Note: Can you imagine a doctor, whom you are supposed to trust, turning you into Child Protective Services, because you delayed a flu shot? Or because you said "No" to an MMR vaccine? Educated parents who feed their children organic food, breastfeed for a year, purchase safe, quality products for their infants, and yet choose to alter the CDC vaccine schedule could be branded as neglectful, and their custody threatened. WHERE THE HELL IS HIPAA when it comes to vaccination status?
We've gone from doctors who make house calls to doctors instigating home invasions by CPS - THIS is the state of American medicine right now.
Pediatricians are debating whether refusing to vaccinate a child can be construed as 'medical neglect'
In May, Minnesota reached an unfortunate milestone: The state had seen more measles cases in the first five months of 2017 than the entire country had experienced in all of 2016. The number of cases was, at recent count, 79. Most of those diagnosed with measles have been children, and more than a quarter of them have required hospitalization. While no one has died during the outbreak, some children may face long-term complications that include neurological damage and a greater susceptibility to future diseases.
(Bold is our emphasis.) "While no one has died..." (Thank God.) "...long term complications that include neurological damage..." And yet look at he side effects of the MMR vaccine:
Severe problems (very rare)
- Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
- Several other severe problems have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:
- Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
If you had an STD, you would have more rights than a perfectly healthy child who does not have a full vaccination status. Think about it. Here is the Planned Parenthood info on what happens if you have a transmissible STD like HIV or chlamydia.
Which STDs are Reportable? Check out the line about public health departments knowing they need your trust. This is an astounding contradiction to how families are treated when they make vaccine choices for their own children.
Does the fact that all these diseases are tracked and reported mean the government keeps a list of everyone with a reportable disease? No! Let’s say you’re diagnosed with chlamydia. Don’t worry, your identity and confidentiality are safe. What might happen is your tribal or county health department will be notified that there has been a new diagnosis of chlamydia. This local health department, in turn, will tally up all new diagnoses of chlamydia and forward them to the state health department, which will combine chlamydia stats to come up with the number of new chlamydia cases in the state. Then they’ll send their numbers — no names — to the CDC, which will pool them with the stats from the rest of the health departments in the nation to determine how many chlamydia diagnoses were made in the entire country.
Typically, health officials from a county or state will try to track down the sexual contacts of people diagnosed with reportable STDs. This practice is called partner notification, and it allows health workers not only to notify people of possible exposure to an STD, but to help them access testing, treatment, and counseling about preventive behaviors. The partner-notification process is confidential and follows HIPAA regulations. So, if a public health worker calls your ex to relay the news that he or she might have been exposed to chlamydia, your name will never be revealed. In fact, health departments know that maintaining confidentiality is essential to their work — if they lose the public’s trust, they won’t be able to reach their goal, which is to reduce the incidence of STD transmission.
We all want healthy kids. We want disease free kids. We also want chronic-illness free kids. And we want choice.