Your Weekly Dose Of Information – May 20, 2016

Checking In

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sent The Weekly Dose Of Information. The group has been busy working behind the scenes and wanted to share with you what we have been up to!

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

We wrote about this in our March 25th Weekly Dose Of Information and as part of our efforts to bring Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe to RI we created the Facebook community page “Bring Vaxxed to Rhode Island”. The more interest we have from the community the better chance we have of bringing the screening to RI. Please like and share the page.

1st Annual Global HPV Vaccine Advocacy Symposium at The Autism One Conference

We are so excited and a little jealous that our Chairwoman Deb O’Leary is heading to the Autism One Conference next week.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @VaccineChoiceRI for up to date tweets from Deb!

This year, the Autism One Conference will feature the First Annual Global HPV Vaccine Advocacy Symposium on May 27, 2016 in Chicago. There will be an international panel of experts, including Dr. Sin Hang Lee, speaking on Scientific, Recovery and Advocacy in regards to the HPV vaccine. There will also be seminar on the use of Cannabis to help children with seizures, chronic pain and Autism. This will be presented by Dr. Judy Mikovics. Google her. She has an amazing story.

Legislative Update

We wish we had some exciting news to report here…At this time all bills are held for further study. If you haven’t reached out to the committee members and your legislators there is still time.

The following bills were introduced this legislative session

Senate Bill S2292
Senate Bill S2295
House Bill H7475
House Bill H7476
House Bill H7899

House Bill H7475House Bill H7476 andHouse Bill H7899 were heard by the 17 members of the House Committee On Health, Education & Welfare.

Senate Bill S2292 and Senate Bill S2295 were heard by the 9 members of the Senate Committee On Health & Human Services

Contact your legislators and the committee members

Remember you elected them, hold them accountable. Our HPV Parent Information Kit has a lot of information and a sample letter you can email to your legislator.

In the News

On May 9, 2016 Missy Fluegge from VacTruth published “How Rhode Island Parents Are Winning Back Their Rights to Vaccine Choice”  We are thankful for the recognition!

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Your Weekly Dose of Information – April 8, 2016

Who We Are – Written by Linda McLaughlin

What does an average working man, a chiropractor, a photographer, real estate agent, a retired office worker, retired teacher and a person who works with non-profits have in common? We come from all backgrounds, all walks of life, with varying beliefs and have formed a unit. We have children some of us grandchildren, we have children not affected by vaccines and we have children vaccine injured.

We didn’t know each other before June of last year yet we have met, bonded, and became a team. We respect and communicate well with each other and despite all our differences communicate with one belief in common.

Since we founded our board in December we have managed to get five bills presented! (Two Senate Bills and Three House Bills) These bills will protect all of our freedoms and our rights to informed consent. They will require more transparency, communication, and accountability from the RIDOH. I am proud of all that we have accomplished. I am proud of everyone that has joined in this fight with us. I am especially proud to be a part of such a knowledgeable hardworking team. I cannot tell you what is going to happen from here. I don’t know if the bills are going to pass, or if it’s going to go any further but I can’t tell you enough how accomplished I feel that we have come this far.

Joan Lowder and I started this with the hope that we could have a voice against the mandate for the HPV vaccine. This team has given us more than just a little voice, they have given us hope and direction. They have given us a chance to fight against the power of the Department of Health. Joan and I want to publicly thank all those especially the board for all that they have done from the bottom of our hearts to wherever we go from here. Thank You!

From the grandmothers,
Linda and Joan

Legislative Update

This past Wednesday, April 6th the group presented testimony for House Bill H7899.  To view the testimony Click Here  All the bills presented that evening were held for further study. We will keep you updated on the progress of all the bills that have been introduced this session.

Call To Action

Contact your legislators

They still need to hear from us! Remember you elected them, hold them accountable. Explain that you want them to pass these bills. Our HPV Parent Information Kit has a lot of information and a sample letter you can email to your legislator.

Senate Bill S2292
Senate Bill S2295
House Bill H7475
House Bill H7476
House Bill H7899

Continue to spread the word with Parents

The school districts are sending home the vaccine requirements for the upcoming school year, for some parents this will be the first time hearing about the HPV vaccine mandate. Direct them to our website where they will find valuable information on our Resources Page Are you interested in booking us for a speaking engagement or event? Please contact us HERE

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Your Weekly Dose of Information – April 2, 2016

RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice has been referred to as an “Advocacy Organization” What does it mean?  – Deb O’Leary

An advocate is someone who provides advocacy support when you need it. An advocate might help you access information you need or go with you to meetings or interviews, in a supportive role. As RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice, we do act as leaders in a supportive role to encourage others to achieve.

Self Advocacy:

  • Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
  • Defend and safeguard their rights.
  • Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.

Our Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

  • Express their views and concerns.
  • Access information and services.
  • Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
  • Explore choices and options

Legislative Update

This past Thursday, March 31st the group presented testimony for Senate Bill S2292 and Senate Bill S2295.  All the bills presented that evening were held for further study. We will keep you updated on the progress of these bills.

Committee Hearings Update

We checked the Committee Hearing Schedules and the remaining  House Bill H7899 will be heard Wednesday April 6, 2016 by the 17 members of the House Committee On Health, Education & Welfare.

In the News

Thank you Jennifer Bogden and The Providence Journal  for your coverage of the Senate Bill hearings this past Thursday. To read the article Click Here.

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Your Weekly Dose of Information – March 25, 2016

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

Over the last few days there has been a lot of discussion and backlash around this documentary and its screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this April. It amazes me how people that question authority or believe differently than the majority are judged and considered “Crackpots” Why are people afraid to hear all sides? Why are people fighting so hard to discredit Andrew Wakefield?  Deb and I were talking this morning and she mentioned that she had met Andrew Wakefield…Deb your knowledge never ceases to amaze me! Check out Deb’s excerpt below about Andrew Wakefield.

Statement from Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, regarding VAXXED at the Festival:

“Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”

You can Watch the Vaxxed Trailer Here. The screening is in NYC Sunday April 24th at 2pm and tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 29th. I hope to take the train in for the day leaving from Providence if anyone is interested in joining me.

Do your research, ask the hard questions, and trust your “gut feelings”
-Shawna

Who is Andrew Wakefield?

Dr. Andrew Wakefield is a pediatric gastroenterologist. He published, with others, a 1998 paper in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, about his observation of severe gastrointestinal problems in children with autism and the possible Gut-Brain Connection to the MMR vaccine.

My last opportunity to meet Dr. Wakefield in person was at an Autism One Conference in Chicago a few years ago. He greets you warmly, like old friend. He has a slightly rumpled, college professor appearance with a distinct British accent. When he gave his speech, his voice was strong and clear. Myself, as well as others in attendance were not hearing his words as new information. We needed no convincing. He described our life with our vaccine injured kids. Andy Wakefield could have run away from the constant scrutiny and controversy. Instead he has chosen to stay and fight with us. As Dr. Wakefield said in the prologue of his book, Callous Disregard published in 2010: “If autism does not affect your family now, it will.”

It is my hope that this good man finally receives the respect he so richly deserves.
-Deb

Committee Hearings Update

We checked the Committee Hearing Schedules this week and 2 of the 5 bills are scheduled for next week. Senate Bill S2292 and Senate Bill S2295 are scheduled for Thursday March 31st and will be heard by the 9 members of the Senate Committee On Health & Human Services  We need your support! 

We will update you when House Bill H7899  is scheduled.

In the News

We would like to that the Warwick Beacon and Kelcy Dolan for their continued support. Their article “Bills would limit state ability to mandate vaccines” was published this past Tuesday.

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Your Weekly Dose of Information – March 18, 2016

Legislative Update

This past Wednesday, March 16th, the group presented testimony for House Bill H7475 and House Bill H7476. To view the testimony click here. All the bills presented that evening, including ours, were held for further study. We will keep you updated on the progress of these bills.

Some highlights from our testimony relating to H7475

“A post on our Facebook page told of a recent incident at a local high school. The names of 50 students needing vaccinations recommended by the Vaccinate before you Graduate Program had their names announced over the school public address system indicating they would not graduate without the recommended vaccines. This is a clear violation of HIPAA or perhaps FERPA and in my opinion, medical bullying.”  Deb O’Leary

“No family should be bullied into choosing a treatment or risk losing their doctor. No child should be excluded from school because they haven’t been given a vaccine for a disease that is non-transmissible in schools. I am asking you to support this bill because it will strengthen informed consent and a patient’s right to choose treatment. I believe this bill will also help change the conversation between families and doctors, and will ensure that children are not excluded from school simply because they have not been vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases like HPV. Please support House Bill 7475.” Kristen P.

Some highlights from our testimony relating to H7476

“When the RIDOH added Gardasil and Menactra to the schedule in December of 2014, the informational hearings were held after the decision was made. Parents were upset and angry and rightly so. Pediatricians were informed during the decision making process as “interested parties”. Parents who are the most important “interested party” when it comes to the health of their children were not invited or informed.” Deb O’Leary 

“As a parent, I feel the government is dictating what medical treatments my children must have, without my input or consent. This bill will help ensure that Rhode Island citizens are not only informed, but consulted when these type of decisions arise. I believe it is essential for the public to have greater opportunities to be informed and to provide input into decisions made by the Department of Health about rules they are planning to adopt concerning mandated medical treatments including immunizations. Please support House Bill 7476.” Kristen P.

Committee Hearings Update

We checked the Committee Hearing Schedules this afternoon and the remaining 3 of the 5 bills are not scheduled for next week.  Is your senator or representative on either committee? Please check the committee links below and take the time to contact them. 

House Bill H7899 will be heard by the 17 members of the House Committee On Health, Education & Welfare.

Senate Bill S2292 and Senate Bill S2295 will be heard by the 9 members of the Senate Committee On Health & Human Services

We will update you when these meetings are scheduled!

In the News

We had the opportunity to speak with Ken from Educate Yourself this past Tuesday March 15th regarding the upcoming House and Senate Hearings. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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Your Weekly Dose of Information – March 11, 2016

Vaccine Ingredients – Part Two ~ Written by Deb O’Leary

In our last Weekly Dose,  Shawna shared links to information listing the ingredients in today’s vaccines.  We hope you had the opportunity to review the information.  I am sure many of you still have questions.

There is a tool on NVIC.org called the vaccine calculator, where you can plug in your child’s weight and age, choose the vaccines being recommended and calculate the amounts of Aluminum, Thimerosol (ethyl mercury), Formaldehyde, Polysorbate 80. Bovine Protein, Egg Protein, Yeast Protein and Human protein from aborted fetal cells such as MRC-5. You can print out your results and take it to your doctor. The Gardasil 9 is not in the calculator, so be sure to increase the 225 mcg. of aluminum to 500 mcg. per dose.

To get you started, let’s focus on Aluminum.  It is a heavy metal used as an adjuvant to help vaccines work better.  As an adjuvant, it binds the antigen, or virus to the cells in the body and helps create a more robust immune response to produce antibodies.  Problem is, it sometimes is not excreted, can build up in the body and cross the blood brain barrier.  Here is the latest FDA statement on parenteral (injected) dose of aluminum.  This regulation does not apply to aluminum in vaccines.  If vaccines were included in this FDA regulation, the DTap, Hep B, and Gardasil 9 among others, would all carry warning labels.   A premature infant who may have problems with kidney or liver function, should receive only 3 to 4 mcg. per kg in any injectable form.  A five pound pre-term infant would be just under 2.3 kilograms.  So the maximum daily amount of parenteral aluminum should be less than 11 mcg. daily.  The Hepatitis B vaccine, which is given on the day of birth, contains 250 mcg of Aluminum.  More than 200 times the amount deemed safe when injected according to the FDA.  More details see this link from Dr. Bob Sears Vaccine Book FAQ’s

You may wonder why there hasn’t there been an effort to produce safer and less toxic vaccines?  This could be related to a 1986 bill passed in the United States Congress called The National Child Vaccine Injury Act.  It rose from two problems, children were being injured by the DTP vaccine available at the time and lawsuits with large payouts against vaccine manufacturers and doctors were on the increase.

At the time the bill was passed, the only vaccines routinely given to children were the DTP and oral polio at 2, 4, 6, and 18 months,  and the MMR at 15 months. The vaccine schedule has increased since the mid-80’s. The 2016 CDC recommended vaccine schedule contains 3 doses of Hep B at birth, 2 and 6 months, two doses of Rotavirus at 2 and 4 months,  DTap at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months, the HIB at 2, 4, and 12 months, the PCV13 at 2, 4 and 6 months and the Polio at 2, 4 and 6-18 months. Also a Flu vaccine yearly, beginning at six months. At 12 months, a child also receives their first dose of MMR, Varicella and Hepatitis A.

Legislative Update

House Bill H7899 Introduced! We as a group had some serious concerns regarding school vaccination correspondences to parents over the past few months. We met again with our legislators expressing our concerns and are excited to say this act would require all correspondence to parents relating to vaccinations to contain notification about the option to opt out!

We would like to thank the following senators for working closely with the RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice We appreciate your hard work and support.

Thank you House Representatives Sherry Roberts, Mike Chippendale, and Justin Price

To Date the following bills have been introduced

Senate Bill S2292
Senate Bill S2295
House Bill H7475
House Bill H7476
House Bill H7899

Committee Hearings Update – House Hearings Scheduled!

We checked the Committee Hearing Schedules this afternoon and 2 of the 5 bills we are following are scheduled for next week!  Is your senator or representative on either committee? Please check the committee links below and take the time to contact them.

House Bill H7475House Bill H7476 andHouse Bill H7899 will be heard by the 17 members of the House Committee On Health, Education & Welfare. On Wednesday March 16, 2016 H7475 and H7476 are scheduled for hearing. We would also like to bring your attention to another House Bill H7635 that will be included in the March 16th Committee Hearing. This act would expand a pharmacist’s immunization authority for individuals between the ages of nine (9) and eighteen (18) by permitting the administration of a broader array of vaccines.

Senate Bill S2292 and Senate Bill S2295 will be heard by the 9 members of the Senate Committee On Health & Human Services We will update you when these meetings are scheduled!

In the News

This past Sunday the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity released the Best & Worst Bills So Far 2016  . We were pleased to see both senate bills S2292 and S2295 made the best bills list! For more information on the scorecard and how they rank bills visit the center’s Freedom Index & Legislator Scorecard.

 

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Your Weekly Dose of Information – March 4, 2016

Vaccine Ingredients – Part One

Recently Bill H5691 An Act Relating To Health And Safety – Formaldehyde Control was introduced. This act would prohibit the use of formaldehyde or formaldehyde replacements in certain children’s products. We found this interesting considering formaldehyde is a common ingredient found in vaccines. As a group, we have to admit we were excited to see this bill. We wondered what would happen to all the vaccines RI had already purchased? If the bill passes and formaldehyde use is prohibited would we be able to target other ingredients and push to have those removed as well? It will be interesting to see how the general assembly votes on this!

Have you ever wondered what ingredients are  in vaccines? Have you asked your pediatrician if they knew the ingredients in the vaccines? I must admit I never asked my pediatrician. Had I failed as a parent? The answer is no! I like most parents trusted my pediatrician and their recommendations. This journey has changed how I feel and what I believe to be true. I no longer blindly trust my pediatrician or the CDC . I research most everything  and it can sometimes consume me. The bill I referenced above peeked not only my interest but others in the group as well. This week I took some time to review the CDC’s Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary and the Institute for Vaccine Safety’s Vaccine Excipient List. These are both great resources, easily accessible, and easy to understand. I did find some commonality in vaccine ingredients. Aluminum, Formaldehyde, and Thimerosal all stood out time and time again. There have been many reports/studies on the toxicity of these ingredients and long term effects they have on our children. According to Environmental Defense, all the vaccine ingredients are poisonous, carcinogenic or potentially harmful to the skin, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, immune and neurological systems in our bodies. If the ingredients are poisonous and carcinogenic then how are they safe? Next week we will continue the ingredient discussion as I dive deeper down the vaccine rabbit hole. Do your research, ask the hard questions, and trust your “gut feelings”

~ Shawna

NORC

Has NORC contacted you? We’ve noticed an influx of calls and letters from NORC to parents and/or their children in RI that have opted out of vaccines or spoken out against vaccines. NORC conducts the National Immunization Survey, it consists of an interview conducted by telephone with households randomly selected and screened for the presence of young children. Respondents are asked a series of questions about the vaccinations received by selected children (including recommended seasonal flu vaccines), as well as questions about the availability of health insurance and selected demographic information. Respondents are also asked for permission to contact the children’s health providers for the sole purpose of obtaining immunization records, providing an important supplement to the household report. NORC then sends an Immunization History Questionnaire via mail to these health providers – many of whom have previously participated in the NIS over the years and respond at exceptionally high rates. Is this really a “Random” research study?

Committee Hearings Update

We checked the Committee Hearing Schedules this afternoon and the 4 bills we are following are not scheduled for next week. This past Monday each House Representative and  Senator that sits on the committees to reviewing the bills received an information packet from our group. Is your senator or representative on either committee? Please check the committee links below and take the time to contact them.

House Bill H7475 and House Bill H7476 will be heard by the 17 members of the House Committee On Health, Education & Welfare.

Senate Bill S2292 and Senate Bill S2295 will be heard by the 9 members of the Senate Committee On Health & Human Services

We will update you when the meetings are scheduled!

 

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