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States Should Eliminate Personal and Religious Exemptions to Required School Vaccinations


1) Did you know that for every $1 spent on the Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccination, $27 are saved?
2) Diphtheria cases have declined from 80,000 in 1975 to less than 10,000 today.

School -- All public schools, grades k-12

1. Assertion: It is a violation of the Constitution to force children to get vaccinations.

Reasoning/Evidence: Governments should not have the right to intervene in the health decisions parents make for their children. The National Health Service states: You must give your consent before you receive any type of medical treatment, from a simple blood test to deciding to donate your organs after your death. If you refuse a treatment, your decision must be respected.” This should apply to vaccinations too. Forcing such parents to vaccinate their children would violate the 1st Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to the free exercise of their religion. States have the obligation to respect individual freedom.

2. Assertion: There are legitimate health concerns for not taking vaccines.

Evidence: Robert Fletcher was given the MMR vaccine as a child, and his mother stated, The seizure occurred ten days after the vaccination. Robert is severely disabled as a result of vaccination. Robert is nearly 19 but mentally he is like a 14-month-old toddler. He can't stand unaided and he is doubly incontinent. We chop up his food and have to anticipate all his needs. He is prone to various illnesses and last week suffered around 40 severe epileptic seizures.

Hepatitis B immunization is not worthwhile - the disease does not even affect children (less than 1% of all reported victims are under the age of 15) yet it carries some risk of adverse effects up to and including death. For less dangerous diseases such as measles and chicken pox, natural immunity is preferable because it is 100% effective. Vaccines contain known toxins and carcinogens such as aluminum and thimerosal. Side effects of the MMR vaccination are similar to the disease and can be severe. Varicella side effects are similar to the disease; naturally acquired disease provides lifetime immunity, whereas vaccination requires boosters. Consequently, vaccinations should not be mandatory. The government can't force individuals to threaten their own health.

3. Assertion: Vaccinations have wasted money.

Evidence: As the Liberty Counsel points out, the federal government actually pays families of vaccine-killed or disabled children nearly $100 million dollars each year and has done so since 1986, through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Children with auto-immune diseases are at greater risk for serious side effects from vaccination and should be able to be exempted from participating.
Since the first Vaccine Injury Compensation claims were made in 1989, 2,999 compensation payments have been made, $2,334,879,190.38 disbursed to petitioners and $91,522,855.80 paid to cover attorney's fees and other legal costs. To date, 9,445 claims have been dismissed. Of those, 3,615 claimants were paid $49,646,659.05 to cover attorney's fees and other legal costs. Making vaccinations mandatory would be a huge waste of money.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration