Vaccines are a touchy subject in my family. I hate them. After my father became wheelchair bound from a Hepatitis-B vaccine, each time my husband and I had to make the choice as to whether or not to have one of our daughters vaccinated, I was terrified. Terrified that the same "thing" that made my father contract Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) from a vaccination, would trigger a reaction in one of my children. There are vaccines that I have chosen not to give my children and if that right were to be taken away from me, I would wonder where the hell I was living. Forced vaccination certainly couldn't happen in the USA, right? Think again.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
Barbara Loe Fisher
You see we are living in a where asking questions about the necessity of 70 doses of 16 vaccines, some of which are for mild diseases or diseases which you can't catch in a classroom, leaves you open to persecution and ridicule . Today, our children are being given three times as many vaccinations as they got in the early 1980’s.  Three times as many vaccinations means three times as much profit for drug companies and even the doctors selling vaccines. In 1986 it costs $80 to get your child vaccinated with every government recommended vaccine. Today that cost has exploded to $2200. There is nothing wrong with profitable industry. Yet when an industry works with our government to mandate law, without checks and balances, citizens pay the high cost of losing our freedom.
Pharmaceutical and medical organizations are banding together in states like Washington to pass laws forcing people to get a signature from a medical doctor to get a non medical exemption for a vaccination. In California, the Pharma-Med lobby is pushing for a law to make it legal to give minors vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases, like Gardasil , without parental consent. In 2007, Maryland forced almost 1,000 parents into a courthouse, threatening them with stiff fines and jail time if they did not comply, to prove that they had given their children the chickenpox and hepatits-B vaccine.
Freedom of choice is our right as Americans. If you feel called to help with this important mission to keep vaccines a choice instead of a forced government mandate, please visit www.NVIC.org and volunteer to work in your state to defend vaccine exemptions. If you, like me, are volunteering as much as you can right now, then please help spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter or emailing it to friends and family.
Our future depends on our knowledge and actions. What choices will you make today that will change your health and the health of our world tomorrow?
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 CDC. Recommended Schedule for Immunization of Normal Infants & Children. 1983 (through 1986).