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 H7475, House 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.

 

© RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice and Vaccine Choice RI™, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice and Vaccine Choice RI™ with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.