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Nov. 2, 2000
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A leading national physician organization is calling for a moratorium on
all government mandated vaccines and has passed a resolution to that end at their annual
Members of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) voted this week
at their 57th Annual Meeting in St. Louis to pass a resolution calling for an end to
mandatory childhood vaccines. The resolution passed without a single "no" vote.
(Resolution and mandatory
vaccine fact sheet posted at www.aapsonline.org)
"Our children face the possibility of death or serious long-term adverse effects
from mandated vaccines that arent necessary or that have very limited
benefits," said Jane M. Orient, MD, AAPS Executive Director.
"This is not a vote against vaccines," said Dr. Orient. "This resolution
only attempts to halt blanket vaccine mandates by government agencies and school districts
that give no consideration for the rights of the parents or the individual medical
condition of the child."
Forty-two states have mandatory vaccine policies, and many children are required to
have 22 shots before first grade. On top of that, as a condition for school attendance,
many school districts require vaccination for diseases such as hepatitis B -- primarily an
adult disease, usually spread by multiple sex partners, drug abuse or an occupation with
exposure to blood.
And yet, children under the age of 14 are three times more likely to suffer adverse
effects -- including death -- following the hepatitis b vaccine than to catch the disease
Just last week, students in Utica, NY were sent home from school, and told they could
not return until they had been forced to receive hep B vaccinations. Further, parents were
threatened by Child Protective Services with possible seizure of their children based on
"Its obscene to threaten to seize a child just because his parents refuse
medical treatment that is obviously unnecessary and perhaps even dangerous," said Dr.
Orient. "AAPS believes that parents, with the advice of their doctors, should make
decisions about their childrens medical care -- not government bureaucrats. This
Resolution affirms that position."
(Note: AAPS is a professional association of physicians dedicated since 1943 to the
sanctity of the patient-physician relationship.)
Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
The Voice for Private Medicine Since 1943
coda to our alert on the Frist bill S 2053, HR 5282:
first glance, the bill exempting vaccine
manufacturers from liability might seem like a good
idea, especially in view of the shortage of many
vaccines. Vaccine shortages, like most mismatches of
supply and demand, probably result from government
interventions in the market, especially price controls.
The Frist bill is not the answer either to this problem
or to the liability crisis.
AAPS supports tort reform and reforms
in strict product liability. The Frist bill would create
immunity for one particular industry, which differs from
other industries in very important respects: (1)
Vaccines are forced on children without fully informed
consent. (2) Recommendations are developed through a
process involving pervasive conflicts of interest. The
governmental process for compensating vaccine-injured
children creates nearly insurmountable obstacles for
many children who may be suffering lifelong severe
disabilities probably related to mandated vaccines.