Bill injects mandatory vaccines into Calif. law

October 2, 2012 - By admin

Oct. 2, 2012

By Katy Grimes

California’s kids receive more than 50 childhood vaccinations. However, not all parents agree with the aggressive vaccination schedule and opt out.

But this option will no longer be a choice, now that a new state law has been passed. AB 2109 states that children will not be allowed to attend public school without proof that parents have been counseled, and children vaccinated.

In the 1960′s, children received only four vaccines: Smallpox, measles, polio and mumps vaccines. Now, children could receive as many as 24 shots by 2 years of age and five shots in a single visit, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

There is a growing belief among parents that the dramatic rise in autism is directly related to the increase in childhood vaccinations. Many parents don’t want the state taking the decision to vaccinate or not, away from them.

AB 2109 will require parents of public school children to either get their children vaccinated, or acquire a waiver from a doctor or nurse saying they have been counseled about the benefits and risks of immunization. But acquiring this waiver is not as easy as it sounds. Many parents testified at the legislative hearings that they had been “fired” by their pediatricians for daring to question the vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control admits that as many as 30,000 adverse reactions to vaccinations are reported every year. And between 3,000 and 4,500 severe vaccine reactions, up to and including death, occur every year in the United States. Some doctors say that the numbers of severe reactions to vaccinations are much higher than the CDC’s numbers.

The committee hearings about AB 2109 were full of emotion and drama. Debate over the vaccine bill was highly contentious, with Democratic legislators largely ignoring parental concerns.

No vaccinations, no public school

AB 2109 is by Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who is also a medical doctor.

The issue at the root of Pan’s bill is the influx of children from other countries into California’s public schools, who bring with them new strains of measles, mumps, chicken pox and flu bugs, among other communicable diseases. Children who have recently traveled out of the country also bring home infectious diseases. Instead of dealing with the root of the problem, with the stroke of a pen, the Legislature and governor decided that every child must get vaccinated.

Doctors do battle

According to Dr. Pan, “California is one of only 20 states that allows for a personal beliefs, or philosophical exemption, to school or childcare immunization requirements. Under current law, to exempt the child from the immunization requirements, a parent or guardian must only provide a signed written statement or sign their name to a two-sentence standard exemption statement on the back of the School Immunization Record. While parents do have a choice to exempt their children, they are not required to document their concerns about vaccines or affirm that they have reviewed fact-based, accurate information regarding the risks and benefits of vaccines and the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases.”

According to Dr. Bob Sears, a pediatrician in Orange County and opponent of AB 2109, who testified at the hearings, “The largest study done to date on this issue (Dismissing the family who refuses vaccines: A study of pediatrician attitudes, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Oct. 2005) reveals that 39 percent of American pediatricians state they will dismiss patients from their office for non-compliance with vaccinations.”

National Vaccine Information Center

“Dr. Pan misled his colleagues into believing that that forcing parents to pay for a doctor’s appointment to beg a hostile pediatrician or medical worker to sign a personal belief exemption form is all about education,” the NVIC wrote on its website.

“Medical trade associations that helped Dr. Pan lobby the state legislature included the California Medical Association, Health Officers Association of California, California Immunization Coalition and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In public hearings this year, educated, articulate mothers and fathers stood up to these powerful medical groups and defended their parental and informed consent rights.

In a syndicated Associated Press article, Dr. Pan lashed out at families sending their children to private schools and accused them of becoming too educated about vaccination. Dr. Pan said: “In private schools, these are people who have money, who are upper middle class, and they are going on the internet and seeing information and misinformation.”

 Parents and Chiropractors oppose AB 2109

“This bill is a complete violation of human rights and parents rights to choose what they feel are best health care practices for their children,” a mother and chiropractor wrote on the bill website. “There is no research that shows what happens to vaccines and all the ingredients once they are injected. Without this knowledge, one cannot conclude that vaccines do not cause things such as neurological damage, autoimmune disorders, increased allergies and toxic overload.”

She wrote exactly what many parents and Chiropractors tried to convey at the hearings, but were not allowed time to speak.

However, support for AB 2109 by traditional medical doctors and pharmaceutical companies and associations was nearly universal. The California Medical Association, the California Pharmacy Association, the Association of Physician Assistants, the California State Employees Association, the County Health Executive Association, as well as the doctors and dentists’ unions, testified in support of AB 2109 at the hearings.

And they brought in many young doctors and medical students to show support for the bill, all offering assurances that they would sign a waiver form for parents opting out of vaccinations.

“Could it be that doctors with financial ties to medical trade associations, vaccine manufacturers and government health agencies are lobbying so hard to severely restrict or get rid of all vaccine exemptions because, every day, there are more and more Americans, who know somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again?” the NVIC asked.

AB 2109 appeared to gather a life of its own during the process. No matter how many parents and doctors showed up at committee hearings to oppose it, Democratic committee members appeared deaf to their concerns, as if operating on a strict agenda. Even if legislators disagree with the claim that vaccinations cause autism and other health problems in children, the more disturbing aspect was their willingness to throw parents’ rights out of the window.

The bill was sponsored by the California Immunization Coalition, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Medical Association, and the Health Officers Association of California.

The California Immunization Coalition Board of Directors is made up of primarily public health doctors, pharmacologists, and medical industry consultants and lobbyists, and is a perfect example of special interests pushing a bill from which they will greatly benefit.

“When you follow the money, you realize that vaccine makers are the ones pulling the political strings to eliminate vaccine exemptions,” the NVIC explained. “Make no mistake about it, it’s the Pharma-funded medical trade associations and state and federal health agency employees that are lobbying in state legislatures for non-medical vaccine exemptions to be removed, and it has everything to do with maximizing profits, and nothing to do with protecting people’s health from every disease under the sun.”

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Comments(21)
  1. Bob says:

    Resistance is futile.

    You will be assimilated into the Brown Borg Collective.

    Submit to the government run youth concentration camps.

  2. us citizen says:

    heck why not just have a kid now and then hand them over to the govt. This is what it is coming to.

  3. Rex the Wonder Dog! says:

    We need to vaccinate teddy………

  4. The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System says:

    Hey Poody—- How was it losing that lawsuit prediction so many times? Waiting…..zzzzzzzzzzzz

  5. Hillary Klinton says:

    heck why not just have a kid now and then hand them over to the govt. This is what it is coming to.

    Why not?

    It takes a village, ya know!

  6. Rex the Wonder Dog! says:

    91-0 BABY ;)

  7. Tax Target says:

    Welcome to the Penal Colony of Kalifornsky.

  8. Bubba says:

    It seems to me the way to protect childern from these getting these new strains of virues would be to keep these childern form other countries out of our public shools! Oh no! Where would the “Do Good” Liberals in Sacramento get thier next generation of voters?

  9. BobA says:

    Bubba:

    Liberals are busy dumbing down the next generation to insure an endless supply of democrat voters. You can’t be an intelligent thinking person and be a democrat. Intelligent thinking people are an impediment to the imposition of democrat ideology.

  10. Ulysses Uhaul says:

    BoBA

    Now that was pretty nasty….you need counseling on sensitivity…..we never bash righties like this awful post.

  11. Ulysses Uhaul says:

    Pack and Ship!

    Theay are coming to give you old toads booster shots…..your infectious.

  12. SeeSaw says:

    There are always several sides to every issue. As an adult, I would hate to be mandated to get certain immunizations–I have talked my way out of tetanus shots a couple times, and I never take the flu shots. A former high school classmate of mine took the Swine Flu shot and was paralyzed for six months, unable to walk or talk. (One of my children fainted on the spot when given the oral polio vaccine at our local health clinic.) Where children are concerned, it looks like the greater good is the determining factor when it comes to immunization requirements.

  13. The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System says:

    Poodle— Still no comment on the years worth of lawsuit prediction you lost? LOL We all wonder how you get to 99 for 0 when we know the ones you lost little clown!

    no comment still????

  14. Rex the Wonder Dog! says:

    101-0 BABY!
    :)

  15. The Africanized Swarm of Ted Steele System says:

    lol cat got your…? Still can’t talk about the loss of your many lawsuit predictions on the pension rollbacks?

    Oh My

    0 for 1 ™ just keeps getting better.

  16. Rex the Wonder Dog! says:

    109-0 BABY!
    Teddy CAN’T handle the truth :)

  17. It's on the Internet, It Must Be True says:

    I am surprised no one has taken the writer to task about the misinformation being spread by this article. Even ignoring the base assumptions that one could consider ‘controversial’ about the vaccination bill, the article’s headline and main thrust are extremely misleading. Vaccinations were already mandatory for schoolchildren in California. This bill simply requires parents to discuss vaccination with a healthcare provider prior to opting out, it does not “make vaccines mandatory”. Parents still have the same ability to opt out of the same required vaccinations as before, but hopefully will have more education about making that decision. Considering that children are dying in an epidemic of whooping cough in California, it seems a good thing for parents to weigh that against any ‘evidence’ they have that vaccinations are causing more harm than diseases are.

    I’m not sure why this is such a big deal, unless anti-vaccine folks are worried that having accurate information about the risks and benefits of vaccination will be a problem for parents? Perhaps they’d prefer to get their medical information from random blog posts?

  18. AntiVaxersAreStupid says:

    So this article is pretty wrong because it makes it seem like children receive 50 different vaccines. This is simply not true, they receive 14 – 16 vaccines. What the article should have stated, if it were honest, is that children receive 50 doses of vaccine. This is much different. When someone is prescribe 3 pills of a medication for 10 days, you don’t say that they are taking 30 medications, you say they’re taking 1 medication dosed out over 10 days at 3 pills per day. BIG difference here.

    But then again, dishonesty is at the root of the anti-vaccine movement.

  19. Hizenbird says:

    Even you, as an adult, will one day be required to have a shot. It will be mandatory. In fact the public will demand it. This is how it will play out: There will be a tragedy (like an epidemic) where MANY lives will be lost. The pulse of the nation will be taken. Mandatory shots will gain steam but not enough. Then, another epidemic. This one will be spread by patient zero, someone or group of people that refused to voluntarily get shots. That person or those people will most likely die (gotta tie up lose ends) but the public will be so outraged by this person/group that the next time a bill comes around for mandatory injections it will pass. Then on to phase two of plan ‘Population Reduction’.

  20. Ron says:

    Simple. Bring with you a form for the Physician to sign that states he/she will take personal responsibility for any adverse reactions to the vaccination he/she recommended, regardless of his/her LLC protection.

    My children are much more important than anyTHING a Limited Liability Corporation seeks to protect for the Doctor.

  21. Ron says:

    Childish “ad hominem” user names are the norm for those who seek to take away the freedoms of Americans- like AntiVaxersAreStupid. How scary to think there are so many out there that love the government to do their thinking for them. If they truly knew what it was like to have an intelligent thought; they may think otherwise.

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