Free Flu Shots!

The kids are back to school, paperwork has been turned in and the emails & flyers are rolling in. Free Flu Shots! I read this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola that discusses the effectiveness of the flu vaccine and how vaccinated individuals pose a hidden threat to public health. These flu clinics really struck a nerve with me after reading the article. In this day & age someone can get a flu shot virtually anywhere. Why the need to bring it into our schools? Could it be the almighty dollar? 

The RI Department of Health purchases the vaccines that are administered throughout the state. In fiscal year 2019 the RIDOH had expenditures totaling  $5,188,880.00  with Glaxo Smith Kline LLC. Year to date (Fiscal Year 2020) the RIDOH has had expenditures totaling $744,660.00 with Glaxo Smith Kline LLC. 

The Wellness Company that provides the clinics receives the flu vaccine at no charge from the RIDOH they also get paid to provide these clinics. In fiscal year 2019 they received $134,274.39 In fiscal year 2020 which started in June of 2019 they have received $20,337.05

The Wellness Company is currently using Fluarix-Quadrivalent and Flulaval-Quadrivalent and expect that supply to last another few weeks. Inserts linked above. When I looked at the CDC’s website, there were several different types of flu vaccines from several pharmaceutical companies. So, unless we ask what they are administering we are just accepting blindly that they are all the same. The woman at the Wellness Clinic said if my child’s clinic was later in the season that I should check back to see what they will be using. Wondering about the many different types? Click Here.

So how did your kids school measure up? I was able to find 2017-2018 & 2018-2019 results on their website.

As always, ask the questions, do your research, and trust your intuition! 

~ Shawna

 

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.

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.
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For your rights, your health, your choice,

 

Deb