NOTE: Just as cardiologists became the sales arm for cholesterol meds, pediatricians are coming out of the medicine cabinet as the final sales arm of the vaccination industry. How else could you explain a physicians' organization (really their union, see this post by Mark Blaxill from several years ago) choosing to remove choice for a medical product as a blanket rule for the vast majority of their patients? Vaccination carries risk, whether you believe that risk is infinitesimal or inevitable. The result of this stance - to remove all non-medical vaccination exemptions - will create a punitive environment for thinking pediatricians who choose to work with and listen to their parent base. The child whose sister is wracked with seizures and who has not had her first seizure will not be able to delay or turn down a vaccine that has seizure risk as a side effect because she won't qualify for a medical exemption. Like violent crime, proactive police prevention is not possible, you can only call the police - or in the case of vaccine injury the ER - after the injury. Removing non-medical vaccine exemptions is the moral equivalent of denying a woman a restraining order against a man who threatens violence. He might not have harmed her yet, but the risk is real. Why would the AAP take this stance except to protect the pharmaceutical industry? Feel free to share your thoughts. Kim
By Anne Dachel
As “VaxXed” tours the country and parents who would never have questioned vaccine mandates are getting educated, the corporate powers that control medicine and lawmakers are fighting back. SB277 in California ending parental choice was just the beginning.
Two things are happening right now regarding vaccinations and Google News has everyone reporting on it.
First of all, the AAP is now calling for the elimination of all non-medical exemptions to vaccination. This announcement coincides with a survey showing that the vast majority of pediatricians have parents who refuse to vaccinate. The report goes on to say that those parents who don’t want to vaccinate do so because they think vaccines are unnecessary—not because of fears over side effects. (Evidently they have to be forced to do what's good for their children.)
An AAP policy is calling for all states to use their public health authority to eliminate nonmedical exemptions from immunization requirements for school entry.
While the Academy has opposed nonmedical or “personal belief” exemptions in the past, this is the first policy statement on the issue. …
“I personally — as well as colleagues around the country — have received calls from parents whose children were immunocompromised … who were really concerned,” said Dr. Maldonado, vice chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases.
Still, some vaccine-refusing parents aggressively fight to loosen vaccine mandates, asserting religious or personal beliefs. Dr. Maldonado said in some schools in her home state of California, as many as 20% of children were not vaccinated.
It was a long road, but California eventually passed a law in 2015, which took effect in July, allowing only medical exemptions. “It’s the right thing to do,” she said. “We have to protect children if we have the means to do so.” …
Yet some vaccine opponents maintain that parents should be the ultimate decider of what vaccines, if any, their children receive. In response, the AAP policy suggests parents are expected to consider the best interest of their child in medical decision-making rather than their own social or emotional interests.
Meanwhile, every major news organization is reporting on parents who don’t recognize how important vaccines are.
89.3KPCC (Pasadena, CA): Pediatricians' group: End religious, philosophical vaccine exemptions
This year, California became just the third state to say that parents can not opt out of vaccinating their school-aged children for personal or religious reasons. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that the rest of the country follow suit.
Pediatricians are encountering more parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, mainly because they don’t see the point of vaccines, a U.S. survey found.
In the survey, conducted in 2013, about 87 percent of pediatricians said they had encountered vaccine refusals, an increase from the 75 percent who reported refusals during the last survey from 2006.
The most common reason, provided by three out of every four parents: Vaccines are unnecessary because the diseases they prevent have been wiped out in the United States….
In 2006, about three of every four parents who refused vaccines said they were worried that vaccines could cause autism -- a theory that’s been debunked -- or produce serious side effects.
Fewer parents gave those as reasons in 2013, although many still cite concerns about safety. Concerns over a baby being too small to receive vaccines, or discomfort at having too many shots at once, have also diminished, the survey found.
Instead, most parents are refusing childhood vaccinations because they see vaccines as unnecessary, and that number increased by 10 percent between the two surveys.
The tides are shifting for parents who delay or refuse vaccines and the doctors who treat them: More pediatricians are seeing more vaccine refusals, and more pediatricians are pushing back. But now, those doctors pushing back have a bit more support from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The nation’s pediatricians are pushing back against parents who resist having their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases by calling on states to stop offering waivers to those with non-medical objections to the practice.
In a policy statement issued Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics also said that if parents continue to refuse vaccinations despite exhaustive efforts to change their minds, it would be “acceptable” for doctors to exclude these families from their practices.
…many pediatricians have reached the end of their patience with parents who are unconvinced of vaccines’ life-saving benefits. In 2013, 12% of pediatricians routinely asked parents to find another physician if they weren’t willing to vaccinate their children. In 2006, only 6% routinely showed such parents the door, according to surveys by the academy.
Pediatricians perceived that parents' reasons for delaying vaccines were different from reasons that parents refused vaccinations altogether. For example, in the new survey, parents seemed to most commonly delay vaccination because they were concerned about their children's discomfort, and out of the mistaken belief that vaccines may burden children's immune systems. In contrast, parents who refused to vaccinate their kids more commonly did so because they considered vaccines unnecessary, the researchers found.
This incredibly one-sided reporting is a foretaste of coming events. It sets the stage for a national law that eliminates any parental rights when it comes to vaccinations. (Who really wants to see hordes of parents descending on state capitols protesting laws removing personal/religious exemptions like they did on California with SB277? It would be so much easier if Washington takes over.)
News outlets everywhere are putting out the same story warning of negligence parents putting all our children at risk. Serious side effects are not talked about, neither is the protection against damage suits that all these pediatricians enjoy.
With the AAP now actively calling for the end of vaccine choice, Washington can respond by saying we should made it into a federal law. And this will only be the beginning. Once the exemptions are gone, full vaccine compliance can be made a prerequisite for welfare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, unemployment — just about anything we sign up for.
I asked San Francisco physician, Dr. Ken Stoller, a former member of the AAP about this latest news. Here was his response:
“I tell people to stay as far away from pediatricians as possible. They are bought off vaccine pushers. They’ve never studied what is in vaccines or exactly what they do, nor do they receive training about vaccines, including how to recognize a vaccine reaction. They couldn't provide informed consent even if they wanted to, and are the soldiers of the medical cartel that brought us the epidemic of neuro-developmental disorders we have today.
“I revisit my resignation letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost a decade ago now, in my new book, Incurable Me, which will be out in September.”
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.