Uh Oh, Big Pharma is Sending Out the Call to its Media Mouthpieces to Try to Trounce Parental Rights.
If ever we needed a reminder that the NJ Star Ledger is a mouthpiece for big government intruding on personal liberty this is it. In this case, big pharma sent out the call for some heavy lifting and this article was the result. Article linked here: http://www.nj.com/hudson/voices/index.ssf/2012/10/are_vaccinations_essential_or.html#incart_river_default
In a free society people have the right to choose how best to live their lives. NJ law currently requires that all kids in day care or nursery school have an annual flu shot unless they write letter claiming a religious exemption. As absurd is this requirement already is, they want even more compliance and are pushing for parents to jump through even more hoops. The poor will have to comply but the wealthy will pay for an attorney to take care of the process.
As a parent, it is my choice to decide how best to weigh the risks and rewards of everything in life. I choose to have them vaccinated against the Pertussis, diptheria, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepitita A, hepititis B, polio, pneumococcal bacteria, and Haemophilus Influenzae. Most of these require multiple vaccinations. Some have to be given 5 times. In my view that is already a lot for their still developing immune systems to handle. I choose to space them out a bit more than the CDC posts as their recommendation.
I choose to skip the annual flu shot and will also be passing in the cervical cancer vaccine. In my opinion the risks to not justify the rewards on the latter two. The flu shot is largely ineffective as it by necessity is using last years strains which have since mutated. Contrary to this article's statement, it often does contain thimerisol which contains toxic mercury. The cervical cancer vaccine has caused death and also paralysis. Google it yourself for more information. The odds are not great, perhaps one in 10,000 or larger have a serious reaction, but the decision for my child's health is mine not big government or big pharma.
Governor Christie ran on a platform that included increase parental involvement in vaccine decisions. So far he has done nothing to try to repeal the draconian mandatory flu shot vaccine. At the very least he can veto this atrocious bill if it does pass the state senate.