A-CHAMP: Vaccine makers and Pediatricians to Evade Anti-Mercury Vaccine Law
Posted Sep 12 2008 11:30am
Vaccine makers and Pediatricians Team Up to Evade Anti-Mercury Vaccine Law
Vaccine makers and Pediatricians have employed crass manipulation of vaccine supply and demand to force California infants and toddlers into taking mercury-containing flu shots. On October 26 the California District of the American Academy of Pediatricians, the California Academy of Family Physicians, the California Medical Association and Kaiser Permanente requested an exemption from the California law banning mercury in vaccines, that went into effect on July 1, 2006. To see the request for an exemption click HERE. www.a-champ.org/californiathimerosalexemption/AAP_Cal_exemptionLtr_FINAL.pdf
Write Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger and Bill Lockyer the California Attorney General and demand an investigation of this blatant disregard for the law and the welfare of children.
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Despite assurances by vaccine manufacturers that there was plenty of mercury free flu vaccines to go around Sanofi-Pasteur announced that they are unable to produce enough due to production problems. At the same time, only two weeks ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics decided that children need twice as much of the flu vaccine as last year – doubling the demand.
Presto-Chango: instant public health crises served up to subvert California's new no-mercury vaccine law.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the vaccine manufacturers who still use Thimerosal preservatives have had active campaigns across the US to opposed state legislative efforts like the one that passed in California to remove mercury from vaccines. Although their stated concern is that such laws could create shortages for the vaccine programs, their true interest is to avoid legal liability for the production and distribution of poorly tested, unsafe vaccines. Such vaccines are at the heart of a number of public health epidemics like diabetes, asthma, immune disorders and expecially the explosion in autism.
This is not the first effort to subvert the will of the people and state laws. Last year, Pharma lobbyists and the Pediatrician partners sucessfully engineered a shortage of Thimerosal-free vaccine shortage to circumvent a similar law in Illinois.
The Pediatricians and vaccine manufacturers think they can say what ever they want, whenever they want to manipulate public health policy that favors their enterprises. This cynical manipulation is performed at the expense of vulnerable children. Their action is immoral and cannot be allowed to continue.
Write, call or fax California Governor Arnold Schwartzenneger now and demand an investigation into the real reasons there is surprise vaccine shortage.
Mercury is a known neurotoxin and has no business being in medicine. "I think it's absolutely criminal to give mercury to an infant," said Boyd Haley, an expert on mercury toxicity and a vocal critic of the CDC. We do, too. Call California Swartzeneggar today and demand that vaccine makers and pediatricians stop using children for self-serving political stunts. Legal exemptions to mercury-free vaccines are for real, not made-up emergencies. Click here to contact the Governor and demand that he investigate this fraud.
Links to pertinent documents:
CALIFORNIA PEDIATRICIANS REQUEST EXEMPTION FROM LAW BANNING MERCURY IN VACCINES "Children under three in California are being denied access to influenza vaccination because of inadequate supplies of thimerosal-free vaccine." www.a-champ.org/californiathimerosalexemption/AAP_Cal_exemptionLtr_FINAL.pdf
SANOFI-PASTURE ASSURES NO SHORTAGES OF MERCURY-FREE VACCINES FEB. 2006 "Our no preservative formulation will be available until it is fully committed." www.a-champ.org/californiathimerosalexemption/LaVenda_Email_Sanofi_tfree_supply_
Kansas City Star: SANOFI SAYS PLENTY OF MERCURY-FREE VACCINES "While we have on several occasions sold out all of our preservative-containing (mercury) vaccine in the last several years, we have never sold out all of our preservative-free vaccine." www.a-champ.org/californiathimerosalexemption/Health_agencies_want mercury_vaccines_KC Star_10_06.pdf
California Dept. of Health Statement to Pediatricians Directing Compliance with Law Requiring Mercury-free vaccines for infants and pregnant women www.a-champ.org/californiathimerosalexemption/Cal_health_dept_directive_on_thime
Sacramento Bee Article Reporting that Mercury-free Vaccine law Took Effect 7/1/06 www.a-champ.org/californiathimerosalexemption/Cal_Bans_T_Vaccines_SacBee_7_06.pd
ILLINOIS VACCINE EXEMPTION OUTRAGES MERCURY FOES Illinois Department of Public Health to delay state lawmakers' attempts to reduce mercury exposure for those receiving flu shots. http://tinyurl.com/v9wyn
Contact Information for Gov. Schwarzenegger and A.G. Lockyer:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: Telephone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 445-4633 Address:State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento, CA 95814 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorney General Bill Lockyer: Telephone: (916) 322-3360 or toll-free in California - 1-800-952-5225 Fax: (916) 323-5341 Email: Go to web form at http://ag.ca.gov/contact/complaint_form.php?cmplt=PL Address: Attorney General's OfficeCalifornia Department of JusticeAttn: Public Inquiry UnitP.O. Box 944255Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Suggested Letter (to Gov. or AG - click Take Action! to use our automated system to send an email to the Governor.
I respectfully request that you act to enforce California's Safety Code Section 12472 that prohibits the use of mercury-containing vaccines in children younger than three and pregnant women. Despite having more than two years notice a group of medical trade associations and Kaiser Permanente recently petitioned California for a temporary exemption from this law that took effect on July 1, 2006.
I urge you to refuse the exemption request. I further urge that your office conduct an investigation to determine the reasons why the petitioners cannot comply with the law. The State of California must determine the actual availability of mercury-free vaccines by developing information from sources other than the medical authorities that have requested the exemption. The State should also determine whether petitioners have taken good faith measures to comply with the law.
Why can’t United States vaccine makers supply mercury-free vaccine when the same vaccine producers have no problem supplying Britain, the Scandinavian nations and other countries with mercury-free formulations of their vaccines? Why has the California affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics requested an exemption when its national organization in 1999 adopted a policy favoring removal of mercury from vaccines?
Scientific studies have shown that there is little evidence that the flu shot provides consistent protective value for young children. Studies have also shown that the flu vaccine has no protective effect at all for children under two. A highly significant study just published in the British Medical Journal seriously questions the benefits and efficacy of a policy to implement mass flu vaccination.
The health risks of influenza to the young are exaggerated. The risk to the health of California’s children from exposure to mercury, a highly toxic neurotoxin, is far greater than from influenza.
I urge you to reject the petitioners’ request for an exemption and hold hearings into petitioners’ complete disregard for the laws of the State of California.
Message Brought To You By A-CHAMP Advocates for Children's Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning