On January 14, 2015, a light measles outbreak occurred in Disneyland. Children both vaccinated for measles, and not, contracted the virus.
This led to legislation proposed by CA Senator Barbara Boxer to eliminate the personal exemption for parents who choose not to vaccinate their child. She hopes to have law in place by Fall 2015 so that no child will be allowed attend private or public school next school season without a current MMR (measles) vaccination, excluding special exceptions where a child is undergoing medical treatment. (Source)
This was quickly followed by UC President, Janet Napalitano, previous head of DHS, to declare that no one will be allowed to attend the UC system of schools unless vaccinated.
As of mid-April mandatory vaccination legislationg has expanded to over 15 states while Oregon and Washington pro choice advocates kept the bills from coming out of committee hearings.
As of February 20, new federal government legislation is being proposed for mandatory adult vaccinations, including requiring mandatory retro-active shots. Public comment period regarding potential mandatory vaccination requirements is now open. Included in the legislation being considered is for mandatory vaccinations for all pregnant women as well as employer based vaccination programs along the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). (Source)
Those opposed to mandatory vaccination laws by the Federal government have initiated a petition at the White House.gov website. Over 115,000 signatures have been gathered in less three days. (Source)
Additionally, some in mainstream media are calling for doctors to lose their licenses if they do not recommend vaccinations as well as parents being legally liable who choose not to vaccinate and even arrested.
Educating yourself as to what ingredients are in each type of vaccine recommended, potential risks and side effects associated with the different vaccines, the controversies surrounding whether to vaccinate or not, and whether the state and federal governments have the right and power to take away parents rights to choose exemption is the reason this site was created.
- First, is the vaccine in question safe?
- Secondly, does it effectively prevent disease?
- And third, which vaccines can safely and effectively be given together or in close succession?
Primum non nocereo ~ First, Do No Harm
~ Oath Taken by All Health Practitioners ~
Non-maleficence, which is derived from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school and is a fundamental principle throughout the world. Another way to state it is that, “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.”
It reminds the health care provider that they must consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. It is invoked when debating the use of an intervention that carries an obvious risk of harm but a less certain chance of benefit.
From the American Medical Association
“The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. Furthermore, the AMA says, the patient should make his or her own determination about treatment. “
“The physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient or to the individual responsible for the patient’s care and to make recommendations for management in accordance with good medical practice. “ (Source)
Legally, ethically, and morally the American Medical Association declares that parents should have properly informed consent before making medical decisions. Hopefully, this website helps the AV Community, all healthcare practitioner’s, parents and others get better informed and educated.
Currently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 and 69 doses by age 18. (Source)