A series of articles showed up online today highlighting mandated vaccinations. Some people, however, continue to hold misinformed views and are willing to sacrifice for it.
In Washington state, foster families are under a new mandate that everyone in their house needs a flu shot if they have foster kids under two years of age. Jamie Smith of Tacoma is going to fight that even though she will lose her new 2-week old foster baby.
“I’ve done a lot of research on it and I don’t like some of the side effects that it has,” she said.
Smith says she’s worried about mercury in the vaccine and its effects on the brain. She doesn’t want her or her five children exposed to that even if it means losing the little one.
Take the kid away. There are other families who would willingly take a baby who are more suited to understanding health care needs. Mercury as a preservative in vaccines is not harmful and you can get a vaccine without mercury. This woman is clueless.
Nurses at certain Washington hospitals are also required to get a flu shot for obvious reasons – they can easily transmit the illness to compromised hospital patients.
The flu season has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC recommends everyone who can should get a flu shot, but MultiCare is taking it one step further by requiring every employee to get a flu shot or make a plea to a special committee as to why they shouldn’t.
The Washington State Nurses Association said failure to do so could mean termination.
Some nurses are allergic to eggs and others won’t get it for religious reasons or harmful side effects. This makes no sense. If the reasons are valid, like a documented egg allergy, alternatives can be provided. But fear of “harmful side effects” is bogus since those are extremely rare and the benefit outweighs the risk. Driving a car has harmful side effects too but people do it for their jobs as well as many other activities. For those opposing the need for vaccines for their job, find another job you are more suited for. Health care ain’t it.
New York State’s requirement that children be vaccinated before attending public school does not violate their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court in Manhattan said on Wednesday.
In affirming the requirement’s constitutionality, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also upheld a previous ruling by a federal judge that students exempted from the requirement for religious reasons can be barred from school when another child has a disease preventable by a vaccine.
The decision was the latest to go against three parents from New York City who say their religious rights were violated when their children were kept out of school as a result of the immunization policies. The parents’ lawyer, Patricia Finn, said her clients planned to appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
What about the rights of those who don’t want their children exposed to preventable diseases? The plaintiffs argued that scientific evidence shows vaccines are harmful and that there was “rampant fraud” in the vaccine program. It’s not cited where this information was obtained. Counsel seems eager to take this to the highest court who have not yet heard such an argument. I’d be very surprised if they would rule against the overwhelming scientific evidence for vaccines as a critical public health requirement. The misinformed rantings of a few very opinionated people do not trump the scientific consensus and the huge historical legacy of vaccination success.