The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill HB288, the
Act", that would require mandatory bacterial meningitis
shots for students at public universities and colleges (but not private) in
Tennessee. It has already passed the Tennessee Senate and is moving in
the House. It is on the agenda for the Government Operations Committee today
Tennesseans, please get on the phone today and politely tell the
members of the Government Operations Committee why this is not a good idea.
Their contact info is below:
Here are some talking points:
The shot is ineffective. It only reduces bacterial meningitis
infection by 38% according to the manufacturers’ bestcase scenario.
It has a 1.3% rate of serious adverse reactions, which include
encephalitis, Guillain-Barr syndrome and transverse myelitis, according to the
package insert for Menactra. At that rate more people could be made sick,
disabled and killed by the vaccine than the disease itself. According to the
bill sponsors there were seven cases of bacterial meningitis in Tennessee last
year, which includes the fatal infection of Jacob Nunley.
It is expensive. The shot costs $125
plus doctor's fees. Scarce health resources could be spent on alternatives that
would result in less sickness and fewer deaths.
There is no choice. Adults should be
allowed to make their own vaccination choices without coercion from the
state. The majority of Americans live in states where that right is
protected, but not in Tennessee.
Please share this message with friends and family and please post
to Facebook and other social networks.
Here is the contact information for the Tennessee House Government
Operations Committee members:
Judd Matheny, Chair
Phone (615) 741-7448 Fax (615) 253-0226
John Ragan, Vice-Chair
Phone (615) 741-4400 Fax (615) 253-0297
Phone: (615) 741-2180 Fax (615) 253-0372
Phone (615) 741-4389 Fax: (615) 253-0283
Phone (615) 741-2134 Fax (615) 741-1446
Phone: (615) 741-7478 Fax (615) 253-0218
G. A. Hardaway
Phone: (615) 741-5625 Fax (615) 253-0185
Phone (615) 741-4341 Fax (615) 253-0305
Phone (615) 741-2548 Fax (615) 253-0305
Phone (615) 741-6954 Fax (615) 253-0339
Phone (615) 741-3229 Fax (615) 253-0233
Posted by Age of Autism at March 19, 2013 at 5:44 AM