by the Rhode Island Department of Health or any other government agency.

Maddalena Cirignotta, of Wakefield, writes for the Rhode Island Wellness Society.

Time to Focus on Legislation

Time to Focus on Legislation

This is the third legislative session since Gardasil 9 vaccine was added for 7th graders in Rhode Island. In that time our group and others have made efforts to inform and educate parents about their rights to exemption and informed consent. You have shared your stories about trying to find a pediatrician who gives informed consent, your struggles with vaccine injured children, and your stories of extremely healthy vaccine free children. The legislation this year is reflective of all those stories. We have joined with others under Health Choice Northeast to coordinate our efforts both locally and nationally.  We have new friends and fellow advocates from all the New England States and New York.

This Rhode Island legislative session looks promising. There are three excellent bills on the House Side and at least two on the Senate side. We owe our gratitude to a hardworking group of State Representatives: Sherry Roberts, Justin Price, Robert Lancia, Robert Quattrocchi, Michael Chippendale, Jeremiah O’Grady, Daniel McKiernan, and Blake Filippi.

House Bill 7576 Allows for parents and others to opt out of vaccines for non-casual contact diseases transmitted by sexual contact between individuals and would require all correspondence to parents relating to vaccinations to contain notification about the option to opt out. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7576.pdf

House Bill 7686 This Act would provide an exemption to required school immunizations for personal or philosophical beliefs. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7686.pdf

House Bill 7704 This Act would require Informed Consent for vaccinations. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7704.pdf

All three of these bills have been referred to the House Health Education and Welfare Committee. If your representative is a member, please contact them and ask for their support. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemr.asp?ComChoiceR=HHEW

Contact info: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Email/RepEmailListDistrict.asp

On the Senate side, we have some amazing Senators who we thank for being supporters of Vaccine safety and Informed Consent: Senators Harold Metts, Elaine Morgan, Thomas Paolino, and Stephen Archambault . Please thank all these Senators for their efforts and call your Senator and encourage them to support and cosponsor this legislation.

Senate Bill 2405 Is a companion bill to H7576 and sponsored by Senator Metts. It has been assigned to the Senate HHS committee http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/SenateText18/S2405.pdf

Please contact the committee members and encourage them to support this bill. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemS.asp?ComChoiceS=SCHH

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Email/SenEmailListDistrict.asp

Action Summary:

Call your Senator and HHS committee members and ask them to support S2405 and recommend for passage. Ask them to also co-sponsor the reinstatement of the philosophical exemption bill.
Call your Representative and the members of the House HEW committee. Ask that they support H7576, H7696 and H7704 and recommend them for passage.
Sign up in the contact us section to be informed of committee hearings and related events.
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For your rights, your health, your choice,

 

Deb

 

Looking forward to 2018.

Happy Holidays!

I know you are all busy with Holiday preparations.  It is that time of year when we enjoy time with family and friends.  While you spend time sharing food, drink and holiday cheer with others, take the opportunity to share this information about vaccine safety.

In this video taped early this year, vaccine safety advocate, producer and medical journalist, Del Bigtree, presents a Vaccine Safety Project power point developed by the World Mercury Project.  This information will inform and empower.  Less than an hour of your time.

Del Bigtree-vaccine safety

In the new year,  let’s all continue the work to inform and protect the rights of all to vaccine choice and health freedom.

Wishing you good health and good cheer in the New Year,

Deb O’Leary

Rererences:

http://www.worldmercuryproject.org

Icandecide.com

 

Eighth Annual Vaccine Awareness Week

  • November 5-11th, is Vaccine Awareness Week.  The National Vaccine Information Center in association with Mercola.com will be hosting a series of online videos on Vaccine safety and Informed Consent.  Go to www.nvic.org for more information.
  • #RIAVC has received several inquiries regarding vaccine choice friendly pediatricians in Rhode Island. It appears they are difficult to find.  If your doctor is “friendly” and taking new patients, please contact us.
  • Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour tonight!

 

 

 

Holding HHS Accountable: a complex legal issue.

In 1986, the United State Congress passed a bill called The 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.

This bill was written and supported by the pharmaceutical companies who manufactured vaccines.   In the early 1980’s there were increasing  numbers of liability lawsuits filed by parents of children who were injured or killed by the DTP vaccine. Some of the settlements were sizable.   These vaccine makers threatened to stop producing vaccines altogether unless something was done.  

What Congress did was make it nearly impossible to sue a vaccine maker or a doctor administering a vaccine.   Instead, they created a “vaccine court” within the US Court of Claims and began adding a fee to every vaccine dose sold in the USA to fund it.  Since 1987, the vaccine court has paid out over 3.7 Billion dollars.   

The CDC recommended vaccine schedule has grown unchecked from 24 doses of 3 vaccines to 72 doses of 13 vaccines and more are being considered for approval. Most are required for school attendance and child care.   Forty eight states, including Rhode Island,  allow religious or philosophical exemptions to vaccination.  California, Mississippi and West Virginia have only a medical exemption.  A manufacturer can be sued if your child’s crib falls apart, but if your baby dies or becomes seriously injured by a vaccine, the manufacturers and medical personnel who administer the vaccine,  have no liability.  

2017 is the year this could all change.  Below are links to a letter and a supporting white paper sent to the Acting Secretary of HHS by the Informed Consent Action Network which questions HHS compliance with the provisions regarding vaccine safety and if they have been followed. Please read by clicking on here HHS Letter and Documents

The HHS Secretary has 60 days to reply to ICAN’s request.  

 

 

Informed Consent: knowing all the risks, benefits and alternatives to any medical treatment.  

YOUR RIGHT, YOUR CHOICE, YOUR HEALTH