By Dr. Mercola
I've written many articles discussing vaccine safety and freedom of choice. The encouraging news is that while we've faced more than 180 legislative attempts in the states to add more vaccine mandates and restrict or eliminate vaccine choices in the U.S. in the past two years, we've successfully defeated all but a few. As noted by Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):
"What we've seen in the last few years is a very orchestrated attack on vaccine laws that allow people to have choice … We've had some of the most restrictive and oppressive vaccine laws. We do have exemptions in the laws and that's what they want to eliminate. They want to eliminate all choice.
We have organized, and — through the NVIC advocacy portal, which people can sign onto — we've kept people informed by monitoring all the bills in the States. We have been able to generate enough opposition to not lose, despite more than 180 bills this last legislative session trying to add more vaccine mandates, trying to monitor vaccine status of everyone, trying to restrict or eliminate exemptions — we defeated all of those bad vaccine bills.
The only bill that passed was a meningococcal vaccine mandate in Indiana for college students. This is an incredible accomplishment, but the heat is on. We're going to see another mass attempt in 2018 to take away exemptions."
Vaccine Safety and Freedom of Choice Have Become Internatio nal Issues
Americans are no longer alone in our fight for medical freedom of choice, as the aggressive push for mandatory vaccinations has gone international. Part of the problem is that governments are making business deals with vaccine makers.
The Gates Foundation is also very much involved in the global mass-vaccination agenda.
Australian parents now forfeit child care and nontaxable child benefit payments unless their children receive all government-mandated vaccines.1 As in California, they also cannot attend day care or preschool unless fully vaccinated.2
Italy suddenly added 10 vaccines to the mandated vaccination schedule for children,3 whereas before they had none. Noncompliance will result in a hefty fine, and unvaccinated children will be barred from attending preschool. France is also threatening to add more vaccine mandates.
"There's this global push to take away all vaccine exemptions," Barbara says. "I think people need to take it seriously because they're not going to stop. Why? Because the global vaccine market is a $27 billion business right now. The projection is $55 billion by 2021 and $70 billion by 2024, which means they aim to double the market within eight years. It's a serious situation.
The big four are Pfizer and Merck, which are U.S. companies; GlaxoSmithKline, which is a U.K. company; and then there's Sanofi-Pasteur [in] France. They've had the lion's share of the market. They clearly have all gotten together. They made deals with governments around the world.
Right now, in the U.S., it's ‘No shots, no school.' It's ‘No shots, no medical care,' because there are pediatricians who refuse to provide medical care to children who have not gotten all the government recommended vaccines. Then there's the ‘No shots, no job for health care workers.'
I predict that what we're going to see is ‘No shots, no driver's license; no shots, no passport; no shots, no ability to get into, for example, a stadium to watch a football game.' Anywhere you go out in public, you're going to have to prove that you've had the vaccines. That's what I think is going to happen if we don't hold the line here."
The Big Squeeze
People are waking up (and standing up) to these issues, and because of that, the vaccine industry is really ramping up attempts to quench opposition as quickly and as firmly as possible. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the new vaccine mandates in Italy, for example. "They know they're in trouble if they don't make the laws restrictive so that people can't function in society unless they have all the government recommended vaccines," Barbara says.
It's also worth remembering that while we talk about protecting informed consent rights and freedom of choice when it comes to vaccination, this concern does not end there. The far broader issue is the process by which corporations are trying to achieve their means, which ultimately entails giving them unlimited power. Barbara explains:
"In 2015, I called it the ‘Vaccine Culture War.' Truly, I believe that's what it is. The vaccination issue is at the center of a larger culture war. The outcome of this culture war — which is an attack on autonomy, on privacy, on freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion — will determine how we're going to live not just in this country, but around the world in the 21st century.
If the governments and the big corporations, which have gotten together financially, continue down this path where they limit individual freedom, we're going to have a situation that's very much reminiscent of Aldous Huxley's ‘Brave New World' and George Orwell's ‘1984.' You look at the apocalyptic visions that are coming out of Hollywood. Often, entertainment and literature are harbingers — they sense something.
You see a lot of apocalyptic type movies coming out. People can sense there's something that's not right, and they're anxious. You can feel the sort of collective angst not just in this country but around the world, particularly in developed countries where there's a high education status. We've seen the media — which seems to be increasingly controlled by governments and by large institutions — come down on the idea … that you cannot dissent from what you're supposed to be believing and how you're supposed to act.
Certainly, the holistic health care movement is also at the center of this. They do not want anyone to be able to take control of their own health, because this would diminish the profit-making of the corporations that are wed to the [medical model]. The medical model now is very wed to drugs, vaccines and use of products that have a lot of serious side effects. They don't want people to talk about that."
Biological Integrity of the Human Race Is at Stake
In the late 1990s through the early 2000s, Fisher was a consumer representative on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Vaccine Advisory Committee, which reviews new vaccines being licensed by the FDA. Through the years, she took notice of the slow erosion of licensing standards pharmaceutical companies have to meet to prove safety and effectiveness of their vaccines. "In the last decade, it's just gotten worse," she says.
With Congress' passing of the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016 — which was a huge assault on FDA licensing regulations — the floodgates for next-generation genetically engineered vaccines in the research pipeline opened wide. These vaccines, Fisher believes, will "profoundly change the way our immune systems function."
"They're going to change our DNA. They're going to, in my opinion, compromise the biological integrity of the human race. This is a serious issue when you have almost no standards in place to make sure these very different types of vaccines (with novel adjuvants that hyperstimulate the immune system) are safe. To not have proper regulations in place is a tragedy.
For those who want to use all the government recommended vaccines, it is a tragedy. It is a tragedy for those who cannot withstand the process of vaccination because of genetic, epigenetic and environmental risk reasons. The Institute of Medicine has acknowledged that there is individual susceptibility.
The problem is they haven't done the research to find out who the high-risk people are. This mandatory one-size-fits-all approach to vaccination, I have always said, is a de facto state-sanctioned selection of the genetically and biologically vulnerable for sacrifice. That is an immoral policy. It should not stand in any government in any country, and yet we have that."
The Medical Vaccine Exemption Almost Nonexistent
Californians were promised there would be a flexible medical exemption available if the religious and philosophical exemptions were removed, yet that promise was not kept. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) limited the medical exemption to the point that 99.99 percent of people simply cannot qualify.
The medical exemption does not even recognize regression after a vaccination as justification to qualify for a medical exemption for subsequent vaccines. Doctors giving medical exemptions to at-risk patients are also being harassed and threatened with medical license removal.
"If you insist that doctors take away their professional judgment and insist they conform to government policy, nobody gets a medical exemption. What is that? That's tyranny. That is fascism. When you can't even have a doctor exempt a child they believe is at risk, that is tyranny.
That is taking away a basic freedom, the right to life, the right to autonomy. It's a violation of informed consent rights. Informed consent has been defined as a human right since 1947, after The Doctors Trial at Nuremberg. This is a very serious assault on basic human rights. People have got to get involved," Barbara says. "They've got to talk to their legislators and say, ‘We will not have these kinds of laws. Not in America.'"
‘The Greater Good' — An Immoral Pseudo Ethic Rejected by the Nuremburg Tribunal
The justification by public health officials for enforcement of mandatory mass-vaccination laws is a utilitarian one that individuals can be forced without their consent to risk their lives or the lives of their children for "the greater good." However, buying into this concept is dangerous indeed, as it ignores an important historical lesson. At the Doctor's Trial at Nuremberg after World War II, the Nuremberg Tribunal concluded that the state, science, and the medical community cannot sacrifice some individuals "for the greater good" of the rest. The utilitarian philosophy maintains that for the greater happiness of the majority, a minority can be sacrificed. The Nuremberg Tribunal said this is not a moral public policy and issued the Nuremberg Code, which defined the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk-taking affirming the individual's natural right to autonomy.
Informed consent to medical risk-taking is a human right. Vaccines carry risks that can be greater for some people. To force everyone — particularly when there's no way of knowing who might be at risk — that's utilitarianism, and it should not be allowed to anchor public health policy. It's a pseudo ethic and an inhumane and immoral policy.
The Supreme Court decision that cemented utilitarianism as an anchor of public health policy in the U.S. was the 1905 case of Jacobson vs. Massachusetts. Jacobson thought he was genetically predisposed to having a reaction to the small pox vaccine, and was refusing the mandate to get vaccinated. The court decided the state did have the right to insist on mandatory vaccination, without exceptions. The U.S. government is now applying that more than century-old utilitarian Supreme Court decision to every vaccine that pharmaceutical companies produce and the Centers for Disease Control adds to the childhood vaccination schedule.
"It's not just small pox vaccine that has been mandated. They went on to all the rest of the vaccines — diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles-mumps-rubella, pneumococcal, meningococcal and influenza. All the vaccines now are supposed to adhere to the small pox model that was decided in Jacobson vs. Massachusetts," Barbara says. "Who gave them the right? …
My family could be wiped out because we have autoimmunity in my family. We are vulnerable. We have severe allergies. My father had to wear a penicillin bracelet. My mother died of lupus. What they're doing is they're going to wipe out whole families if they continue to force people to use all the vaccines that the drug companies produce."
There's No Legal Accountability for Vaccine Injuries
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 shielded doctors and other medical workers giving vaccines from lawsuits when individuals are injured or die from government recommended and mandated vaccines, and drug companies selling vaccines also received partial liability protection under the 1986 law. Then, in 2011, the Supreme Court effectively removed all remaining civil liability from vaccine manufacturers, which means Americans are now in a situation where there is forced vaccination with extremely few medical exemptions, and zero liability for those manufacturing, selling and administering vaccines that are required for school attendance and, in the case of day care and health care workers, for employment.
Without personal and spiritual belief vaccine exemptions in public health laws allowing parents to take a more cautious approach, children are absolutely going to be sacrificed. This is why we cannot allow informed consent protections to be stripped from vaccine policies and laws.
Two-thirds of those seeking compensation for vaccine injuries or death from the federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) are dismissed — in large part because the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice do not want to admit how many people are being harmed by vaccines. They consider every award made to the vaccine injured in the federal compensation program to be an admission that vaccines can cause harm, which they believe leads to a loss of public confidence in the safety of vaccines.
Today, many fewer children are compensated for their vaccine injuries, which includes permanent brain and immune system damage, because government officials responsible for developing, licensing, recommending and promoting vaccination, don't want to admit children are being hurt by the vaccination program. Today, the majority of payouts in the VICP are to adults injured by the flu vaccine. Despite these limitations, the program has paid out nearly $4 billion for vaccine injuries and deaths since 1988.
For the past two years with the leadership of NVIC and grassroots organizing through the online NVIC Advocacy Portal at NVICAdvocacy.org, we've successfully held the line, preventing further erosion of vaccine exemptions in the U.S. But the assault on our freedoms continues.
Fortunately, we have two levels of government in the U.S. — state and federal. Many other nations do not have this kind of check and balance on centralized government authority. The federal government regulates vaccines and makes vaccine use recommendations; however, most vaccine laws in the U.S. are state laws, Americans have the ability to work with their state legislators and educate them about the importance of protecting flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions. Legislators who have been educated about vaccine issues are more likely to vote the right way when vaccine-related bills come up. If we all actively participate in the legislative process, "we can retain at least some degree of freedom in most of the states," Barbara says.
Join the Vaccine Freedom Movement
If you have remained uninvolved thus far, I urge you to join the NVIC's Vaccine Advocacy Portal. The reason I urge you to do this is because in the past decade, the majority of the corporate-controlled mainstream media have ceased to include NVIC's knowledgeable perspective in public discussions about vaccine safety and choice. So, it's really going to be incumbent upon us to spread the word. Surveys in the U.S. show more than 90 percent of parents are worried about vaccine safety, and the primary reason for this is personal experience.
It's rare to find a person who doesn't know someone — either a child or an adult — who has been adversely affected by a vaccine these days. Side effects are not rare. They're happening daily. These are powerful experiences, and when added together with others sharing similar stories, they become increasingly difficult to dismiss, no matter what the official response is.
"I believe it will be the mothers across the world who will stop this. They are the ones who are, by and large, demonstrating in Italy. Although, thankfully, 21st century fathers have really stepped forward. They're joining now. That, to me, is so exciting, because I do believe that we can turn this around. But we have to be awake and we have to take action. [The NVIC portal] lets everybody know what's going on in the country about vaccines and vaccine laws, and tells them how they can get involved," Barbara says.
The Price of Freedom Is Not Free — Your Action Is Required
As mentioned, the vaccine issue is merely the tip of the iceberg. If we lose all rights to make decisions about vaccination, then other freedoms will be taken away shortly after that. There's absolutely no reason to think a corporate-controlled government wouldn't continue eroding personal freedoms. Mandatory vaccinations are just one profit stream; there are many others that would require the removal of the right to self determination, which includes being free to make independent health choices.
So, if you're a fan of personal autonomy, then you'll want to be really active in this issue. Resistance is also necessary if we're going to have any hope of securing the possibility of health for future generations. So, in addition to joining the NVIC Vaccine Advocacy Portal, please consider making a donation to the NVIC. During Vaccine Awareness Week, I will double-match your donations to this crucial cause. In other words, for every $1 you donate, I will match it with $2.
Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions
With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY.
National vaccine policy recommendations are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level. It is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact.
It is critical for EVERYONE to get involved now in standing up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices in America because those choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations, and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip all vaccine exemptions from public health laws.
Signing up for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you immediate, easy access to your own state legislators on your smart phone or computer so you can make your voice heard. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest state bills threatening your vaccine choice rights and get practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community.
Also, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips. So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.
Share Your Story With the Media and People You Know
If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don't share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.
I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the "other side" of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination, will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.
We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination.
The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.
Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More
I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:
- NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries, and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
- If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
- Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, and school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.
- Vaccine Failure Wall: View or post descriptions about vaccines that have failed to work and protect the vaccinated from disease.
Connect With Your Doctor or Find a New One That Will Listen and Care
If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination. However, there is hope.
At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they're starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents.
It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.
So take the time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect, and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.