SAFE MINDS ACTION ALERT! – Support Passage of HR1757 on Capitol Hill
Date: 31 Jul 2013
By: Eric Uram
What is HR1757? – Also known as “The Vaccine Safety Study Act,” this bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), directs the National Institutes of Health to conduct a retrospective study of health outcomes, including autism, of vaccinated-versus-unvaccinated children, and to determine whether exposure to vaccines or vaccine components is associated with autism spectrum disorders, chronic illnesses, or other neurological conditions.
Currently before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the bill, if implemented, “should bring an answer to this decades-long question,” Rep. Posey stated on the House floor.
Why is this important? Nearly all drug-safety and toxicological studies include investigations of exposed and unexposed populations in order to determine negative health outcomes and degrees of risk. Every 7th grader knows you cannot do a proper experiment without a rigorous control group that can be compared with the exposed group. Yet this most basic science has not been done when considering the totality of the US vaccination program, only with individual vaccines or combinations of certain vaccines. No study of vaccinated-vs.-unvaccinated children and autism has ever been attempted anywhere in the world. Without this basic data, no one can say with certainty whether or not the current vaccination schedule is associated with a greater risk of autism and other chronic health outcomes.
Why hasn’t this been done before? Everyone concerned about autism and vaccine safety should be asking this question. Some studies have looked at high thimerosal exposures versus lower and zero exposures, including one CDC analysis obtained by SafeMinds through the Freedom of Information Act. It showed risks of autism, ADD, sleep disorders and speech/language delay were consistently elevated in the more exposed group: Increased autism risk in one-month-old infants with the highest exposures ranged from 7.6 to 11.4 times higher than zero-exposure infants.
Another study published in January found that unvaccinated children (due to parental choice), had significantly lower emergency room and outpatient visits without any increase of in-patient visits.
Is it feasible? Yes. Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the CDC and now head of Merck’s vaccine division, said on CNN that, “this is the study that could and should be done.” It would be unethical to conduct a prospective study in which some children were vaccinated and others were given placebos, but that is not what this bill calls for. Several populations routinely exempt their children from immunizations for religious, medical or other beliefs. These individuals offer access to a control group for comparison with exposed children in retrospective research.
What Can I do? SafeMinds recently sat down with Rep. Posey and made it extremely clear: – we need to get 218 Co-Sponsors of the bill! Posey recommends the community come together this summer to achieve just one thing – Get Your Representative to Co-Sponsor HR 1757. How?
• First identify your own Representative in the House by clicking here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
• Call and schedule a meeting at their district office and urge them or their staff to sign on to this absolutely critical bill.
• If they will not commit, indicate you will call back in one week to check on progress and check with Rep. Posey’s office to confirm their commitment to co-sponsor.
• After Labor Day confirm everything has happened and thank them for their support.
• Also, let SafeMinds know! Answer the few simple questions on our online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HR1757http://www.safeminds.org/safe-minds-action-alert-support-passage-of-hr1757-on-capitol-hill/