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Publicly Publishing Lists of Unvaccinated Children and Prosecuting Homeschooling Parents for Neglect.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, vaccine manufacturers and lawyers discussed the constitutionality of vaccine exemptions at a Vaccine Education Symposium at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on September 15. Other topics included:
- Requiring vaccination of all nurses and other health care workers as a condition of employment
- Passing laws to facilitate prosecution of parents of unvaccinated children for economic damages when vaccinated children contract vaccine preventable diseases
- Routine posting and publishing of lists of unvaccinated individuals in public places in communities
- Prosecuting parents who homeschool their children for child neglect if they do not vaccinate them.
The symposium, hosted by rotavirus vaccine patent holder and Merck consultant Paul Offit, MD, featured speakers such as Dan Salmon, PhD, who has alleged that exemptions to vaccination are not protected by the US Constitution and should be eliminated or severely curtailed.
The vaccine symposium pre-empted an Associated Press story, Parents Use Religion to Avoid Vaccines, which detailed the AP’s own examination of CDC data showing increases in religious exemptions claimed for kindergartners, as well as other exemptions. (See story at: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jHl5355 hjmYLKJQUqQcK4FJIYWrgD8SB50100)
The AP findings are:
- In Massachusetts, the rate of those seeking exemptions has more than doubled in the past decade.
- In Florida, 1,249 children claimed religious exemptions in 2006, almost double the 661 who did so just four years earlier.
- Georgia, New Hampshire and Alabama rates also doubled in the past four years.
- Fifteen of the 20 states that allow both religious and philosophical exemptions have seen increases in both.
According to the AP story, “While some parents—Christian Scientists and certain fundamentalists, for example—have genuine religious objections to medicine, it is clear that others are simply distrustful of shots. Some parents say they are not convinced vaccinations help. Others fear the vaccinations themselves may make their children sick and even cause autism.”
“As more and more Americans witness healthy children regressing after being repeatedly injected with dozens of doses of vaccines and becoming learning disabled, hyperactive, asthmatic, autistic and diabetic, more parents want to be able to make better informed, voluntary choices about vaccination. So it is not surprising that the Associated Press found that a greater number of parents today are seeking religious exemption to vaccination in the 28 states that do not allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination,” states Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, NVIC.