On Wednesday, July 18th , the Illinois Department of Public Health will be meeting and your attendance is IMPORTANT:
July 18, 2012
Immunization Advisory Committee
Meeting Agenda – TBA
Michael A. Bilandic Bldg.
160 N. LaSalle St.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
It seems that during the Spring months, the IDPH has "required' and the Illinois State Superintendent of Education has "endorsed" a new booster shot for entry into 6th and 9th grades starting Fall, 2012. There has been NO public input and NO local or state government meetings with public commenting. It appears that we are at the mercy of the public schools, who have no medical degrees, and who will not allow your child to enter the building. Is this coming to other states soon? No voting or public comments but instead a decision by state public health?
"Although we are approaching the end of the school year for many students, now is the time for parents to start scheduling appointments for next year’s school immunization requirements,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Acting Director Dr. Arthur F. Kohrman. “While the Department has recommended for several years that children entering the 6th grade receive the Tdap vaccine during their physical exam, it will be required this year for students entering both the 6th and 9th grades."
That's right. Blink your eyes and recommended becomes required with no Illinois public input, including the parents of these children. It is important to see that exemptions are being stressed as an opt out ---- " Students must have an appointment to get the vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption" ---- but be aware that there is activity behind the scenes to stop exemptions from happening --- "Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia believes that mandatory vaccination is needed to protect vulnerable people from infection. He argues that, when parents choose not to vaccinate, not only are they making a choice for their own children, they are also making a choice for those with whom their children come into contact. This includes children who are too young to receive vaccines and those who can’t be vaccinated and depend on those around them to be protected. Which is paramount: the freedom to make bad health decisions or the right of the community to protect itself from those decisions, he asks?
If you value EXEMPTIONS in Illinois, your attendance at this meeting is valuable so you can SPEAK OUT. Exemptions, according to Dr. Offit, are "bad health decisions" but please know the source - a man who profits from a vaccine patent, vaccine endorsements, vaccine manufacturing, vaccine books and vaccine false promises.