Chris Christie is OK with New Jersey's mandatory flu shot requirement for preschoolers.

 Lest not you think that Rick Perry is the only establishment politician in bed with the big pharmaceutical companies, enter New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Christie campaigned promising "greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions"  Hundreds of concerned parents wrote, emailed and called the Governor's office to remind him of his campaign pledge.

To date nothing has changed.  The only way to avoid a flu shot for a child in preschool or day care is to claim a religious exemption.  There is no philosophic exemption possible.  Even Rick Perry didn't go that far, although he no doubt would have liked to.  The first thing that Chris Christie did when elected Governor was to appoint a former pharmaceutical representative as his chief of staff.

Below is one of the letters sent by a concerned parent that was ignored by Governor Chris Christie.
 
This letter was sent on 9/28/2010: (bold emphasis mine)

Dear Governor Christie,

I am writing to you today to urge you to repeal or suspend the mandatory flu vaccine requirement for pre-school children.

I have a four year old daughter who absolutely loves her pre-school. She comes home singing the songs she has learned and tells my wife and me all about her friends she has made.

As much as I love the experience she is having, I love her health more. In my opinion the risks of a flu shot are not worth the benefits. I do not wish to get into a discussion of that here but suffice to say the decision whether or not to vaccinate for the flu rests with my wife and me and not with the state of New Jersey.

I want to remind you of one of your campaign pledges. You said:

"Families have expressed their concern over New Jersey’s highest-in-the nation vaccine mandates. I stand with them now, and will stand with them as their governor in their fight for greater parental involvement in vaccination decisions that affect their children"

I am glad parents have options. There may be some who weigh the risk/reward scenario and opt for the flu shots. I support their right to do so, but I also insist to have the right to opt out of those shots for that I feel the risk/reward scenario falls short.

This country was founded on the ideal of personal liberty and freedom, not state power. Please do your part to help again tip the balance to the individual and away from the bureaucrats who want to tell us how to live our lives.

//end of letter

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