From our friends at Autism Action Network:
We need your help to convince Governor Cuomo to veto the meningitis vaccine mandate recently passed by the New York Legislature. Yesterday a group of parent advocates met with Governor Cuomo's staff to make a case for a veto. We presented all the objective data the State Senate and Assembly refused to consider before they passed this bill. We explained that according to all the data from the CDC, FDA, New York State Department of Health and the vaccine manufacturers we could expect far more injuries and death from vaccinating every seventh and twelfth grader in the state than by doing nothing. But the Governor needs to hear from you.
Please click HERE to send an email to the Governor, and please take a few minutes to make a call to the Governor's office at the number below and politely explain that you want the Governor to veto the bill.
And please write a polite letter to the governor asking him to veto S4324c/A791a. Letters from voters matter. Please write to the Governor at the address below. You can use the email on the Take Action link as a model but please include your own thoughts.
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Meningococcal meningitis is extremely rare. There have been no deaths from meningococcal meningitis in the age group targeted by this bill in New York in the past five years. However, there have been at least three deaths caused by meningitis vaccines in the same population reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Requiring all seventh and twelfth graders in the state to get vaccines for meningococcal meningitis would result in many more serious injuries and deaths than by leaving currently voluntary policies in place. When considering information from the CDC, the FDA and the vaccine’s package inserts, one can reasonably expect 4,000 serious injuries and 12 deaths every year from annually vaccinating 400,000 New York students to prevent a handful of meningococcal meningitis cases.
This law is not without cost to public resources - estimated to be more than $54 million.
S4324a/A791c also includes a mandate for vaccines for the B-strain of meningococcal meningitis, even though there are no vaccines for meningitis B licensed for use in the United States. How can the New York legislature mandate a drug that isn’t licensed or recommended to be administered as a mandatory vaccine? The legislature has over-stepped its authority and abdicated its responsibility to debate, discuss and hold hearings on such an important public health decision.
The impulsivity of the legislature’s action was brought into stark focus when the Advisory Commission on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted not to recommend either Meningitis B experimental vaccine for general use just days after the passage of S4324a and A791c.
This bill will not improve public health in New York and will result in a significant number of vaccine injured young people. The bill imposes significant financial burdens in addition to the additional cost of medical care for vaccine injured.
The legislature has acted impulsively and incorrectly.
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