Camas resident Margaret Tweet believes ‘when schools notify families of vaccination requirements, they should also include exemption information for all families’
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Vaccines are risky medical products with known serious impacts including brain damage, paralysis, intussusception of intestines, death, and more. As the number of vaccines injected into babies, children, and teens has escalated, more have suffered or died after vaccination, and more parents seek to Learn The Risk. In WA state, parents may opt-out their child who will be a student in public or private preschool, childcare, or K-12 schools from some or all of the state recommended vaccines
A religious exemption from all state listed vaccines may be filed for students, and no church membership is required. A philosophical exemption may be filed for all vaccines except the MMR. A medical exemption may apply for some. A healthcare provider also signs most exemption forms. Informed Choice Washington supports a parents’ right and duty to protect their children’s health, free from governmental interference, based upon medical necessity, scientific research, philosophical values, or religious beliefs. (see link for printable exemption forms).
When schools notify families of vaccination requirements, they should also include exemption information for all families. Neither The highly controversial HPV vaccine that has harmed so many young people, nor the flu vaccine is required. The U of W and other colleges also allow vaccination exemptions for students. Will daycare center workers and volunteer’s religious rights to claim exemption to vaccination will be honored in WA state?
If a baby or child suffers serious adverse reactions to vaccination, or has regressed developmentally within hours, days or weeks after vaccination, parents should seek medical help first, and later report the reactions to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), that is operated by the FDA and CDC. Acute symptoms include body rash or hives, breathing problems, collapse, prolonged screaming or crying, head pain, slurred speech, weakness or paralysis of any body part, jerking, seizures, vision or hearing problems, excessive bleeding, or other reactions.
A federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is available for injuries and deaths after vaccination, and some legal professionals specialize in such cases at no charge. Over $4 billion has been paid out to victims of vaccine injury and their families by the US government. Sadly, many parents of vaccine injured children were never informed about this program. Vaccine manufacturers are shielded from liability for the harm caused by their products.
Pregnant mothers may decline vaccines for themselves, and their babies. Medical providers often push multiple doses given at once for babies, although more adverse reactions are reported when more vaccines are combined. The CDC recommends untested, unlicensed vaccines for pregnant women such as flu and Tdap vaccines, even though safety has not been proven. The CDC promotes the Hep B vaccine for newborns, although most are not at risk of the disease,. plus 2 more doses of Hep B by 18 months. At just 2 months, the CDC also pushes injections for Rotavirus, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis(DTaP), HIB influenza, Pneumococcal infections, and polio(IPV), with repeat doses at 4 months, 6 months, and 15 months(except Rotavirus). An annual flu shot is also added at 6 months old. For babies 12-18 months old, Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis A are injected. The US pushes the most vaccines for babies and young children in the developed world, and has the highest rate of baby death. Tragically, too many parents grieve from Sudden Infant Death after vaccination.
Dr. Paul Thomas has established Integrative Pediatrics in Oregon, and will answer questions about vaccines with other healthcare providers following a screening of the documentary VAXXED, on Thu., Aug., 7:30 p.m. at Cascade Regal Cinema, 1101 SE 160th Tickets should be reserved.