By Anne Dachel
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Feb 24, 2015, Fox 13 Salt Lake City: Boy with autism beaten at Missouri middle school
Feb 24, 2015, Fox 4 Kansas City MO: Excelsior Springs woman left with permanent brain injuries after vaccinations
Feb 24, 2015, Oregon Statesman Journal: Vaccine researcher Wakefield to testify in Oregon
Feb 24, 2015, Newsweek: Toddler Dies From Measles in Berlin's Worst Outbreak in a Decade
Feb 23, 2015, CBS San Francisco: Law Requiring California Parents To Vaccinate Their Children Likely To Pass
Feb 5, 2015, Huffington: These States Don't Require Vaccinations For Home-School Students
Destiny Kitchen’s son, Blake, has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.
FOX 4 reports Blake eats in the same spot in the cafeteria every day at school. But when he arrived at school on Thursday for breakfast, another student moved his belongings from his seat.
Blake asked the boy to move. It was at that point another boy stepped in and started beating Blake until he blacked out, FOX 4 reports.
The boy who reportedly beat the 12-year-old was also bullying Blake’s brother, Kitchen told FOX 4.
I hope someone will focus on bullying come April when we're all busy celebrating Autism Awareness Month around the world.
The federal government awarded an Excelsior Springs man $7.4 million after his wife was left disabled from getting vaccines before a trip. But this man says he's still very much pro-vaccines.
Back in June of 2011, Carolyn Schutte came to the Clay County Public Health Center to get vaccinations before her trip to Africa. Two days later she had permanent brain damage.
. . . Almost 48 hours after getting the vaccine, Carolyn lost consciousness, and collapsed. She suffered permanent brain damage caused by Encephalopathy
So the VICP agreed that vaccines permanently damaged this woman and she received millions in compensation. This happened in 2011 and five years later, they reached a settlememt. Notice that the woman lost the ability to speak.
Interesting that Sharyl Attkisson wrote about how Anne Schuchat from the CDC just announced that vaccines don't cause "profound mental disorders" during congressional testimony.
Feb 24, 2015 Sharyl Attkisson
"Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause profound mental disorders?" Sen. Warren asked.
"No," replied Dr. Schuchat.
Andrew Wakefield, the British researcher who was made famous by his 1998 study that linked autism to a childhood vaccine, is coming to Salem next month to testify before the Legislature, a health care lobbyist confirmed Tuesday.
The Senate Committee on Health Care is exploring a bill, sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, that would ban parents from claiming nonmedical exemptions from their children's school immunizations. . . .
Dr. Diane Gudmundsen, a Hillsboro chiropractor, testified Feb. 18 that her son reacted severely to his MMR vaccine and eventually was diagnosed with autism. While she couldn't prove the connection between the two events, she said, "As a mother, I feel that my heart knows."
Andrew Wakefield is truly a hero for the autism community. Many people will use this as an opportunity to attack him, yet he's still willing to speak out!
A toddler has died from measles in Berlin, Germany, amid the worst measles outbreak the city has seen since 2001.
The 1½-year-old boy from the Berlin borough of Reinickendorf was sent to the hospital on February 18 and died later that day, the German newspaper Deutsche-Welle reports. He had not been vaccinated against measles, Mario Czaja, chief of Berlin's health ministry, told reporters on Monday. . . .
German Health Minister Hermann Gröehe said the "irrational fear-mongering of some vaccination-foes is irresponsible" and said they threaten the lives of those with serious health problems who cannot be vaccinated.
"The vaccination gaps in Germany are still too large," Gröehe said in a statement. Berlin's vaccination rate is currently around 95 percent, AFP reports. National measles vaccination rates in the U.S. are around 92 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Germany has a 95 percent vaccination rate and this has been the measles outbreak numbers:
"There have been 574 reported measles cases in Berlin since October and at least two of those cases allegedly originated from the measles outbreak that began in a California Disney theme park last December. There was also an outbreak in the city of Leipzig in this month."
Were all of these people UNVACCINATED?
It's clear that vaccine promoters are not going to stop until EVERYONE is vaccinated.
Last Thursday, a state law was introduced that, if passed, will eliminate the "personal belief" exception to California's vaccination law.
Right now, under California law there are two ways to get out of having a child vaccinated: one is if you have a medical reason, and two is if you have a "personal belief" that prevents vaccination. The law proposed last week would leave that medical exception in place and get rid of that "personal belief" part.
The lawmaker who authored the bill is State Senator Richard Pan, who is also a doctor. He's concerned about the outbreak of measles in California since December and the high numbers of people opting out of vaccines using the personal belief exemption.
The law as it is written so far does not have any religious exemption.
Ending the right to exempt--one state at a time. California to join Mississippi and West Virginia.
Half of U.S. states don't require home-school students to be vaccinated against diseases that include measles, chickenpox and hepatitis B, according to an organization that advocates greater oversight of home schooling.
While public schools require students to get a number of vaccinations before entering kindergarten, there's no mandate for home-schooled children in 25 states, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. About 3 percent of the U.S. school-age population was home-schooled in 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Education Department.
Amid a recent measles outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in 15 states, politicians, public health officials and researchers have called on parents to vaccinate their children.
What's next? Is no child to be spared?
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.