by Barbara Loe Fisher
More than 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV 1 but government officials do not ban HIV infected children and adults from attending school, receiving medical care, being employed, or otherwise participating in society. In fact, there are anti-discrimination laws that guarantee civil rights protections for Americans infected with HIV or living with AIDS. 2
No Discrimination or Societal Sanctions for Infected CitizensIn 2012, public health officials reported that about two million people in America are infected with chlamydia, tuberculosis, syphilis and gonorrhea, 3 and they estimate another three million people are infected with hepatitis C. 4 Like those with HIV or AIDS, these citizens are not targeted for discrimination and blocked from getting a public education, being employed or moving freely in society.
Live Polio Vaccinated Children Could Still Attend SchoolBetween 1963 and 1999, doctors gave live oral polio vaccine to millions of healthy American children, who became infected with vaccine strain polioviruses they shed in their body fluids and transmitted, sometimes causing other children and adults to contract vaccine strain polio paralysis and die. 5 6 Those with compromised immune systems were at special risk for getting vaccine strain polio and shedding vaccine strain poliovirus for longer periods of time than healthy persons. Yet, children recently given live oral polio vaccine were not excluded from attending school.
Calls for Societal Sanctions After Measles Diagnosed at DisneylandBut in 2015 after a handful of measles cases were identified at Disneyland, suddenly Americans are being asked to surrender civil liberties. We are being asked to discriminate against and condone extreme societal sanctions against fellow citizens, 7 including removing religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions from state laws 8 9 so children cannot attend school without 49 doses of 14 federally recommended vaccines by age six and 20 more vaccinations by age 18. 10
How did a handful of measles cases at Disneyland turn into a full-scale assault on civil and human rights in America?
12 States Introduce Bills to Eliminate Non-Medical Vaccine ExemptionsWhy have politicians in 12 states already filed legislation to eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions, leaving only a very narrow medical exemption that most people cannot get? 11 12
With 93 percent of pediatricians reporting that parents don’t trust the safety of the government recommended child vaccine schedule, 13 why are many of them refusing to provide medical care to children if they have not gotten every dose of every federally recommended vaccine – no exceptions and no questions asked? 14 15 16
Censorship of Speech, Shaming, Imprisonment, MD Licenses Revoked?Why are editorials calling for censorship of speech 17 18 and for parents with unvaccinated children to be hunted down and publicly identified, 19 sued, 20 21 criminally prosecuted and imprisoned, 22 and for doctors who criticize vaccine safety to have their medical licenses revoked? 23
What is happening right now in America is not about the the measles or public health.
Disneyland “Patient Zero” Never Found – Assumptions Made AnywayIt all started in January 2015 after 320 million Americans 24 had just finished ringing in the New Year and California health officials announced that nine visitors to Disneyland were infected with measles. 25 Two weeks later, the total number of measles cases was 51 but no public health doctor in the country could find “patient zero.” 26 That didn’t stop newspapers from proclaiming that a single “unvaccinated” person with measles spoiled the Magic Kingdom and that measles is invading America because of “a decline in parents having their kids vaccinated.” 27 28
Measles Immunity Wanes, High MMR Vaccination Rate in U.S.It did not matter that the science shows measles vaccine immunity is not lifelong and wanes, 29 30 31 32 just like pertussis vaccine immunity is temporary and wanes, 33 34 35 or that it is illogical to put all the blame for measles at Disneyland on 1.8% of children attending school with vaccine exemptions 36 37 when 95% of children entering kindergarten have gotten two MMR shots 38 39 and only 1% of children under age three are unvaccinated. 40 With a grand total of 170 measles cases reported in 17 states by March 2015, compared to 644 cases reported in 27 states last year, 41 and with 42% of the California-related cases documented to be in unvaccinated persons, while 13% of cases were vaccinated, 42 there is no justification for gutting vaccine exemptions in state public health laws.
Witch Hunt Led By Doctors Against Families, Dissenting DoctorsRational thinking has been the first casualty in this 21st century equivalent of a 17th century witch hunt 43 led by defensive doctors in government, industry, academia and media, who are fed up with parents asking them questions about vaccine risks and failures they can’t answer. 44 45 46 47 Assisted by communication conglomerates 48 and Astroturfers, 49 50 51 52 53 they piously wave the science flag and call parents “anti-social” if they don’t vaccinate 54 but completely ignore parents with vaccine injured children talking about how their vaccinated children are never healthy anymore. 55 Some of the most vicious attacks have been on families consciously choosing to stay healthy a different way 56 57 and on doctors caring for families whose children are unvaccinated or receive fewer vaccines on an altered vaccine schedule. 58 59
The Cultural War on Freedom, Values & BeliefsAfter headlines like “What would Jesus do about measles?” 60 and “God wants you to vaccinate your children” 61 marked a new low in American journalism, it became clear that the so-called “vaccine war” 62 63 is really a culture war 64 on freedoms, values and beliefs that have long defined who we are as a nation. 65 66 67 How it is fought and where it ends will determine the kind of nation America will become in the 21st century.
$100 Billion Vaccine Market in 2025 Featuring Many New VaccinesThe $30 billion global vaccine market today will be worth a projected $100 billion or more in ten years. 68 A lucrative public-private business partnership has been forged between government and the pharmaceutical industry 69 70 71 72 73 74 with your tax dollars to develop hundreds of new vaccines. 75
Drug companies completely shielded from product liability because Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have declared vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe,” 76 77 are rushing to licensure genetically engineered vaccines for syphilis, 78 gonorrhea, 79 herpes,80 HIV/AIDS, 81 tuberculosis, 82 chlamydia, 83 hepatitis C, 84 e-coli, 85 cytomegalovirus, 86 ebola, 87 88 salmonella, 89 norovirus, 90 adenovirus, 91 enterovirus, 92 asthma, 93 diabetes, 94 obesity, 95 high blood pressure, 96 anti-smoking, 97 anti-cocaine 98 and anti-heroin 99 use, and many more that Pharma and government will want many adults, as well as children, to buy and use.
Adult Immunization Plan Targets Women, Employees, Faith GroupsThe new National Adult Immunization Plan aggressively targets pregnant women, 100 employers and their employees, 101 faith based groups 102and other adults for increased vaccine use. 103 104 Health care workers are already being fired if they do not get an annual flu shot, 105 a vaccine that works less than half the time and was completely ineffective this year. 106 107
The next profession on the firing line is the teaching profession. 108 109 A doctor turned politician in Vermont is pushing a bill to require teachers and everyone working in a school to prove they have gotten government recommended vaccines or be re-vaccinated. 110
Will your profession be next on that list?
Will You Be Prevented From Moving Freely in Society & Punished?Will laws be passed to not only deny you a public education but prevent you from obtaining health insurance; entering a doctor’s office, hospital or retirement home; boarding a bus, plane or train; buying a ticket for a movie or football game; shopping in a store, getting a driver’s license, filing your taxes or otherwise participating in and moving freely in society unless you show proof you have gotten every government recommended vaccine?
Will your healthy unvaccinated children be taken from you 111 and will you be fined and thrown in prison? 112 113
Will public health officials with police power knock on your door one day and take you to a quarantine camp or forcibly administer vaccines to you and your children without your voluntary informed consent?
If Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Removed, You Will Have No ChoiceEven if you and your children have willingly received every government recommended vaccine today, if non-medical exemptions are removed from U.S. vaccine laws, you will have no choice if you decide you don’t want to use every new liability-free vaccine that government recommends tomorrow.
This vaccine culture war is about a lot more than vaccination.
Because if the State can tag, track down and force you against your will to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which other freedoms the State can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
What You Can Do If You Are Ready to Take ActionAre you ready to fight for your freedom? If you are, here is what you can do:
GET INVOLVED. Participate in our democracy. Become an active user of the free online vaccine choice advocacy network at NVICAdvocacy.org and work with other people in your state to take action. You will receive email Action Alerts and be put in direct electronic contact with your own legislators so you can call or email them and show up to testify at legislative hearings. Invite your friends and family to do the same.
WITNESS. If you experienced vaccine reactions and are now chronically ill or disabled, you can share your experience with others. You are not alone.
Vaccine reactions and injuries are not as rare as doctors want to admit to themselves or to patients and parents. 114 Today, everybody knows somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again.
Talk About What Happened to Your Child After VaccinationIf you are a parent and watched your child scream for hours or collapse, twitch and jerk or regress physically, mentally and emotionally and become a totally different child in the days and weeks after vaccination, 115 116 117 118 119 120 you have witnessed a serious event that you can talk about with other people, including legislators representing you in your state Capitol and in Congress.
If your child was revaccinated and you observed the same symptoms or your child’s health got worse, it is compelling scientific evidence of a causal relationship between vaccination and what happened to your child. In scientific studies, this is called challenge/re-challenge 121 and what you saw is called clinical observation, 122 even though when parents do the observing most doctors dismiss what happened as “anecdotal” 123 evidence or a “coincidence” 124 125 that has no value at all.
Your Child’s Life Has Value, Don’t Let Anyone Bully and Shame YouWhat you witnessed happen to your child after vaccination does have value because your child’s life has value. Don’t let a doctor or anyone else bully and shame you into being afraid to talk about what you saw happen after vaccination, especially if your child is now chronically ill or disabled and has been diagnosed with learning disabilities; ADHD; epilepsy; autoimmunity; autism or communication, developmental or disruptive behavior disorders; asthma, allergy or other brain and immune system dysfunction. 126
Witnessing about what happened after vaccination is a way to help others understand that every life has value, and no person’s life should be considered expendable, and that we must never forget that universal truth.
REPORT. It is estimated thatonly between 1 and 10 percent of serious vaccine-associated reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths are ever reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 127 128 even though federal law requires all vaccine providers to make reports. If your doctor refuses to file a vaccine reaction report, you can do it yourself. Go to NVIC.org and learn how.
NVIC Vaccine Reaction Registry; Freedom Wall; Memorial; Failure WallIf you or your child were bullied or threatened with loss of employment, medical care, health insurance, federal food or housing assistance, the right to attend school or anything else because of your vaccination status, you can make a report to your state and federal legislators. Register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal today to be put into direct electronic contact with them.
On NVIC.org, you can also report a vaccine reaction to NVIC’s Vaccine Reaction Registry and share your experiences with others by posting a vaccine harassment report on the Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall or creating a page on the Memorial for Vaccine Victims or reporting a vaccine failure on the Vaccine Failure Wall.
LEARN MORE. Become educated about infectious diseases and the science, policy, law and ethics of vaccination. Go to NVIC.org to find fully referenced, accurate information you can trust.
Now, I am going to review five myths and facts that will help you understand what the vaccine culture war is really about: