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DOCTORS’ GROUP VOTES TO OPPOSE VACCINE MANDATES


Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. (AAPS)

A Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943
Omnia pro aegroto

1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Suite 9
Tucson, AZ 85716-3450
Phone: (800) 635-1196
Hotline: (800) 419-4777

Nov. 2, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Kathryn Serkes (202) 333-3855

http://www.aapsonline.org/aaps/

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 meeting.

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 aren’t 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 itself.

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 "education neglect."

"It’s 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 children’s 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

A coda to our alert on the Frist bill S 2053, HR 5282:

At 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. 

Jane Orient, MD

 

 

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