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Call on Your Congressperson to Support HR1757 Vaccine Study Safety Act

Start-your-enginesSAFE 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:

•    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:


Ana N

The "Amish" do not have religious objections to vaccination. They also suffer from a lot of genetic disorders because of a smaller gene pool - inbreeding. That means any medical findings you find out from them are totally irrelevant to the rest of the population.

We'd be better off spending our money elsewhere than trying to study a population that may not want to be studied and that will give results that can't be used to explain what's happening to the rest of us.


Why is there no autism in the Amish community? They don't vaccinate.


Lisa, how I chuckled :) But yes that would be super an infiltrator led investigation within Pharma.

Laura, no you are not the only one.

National Institute of Health aka Not In Hellschance of this study being done independently - IMHO.

Tim Kasemodel


web link to the new statistic of 1 of 50 kids with autism

Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011–2012

Victor Pavlovic

At this time I am not so worried about any more studies, what needs to happen is that the records from the vaccine court need to be analyzed and released, and the people running the court need to be brought in front of congress to explain their double talk, it would be interesting to see, that alone would prove that vaccines cause autism.

Carter's Daddy

How long will it take pharma to weed people who dare ask whether vaccines are safe out of congress and the senate?

Jeannette Bishop

It appears Carolyn Maloney is the only co-sponsor to date:

Diane W Farr

I doubt the bill is out of the subcommittee; it will have to get past these representatives first. They are the most important to contact at this stage.


Chairman: Joe Pitts (PA)
Vice Chairman: Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX)
Ed Whitfield (KY)
John Shimkus (IL)
Mike Rogers (MI)
Tim Murphy (PA)
Marsha Blackburn (TN)
Phil Gingrey (GA)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
Leonard Lance (NJ)
Bill Cassidy (LA)
Brett Guthrie (KY)
Morgan Griffith (VA)
Gus Bilirakis (FL)
Renee Ellmers (NC)
Joe Barton (TX)
Fred Upton (MI)


Ranking Member: Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ)
John D. Dingell (MI)
Eliot L. Engel (NY)
Lois Capps (CA)
Jan Schakowsky (IL)
Jim Matheson (UT)
Gene Green (TX)
G.K. Butterfield (NC)
John Barrow (GA)
Donna M. Christensen (VI)
Kathy Castor (FL)
John Sarbanes (MD)
Henry A. Waxman (CA)


Can someone tell me how I can find out if my Congressperson has Co-Sponsors HR1757 already.

Laura Hayes

Am I the only one concerned about the NIH being the one charged with conducting the study?


Lisa, I agree totally on your comment. If big Pharma was trying to promote their new drug, this study would have been done yesterday. They know what the end results will be and they are afraid to do it.
Also, does anyone know where I can find a web link to the new statistic of 1 of 50 kids with autism? Please post. Thanks!

Bob Moffitt

Is there any US Senator willing to sponsor a similar bill in the Senate? Shouldn't we also be asking our Senators to sponsor similar effort in the Senate?


I simply cannot believe how long we've been trying to get this study funded! Why does this even need to be funded through legislation in the first place? All kinds of medical studies are funded every day at the NIH without first being approved by Congress. This just blows my mind. It really begins to look like a conspiracy. How many drug companies are lobbying even harder to make sure this study never gets done? We need a Bradley Manning or an Edward Snowden to infiltrate Merck et al., hack all the emails to and fro, and finally get us the answers we are looking for. (Did you get all that, NSA? Yes, I said HACK, SNOWDEN, MANNING, DRUG COMPANIES. I'll go put on a pot of coffee now while I wait for you to show up and kick my door down. Would you like decaf or regular? How about a little thimerosol with your brew? A study funded by the CDC says it's good for you.)

Tony Bateson

Absolutely brilliant - all good wishes for the safe enactment of this bill that will result in the world's first analysis of medical outcomes following vaccinations. In the UK it could result in the release of information held in public and academic records that have been barred to outsiders. We are entering the age of revelations I suspect - the UK Government has been pursuing hospitals and doctors on the basis of medical outcomes, let's hope that there will be a worldwide quest for truth in these vital humanitarian concerns. Please make sure this work is conducted to the highest possible standards of independent integrity.


Is the 1999 Congress request for a vax / non vax study still on the books ???

They need to add in a "SIDS spikes following vaccines" along with this item which might help push it through.

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