The Case Against Mandatory Vaccination

The Case Against Mandatory Vaccination

Public policy in our country and state today is being driven by many dangerous elements and forces. Of substantial concern are policies, agendas and legislation being driven by claims of crises, which do not exist and are unsupported by reality, fact or science. It is dangerous when these claims are driven by the politics of fear mongering, hate and division. This is especially concerning when specific groups of people are targeted and attacked to incite fear and to promote misguided and harmful policies.

Our country’s system of checks and balances is being circumvented and ignored by those we have placed in positions of authority and accountability. Intelligent and rational debate have fallen victim to hysteria and the politics of misinformation and fear. It is precisely this kind of politics that is being used by legislators across the country to promote government mandated vaccination in response to a manufactured crisis—one based on dated or misleading information.

To be clear, I am not anti-vax. I have worked in the pharma industry and now work in the healthcare insurance industry. My family came here from a former communist country. We understand well what happens when government is allowed to deny individual liberties and personal freedoms. We know quite well what happens when the state considers its interests to be more important than protecting the rights of its citizens.

The scientific benefits of vaccination are not in dispute. However, concerns regarding vaccine injury, today’s vaccine schedule and our government’s much too close relationship with the vaccine industry—should also not be in dispute. When it is well documented, admitted and scientific fact that many children have been severely injured or even killed1 as a result of adverse vaccine reactions—then government has no right or authority of any kind to place parents in a situation where our government forces them to expose their children to admitted risk and risk they deem to be unacceptable.

Our system of modern medicine only works because it was founded on the concept of doing no harm and importance of informed consent. A person has a fundamental and protected right to control what happens to their own bodies. Parents have a fundamental right to the care, custody and control of their children and their family’s medical care. Not the state.

Once we hand over that control, where does it stop?

The solution to the vaccine issue is not government mandates and more draconian government infringement of parental rights and decision-making.

If our state and federal governments want people to vaccinate, the solution is better education and promoting informed consent. It would start promoting full disclosure. By addressing and responding to the valid concerns being expressed by concerned parents who are asking all of the right and legitimate questions. The answer is not by engaging in the politics of hate and fear. It is not found in labeling parents raising these issues as being “crazy,” “uninformed” or worse, to promote a political agenda.

A further serious concern is that the vaccine issue has made the recent headlines in some states not due to any crisis or emergency of any kind. A few dozen cases of measles in Washington state or 1,200 parents opting not to vaccine, or to vaccinate on a limited schedule in Connecticut, is not a medical crisis or threat to the national health. It certainly does not justify sensationalist news media headlines designed to scare people using words like “Outbreak!”

All of us should also be very concerned that some legislators are using this issue as a basis and justification to allow states to further infringe upon and deny parental rights and parental decision-making.

A very dangerous combination indeed.


Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. 

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References:

1 Health Resources & Services Administration. Data & Statistics. HRSA.gov.

27 Responses to "The Case Against Mandatory Vaccination"

  1. redpill   March 13, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    “To be clear, I am not anti-vax.”

    I really don’t like it when writers try and immunize themselves from the rabid pro-vaccine attacks by making this deceleration in an article. Inevitably what follows in the next paragraph is their deceleration:

    “The scientific benefits of vaccination are not in dispute.”

    This deceleration is always made without any Independent double blind placebo controlled studies to support it. Because the country is so polarized when it comes to vaccines if any messages that vaccines are beneficial, I think it doesn’t matter what else is in the message all those on the line who are confused will see is:

    “The scientific benefits of vaccination are not in dispute.”

    IMHO those two deceleration’s could have been left out of the article and his point would have been made on the merits of Medical Autonomy, Informed Consent. Plus reminding people of the Nuremberg Code:

    The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.

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  2. Cheeroot   March 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    So you, redpill, are one of those rabid “if you aren’t with us, you are against us” idiots?

    Get over it. There are a lot of sane folks that think vaccines might have some benefits but also possible dangers, and think too many too soon for very young babies might be an issue. You don’t leave room for other people to have a wide range of opinions and options.

    Like the author of this article, my concern is more about the government telling us what to do with our bodies, and forcing mandatory vaccines on everyone. I prefer to pick and choose what vaccines I’ll have, which I won’t, and when, where and how I have any.

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    • Denise   March 26, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      It doesn’t help the conversation to call a person an idiot.

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      • karl   March 29, 2019 at 10:14 am

        HAZMAT hypodernics are slow-kill chemical cluster bomb weapons of mass metabolic disruption deceptively designed to cause so/cslled collateral damage of disorders, disease, dysgenic disposition, and death by masquerading as medicine to maintain plausible deniability..

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  3. Dan Goff   March 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Nice job on your article. Very well written.

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  4. CAWS   March 21, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    How about removing the immunity from lawsuits given to the vaccine companies by Congress? Then they would actually have some incentive to make sure vaccines are safe and effective and not just a free for all money gorge for Big Pharma. It is the only industry that has this exemption and it is based on fear of loss of revenue not science.

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  5. Angela   March 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Vaccines are not safe.
    They contain toxic ingredients, animal and human cells. Things that should not be injected into anyone.
    No safety studies have been done.
    The pharmaceutical industry is not held liable or responsible for vaccine injury or vaccine caused death. The pharmaceutical industry is making billions of dollars.
    Media and government owned by the pharmaceutical industry spreading pharmaceutical propaganda for profit.
    Etc.
    The list goes on.
    The body is built for survival with an immune system that functions quite well with proper care. We are not born vaccine deficient.
    Improved sanitation, clean water and food, improved living conditions decreased disease. Vaccines did not decrease disease.
    Think about it.

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  6. Inge Hanle   March 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    The issue of Mandatory Vaccines boils down to one very simple, but essentially core fundamental:
    Slavery is defined as “owning a person, and compelling obedience to the ‘owner’s’ directives” .
    Since when, in a democratic country, does the Government OWN the BODIES of the citizens belonging to that society.”
    Medical Dictatorship is a form of Slavery and is by far THE most insidiously dangerous form of dictatorship.

    There is no longer any doubt that our children have become the sacrificial pawns of a massive Corporate/Government Agenda – the commodity in a very lucrative “Business Plan” and Social engieering.

    The whole “political war” over mandatory vaccines boils down to the created and hyped Fear-mongering over any “infectious diseases” as an excuse – to enable Big Pharma and its Government Siamese Twin to usurp a legalistic right to unchallengable ACCESS to the BODY of every citizen. – thereafter to be subject to the whims of all and any state and/or Medical Mafia medical MANDATE.

    Three decades ago I cautioned people who were clamoring for the government to “protect them against all dangers” that “WHOEVER PROTECTS YOUR COMPLETELY, also OWNS YOU COMPLETELY.”

    That warning is very rapidly becoming the dreadful and dreaded reality.

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  7. Robert   March 21, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    The government could put this issue to bed once and for all by doing the vaccine studies that should have been done long ago. Vaccines will always be suspect until there is a study comparing vaccinated vs un-vaccinated over a long period of time, such as a lifetime. Then we will know the truth. It is simply not helpful to use vaccines as a placebo as is now being done. Supporting your immune system is most important, as that was what we were given to tackle diseases.

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  8. Roger Finch   March 21, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Amen “red pill” !

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  9. Colorado   March 21, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I’m not anti vax either, but we have not vaccinated one and stopped before 2 on the other. We have simply chosen to opt out. There are a lot of pro drug zealots out there so we do have to be careful. Until the supposed experts and proponents of can stop using fear and the power of government as a primary selling tool, we are not buying it. I don’t buy any product or accept any medical treatment under pressure, distress, or threats. Until these supposed geniuses can develop a product that stands on merit alone without the need for heavy handed censorship and threat of loss of liberty and freedoms using an overbearing government, protections from normal product safety legal challenges, we will continue to opt out. Without liberty, what’s the point of living in the first place.

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  10. Theo   March 21, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    The idea to mass vaccinations is very stupid.Let people make their mind ,their choices.I am against forced vaccination

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  11. redpill   March 22, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Cheeroot March 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm
    So you, redpill, are one of those rabid “if you aren’t with us, you are against us” idiots

    Name calling is the last refugee of the outargued. If you must resort to name calling and bullying you’ve lost the argument.

    That being said post in my comment where I specifically stated:

    “if you aren’t with us, you are against us”
    since you put quotations marks around this. I’ll wait.

    In fact what I posted:

    The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
    Do you have any understanding of the this?

    Do you have any understanding of these terms?
    Medical Autonomy. Informed Consent.

    Please explain in detail without using a bullying pejorative your understanding of the above and how your untruthful accusation of my saying in my comment:
    “if you aren’t with us, you are against us” applies.
    Also, please re post where I said no one should get vaccinated? That ties in with those terms I asked if you have any understanding of.

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  12. Eric H.   March 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    “The scientific benefits of vaccination are not in dispute”. False.

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  13. Nancy   March 22, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Dr.Andrew Wakfielld explains the lack of testing and unethical testing when done. Such corruption in our government and for so long. “All things hidden shall be revealed”

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  14. Ava   March 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Good piece overall but boy am I tired of the divisive politics, comparing Communism to forced vaccination, it is illogical and absurd. Capitalist nations, like the USA, allow these fascist laws, not Communist ones.

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  15. Mary H K.   March 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I first saw your article in a Connecticut newspaper – I appreciated it very much. This press conference happened earlier this week in Hartford, CT; reveals the controversies behind our vaccine program – people are being hurt. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Press Conference – The Science of Vaccines Forum – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yf4-P2qbHo&feature=share

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  16. TheAlmightyPill   March 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    The scientific benefits of vaccination absolutely ARE in dispute. Historical mortality data obliterates the idea that vaccines save lives. Even the supposed reduction of incidence is a ruse because it relies on “notifications” not real incidence. I would highly recommend the book “Fooling Ourselves” by Greg Beattie from Australia.

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  17. cia parker   March 24, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Most vaccines are effective in preventing the targeted diseases. The flu and acellular pertussis vaccines are very often not effective at all. But the fact that diphtheria, measles, rubella, pertussis at the time of the DPT, polio, chickenpox, and Hib disease all disappeared within a few years of the introduction of the vaccines for them I think shows that they are nearly always effective. They are also dangerous, both from the adjuvants (usually aluminum), preservatives, antibiotics, detergents, and remnants from the foreign protein cell cultures in the vaccine, which can often cause a wide variety of disabling conditions. The immune system always reacts to vaccines with inflammation, this forces the production of the desired antibodies, but it often, usually for genetic reasons, reacts with too much inflammation, which often involves the brain and causes vaccine encephalitis, which often damages the language and social area of the brain and causes stroke-like damage (autism). The immune system often reacts to vaccine ingredients by becoming sensitized to them, so that when it perceives those or similar-appearing substances in the future, it reacts with allergic or autoimmune disease, attacking its own structures. And vaccines also depress the immune system for several weeks, allowing infections to occur. This is probably why Hib disease became so much more common after the DPT was introduced in 1948.

    Vaccines are always a gamble. Some people, like everyone in my family, have a much higher chance of reacting adversely than others, for genetic reasons. But they also usually work to prevent the targeted diseases. So it comes down to whether the individual, after careful research, has a reasonable belief that X disease is so likely to be a serious risk to him/her or their children that it’s worth taking the risk of the vaccine, taking all known factors into account. Personally, I think that the DT series is usually a good idea for children over the age of two. The Hib series after the age of four months old only for babies and toddlers who have to be in daycare: it would be better to breastfeed them until self-weaning and care for them at home and not get the vaccine. The polio series only if it came back here. And there are homeopathic nosodes that will prevent all VPDs and many more with over 90% efficacy, as good as that of vaccines. My daughter and I are taking the MRSA nosode this weekend, going up every two weeks to a higher potency. Much better and safer than vaccines.

    It’s not fair to attack someone for recognizing the value of some vaccines in some instances. Sometimes the diseases are so virulent, deadly, or prevalent that most people believe that it’s worth taking the risk of the vaccine. That would NOT be measles, mumps, rubella (but women should take appropriate preventive action before pregnancy), pertussis, chickenpox, flu, HPV, rotavirus, or hep-A. But what would you do if you had just been bitten by a dog which had been proven to have rabies? But it HAS to be left up to the individual to make the vaccine decision: no mandates, ever.

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  18. Gordon Lemaire   March 24, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I would dispute the benefits of vaccines, because real science leaves many questions. HPV vaccine stats show an 8 fold increase in cancer deaths, with most victims dying in their 20s… This vaccine is purported to prevent cancer in the over 60s, while longitudinal studies are over 40yrs away…. Measles has not been prevented by mmr vaccine since 2009…. And where are independent studies…. Buried.

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  19. Paul MacIsaac   March 29, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Good medical decisions are made by physicians based on peer reviewed science. Anyone can make outlandish and ridiculous claims on a blog.The director of the National institutes of Health, Dr. Anthony Faucci, supports vaccinate. Public health worker support it also. Recent outbreaks of measeles and mumps expose infants, the elderly and the immune compromised
    to the effects of the disease. If you have claims to make, then support them with clinical evidence. This tempest in a teapot is one that foreign powers have amplified to create division in our country, to distract from the deeds they are perpetrating elsewhere.

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  20. BustedHalo   March 29, 2019 at 9:06 am

    “The scientific benefits of vaccination are not in dispute.”

    Well, the law differs in that aspect.

    This landmark court case. Major lawsuit. The government lost.

    October 2017 – The notice sent to the HHS by ICAN was requesting the safety studies of vaccines – all documentation relating to that request. https://icandecide.org/governments/ http://icandecide.org/white-papers/ICAN-HHS-Notice.pdf

    July 2018 – The case was “dismissed” (government lost as there are no records to show the government met its obligation) by the court because HHS conceded that it could not provide evidence that any studies/documentation of such exists – nothing to declare in its defense. http://icandecide.org/government/ICAN-HHS-Stipulated-Order-July-2018.pdf

    The agency has NEVER reported to Congress on vaccine safety, no safety study exists on record to scientifically justify the vaccine schedule – for 32 years.

    That they exist is only revealed through independent sources not affiliated with pharma.

    That’s a separate legal challenge that may never come to public light. Too “controversial” – the house of cards will fall.

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  21. Tiff   April 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    My son was vaccine injured. Our doctor refused to listen to me. I spent thousands of dollars to help him…. Tell me again that vaccines are safe… Or are you going to pay for my son’s treatment?

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  22. John Hobbs   May 28, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Mandatory vaccination is not about protecting health it is about power.

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  23. Rick Dignard   August 3, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Insanity is not a strong enough word for any mind that feels forcing a “one size fits all” medicine is even a debatable idea… you’d have to be mentally ill…

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