By Anne Dachel
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April 13, 2015, ABC News: School District Kicks Out 143 Kids for Not Being Vaccinated
April 13, 2015, Washington Post: What one of the anti-vaccination movement's least favorite doctors discovered about Jesus
April 13, 2015, Discover Magazine: The Robert Kennedy Jr. Anti-Vaccine Tour - Collide-a-Scape
April 13, 2015, NY Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: New York parents who oppose vaccines for kids may be required to seek proof they were warned by doctor
April 9, 2015, Augusta (GA) Chronicle: Vaccine bill frightening
Spokane school district officials on Monday removed from class 143 students who could not prove they had legally required vaccinations.
More than 700 students in the state's second-largest district lack complete vaccination documents, so that number was expected to rise, district spokesman Kevin Morrison said. The crackdown began Monday morning.
It's clear we're losing our collective mind over the threat of communicable diseases. Only vaccines can save us.
So what's the sense of this action in Spokane? Big crackdown on the unvaccinated....big show of force and ostracism of a tiny group.....yet they acknowledge parents can exempt.
No wonder no one shows any concern over autism. They're too busy sounding an alarm over measles, whooping cough, etc. We must act. We must vaccinate.
Autism only calls for awareness. There's nothing we can do to prevent or cure it. Why even talk about it?
But while writing his newest book on medicine, the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine was surprised by Jesus. . . .
A professor of pediatrics and vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania, Offit has been branded as "Dr. Proffit" by anti-vaccination activists. In previous books, he has defended vaccinations, challenged the now widely discredited autism-vaccine link and sharply criticized the alternative medicine industry. When he published "Autism's False Prophets" in 2008, he didn't go on book tour because had received death threats. . . . .
"I took it at face value when people said, 'Jesus was our doctor,'" Offit said of vaccination and treatment. "The choice to put your child in harm's way is not a religious act."
So now Offit speaks on behalf of religion? What won't this man do to promote the industry that's made him rich?
Yes, Robert Kennedy Jr. has made headlines again for, as the New Jersey Star Ledger put it in a hard-hitting editorial, "his crazy-talk about a vast government conspiracy to hide the truth that a vaccine ingredient called thimerosal causes childhood autism." The Star-ledger goes on to correctly note.: . . .
I've spent enough time with Kennedy and argued with him enough to know that he's gone down a deep rabbit hole. It's not just that he can't let go of the discredited thimerosal/autism connection. It's his irresponsible conspiracy talk involving the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), calling it a "sock puppet" of the pharmaceutical industry. And his shameless hyperbole, which he has ramped up in recent weeks. . . .
Discover Magazine bills itself as "Science for the curious." I think it's more like "Science for the cowardly." When is anyone going to honestly cover this issue?
A Queens state senator is set to introduce a bill that would require parents who don't want to vaccinate their kids to prove they've been counseled by a physician.
"I believe in science, and the science is clear that vaccines are the right answer to help our children avoid disease," said Democrat Michael Gianaris, the bill sponsor.
The legislation, which will be introduced Monday, would require parents who want to opt out to submit to their kid's school an affidavit signed by a physician saying that they discussed the medical risks of skipping vaccinations.
"The idea is that education will help overcome the anecdotal gossip that is threatening the health of kids around the country now," Gianaris said. . . .
State legislatures are increasingly pressured to protect children from disease by taking away their rights. The Daily News did include Barbara Loe Fisher, but there's no real acknowledgement that vaccines carry any risks at all.
Recently I watched four hours of live testimony from a California State Senate hearing on Senate Bill 277, introduced to force mandated vaccines on all schoolchildren, private or public ones. This includes all the state's present vaccine schedules plus any future mandated vaccines. . . .
Here's a letter-to-the-editor by our own Maurine Meleck in the Augusta (GA) Chronicle from Friday. Another great commentary.
The bill was approved 6-2, but still has to be approved through two more committees. California is the first state to have taken a forced vaccine bill this far. Oregon, Washington and Maryland withdrew similar bills.
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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.