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Doc­tors Group Calls for End to Manda­tory Child­hood Vac­cines

The Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Physi­cians and Sur­geons, (AAPS), on Novem­ber 2, 2000 issued a press release call­ing for a mora­to­rium on all gov­ern­ment man­dated vac­cines. This release was based on a res­o­lu­tion passed unan­i­mously by the group at their 57th annual meeting.

Jane M. Ori­ent, MD, AAPS Exec­u­tive Direc­tor stated, “Our chil­dren face the pos­si­bil­ity of death or seri­ous long-​term adverse effects from man­dated vac­cines that are not nec­es­sary or that have very lim­ited ben­e­fits.” Ori­ent went on to say, “This is not a vote against vac­cines. This res­o­lu­tion only attempts to halt blan­ket vac­cine man­dates by gov­ern­ment agen­cies and school dis­tricts that give no con­sid­er­a­tion for the rights of the par­ents or the indi­vid­ual med­ical con­di­tion of the child.”

Accord­ing to the AAPS press release — Forty-​two states have manda­tory vac­cine poli­cies, and many chil­dren are required to have 22 shots before first grade. On top of that, as a con­di­tion for school atten­dance, many school dis­tricts require vac­ci­na­tion for dis­eases such as hepati­tis B — pri­mar­ily an adult dis­ease, usu­ally spread by mul­ti­ple sex part­ners, drug abuse or an occu­pa­tion with expo­sure to blood. And yet, chil­dren under the age of 14 are three times more likely to suf­fer adverse effects, includ­ing death, fol­low­ing the hepati­tis B vac­cine than to catch the dis­ease itself.

The press release also men­tions numer­ous cases where par­ents were threat­ened by local health offi­cials with hav­ing their chil­dren taken from them for abuse if they refused to vac­ci­nate. In response to this sit­u­a­tion Dr. Ori­ent of the AAPS con­cluded by say­ing, “It is obscene to threaten to seize a child just because his par­ents refuse med­ical treat­ment that is obvi­ously unnec­es­sary and per­haps even dan­ger­ous. The AAPS believes that par­ents, with the advice of their doc­tors, should make deci­sions about their chil­drens med­ical care, not gov­ern­ment bureau­crats. This res­o­lu­tion affirms that position.”

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