If you thought things in the world of vaccines could not get any worse, then you were wrong. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City has called for a public hearing on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, recommending that all children under the age of five whose parents want them to attend day care facilities be vaccinated with the annual flu vaccination and pneumococcal vaccines before they are accepted.
According to the ‘statement of basis and purpose,’ these vaccines are needed because children serve as a major source of transmission in communities. The statement says:
“Influenza causes an estimated 200,000 hospitalizations and an average of 36,000 (range 3,000-49,000) deaths annually in the United States (CDC, 2010). Approximately 20,000 hospitalizations and 30-150 deaths occur in children under 5 years of age each year. Children typically have the highest attack rates of influenza, which can be as high as 40%, and children serve as a major source of transmission within communities. Each year, an estimated 15%-42% of preschool children contract influenza, and 38 million school days are missed due to influenza illness (CDC/ National Center for Health Statistics, 1999).”
In other words, the mayor believes that all under-five year-olds attending day care facilities should be vaccinated with both the flu vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine to protect ‘herd immunity.’ 
Not only is this policy irresponsible and a total waste of taxpayers’ money, especially when there are far more pressing issues affecting the lives of children living in the US today, but it is also highly dangerous.
Is he unaware that in 2010 there were 7.4 million children living in extreme poverty in America? It has now been estimated that every 21 seconds an American child is born into poverty. Surely providing adequate food and shelter for hungry children would be more beneficial than force-vaccinating them with yet more useless and dangerous vaccines, which according to my research, may not even be not even be compatible! 
I will discuss the vaccines’ incompatibility in full, later in the article.
Ineffective And Dangerous Vaccinations
The Autism Action Network reported that there are 900 strains of flu and the flu shot contains antigens to only three of these. According to their organization, the effectiveness of vaccinations against the selected antigen is often negligible.
They state that “half of all flu shots still contain quantities of mercury wildly in excess of maximum daily exposure limits set by the FDA. A forty pound four year-old child injected with a mercury–containing flu shot would be exposed to more than 1400% mercury considered acceptable for an adult.” 
On October 19, 2013, the Healthy Life reported that the flu vaccination Fluzone marketed this year to seniors in the US was said to have been responsible for the death of 23 seniors in the original trials. They wrote:
“Package inserts for flu vaccines show a multitude of side effects, including death, and yet they are marketed the same as over-the-counter drugs with no prescription needed. Why?
Because in the United States vaccines enjoy complete immunity from lawsuits in the market place. If you are injured or die from a vaccine, you or your family cannot sue the manufacturer of the vaccine. This law enacted by Congress was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.” 
Dr. Mercola made it very clear last year that Fluzone given to seniors had proven to be exceptionally dangerous. He reported that, according to the CDC, there had been frequent reports of side effects after the high-dose Fluzone vaccine.
Dr. Mercola wrote:
“The safety profile of Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is similar to that of regular flu vaccines, although adverse events (which are also reported after regular flu vaccines) were reported more frequently after vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose.
The most common adverse events experienced during clinical studies were mild and temporary and included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site and headache, muscle aches, fever and malaise.”
Dr. Mercola continued by also quoting what was written on the package insert. He wrote that “a total of 6.1 percent of seniors injected with the regular Fluzone vaccine experienced a serious adverse event, compared to 7.4 percent of those receiving the high-dose version.”
He said that, “according to the package insert, the SAE’s reported during the post-approval use of the vaccine include:”
• Thrombocytopenia (abnormally low platelet count, which can result in abnormal bleeding)
• Guillain-Barre syndrome
• Myelitis (spinal cord inflammation)
• Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
• Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)
• Facial palsy (Bell’s palsy)
• Paresthesia (numbness/tingling of the skin)
• Itchy skin
• Anaphylaxis (life-threatening whole-body allergic reaction)
• Stevens-Johnson syndrome
• Vasculitis (inflammatory destruction of blood vessels)
• Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Brachial neuritis (excruciating unilateral shoulder pain, followed by paralysis of shoulder)
• Pharyngitis and rhinitis (inflammation of the throat or pharynx, and the nose, respectively)
• Convulsions, fainting, dizziness 
Despite knowing that this vaccine has caused the above side effects, the US government once again recommend this vaccination to elderly people again this year.
It is not only the seniors who have suffered.
Last year the flu vaccine was also said to be responsible for the death of a healthy seven year-old girl, who went for an annual check-up at her local doctor’s office and received the flu vaccination. The next day she was reported to feel unwell with a fever and a headache and she died in her mother’s arms just a few days later. 
The Nasal Vaccine Can Cause A Healthy Child To Get Flu Symptoms
The latest flu vaccine for children is the nasal vaccine FluMist. This vaccine has also been reported to cause adverse reactions. According to MedicineNet.com, the most common side effects of FluMist are cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, headache, restlessness, muscle aches, tiredness or weakness and fever. 
In other words, you take your perfectly healthy child for a vaccine to prevent them from catching the flu and it is highly possible that the vaccine they receive could give them the exact symptoms you were trying to avoid.
Does not really sound like a good option, does it?
No Safety Studies Done On Combining FluMist With Pneumococcal Vaccines!
Another worrying fact that MedicineNet.com has reported is that there have been no studies related to administering FluMist concurrently with inactivated vaccines. They stated:
“Administering FluMist with inactivated virus vaccines was not evaluated in FluMist clinical trials, and combining FluMist with other intranasal products had not been evaluated.”
The pneumococcal vaccines are inactivated vaccines and therefore, if they are given alongside the nasal vaccine FluMist, there is no way that parents, the mayor, the government or the manufacturer will know whether it is safe or not! 
Page three of the ‘statement of basis and purpose’ stated:
“Influenza vaccination has been found to be safe for use in children (Hambridge SJ, 2006; Glanz JM, 2011; France EK, 2004; Bernstein DI, 1982, Skowronski DM 2006). Based on the scientific evidence, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices – which sets the standard of care for the United States – recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza vaccination. Trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) is licensed for use in all children >6 months of age, and live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; delivered as a nasal spray) is licensed for use in children >24 months.”
This indicates that the mayor has suggested that both the intramuscularly-administered vaccine or the nasal vaccine could be used without even checking if they were both compatible with the pneumococcal vaccines. In fact, I doubt that this concern was even considered as a possibility by the mayor when he decided that children as young as six months should receive both vaccines before attending day care facilities. Surely, before recommending that the government mandate a combination of two vaccinations for the under-fives or anybody else, he should check whether or not the two vaccinations that he is recommending are actually compatible.
Members of the public who will be attending this meeting should be made fully aware of this important and possibly life-threatening oversight by the mayor and also the fact that, according to the CDC, pneumococcal vaccines can lead to adverse reactions, including high fevers, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness and anaphylactic shock, before a vote is made on this policy. 
Voice Your Concerns Now!
To attend this meeting and give your views on October 23, 2013, you will need to contact Roslyn Windholz, Secretary to the Board of Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at (347) 396-6078, extension 6116. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to mid-day at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street, 14th Floor, Room 14-45, Long Island City, New York.
To pre-register to speak at the hearing, contact Roslyn Windholz at the address or phone number above before October 23, 2013.
The Department will also consider written comments about the proposed amendment. Written comments must be received by the Department on or before the date of the hearing. Written comments can be mailed to Roslyn Windholz at the address above. They may also be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted electronically (without attachments) at either http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/about/notice.shtml or through NYCRULES at www.nyc.gov/nycrules. 
Surely, unless the mayor of New York City is a qualified doctor or scientist, he should not be recommending the force-vaccination of children as young as six months, no matter how good his intentions are, especially since the two vaccinations he is recommending are possibly completely incompatible with one another and could possibly lead to multiple child deaths in New York City and across America.
This is absolutely unforgivable, and in my opinion, he should be severely reprimanded for his actions.
I suggest that the public of America join forces and either attend this meeting in person to voice an opinion or send emails as suggested. It is only right that as many people in America on both sides of this argument are heard in full.
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