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Thimerosal, organic mercury, swine flu and you.

Thimerosal is nearly 50% mercury. Now, there is mercury and then there is mercury. Organic mercury – that contained in Thimerosal – is more dangerous than inorganic mercury, as it tends to hang around in the body longer. How dangerous is it?

According to one report, “In 1977, a Russian study found that adults exposed to ethylmercury, the form of mercury in thimerosal, suffered brain damage years later. Studies on thimerosal poisoning also describe tubular necrosis and nervous system injury, including obtundation, coma and death.”

DHS Uses Fed Cash to Deploy Military LRADs in U S Cities!

The LRAD devices used against protesters and the residents of Pittsburgh last month were a beta test for things to come. As reported by the Washington Times on October 1, the Department of Homeland Security is doling out federal money to get police departments around the country stocked up on the LRAD weapons. With the help of Homeland Security grants, police departments nationwide looking to subdue unruly crowds and political protesters are purchasing a high-tech device originally used by the military to repel battlefield insurgents and Somali pirates with piercing noise capable of damaging hearing, write Jerry Seper and Chuck Neubauer.

U.S. Pharmaceutical Factories Dumping Huge Quantities of Drugs Into Public Sewers, Rivers and Waterways

In one study, conducted by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), researchers tested the water entering two water treatment plants down the sewer line of several pharmaceutical factories, as well as at other plants not receiving sewage from drug plants. Researchers discovered drugs at “much higher detection frequencies and concentrations” at the plants receiving effluent from pharmaceutical factories. Drugs detected included opiates, a barbiturate and a tranquilizer.

Big Brother continues to spy on American public

There are efforts to make the government accountable to the people once again. A bill is targeting a 2008 law — Obama voted for it — which gave immunity from prosecution to telecommunications companies that participated in President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program.

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama said he would take a close look at the law.

But when we see statements from the administration like Weich’s, we recognize the kind of thinking that got this abuse-codifying law repeatedly reauthorized in the past.

It is with bitter disappointment that we realize President Obama is happy with that status quo. Those of us who voted for him, after all, bought into his message of “change.

Vaccine Skepticism Grows in US

As the United States awaits the arrival of the H1N1 vaccine next week, growing skepticism over the overall safety and importance of vaccinations of all types is worrying health officials

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FDA Approved H1N1 Vaccines Contain Ingredients Known to Cause Cancer and Death

FDA Approved H1N1 Vaccines Contain Ingredients Known to Cause Cancer and Death

FDA Approved H1N1 Vaccines Contain Ingredients Known to Cause Cancer and Death

Dawn Crim
VACTRUTH
October 2nd, 2009

(vactruth.com) Most health experts will agree that vaccine reactions can occur. It is estimated that roughly 1 in every million people will react to their vaccine. Even then, health officials maintain that it is usually a simple case of inflammation at the injection site and/or a slight fever. On a rare occasion, anaphylactic shock may occur due to the patient reacting to a substance that they are allergic to. However, the FDA recently approved four H1N1 vaccines that not only contain very questionable ingredients, but some of those ingredients have even been proven to cause cancer and death.

The FDA has awarded H1N1 contracts to the following companies: MedImmune, LLC (1), CSL Limited (2), Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited (3), and Sanofi Pasteur (4). Their package inserts became public knowledge in recent weeks.

All four vaccines list hypersensitivity to eggs as a contraindication (1) (2) (3) (4). This means that it is not advisable to administer any one of these products to a person suffering from a severe egg allergy or egg protein allergy. This contraindication may affect as many as 15 million people (based on a population of 300 million). (5). While parents are instructed not to feed their infant eggs until 1 year of age, these same infants will be exposed to eggs by way of their H1N1 vaccine and/or seasonal flu vaccine beginning at 6 months of age.

CSL’s vaccine (2) also lists hypersensitivity to chicken protein as a contraindication. “While most people who are sensitive to eggs can eat chicken, there is one protein that is present in both eggs and poultry — alpha-livetin, or chicken serum albumin — that can cause allergies to both foods.” (6) It is unknown at this time how many people are allergic to the aforementioned proteins. Going into anaphylactic shock is a very real possibly if one were to receive an ingredient that he/she is allergic to.

Neomycin and polymyxin are listed as contraindications for CSL’s (2) and Novartis’ (3) vaccines. “Neomycin may cause damage to the kidneys and/or nerves. Kidney function and drug levels in the blood may be monitored with blood tests during treatment. Tell your doctor if you experience decreased urination, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, feeling of fullness in the ears, dizziness, numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures which may be signs of kidney or nerve damage.” (7) According to Teva Pharmaceuticals, the effects of neomycin may not be evident until long after the medication has been discontinued. Just exactly how long is unclear at this time. (8) Polymyxin has its own set of possible adverse reactions. “Neurotoxic reactions may be manifested by irritability, weakness, drowsiness, ataxia, perioral paresthesia, numbness of the extremities, and blurring of vision. These are usually associated with high serum levels found in patients with impaired renal function and/or nephrotoxicity.” (9)

Gentamicin (10) is listed as a contraindication for MedImmune’s vaccine (1). It too, has its own list of possible side effects, which may include nephrotoxicity and/or neurotoxicity.

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// Nephrotoxicity is when damage or injury occurs to the kidneys as a result of taking certain medications. This may include kidney failure. (11) Neurotoxicity is when the damage involves the nerve tissue, such as paralysis or encephalitis (brain swelling). (12)

A word of caution to parents is warranted here: several vaccine manufacturers list crying or high-pitched screaming for greater than 3 hours as a sign of a serious vaccine reaction. Though this same warning is not applicable to any one of these H1N1 vaccines, it is still a situation that a parent should be alert to. If your child is crying or screaming for a long period of time, it may be a sign of brain inflammation. You know your child better than anyone. If something doesn’t feel right, have your child evaluated immediately.

It is very important to note that administration of more than one aminoglycoside, such as neomycin, polymyxin, or gentamicin, is not advisable. In fact, it is even listed as a major drug interaction. (13) One can only imagine what could happen if a healthcare professional were to administer an H1N1 vaccine in conjunction with a seasonal flu vaccine or any other vaccines on the same day. Fluarix (14) and Flumist (15) are two U.S. licensed seasonal flu vaccines on the market today that both contain gentamicin sulfate. Common childhood vaccines, Pediatrix (16) and Pentacel (17) contain neomycin and polymyxin b sulfate. Furthermore, when aminoglycosides are administered with any other drugs or chemicals that alter kidney function, the toxicity is far greater, as well as the risk of having complications, such as ototoxicity (ear poisoning). (18) Other medications that may alter kidney function include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) or cholesterol lowering medications. (19) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also found in many cold and allergy preparations as well. (20)

Gelatin is listed as a contraindication for Sanofi Pasteur’s (1) and MedImmune’s (4) vaccines. A severe allergy to this ingredient is estimated to be present in about 1 in every 2 million doses. (21) Food sources may include jams, yogurt, cream cheese, margarine, ice cream, etc. It would be wise to review the patient’s history prior to the administration of any vaccines containing gelatin.

Arginine and asthma are both listed as contraindications for MedImmune’s vaccine. (1) Apparently, if the patient is suffering from hyperargininemia (elevated arginine levels), this ingredient should be avoided. (22) This metabolic disorder is estimated to affect 1 in every 300,000 babies born in the United States. (23) The vaccine is also not advisable for persons suffering from asthma because it may worsen symptoms. (1) Asthma, by the way, currently affects 20 million people in the U.S. alone and is sharply on the rise. (24)

The method of dosing is quite confusing in my opinion. In certain situations, a toddler will receive twice the amount of vaccine than an adult would. For example, MedImmune calls for a 2 year old child to receive 2 doses of 0.2 mL each, approximately 1 month apart, while an adult will simply receive 1 dose of 0.2 mL. Sanofi Pasteur instructs the medical professional to administer 2 doses of 0.5 mL 1 month apart to children 36 months through 9 years of age, while an adult will only receive 1 dose of 0.5 mL. (1) (4)

An overview of the remaining chemicals may prove to be further unsettling. Sanofi Pasteur’s vaccine (4) also contains formaldehyde (25), which is a suspected carcinogen (cancer-causing), Triton X-100 (26), which is possibly a reproductive toxin, and thimerosal (27), which is mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells (alters DNA).

MedImmune’s vaccine (1) also contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), dibasic potassium phosphate (28), and monobasic potassium phosphate (29). Because so many people are sensitive to MSG, oriental restaurants have taken it upon themselves to serve and advertise food completely free of it! The other two ingredients, dibasic potassium phosphate and monobasic potassium phosphate may be harmful if swallowed or inhaled. They will also be present in CSL’s vaccine (2).

Potassium chloride (30), calcium chloride (31), and sodium chloride (32) are also listed as ingredients for CSL. All three are considered mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells. By far, the most disturbing ingredient of all is that which is found in both CSL (2) and Novartis’ (3) vaccines – beta-propiolactone (33). It is a proven carcinogen by OSHA and is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, and digestive system. It is also corrosive to skin and eyes on contact. Then of course, there is the monobasic sodium phosphate (34) and sodium taurodeoxycholate (35) to contend with. Both are considered “slightly hazardous” in cases of contact with skin, eyes, ingestion, or inhalation.

During the clinical trials conducted by the makers of said products (1) (2) (3) (4), it was noted that the following reactions occurred: headache, nasal congestion, cough, rhinorrhea, pharyngolaryngeal pain, reactogenicity event, diarrhea, back pain, upper respiratory tract infection, viral infection, lower respiratory tract infection, myalgia, and muscle spasm. Once the products were released onto the market, the following unsolicited adverse events occurred: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, transient thrombocytopenia, lymphadenopathy, anaphylactic shock, serum sickness, neuralgia, paresthesia, convulsions, encephalopathy, neuritis or neuropathy, transverse myelitis, Guillian-Barre syndrome, vasculitis with transient renal involvement, pruritis, uticaria, rash, influenza-like illness, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Epistaxis, and brachial neuritis. However, due to the unknown number of people reporting these events, it is not possible to determine whether or not these events occurred due to the vaccine administered.

Don’t be alarmed folks by all of this medical and chemical jargon. It is not known at this time whether or not these vaccines (1) (2) (3) (4) can cause carcinogenesis (cancer), mutagenesis (alter your DNA) or impairment of fertility because the studies have not been performed.

This disclaimer may be found on all 4 vaccine package inserts in Section 13.1 titled “Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility.”

The only logical conclusion is that there must be a reason why they have not been able to conduct these studies. As far as the statistical probability of vaccine reactions are concerned, just who are we to question the Center for Disease Control?

(1) http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182406.pdf

(2) http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182401.pdf

(3) http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182242.pdf

(4) http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182404.pdf

(5) http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/generic.jsp?id=75811

(6) http://foodallergies.about.com/od/eggallergies/p/eggallergies.htm

(7) http://www.drugs.com/mtm/neomycin.html

(8) http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=2381

(9) http://www.drugs.com/pro/polymyxin-b-injection.html

(10) http://www.drugs.com/pro/gentamicin-sulfate.html

(11) http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/medical/nephrotoxicity.htm

(12) http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/neurotoxicity

(13) http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/gentamicin.html

(14) http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_fluarix.pdf

(15) http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/flumist_pi.pdf

(16) http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_pediarix.pdf

(17) https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?doc_id=10193&image_type=product_pdf

(18) http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/specific-disorders/ototoxicity.php

(19) http://www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm

(20) http://www.medicinenet.com/nonsteroidal_antiinflammatory_drugs/article.htm

(21) http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/generic.jsp?id=75813

(22) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-arginine.html

(23) http://www.newbornscreening.info/Parents/aminoaciddisorders/argininemia.html

(24) http://www.asthmacapitals.com/

(25) http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/F5522.htm

(26) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-TRITON_X_100-9927635

(27) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Thimerosal-9925236

(28) http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/s4760.htm

(29) http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/P6038.htm

(30) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Potassium_chloride-9927402

(31) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Calcium_chloride_Anhydrous-9923251

(32) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Sodium_chloride-9927593

(33) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-beta_Propiolactone-9924729

(34) http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Sodium_phosphate_monobasic_monohydrate-9925021

(35) http://www.hmdb.ca/labm/servlet/labm.mlims.showFile?tbl=tbl_chemical&

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If a doctor wants you or your children to have a vaccine ask them to sign this

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Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety

I (Physician’s name, degree)_________________________, _____ am a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of ________________. My State license number is _______________ , and my DEA number is _______________. My medical specialty is ________________________

I have a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of all the medications that I prescribe for or administer to my patients. In the case of (Patient’s name) ___________________________ , age _________ , whom I have examined, I find that certain risk factors exist that justify the recommended vaccinations. The following is a list of said risk factors and the vaccinations that will protect against them:
Risk Factor ____________________________________________
Vaccination ___________________________________________
Risk Factor ____________________________________________
Vaccination ___________________________________________
Risk Factor ____________________________________________
Vaccination ___________________________________________
Risk Factor ____________________________________________
Vaccination ___________________________________________
Risk Factor ____________________________________________
Vaccination ___________________________________________
Risk Factor ____________________________________________
Vaccination ___________________________________________

I am aware that vaccines typically contain many of the following fillers:

* aluminum hydroxide
* aluminum phosphate
* ammonium sulfate
* amphotericin B
* animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain,
* dog kidney, monkey kidney,
* chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg
* calf (bovine) serum
* betapropiolactone
* fetal bovine serum
* formaldehyde
* formalin
* gelatin
* glycerol
* human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
* hydrolized gelatin
* mercury thimerosol (thimerosal, Merthiolate(r))
* monosodium glutamate (MSG)
* neomycin
* neomycin sulfate
* phenol red indicator
* phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
* potassium diphosphate
* potassium monophosphate
* polymyxin B
* polysorbate 20
* polysorbate 80
* porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
* residual MRC5 proteins
* sorbitol
* tri(n)butylphosphate,
* VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells, and
* washed sheep red blood

and, hereby, warrant that these ingredients are safe for injection into the body of my patient. I have researched reports to the contrary, such as reports that mercury thimerosol causes severe neurological and immunological damage, and find that they are not credible.

I am aware that some vaccines have been found to have been contaminated with Simian Virus 40 (SV 40) and that SV 40 is causally linked by some researchers to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and mesotheliomas in humans as well as in experimental animals. I hereby warrant that the vaccines I employ in my practice do not contain SV 40 or any other live viruses. (Alternately, I hereby warrant that said SV-40 virus or other viruses pose no substantive risk to my patient.)

I hereby warrant that the vaccines I am recommending for the care of (Patient’s name) _______________ _______________________ do not contain any tissue from aborted human babies (also known as “fetuses”).

In order to protect my patient’s well being, I have taken the following steps to guarantee that the vaccines I will use will contain no damaging contaminants.

STEPS TAKEN: ______________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________

I have personally investigated the reports made to the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) and state that it is my professional opinion that the vaccines I am recommending are safe for administration to a child under the age of 5 years.

The bases for my opinion are itemized on Exhibit A, attached hereto, — “Physician’s Bases for Professional Opinion of Vaccine Safety.” (Please itemize each recommended vaccine separately along with the bases for arriving at the conclusion that the vaccine is safe for administration to a child under the age of 5 years.)

The professional journal articles I have relied upon in the issuance of this Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety are itemized on Exhibit B , attached hereto, — “Scientific Articles in Support of Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety.”

The professional journal articles that I have read which contain opinions adverse to my opinion are itemized on Exhibit C , attached hereto, — “Scientific Articles Contrary to Physician’s Opinion of Vaccine Safety”

The reasons for my determining that the articles in Exhibit C were invalid are delineated in Attachment D , attached hereto, — “Physician’s Reasons for Determining the Invalidity of Adverse Scientific Opinions.”

Hepatitis B

I understand that 60 percent of patients who are vaccinated for Hepatitis B will lose detectable antibodies to Hepatitis B within 12 years. I understand that in 1996 only 54 cases of Hepatitis B were reported to the CDC in the 0-1 year age group. I understand that in the VAERS, there were 1,080 total reports of adverse reactions from Hepatitis B vaccine in 1996 in the 0-1 year age group, with 47 deaths reported.

I understand that 50 percent of patients who contract Hepatitis B develop no symptoms after exposure. I understand that 30 percent will develop only flu-like symptoms and will have lifetime immunity. I understand that 20 percent will develop the symptoms of the disease, but that 95 percent will fully recover and have lifetime immunity.

I understand that 5 percent of the patients who are exposed to Hepatitis B will become chronic carriers of the disease. I understand that 75 percent of the chronic carriers will live with an asymptomatic infection and that only 25 percent of the chronic carriers will develop chronic liver disease or liver cancer, 10-30 years after the acute infection. The following scientific studies have been performed to demonstrate the safety of the Hepatitis B vaccine in children under the age of 5 years.
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________

In addition to the recommended vaccinations as protections against the above cited risk factors, I have recommended other non-vaccine measures to protect the health of my patient and have enumerated said non-vaccine measures on Exhibit D , attached hereto, “Non-vaccine Measures to Protect Against Risk Factors” I am issuing this Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety in my professional capacity as the attending physician to (Patient’s name) ________________________________. Regardless of the legal entity under which I normally practice medicine, I am issuing this statement in both my business and individual capacities and hereby waive any statutory, Common Law, Constitutional, UCC, international treaty, and any other legal immunities from liability lawsuits in the instant case. I issue this document of my own free will after consultation with competent legal counsel whose name is _____________________________, an attorney admitted to the Bar in the State of __________________ .
__________________________________ (Name of Attending Physician)
__________________________________ L.S. (Signature of Attending Physician)
Signed on this _______ day of ______________ A.D. ________
Witness: _______________________________ Date: _____________________
Notary Public: ___________________________Date: ______________________

HUMAN RACE GET OFF YOUR KNEES

A STRENGTHENED VIRUS AND A POLICE STATE


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(Faint hearts and shrinking violets need not apply)

By David Icke

I have known throughout the years that I have been warning about the global fascist agenda that what we are about to see was inevitable.

It was obvious that, despite the awakening of so many in the last decade, most people would need to see, touch, smell, hear and taste the fascism before they even began to accept that it was real.

This mass-reluctance to see the signs and act upon them was always going to condemn the population to some levels of the Orwellian control-system before it is eventually dismantled. I stress that it will be dismantled, but not before it has gone a lot further yet.

The question was never whether we would avoid the police/military state. I never had any illusions about that. The question was, and is, how deeply we will allow ourselves to be controlled by this evil and that can be answered by two other questions:

When are enough people going to give their total focus to bringing it to an end and when are the gofer administrators, dark suits and uniforms going to break ranks for the sake of their own families as well as the rest of us?

Well, we’re about to find out.

The ‘swine flu’ vaccine is a line in the sand that will give us a serious fix on where we are in terms of awareness and backbone. If we meekly acquiesce to this most blatant attempt to gain access en masse to our bodies then frankly we deserve what we get.

No one can say they weren’t warned, nor that they didn’t have access to information exposing what was happening. Anyone who says they didn’t know enough to say ‘no’ to the vaccine is lying to themselves, or looking the other way.

Even some elements of the mainstream media are highlighting the potential dangers despite the myopic perspective from which they view the world.

I have been making the point for years that we are at a fork in the road and we can’t sit here gazing at the map anymore, refusing to make a decision. The swine flu vaccine is that decision.


Making the choice to seek freedom and expanded awareness will have its challenges, for sure, but the consequences of choosing ignorance and acquiescence are potentially catastrophic for those who do so.

Something very big is about to go down. I can’t say exactly when, but we are talking months, not years. It has all been planned a very long time and it has been put together piece by piece while the population was watching the game, the game show or the soap, and dismissing those warning about what was to come as ‘conspiracy nuts’.

The Swine Flu Conspiracy

Call the Governor Today to Stop Illegal Forced flu Shots

Today it’s Healthcare Workers, Tomorrow it Will be Everybody
State Government Announces Forced Flu Shots H1N1 are next.
In an unprecedented power grab, Richard Daines, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health has issued an order requiring all healthcare workers to get the seasonal flu shot by November 30 or face termination. Daines justifies this seizure of rights by making the bogus claim that there is a seasonal flu emergency in New York. In another unprecedented move, unlike all other vaccine mandates under New York law, no exemptions will be allowed for religious reasons.
Please join the Autism Action Network in fighting this outrageous trampling of workers basic rights. Please click on the Take Action link to send email messages to your State Senator, your Assemblymember, Richard Daines and his boss, Governor David Paterson, and demand that this illegal action stop immediately.
And on Monday, September 21, please call Governor Paterson and Commissioner Daines and demand that they cancel this illegal trampling of rights. Today it is the healthcare workers, tomorrow it could be you and your children.
Governor David Paterson, (518) 474-8390
Commissioner Richard Daines, (518) 474-2011
A coalition of groups and individuals are organizing a rally for vaccine rights in Albany, Tuesday, September 29, 10 am, in the East Capitol Park. Visits to your legislators, the Governor and Commissioner Daines to follow. More details will follow as they develop.
Daines has no authority to declare a non-existent public health emergency–according to the NYSDOH’s own data there was only 68 confirmed cases of flu in the week ending on September 12 in a state of 19,500,000 people. And none of the laws cited by Daines in a document explaining his actions gives him the authority to override existing law by decree according to an analysis performed by attorneys working with the Autism Action Network. The Autism Action Network is reviewing options for legal action.
Healthcare workers have always had the right to make their own vaccination choices, and according to the CDC 60% or more of all physicians and nurses choose not to get the seasonal flu shot. If this unsubstantiated pretext can be used for the seasonal flu then a similar claim could be made for any other diseases such as H1N1 flu and amy other vaccine.
New York is very familiar with Daines’ contempt for our basic rights. He was the author of Assembly Bill 10942, “The Worst Vaccine Bill Ever” from two years ago that would have made it a crime for New York residents not to strictly follow the federal “recommended” vaccine schedule, and the law applied to babies, children and adults. We stopped him then. We can stop him now, but we need your support. Call Daines. Call the Governor. Send email to your State Senator and Assemblymember. And send this information to everyone you know who cares about health choice and vaccine rights.

Mandated flu vaccines for health-care workers spurs protest

Poughkeepsiejournal.com


Health-care workers in hospitals, clinics and home-care services are mandated by state regulations to get flu vaccinations this year. Advertisement Today, state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines defended the new rule while hundreds of people protested in Albany on the steps of the Capitol. Only 40 to 50 percent of health-care workers usually get the annual flu shots voluntarily, Daines said. This year, it’s a more serious situation because there are three flu seasons instead of one, he said. The novel H1N1 “swine flu” hit already and will come again, along with the usual seasonal flus. The first batch of the new swine flu vaccine should be circulating in the state by Oct. 5, Daines said. “This is remarkably early for a flu,” he said. Flu causes deaths and hospitalizations. He told reporters in a teleconference the rules apply to hospitals, outpatient clinics and home-care services, and it’s up to each of those institutions to apply to rules to their employees. The institutions could be sanctioned or fined if they don’t comply. The rules leave it up to each to figure how to comply and how to deal with employees. Reporters asked Daines about reports some facilities have threaten to fire people who don’t comply. “We promulgate a standard and expect them to meet it,” he said. Institutions that are not complying are “subject to a statement of deficiencies and sanctions,” he said. “This is adding one more logical health-care worker standard,” Daines said. Daines said he’s confident health-care workers will come through and get their shots. “We put the patient interest first,” he said. Other priority groups are pregnant women and people with chronic diseases. The vaccines are safe, he said. Some of the protesting workers at the Albany rally carried signs saying they didn’t want to be guinea pigs for testing the new vaccine. Sue Field of Poughkeepsie was an organizer of the rally, which she said attracted several hundred people from a variety of groups including nurses, other health-care workers, people who think there may be a link between vaccines and autism and libertarian groups. “The biggest issue here is that we’re being told to get vaccinated or get terminated,” Field said. Field said she’s a registered nurse and works in Poughkeepsie but declined to give the name of the institution but has been told by “my facility people not to mention where I work.” Some protesters have concern about the safety of the vaccine, while others are concerned about the erosion of personal liberty. “I’m not an anti-vaccination person in every sense of the word,” Field said. “I feel like my civil rights are being violated and it’s being shoved down my throat.”

Reach Craig Wolf at cwolf@poughkeepsiejournal.com or 845-437-4815.