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Teachers Are Being Mandated To Get the Flu Vaccine or Wear a Mask and Gloves

A concerned citizen from College Station, Texas, came forward voicing concerns about a new flu vaccine mandate. Candice Darnold advised VacTruth that a friend is frustrated with her daughter’s daycare. The daycare sent out a letter recently, stating that their board had a meeting and decided that all staff members will be mandated to get the flu vaccine. Any staff that didn’t comply would have to wear a face mask and gloves throughout the flu season, through February.

Employers should promote a stigma-free workplace, and making employees wear a mask and gloves while teaching is discriminatory. Concerned about being discriminated against for refusing the vaccine, a staff member submitted a response letter to the daycare. The Board replied in defense of their decision on the matter, not giving employees any other option.

Some staff members worried they would lose families who learned they didn’t vaccinate or because they didn’t want to associate with “mask wearers.” Staff members refusing the vaccine were left wondering what can be done, if anything, to support their choice without being discriminated against. Starting a teacher’s union could give them a needed voice.

 

According to the CDC, There is No Proof Wearing a Mask Will Prevent Influenza

This practice of wearing a mask and gloves won’t effectively prevent the spread of germs, either. People still have to touch things in their environment; with or without gloves, germs will get around. And the recipients of certain flu vaccines can shed for a few weeks, exposing many around them to the influenza virus.

Stated directly from the CDC:

“No recommendation can be made at this time for mask use in the community by asymptomatic persons, including those at high risk for complications, to prevent exposure to influenza. If unvaccinated high-risk persons decide to wear masks during periods of increased respiratory illness activity in the community, it is likely they will need to wear them any time they are in a public place and when they are around other household members.”

“However, no studies have definitively shown that mask use by either infectious patients or health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission.” [1]

Health Doesn’t Comes Through a Needle

There are life and death consequences from getting the flu shot. This is why many decline the vaccine. One major concern of those being mandated to get a flu shot is the high amount of adverse reactions reported. There was no mention of this in the letter from the CPCC Board, but research shows many dangerous adverse reactions to the flu vaccine:

“As of November 2013, there have been more than 93,000 reports of reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following influenza vaccinations made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 1,080 related deaths, 8,888 hospitalizations, 1,801 related disabilities and over 1,700 cases of GBS. In 2013 the Federal Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) voted to add GBS to the Vaccine Injury Table within the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).” [2]

Please note that most reactions go unreported. Multiply these numbers by ten to paint a more accurate picture. According to the FDA, only one to ten percent of reactions are reported to VAERS.

Wearing a Mask Disrupts Teaching

It would be difficult for a teacher to communicate and bond with children while wearing a mask and gloves. It would be harder to speak clearly and harder for the students to understand their teachers. Requiring a teacher to wear a mask while teaching children who are at a young age, when language development and conversation is so critical, would diminish the student’s ability to see their teacher smiling at them or witness other facial expressions in detail.

Can An Employee Be Forced to Wear a Mask that Stigmatizes Them?

An employee can be asked to wear a mask if they don’t agree with this policy and do not accept the risks of getting the flu vaccine. Like any other job, employers can make requirements of their employees, but the presence of that mask places a stigma on the person, and it also shows that they questioned authority.

Others may not want to associate with “mask wearers,” not because they are spreading disease by not getting vaccinated, but rather to avoid peer pressure from society. They don’t want to associate with those who stand out because they don’t want to be ridiculed.

Can Claiming a Religious Exemption Help Employees?

There are legitimate reasons people are religiously against vaccines because of what they are made of. If one claims a religious exemption, bear in mind that “religion” is a matter of “ultimate concern” or something you take very seriously, as defined in US vs. Seeger. If you claim a religious exemption, it becomes a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for an employer to force you to wear a mask.

There is no law that a person has to wear a mask, so there’s no exemption. However, if you opt to file a religious exemption to avoid the vaccine, it’s always recommended that you use the language in your state law as it applies to school children if there is no exemption for healthcare workers or educators.

Although this doesn’t directly prevent your employer from asking you to wear a mask, it is the language recognized in your particular state and will often stand up in court.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII states, “it shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer –

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or

 (2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. [3]

 

This isn’t necessarily a way out, but if a person writes a letter stating that vaccines conflict with their religious beliefs, and that Title VII prevents them from discriminating with respect to conditions, one could have a shot. No pun intended!

Here is the Letter the Board Sent to Staff and Parents

“Dear Parents,

We have implemented a flu vaccine policy for CPCC staff this year, and we want to make you aware.

Licensing requires that we include our flu shot policy in the employee handbook, so we reviewed it during one of our regular board meetings. Last year, the Bear teachers were required to get the flu shot since they handle babies that are not old enough to receive the vaccine. Knowing that other teachers are in and out of the baby room from time to time, and some of the babies have siblings at CPCC that can spread the virus, we decided it would be best to require the flu shot for all staff. If staff do not have health insurance, CPCC will pay for the shot. We are also having an on-site flu clinic Friday, November 14th. If staff choose not to get the vaccine, they will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the building for the remainder of the flu season which runs through February.

We’ve done our research and spoken with numerous health professionals, and we maintain that this is the best policy in order to protect the children at CPCC which is our number one priority. This is not an uncommon policy for children’s centers. Several others in town including TAMU, St. Joes, and St. Thomas Aquinas are instating the same or similar policies. Also, anyone working in the medical field including the administrative side are generally required to get a flu vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the board. We’re happy to speak with you any time.

Blessings,

The CPCC Board”

This is a Letter Written by One Staff Member in Response

CPCC Board,

I wanted to take the time to share my thoughts on your recent digression into health care policy making.

With the start of Obamacare and the forced requirement of mandatory health insurance, I have seen a continued trail down more and more oversight by public and private entities looking to invoke what they deem best for all individuals. Removing individual rights in a vain attempt to improve overall outcomes is akin to the fallacy that socialism is built on.

One of your stated reasons below include that by forcing teachers to get the flu shot, you are protecting OUR children from getting the flu. How does a teacher getting a flu shot / wearing a mask prevent our children from coming in contact with:

  • other children at the school?
  • people outside of school?
  • the child’s own parents?
  • anyone other than the 20 teachers who take the flu shot/wear a mask?

Secondly, ostracizing individual teachers who don’t conform to your personal health care views by requiring them to wear a mask is very reminiscent of an oppressor enacting their rule.

Also, you cited the “me too” mentality that everyone is doing it, but in doing so, you have not seen the litigation and creation of workplace unions. These same cited entities are backing down due to the negative fiscal downside that their decisions cause. With your decision to mandate health care, you increase the chance of litigation and creation of teacher unions, which put the entire school at risk. (References: http://bit.ly/1wvnutX ) Ask any small or large business who has experienced what the hourly cost of a corporate trained union negotiator is and they will say resoundingly “too much!” The AFL-CIO is only too happy to bring in more dues and its super simple to start a union in ANY business. (Reference: Wal-Mart forced to close its meat packing department companywide after small group started union vote).

In closing, I’m all for protecting our children, and this job of taking care of our children’s health care needs is best left to the parents, not boards, business, or governments.

Regards,
XXX”

To read the Board’s response and have access to this letter for your use, click here.

Concerns About Flu Vaccine Mandates Will Continue

People from all over are concerned about flu vaccine mandates. Learn what is in these drugs if you don’t already know. If you tell an employee to get the flu shot or be stigmatized, you should also discuss with them what to do if they get injured from the vaccine.

How would you feel if your employee’s health declined because of your new policy? Will you help them pay for medical costs? Vaccine recipients don’t have much recourse if they get injured, paralyzed, or die from the vaccine. Vaccination is at your own risk.

In recent times, people have come forward with concerns about school kids and staff suffering immediate and severe nosebleeds after getting the Flumist vaccine. Nosebleeds, drooping of the eyelid or mouth, and many more side effects worse than getting the flu naturally are listed on the package insert. It is stated you may not be protected from the flu and that the vaccine has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or its potential to impair fertility.

Considering the side effects listed are worse than getting the flu naturally, those are big risks some people may not want to take. Some teachers will fall ill from the vaccine and will not be able to come to work, requiring substitute teachers to fill in.

Students are missing days from school after getting the flu vaccine or from getting sick from newly vaccinated teachers through shedding. Students and teachers are being hospitalized after these mass vaccinations at school, caused by the vaccines even though the relation is denied.

The Board mentioned nothing about these concerns in their letter; why not? Staff members are frustrated because the Board doesn’t seem too concerned that they are asking their employees to receive a possibly lethal vaccine, and one that is well-documented to cause nerve damage.

US News recently published this:

“The Government Accountability Office’s report, released Friday, noted how a program established a generation ago to help children injured by government-recommended vaccinations such as measles and chicken pox is now dominated by claims filed by adults who received a flu shot. Those cases typically claim that the adult suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, in which the immune system attacks the nerves.” [4]

Conclusion

Many of us who choose not to vaccinate used to trust the vaccines until they harmed us or someone we love. Teachers’ concerns are understandable and they are discussing the start of a teacher’s union to help give them a voice because these mandates can negatively affect their overall health or cause discrimination in the workplace.

If you decline the vaccine and cannot get around the mandate, maybe your students can help you decorate your mask with pride. Perhaps this will lead to a new trend when they learn why you didn’t vaccinate.

 

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  1. http://www.cdc.gov/…/prof…/infectioncontrol/maskguidance.htm
  2. http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Influenza.aspx
  3. http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm
  4. http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2014/11/21/feds-vows-to-publicize-vaccine-injury-help- program
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  • NHWCenter

    If anything the teachers may want to wear a mask just to protect themselves from those who are vaccinated. What’s the worry if those who get vaccinated are suppose to be protected then they shouldn’t worry about those who aren’t vaccinated right? I mean the logic here is that vaccines protect us against the flu. But then again, logic is never part of the agenda. Any place I can mail a letter to this board of misinformed teachers? Ignorance is bliss and the US is filled with blissful people.

  • NoPokies

    It’s wrong to force vaccinations on anyone! I’m personally sick of hearing about this! Example, like tactics of; Get this one done! ( Referring to the PCV 13 advertisement on the television) even this one; Get your shot! ( On a advertisement at a Walmart location near my area.) They are forcing the issue too much! I’m very aggravated at this!

  • DrKeteDC

    Why are they still mandating flu vaccines when this year even the CDC admits that it doesn’t work? How about if everyone wears gloves and masks to prevent passing around germs? Better yet, everyone wear a full burka and we will all be safe from any contamination(!)

  • Alan Phillips

    There are 2 solutions needed here:
    1) learn your rights now, and refuse without having to wear a mask and gloves:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/046396_vaccine_mandates_health_freedom_human_rights.html, and
    2) talk to your legislative reps:
    http://vaccinerights.com/EmployeeInfluenzaVaccineProtectionAct.pdf
    If we ALL don’t take decisive action now, ALL of us will be in this same position!
    http://www.vaccinerights.com

  • Roxanne

    Right on!… Vaccines can shed as even admitted to in the product monographs… Just watch how student and teacher absentee levels will rise
    as the useless and harmful flu shot is peddled ever more widely.

  • allensouth

    because there is an agenda here . a pandemic has a political
    “democratizing” effect as so many ppls sustain damages and will become dependant on big centralized govt and the associated health care plans . the affordable care provision begun under Fabian socialist George bush jr and was continued under communist barak Obama as obamacare . Obama care calls for more vaccine funding and funds for new vaccines development . this crap all took off long ago with noted socialist/eugenicist Jonas salk and his mass polio vaccine program . its old news and been going on and escalating a long time . but don’t listen to me find the answers yourself . GIMME SOME “LIKES” ON THIS EXPLAINATION

  • allensouth

    I believe the mask can offer “some” level of protection , though maybe not 100% failsafe .

  • allensouth

    the Giant Eagle grocery stores are also promoting vaccines . funny they are an SEIU shop . K-mart has also been asking at checkout if I would like to donate to MARCH OF DIMES , which I do not. the clerks are most likely ignorant of the history and just following the company protocols for their job .

  • allensouth

    you should look into the masonic homes deal . they have a big blood and organ donation program . just saying . many masons have jewish ancestry and so also rhesus negative blood . these rh- ppls make the best organ donors . its a very real and ghoulish thing http://www.pagrandlodge.org/programs/donor/

  • Michelle

    I work for Banner Health and have taken a religious exemption to the flu vaccine. I have no choice but to be masked or be fired. However, BH’s policy states that if I don’t wear the mask, the termination will be considered “voluntary” on my part. I was also told I am not allowed to decorate the mask because that is defacing hospital property, and I am not allowed to cover it with an attractive cover. Apparently Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is meaningless.

  • guest

    The world has gone MAD!!!!!!!!!.
    The government pushing mandatory vaccinations, business connecting vaccination to employment, pharmaceutical company lobbyist offering states money to push vaccinations in the schools, the schools being offered $100.00 per child vaccinated by the state, the schools making vaccine mandatory for attending and now daycare centers getting some of the gravy. I’d be willing to bet if you sat the CPCC board down and questioned them on the Flu vaccine they would be clueless. Somewhere in this mix some green is being floated. That’s what needs to be investigated.

    Not only do mandatory vaccines violate the constitutional rights of the individuals involved, it violates the Nuremberg Code.

  • Patrick McGean

    The Cellular Matrix Study in its 16th year of tracking the addition of organic sulfur has not had an incidence of the flu happening or persisting for more than three days when the amount of organic sulfur is added to the diet of our study members.
    They could be lying, all 500,000 of them in 70 countries, play a joke on the Director, or they have not had a flu infection. There terrain is adequate to repel the virus, saying these are not the Droids you seek, move on.
    The only enemy of a virus is intracellular oxygen job one for organic sulfur then it takes out the trash, even the trash of man as sulfates.
    If you must vaccinate add organic sulfur to your diet and the trash of the vaccines will be forced to leave the body of man.
    Your health is your responsibility.
    Got sulfur?

  • URSULARICHES

    Just man up people and WEAR that facemask. Just man up and face legal action. If we all man up together, then we will win our freedoms back. Man includes woman and children and all humans but the word woman excludes men and children. WE are not short of a word to mean men and women, we are short of a word to mean men only. Face masks may actually help to protect those who wear them from infections, why not suffer the inconvenience as you do have the choice.

  • First, mask policies based on immunization status violate federal civil rights law on several counts (but in brief, masks don’t block viruses in the air; CDC mask recommendations are based on worker/patient symptom status and are lawful), if you have religious objections to the vaccine. Unfortunately, employers are not likely to be able to hear that from an employee, but my revised legal argument recently resulted in one employer changing their policy and apologizing to employees. Can’t guarantee what it will do for the next employer, but you’ll need a solid legal argument to maximize your chances if you decide to challenge the policy. Meanwhile, the “voluntary termination” that many employers around the country try to impose is probably not enforceable–can an employer reasonably “require” an employee to do something “voluntary”? I doubt it. Once recent case in NY challenged this and won, but specific laws on this point may vary from state to state. It’s most likely an attempt to avoid paying unemployment. So, if you are ever asked to sign something saying you agree to “terminate voluntarily,” consider talking to your local unemployment office or a local employment law attorney before signing it, so you know what the results could be. I’m available to help people with the mask issue is desired.

  • Ange

    And after the teachers had the shot……how many got sick straight after I wonder???
    The world has gone mad!

  • mk
  • njm

    I am a NYC teacher and there is no doubt in my mind Big pharma/CDC will be paying offf NYC policy makers to mandate vaccines for NYC teachers in the near future. I personally would not take a flue shot under any circumstances; There is nothing more important then my health and injecting mercury,aluminum and formaldehyde is not a healthy thing to do; and yes if I had to I would wear a mask I agree it would be a great motivation to educate my students..

  • Kathi Ringue Mattea

    Did you READ the article? CDC SAYS

    “No recommendation can be made at this time for mask use in the community by asymptomatic persons, including those at high risk for complications, to prevent exposure to influenza. If unvaccinated high-risk persons decide to wear masks during periods of increased respiratory illness activity in the community, it is likely they will need to wear them any time they are in a public place and when they are around other household members.”

    “However, no studies have definitively shown that mask use by either infectious patients or health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission.” [1]

  • brothersun

    Good point that children need to be able to see the facial expressions and hear the clear speech of the teacher in order for the teacher to be able to do their job, including maintaining order in the classroom. Speech is a very important part of teaching. Can’t be done wearing a mask.

  • Zoltanne

    This same protocol is being legally challenged in court. The requirement of facial coverage is a violation of personal medical privacy. Refer to the HIPPA law (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). The law was designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information provided to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

    Essentially, any teacher or medical staffer who is forced into this protocol is revealing private medical information with the stigma of a mask and/or gloves, thus revealing their own medical history. CHALLENGE THIS REGULATION IN COURT — use their laws against their laws. The Federal legislation for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act can be utilized as defence to defend personal rights.

  • URSULARICHES

    I consider the mask use to be ridiculous and unnecessary but as long as people have no choice but no work or work with vaccines or masks, we should take the mask. Nobody is going to like wearing masks or having others wear them but this is a good thing because wearing the mask is a PROTEST. How would it be if EVERYONE whether vaccinated or not, were to wear a mask in protest at this dictatorship? Do you recall a story where King Christian X of Denmark asked all of his people to wear a yellow star because the Nazis forced the Jews to wear a yellow star?

  • ponerology

    They ‘admit’ it every year. We are run by a mass of bureaucratic, pathological liars, thieves and hoodlums.

  • ponerology

    March of Dimes=big abortion promoters.
    I don’t give a dime (pun intended) to any of the ‘research’ organizations. If the search has already been done, why the “re-” search? What did the first search find?
    Cures are being withheld. These research ‘charities’ are just another way to siphon money off the unsuspecting and to keep people in the paradigm that ‘someone out there’ is working on these problems 24/7. You know; like the cops or doctors on t.v. dramas that just can’t sleep until they’ve caught the bad guys or gotten the person back on his/her feet to continue to pay their taxes.
    Why don’t doctors EVER discuss cures – only maintenance of the illness? You know, like maintenance drugs? Why would one want to maintain an illness and not be cured of the dis-ease? The whole thing is a mind screw job.

  • ponerology

    Why do you think you can get the ‘free’ flu shot at most big box pharmacies? Nothing is free of course. We are all paying for those ‘free’ shots. But there must be plenty of dupes who go in to have some payroll pharmacist jab them. If the jab was really so good for you the government wouldn’t be in bed with big pharma/business to peddle the stuff AND make the dupes think it’s ‘free’. It’s all about injecting as many dupes as possible in order to sicken as many as possible. Sick people means more doctor visits and more money to the insurance companies and more drugs for pharma to sell and more people debilitated & unable to show up in the fight against big brother.

  • Don’t bother, unless you have a clear legal argument to present. HIPPA protects personal medical records. Staff immunization records are not personal medical records, they are administrative records. But if you can show me the statute or regulation and legal precedent interpreting that statute or regulation in a way that supports your suspicion, please let me know. I’m not a HIPPA expert, but my preliminary read of the statutes suggests that this is not a HIPPA violation. It’s a personal violation for sure, but whether or not that translates into a legal violation depends on the specific wording of the applicable laws, and the proper interpretation of those laws by the courts.

  • Some 2/3 or more of the $110 Million paid out annually (on average) for vaccine injury and death are now paid for influenza vaccine injuries and deaths. Statistics available at the NVICP website (National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program).

  • According to the CDC, face masks do NOT block or filter viruses in the air. So, face masks imposed on people based on immunization status are purely coercive and punitive, they serve no medical purpose. The CDC mask recommendation, regarding symptom status, is reasonable and lawful, as it addresses the droplet particles from coughs and sneezes that CAN be blocked by face masks.

  • Actually, mandatory vaccines are Constitutional, per a 1905 US Supreme Court case, Jacobson v. Mass., and many cases since then citing that case. So, the solution here is to get laws passed giving us the right to make informed choices. Awareness is key, but that alone accomplishes nothing, as laws are being passed regularly throughout the country requiring more vaccines of children and adults while taking away our right to say “no.” Join the NVIC Advocacy Portal at http://www.nvicadvocacy.org, and let me know if you’d like my help, I’ve worked with vax legislative activists around the U.S. in support of informed choice. http://www.vaccinerights.com

  • Per CDC in the Federal Register in 2010, only concerning droplet particles from coughs and sneezes, they don’t filter viruses out of the air, so make no sense to impose based on lack of vaccination. Also, flu germs are ubiquitous; germs on a doorknob won’t magically jump off when the hand of a masked person reaches out to grab it.

  • guest

    Thanks for the information. Could you please provide a link to the court case. I’d like to read it. Also, I will pass this information along as changes are being made in my state in regards to vaccine. exemptions. The new exemption form now states:

    By signing this waiver, you acknowledge that yo are placing your child and others at risk of serious illness should he or she contract a disease that could have been prevented through proper vaccination.

    In addition to this the parents who choose to opt out and seek an exemption will be required to attend a lecture from health care authority.

    What are your insights on the Nuremberg Code?

  • 1. Jacobson v Mass:
    https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/197/11/case.html
    2. The new exemption form language you posted violates Constitutional free speech, which includes being free from being compelled to speak (agree with govt). This could be challenged. Email me for more on that if interested. ([email protected])
    3. Requiring parents who opt out to see a lecture violates 14th Amd, and for those with religious objections, it violates 1st and 14th Amds. States can get away with this b/c a law is not officially “unconstitutional” until a court says so. So, legislators’ oaths to uphold state & fed Constitutions means nothing. But again, this can be challenged…
    4. Nuremberg Code is not law in the U.S., except to the extent that its language is restated in US laws. E.g., some parts have been incorporated into some state and fed laws, the Code itself is not binding law.

  • Zoltanne

    Current lawsuits may result in Constitutional rights that trump totalitarian regulations.
    Just wondering, are you a paid regulatory attorney or do you just troll articles like this, hoping to discourage and detract from citizen and natural Rights?

  • Wow–don’t know where to start on that one. Troll? No, legal expert/truth-teller, just the opposite of “troll.” 1) If you don’t have a legal cite to support what you believe, you’re just guessing about rights, which are often not what we think they are or *should* be. 2) Lawsuits don’t “result in Constitutional rights,” but judges do interpret the law, and in so doing help clarify Constitutional boundaries in suits that concern disputes about Const rights. 3) Constitutional law already supersedes regulations, 4) I’m the nation’s only attorney whose practice is focused on vaccine exemptions and waivers. E.g., I’ve helped hundreds of healthcare workers avoid vax mandates at work, have helped change dozens of unlawful hospital vax exemption policies around the country. I speak from expert knowledge and experience in my posts, except where otherwise noted. E.g., I’m not a HIPPA expert, but the statutes I reviewed distinguish between personal medical records and administrative records. So, if you have legal authority that says otherwise, please show that to me and we’ll both learn. Otherwise, please quit guessing online, that only misleads people. The issue here is one of law, not one of wishes, hopes and guesses. Respectfully… http://www.vaccinerights.com

  • Zoltanne

    Trolling appears evident based on your Disqus ID which contains very limited Disqus commentary on this one article exclusively.

    To request that I “quit guessing online” serves no one but your own delusional belief. While you have the right to believe that what I say misleads people, I can argue the same to you. You have an opinion. Mine differs.

    Ironically, your #2 point ” Lawsuits don’t “result in Constitutional rights” is unbelievably wrong. Lawsuits which are ruled on in the lower courts often set precedence. Suits, via appeal and ruled by SCOTUS, become rulings that are deemed Constitutional (whether they are correct or erroneous). An attorney would know this…But since you appear to be lacking in some of the most basics, let me remind you of the fact that my rights include the First Amendment. I have the freedom to state my opinion(s), beliefs, statements, and/or any facts I see fit to share.

    You, too, have those rights if you are an American. And you are free to mislead readers and appear foolish if you wish.

  • I only just joined Disqus to respond to this thread. That doesn’t make me a Troll. You, however, disguise your real identity, that’s one hallmark of a troll. I really don’t have time for this nonsense, so won’t continue aruging with you, but for anyone watching this, take note–trolls are the ones who insult opposing views instead of engaging them maturely with citations to support their view. This guy is either attempting to control your opinion via psychology, or is simply not mature enough to engage in a civil discussion about facts, is too embarassed to be wrong even though his identity is hidden.

    But again, you misunderstand how the legal system works, and are silly enough to argue with an expert. The lower courts can’t even set precedent in most state courts, though they can in the federal courts. Do you even know what a “lower” or “upper” court is? ;-)

    But the vast majority of court cases do not generate any precedent at all–it’s up to the discretion of each court, among those that have the option in the first place.

    Of course you’re free to express your opinion, as you have obviously freely and without discretion done here. But if you can’t cite legal authority for your opinion, then it’s an uninformed opinion, and as such, a guess–and misleading, accordingly.

    You’re way over your head here. You’re obviously shooting from the hip here with your opinions and your (mis)understandings of the legal system. If you capable of having a civil discussion, we could both learn something, but that not being the case, I won’t waste any more time. Anyone interested can check my credentials at the North Carolina State Bar website. I’m guessing we won’t get a reference for my adversary’s credentials. Point and match.

  • AutismDad

    Good point

  • AutismDad

    And with gloves, how long before you touch a door knob and they are contaminated?

  • AutismDad

    I think masks should be worn by those who want to mandate everything so we can recognise them when we see them. If they want to lead, then lead by example.

  • AutismDad

    Using schools as corrals for the HERD experiments.

  • AutismDad

    They have to maintain their stance AND recoup their $$ investment.

  • URSULARICHES

    I never said that they did. However, wearing a mask means that one has the choice to keep their job and to escape the dictates to have intrinsically harmful toxic vaccines.

  • guest

    Thank you for the link to the court documents. Here is a link to the new wording on the vaccine exemption form:
    http://www.mcir.org/forms/SS_Imm_Waiver.pdf.
    This document was changed in March 2014. The new clause was added and in reviewing other states exempt documents similar clauses have been added to their forms.You’ll find quite a bit of information on exempt forms across the country at this site: http://www.vaclib.org/legal/donotsign.htm. Please read at your leisure. You can also read a article VacTruth posted on this site: http://vactruth.com/2014/09/07/informed-parents-vaccine-exemption/

  • Zoltanne

    You have a number of comments on this particular article, using a Disqus identity with very few comments and no commenting history. This activity is typical of trolling, chumming, and spamming. My Disqus account began when Disqus was a start-up years ago. Given the percentage of comments to up-votes, it is obvious that I am not a troll.

    I do not, nor have ever, offered my profession, my CV, my career experiences via Disqus — nor would I. You, on the otherhand, see fit to utilize Disqus to solicit business. That’s called spamming.

    I doubt it will work, given your online behavior here. Your self-declared importance and “expertise” is no match for the credentialed expertise I have earned from my profession. I am not an attorney and never stated that I was. That has been your tactic — to accuse without merit, while hoping to dismiss me. Unfortunately for you, your online behavior with the insecurity and control issues will not win clients for you. .

    As you may or may not know, there has yet to be a settled case involving the recent ‘vaccine or mask’ protocol. How would I cite a case that has not yet gone to trial? As a self-professed “expert”, you should know that…

    And I am female. I also don’t play tennis.

  • But if one has qualifying religious objections to the vaccines (which does not require church membership, and even includes some non-theistic moral and ethical beliefs), a immunization-status-based mask policy arguably violates federal civil rights law. So, the point is that these policies can be fought. I recently got a hospital to change it’s policy, and they actually apologized to some of their employees. So while it’s better to wear a mask than get a vaccine, it is possible to avoid both.

  • Someone should advise the ill informed that are mandating flu vaccines of the following:
    In a Huffington Post article by columnist Lawrence Solomon, entitled
    “Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Flu Deaths” I’ve extracted the following:
    “According to the National Vital Statistics System
    in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just
    500 per year — fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832)
    and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers
    such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743). The story is
    similar in Canada, where unlikely killers likewise dwarf Statistics
    Canada’s count of flu deaths.

    Even that 500 figure for the U.S. could be too high, according to analyses in authoritative journals such as the American Journal of Public Health
    and the British Medical Journal. Only about 15-20 per cent of people
    who come down with flu-like symptoms have the influenza virus — the
    other 80-85 per cent actually caught rhinovirus or other germs that are
    indistinguishable from the true flu without laboratory tests, which are
    rarely done. In 2001, a year in which death certificates listed 257
    Americans as having died of flu, only 18 were positively identified as
    true flus. The other 239 were simply assumed to be flus and most likely
    had few true flus among them.”

    The entire article can be read at: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lawrence-solomon/death-by-influenza_b_4661442.html

  • When exercising a school or daycare exemption, make sure you follow the specific procedure required in your state. For example, only use a form if it comes from your state health dept, and not forms from anti-vaccine websites (unless the site links to the proper state form from your state health dept). Not all states have forms, so a form isn’t proper procedure in some states–you may have to follow a different procedure. Not following the proper procedure could cause an exemption request to be denied.Links to state school exemption laws: http://vaccinerights.com/stateexemptionlaws.html

  • jostoich

    Flu shots are the greatest medical fraud perpetrated on society in history. Flu vaccines contain mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal linked to kidney failure, birth defects, spontaneous abortions and neurological damage. Toxic mercury is present in influenza vaccines at levels 25,000 times higher than the EPA limit of mercury in drinking water. No thanks, not in my body – ever!

  • grace

    guess just about everyone FORGOT about obammas kidz as in ALL THE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS imported and dispersed throughout the USA and all the ACCOMPANIED DISEASES brought in.
    if you can AFFORD it,get your children out of these day cares and schools .
    research how many NEW students enrolled.
    what has happened to the EV68 cases and deaths ?
    media silent/black out.
    as for mandatory vaccinations or else ?
    established cases are out there from back when nyc nys demanded all health care employees GET VACCINATED OR ELSE,no exemptions–noncompliant sued and won.
    same for waaaay back when they mandated hepB-we won.
    try and relax and research and GET TOGETHER with others from your district and go along the route from the politicos,the health dept and if you must–the courts and FILE along the lines of the established cases.
    fear not.

  • Zoltanne, Alan told you he is new to Disqus. You may have missed that since you repeated the troll accusation. I know you are for real but so is Alan.

    I know him & he is just trying to help as you are.

    Alan I am sorry to confess a handful of years back I was suspect of your intentions, too, so I can understand Zoltanne’s suspicion.

    But I watched & learned you were really on our team & I thank you for being you.

    Thank you for helping educate us in our vaccine injury & autism communities via our groups..

    I have been noticing your comments on other articles & am in awe at their content. I even saved two to ask you if I could quote you.

    Here’s one;

    Alan Phillips · Follow · Host at The Vaccine Agenda

    “The largest CA whooping cough outbreak occurred in a county with the highest immunization rate–95%. So, let’s cut the profit-driven hype and put the blame where it belong–on the failed vaccines.

    Meanwhile, $110+ million/year (ave.) is paid out for vaccine injury and death, and even the CDC & FDA admit that only 1-10% of serious vax adverse events ever even get reported.

    So, anyone who says vaccines have a net benefit is, respectfully, ignorant or lying–b/c there’s no data available to make the calculation. Should industry, then, be allowed to impose it’s profit-motivated failed solution on everyone?

    Hell no. So, you decide for yourself, and let everyone else do the same. If vaccines work, no non-vaxed person will hurt you.

    But thinking people should be free to seek out things that actually work and that don’t carry a risk of injury or death.

    That’s called freedom–liberty–everyone decides for themselves. Imposed solutions? That’s anti-American. The only thing to protect with vax mandates is pharma profits. That’s the real motive behind the fear-based propaganda, the jr high school bullying that criticizes “anti-vaxers” instead of maturely engaging with the real issues.

    That’s how you can quickly tell hype for truth–the maturity level of the position. If vaccines were truly safe and effective, that fact would speak for itself, and you wouldn’t see above-average intelligence people dominating the anti-vaccine position.”

    Here’s another;

    “We have traded a benign childhood illness for a waning vaccine which shifts the disease to an older population (97.4%) where greater injury can occur upon infection. The drug efficiency trials are under investigation and the safety of this vaccine is classified as largely inadequate (United States District Court, 2010; Kramer, R., 2012; Demicheli et al, 2012).

    According to VAERS reporting data, which by investigation only reports on 1% of serious adverse events the vaccine causes more harm then the disease (MedAlerts, 2014; National Center for Health Statistics, 2014, pg. 161; Rosenthal et al., 1995; Kessler, D., 1993).”

    See Zoltanne, Alan really is on our side but thanks for looking out for us. Please watch my Face Book wall where parents & activists glean information to share. Follow me on Twitter @mofmars333 & use #CDCwhistleblower where there’s another storm brewing.

  • URSULARICHES

    How better to advertize against vaccinations than to wear a mask for not accepting them? If we all stopped whinging and wore the mask more readily, it would serve to overturn the lies of vaccinations and garner support for the freedom to not vaccinate. We are not children, we are adults so we should man up and if we can get away without amasks -fine but if we really want our jobs and the freedom not to b e vaccinated, we should be fully prepared to wear masks.

  • John Fryer

    Can we all remember over 90 per cent of babies go through rounds of vaccines up to 9 different at one time and repeated two or more times. They may have several flu shots for example.

    If adults here are truly concerned for themselves from one vaccine as an adult give a thought to every new born infant today.

    USA shorter lives poorer health.

    USA 1 to 2 per cent of children with damaged brain systems.

    Vaccines may not be the cause, may not be the only cause but the health status of 1 to 2 per cent is UNACCEPTABLE and the results are for life and often drastically reduced alongside the quality of life for many.

    Mercury asked to be removed from all vaccines is still in some flu vaccines.

    Here in France we learn the vaccine is too strong for women as they get tested on fit men.

    And what happens if someone has just got over the flu? Surely natures way and the recovery are better than protecting a person who is already protected possibly?

  • That’s a good point, and I’ve had clients who were eager to wear a mask for that reason. But many others experience ridicule and humiliation, can’t breathe well with a mask on all day,can’t do their job when it involves lots of talking, etc., so this approach won’t work for everyone.

  • URSULARICHES

    Surgeons are masked for operations which last hours and if teachers cannot teach and speak properly, then the parents will get the anti vaccine message and campaign on your behalf. Catholics have many saints and martyrs who died for what they believe and you are saying that wearing a mask to protect yourself from vaccinations is too high a price to pay??? Parents are imprisoned for resisting vaccinations, their children are removed and those who have them are killed and maimed yet you cannot .wear a mask. People camp in cold wet muddy fields in winter time to stop fracking but you cannot wear a mask??? Interesting. so what do you do when it comes to a choice of no job a vaccine or a mask?

  • Enlightened One

    Employees should be given a choice between obtaining the required vaccination or being summarily fired for cause.
    It’s as simple as that.
    There a plenty of other jobs out there that do not involve providing care to individuals that are vulnerable to these diseases.

  • Enlighted One

    I agree face masks probably do not provide adequate protection.
    For that reason, the only choice should be between obtaining the required vaccination or finding employment elsewhere, in a job where you will not endanger others by carrying disease.

  • guest

    Not enlightened enough!! Where will the line be drawn? Did any of you learn during the bush lies ramping up to the Iraqi war? Any rights taken away gives precedent to all rights taken away. What will all you people who feel it’s OK to infringe on other peoples rights do when the school decide a “normal” child exhibiting normal behavior in school is said to be hyperactive simply because the teacher lack training in classroom management so the teacher and the school want him/her put on Ritalin. Is that cool with you or in you current frame of mind the child should find another school because there are plenty out there so he wouldn’t have to be drugged.

    It is outrageous to impose this on anyone because there is not one independent study that confirms that any vaccine works, is safe and effective. This should be challenged in court and the places of business should have to prove in court that vaccines work.

  • guest

    No one has forgot about them but obviously the trolls haven’t because every opportunity to get to post on a vaccine blog-they post this ridiculous comment about immigrant children bring disease here. First of all, the US is full of children who are filled with live viruses from vaccines. No one has to infect them. As one researcher put it-children in this county are constipated with viruses.

    Second: immigrant children are overly vaccinated. If you took the time to read the CDC website, they shoot those poor kids up with more vaccines than kids born here. They being vaccinated while in holding areas.

    Third: EV68 cases have only shown up in children who are vaccinated. If unvaccinated children were contracting this illness, which has been around for decades by the way, every news website, daily beast, slate, salon, addicting information-you know all the pro-paid for blogs would have it in 36 size font in red that unvaccinated children are causing the outbreak. That hasn’t happened. In fact the CDC & media has been pretty quite on that front.

    ***Childhood illness outbreaks are occurring in highly vaccinated populations:
    *NY Measles outbreak: 26 cases total. 14 adults ad 12 children. Patient Zero is a 22 year old VACCINATED young lady who contracted measles in 2011. Adults were all vaccinated at least once. The children, 4 were too young to get the MMR, 6 were vaccinated. Patient Zero is VACCINATED. Statically that means at least 90% were vaccinated. Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity, New York City, 2011 *http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/58/9/1205

    *California Whooping Cough outbreak: 91% fully vaccinated. “Most pediatric cases were vaccinated according to national recommendations, although 9% of those aged 6 months to 18 years were completely unvaccinated against pertussis. High disease rates also were observed in fully vaccinated preadolescents, especially 10-year-olds” Infants that died were not old enough to receive the DPT vaccine. California pertussis epidemic, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22819634

    *Clinical Presentation of Pertussis in Fully Immunized Children in Lithuania (2001): Vaccine coverage for Lithuania: 94.6%. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15918913

    *Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day Care Centers (2000): Vaccine coverage in daycare: 100% http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/6/5/00-0512_article.htm

    *Pertussis Outbreak in Vermont (1996): Complete failure in vaccinated children: at least 80.9% http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00049244.htm

    *Whooping Cough Outbreak Involved 90% Vaccinated Kids: http://vtdigger.org/2012/10/08/90-percent-of-whooping-cough-cases-in-vermont-T:that 89% had receive two doses of the MMR vaccination which is claimed to provided immunity from the mumps.

    *Whooping Cough outbreak in Washington State 2012: 74% of these pertussis (whooping cough) cases involved vaccinated children.

    *Wales Measles Outbreak 2012-13: May 2nd confirmed cases for Wales was 370. The original numbers reported was: 1,170 notified. That is a percentage rate of over-diagnosis and over-notification of 3774% or just 0.027 of notified cases were actually measles – and it is medical professionals who do the diagnosing and notifying. Kind of knocks your faith in the ability of doctors to diagnose a basic childhood illness. 90-95 per cent of the people who contracted measles were vaccinated.

    *Mumps Outbreak Involved 97% Vaccinated Children: The New England Journal of Medicine has recently released the conclusions to the media manufactured mumps outbreak of 2009 which occurred in New York City, two upstate New York counties, and one New Jersey County. There were a total of 3,502 cases of salivary-gland swelling and other symptoms clinically compatible with mumps of which 1,648 were confirmed with clinical specimens. The results indicate that 97% of the cases tested involved students who have been previously vaccinated against the mumps and even more overwhelming is that 89% had receive two doses of the MMR vaccination which is claimed to provided immunity from the mumps.

    *Mumps Outbreak in Orthodox Jewish Communities in the United States (2010): A large mumps outbreak occurred among highly vaccinated U.S. Orthodox Jewish communities during 2009 and 2010. Of the teenagers vaccinated -89% had previously received two doses of a mumps-containing vaccine -8% had received one dose. Those infected who received a vaccine: 97%.

    *Outbreak of Measles Despite Appropriate Control Measures (1985). In 1985, of 118 cases of measles which occurred on a Blackfeet reservation in Montana, 82% were vaccinated. Twenty-three of those cases occurred in the schools in Browning, Montana, where 98.7% of students were vaccinated.

    *Measles Outbreak in a Fully Immunized Secondary-School Population (1985)In 1985, an outbreak of measles occurred in a secondary school located in Corpus Christi, Texas. More than 99% had records of vaccination with live measles vaccine. The investigators concluded “that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune.” Vaccine coverage for school: 99%.

    *Measles in an Immunized School-Aged Population in New Mexico (1984). The story keeps repeating.In 1984, 76 cases of measles were reported in Hobbs, New Mexico. Forty-seven cases (62%) occurred among students. The school reported that 98% of students were vaccinated against measles before the outbreak began.
    Vaccine coverage for school: 98%.

    Outbreaks in highly, if not completely vaccinated populations have been documented for decades. This article states:
    Although the evidence for vaccination-based herd immunity
    is yet to materialize, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
    Just a single publication by Poland & Jacobson (1994) reports on 18
    different measles outbreaks throughout North America, occurring in
    school populations with very-high vaccination coverage for measles (71%
    to 99.8%). In these outbreaks, vaccinated children constituted 30% to
    100% of measles cases.

    US children are among the most highly vaccinated children in the world. So if vaccines work, especially the flu vaccine, what’s the problem? Those who are vaccinated should rub their arms and embrace the poison they have allowed to be injected into them. Those who use common sense and critical thinking know you cannot get protection from anything at the end of a needle filled with toxins.

    FYI: Viral Vaccines shed: Those shot up with live virus vaccines, including the flu shot are contagious:
    You will never look at vaccinated children the same!- Shedding Viruses
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKSeiAs_A4w.

    The Emerging Risks of Live Virus & Virus Vectored Vaccines:
    Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding & Transmission
    http://www.nvic.org/CMSTemplates/NVIC/pdf/Live-Virus-Vaccines-and-Vaccine-Shedding.pdf.

    I’d like to see whatever independent data you have on immigrant children transmitting diseases and unvaccinated children transmitting illnesses.

  • Wow, I can’t believe you’re actually pushing this point. If you’re willing to wear a mask all day, then go for it (but I suspect if you put one on for a few minutes you’d change your tune). But not everyone else can do that, and more importantly, they may not have to. So, if a healthcare worker is given the option of getting a vaccine or wearing a mask, they can get legal help to argue that these are not lawful choices, and potentially get them to change their policy to a lawful policy, so that the healthcare worker doesn’t have to do the vaccine or the mask. The last hospital that I sent my mask legal argument to revised their policy and apologized to their employees, so this is not merely a hypothetical option (as I believe your points are). So, yes–if one wishes to be a martyr for the cause, then that’s certainly an option, but there are other options, too–and personally, I think holding hospitals accountable to the law is a damned good one. The situation exists because we (society) have unwittingly allowed corruption to drive policy and law. Fixing this, then, requires that we hold those concerned accountable to the real science and the law. Torturing yourself unnecessarily with a mask won’t change unlawful policies. Calling them on their unlawful behavior through proper legal procedures can, and has. I’ve changed unlawful hospital policies all over the country in my work with hundreds of healthcare worker clients. That’s an enormously constructive track record (if I do say so myself). I’m starting to correct unlawful mask policies now, too, with those clients who want my help and who wish to approach these matters in the most effective way possible, to maximize their chances of success. Make no mistake–if we don’t act now to hold these people to the proper legal boundaries, they will keep stepping over them more and more. On a related note, we MUST become legislatively active as well, because they are passing laws mandating more vaccines and removing our right to refuse. If we don’t stop that, and get laws passed allowing informed choice, it’s game over for us in the very near future.

  • Enlightened One

    There is already more than ample proof that vaccines are effective. That is not a question for a court to decide.
    Claim all you want that it is “wrong” or “not independent” but that does not change the facts.

  • URSULARICHES

    I think wearing a mask is great as it is like saying loudly I am another person who does not believe in the myth that vaccination is good for our health. Perhaps we should get this printed onto our hand bags, sports bags and T shirts and wallets instead?

  • Enlightened One

    Hardly surprising, considering the vastly greater numbers of people that receive the influenza vaccine every year. Did you forget to mention the miniscule proportion of the recipients this represents? Or how many more desths would occur each season without a vaccination program?
    What was the point you were trying to make by bringing this up but failing to discuss the relative risks?

  • Getting it printed is the better option, because sadly, the mask only says “I don’t believe in the vaccine myth” to those who are already aware of the myth, which at this point is a minority of people. What is says to most people is, “There’s something wrong with me, be afraid.” I’ve talked with many healthcare workers who wear masks, and the reaction is mostly negative–patients think the mask-wearer is sick, sometimes ridicule the person, etc. On rare occasions, though, I’ve known healthcare workers to say, “I’ll wear the mask–that way, when anyone asks, I can tell them about the vaccine problems!” But such people are rare. I hear much more often that it has a negative impact on their ability to do their job, is hard to breath, patients and other workers shun them, etc. Even the printing could only go so far at work, though, as mask policies do not permit employees to use the mask to make a statement–putting pictures or words on the mask, etc. So, as nice a the idea about using the mask to make a statement is, the practical reality is that most of the time, it won’t work in practice. The place to object to all of this is with state legislators, demanding laws protecting us. See this link for a document to give to YOUR state legislator–preferably, face to face, if you want them to actually hear you and see the document (top bullet link): http://www.vaccinerights.com/legislativeprojects.html

  • Glad you asked. Since flu vaccines have little if any benefits and are even counterproductive according to some studies, avoiding flu vaccines means *less* illness and *no risk* of vaccine disability or death. Here’s just a quick sampling of evidence refuting the propaganda coming from the industry-infiltrated CDC and industry-controlled mainstream media:

    · A 2007 Lancet study found: “Recent excess mortality studies were unable to confirm a decline in influenza related mortality (flu deaths) since 1980, even as vaccination coverage increased from 15% to 65%.”[i]

    · A 2008 Lancet study reported that the flu shot did not reduce risk of pneumonia in the elderly.[ii]

    · During the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic, the AMA and the CDC endorsed non-mandatory flu vaccine
    policies,[iii] suggesting no need for mandates outside of a pandemic.

    · A 2010 review of the flu vaccine literature for healthy adults by the Cochrane Collaboration, an independent, international consortium of medical researchers, issued a “WARNING” stating that “reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions…” The review also found that “vaccine use did not affect . . . working days lost” and “had no effect on hospital admissions or complication rates.”[iv]

    · A 2010 Cochrane review of all existing literature on the effectiveness of flu vaccine campaigns in the
    elderly showed that “the available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety,
    efficacy, or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 or older.”[v]

    · A 2011 Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA) Position Statement said it “believes there is insufficient scientific evidence for the federal government to promote mandatory influenza vaccination programs that do not have an option for the HCP [healthcare professionals] to decline for medical, religious and/or per­sonal philosophical reasons.”[vi]

    · A 2011 Lancet study revealed that flu vaccines
    are 60% effective. However, the 60% figure was the “relative risk reduction” (rounded up); the “actual risk reduction” was a trivial 1.5%.[vii]

    · A 2012 Lancet study stated: “There are no randomized controlled trials showing efficacy of TIV (the inactive flu virus) in people aged 2-17 years or adults aged 65 and older. For LAIV (the live flu virus), there are no randomized controlled trials showing efficacy in people aged 8-59.[viii]

    · A 2012 critical review in The International Journal of
    Family Medicine concluded: “The arguments for uniform healthcare worker influenza vaccination are not supported by existing literature. The decision
    whether to get vaccinated should, except possibly in extreme situations, be that of the individual healthcare worker, without legal, institutional, or peer coercion.”[ix]

    · A 2013 BMJ article documented that public health authorities’ aggressive promotion of the influenza vaccine is not supported by the medical literature and fails to acknowledge serious vaccine risks. E.g., contrary to wildly mistaken claims, only 16% of tested respiratory specimens are positive for influenza, and
    serious vaccine adverse events are well documented internationally.[x]

    · In 2013, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota reported on studies showing that the influenza vaccine provided “little or no protection” in 2010-11, and that getting a flu shot 2 years in a row may actually lower protection.[xi]

    · A 2014 “Systematic Review of Mandatory Influenza Vaccination in Healthcare Personnel” in the America Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that “evidence on clinical outcomes is lacking.”[xii]

    · A 2014 Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal study
    found that the trivalent influenza vaccine “was not observed to ameliorate symptoms or viral shedding among vaccine failures (infections occurring among
    vaccinated persons) compared with infected placebo recipients.”[xiii]

    · A 2014 Cochrane Summary found that influenza vaccination “shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization.”[xiv]

    [i] Simonson, et al (2007). Lancet Infect Dis 7: 658-66

    [ii] Lancet. 2008 Aug 2;372(9636):398-405.
    doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61160-5.

    [iii] AMA meeting: No flu shot mandate for doctors; hand sanitizer pushed, http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/11/23/prsd1123.htm; Vaccine News and Commentary from the University of Pennsylvania Centers for Bioethics, http://blog.vaccineethics.org/2010/06/cdc-declines-to-endorse-mandatory-flu.html, citing 75 Fed. Reg.
    35497 (June 10, 2010).

    [iv] Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults, http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001269.html.

    [v] Jefferson, T. et al (2010). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 8: Article #CDOO4879

    [vi] National Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes, September 13-14, 2011, APPENDIX B: OSHA
    Position Statement, as submitted by Mr. Borwegen, representative of the Service Employees International Union, http://www.nvic.org/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?nodeguid=da4b451c-b83e-4eb4-9b64-5c210aad1ec3

    [vii] Flu Shots, Fosamax and Pharmaceutical Fakery: The Common Use of Misleading Statistics in the
    Medical Literature, Gary G. Kohls, M.D., Dec. 3, 2011, http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2011/12/03/flu-shots-fosamax-and-pharmaceutical-fak?tempskin=basic.

    [viii] Osterholm, M. et al (2012). Lancet Infect Dis 12: 36-44

    [ix] What, in Fact, Is the Evidence That Vaccinating Healthcare Workers against Seasonal Influenza Protects Their Patients? A Critical Review, Int J Family Med. 2012; 2012: 205464, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3502850/

    [x] BMJ 2013;346:f3037, http://www.beyondconformity.org.nz/_literature_120194/Influenza_Doshi_13, May 16, 2013

    [xi] Study: Getting flu shot 2 years in a row may lower protection, CIDRAP, March 1, 2013, http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/mar0113vestudy.html

    [xii]
    http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797%2814%2900255-4/abstract

    [xiii] Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Feb;33(2):e63-6. doi: 10.1097/INF, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24061274

    [xiv] Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Al-Ansary LA,
    Ferroni E, Rivetti A, Di Pietrantonj C. Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 3. Art.
    No.: CD001269. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001269.pub5 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001269/ARI_vaccines-to-prevent-influenza-in-healthy-adults#sthash.0BJX2MSk.dpuf

    “Enlighted One” is clearly a misnomer here. Wisdom and humility are faithful companions.

  • URSULARICHES

    Why are you wearing a mask? Why are you not wearing a mask? I do not believe that vaccines ae what they are made out to be and I do know that they have very harmful effects. Oh what like? Death, sterility, toxins causing nerve damage and decreasing brain function and intelligence and increasing the extent of alzheimers and autism.

  • Enlightened One

    To Alan Phillips:
    Every one of your cherry-picked references is easily refutable; simply stated, the fact that the influenza vaccine is not 100% perfect does not mean that it is not useful.
    Stringing together a long list of unrelated articles does not make a coherent argument, either. It just smacks of trying to overwhelm the opposition into thinking that they cannot respond.

  • LOOK CLOSELY ALL, this is **Classic Troll technique.** When you have no evidence to use to refute the other side or to support your view, you simply summarily dismiss the opposing view, and/or personally attack the person whose evidence you can’t refute. Science at it’s best! Oh–and you also do it behind an alias, so no one knows who you really are–you’re not a real Troll unless you’re hidden from public scrutiny. Thank you oh “not-so-enlightened one” for this glorious demonstration of Classic (if amateur) Trolling!

  • Really?

    GAO Report on Vaccine Court Reveals Vaccine Injured Victims Not Being Helpedhttp://vaccineimpact.com/2014/gao-report-on-vaccine-court-reveals-vaccine-injured-victims-not-being-helped/

    Data & Statistics, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

    Since the first National Vaccine Injury Compensation (VICP) claims were filed in 1989, 3,858 compensation awards have been made. More than $2.8 billion in compensation awards has been paid to petitioners and more than $119.7 million has been paid to cover attorneys’ fees and other legal costs.

    To date, 9,846 claims have been dismissed. Of those, 4,901 claimants were paid more than $64.6 million to cover attorneys’ fees and other legal costs.

    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html

  • Enlightened One

    When you cannot present real facts to back up your assertions, then attack the character of the person pointing out the flaws in your argument. Is that what they taught you in law school?
    Science is not something to be determined by argument. You are the one making claims that are counter to what has been established by repeated and repeatable studies. If you really do not believe what is already well-established, it is up to you to come up with evidence that outweighs what has come before.
    Cherry-picked references about measurements made in limited circumstances, or that have conclusions about what “may” be true don’t cut it. That’s why your view is so easily dismissible.

  • When you can present a coherent scientific argument to explain why you think any of the studies I have cited are flawed, and can cite published medical studies backing up an opposing view, then we’ll consider taking you seriously. In other words, put up of shut up. Even then, at best, you’d only confirm that there is disagreement within the scientific community, a lack of consensus, which I’ll stipulate to right now. Your unsupported assertions not only reveal your lack of evidence for your position, but also your ignorance about the distinction between medical science and medical politics. When you recognize that distinction, you will finally be in a position to begin to intelligently explore the real problems here. But it’s obvious you have nothing of substance to say, you just like to hear yourself whining. NEWS FLASH: No one else does…

  • Suzanne

    This is the results of the ongoing Big Pharma and govt orgies.

  • guest

    All died after taking the Flu shot:

    14-year-old Amber Grey
    3-year-old Ayzlee McCarthy
    26-year-old Katherine McQuestion
    37-year-old Kristie Green
    5-year-old Kiera Driscol
    37-year old Chad Rattray

  • Cynthia

    I can vouch for everything Alan refers to concerning his legal expertise on this matter. I recently went through this very issue where I work. I am a registered nurse, have never taken a flu shot and never intend to. The facility where I work had an unlawful policy concerning religious exemptions. Following a letter from Alan to the HR department after refusing my initial declination) the facility revised their declination policy and the mask policy from wearing it “at all times” to just when in close patient contact. This is a very volatile issue with varying opinions on both sides. What I have found is that most people, medical and otherwise, have never actually taken the time to research for themselves whether a practice is effective or safe. Most policies state they require the flu shot because they are “safe and effective.” They are neither. Additionally, anything that involves a risk should also include a choice. What sense does it make to “require” and mandate practices that can result in injury? Especially when no one is liable for your injury. I am currently in a graduate program and have written several papers on this very issue and I have yet to find any research to change my mind. No medical procedure should be mandated to anyone. Sadly, even parents of school children don’t think they have a choice but in most states they do. However, they are led to believe that they don’t. I encourage everyone to do their research on the matter. If we don’t stand up soon no one will have a choice. Thank you Alan Philips for your expertise and your continuing fight to help us maintain our freedoms for health choices.