France and Italy abolish it; Germany and Australia restrict it. Are we next? State-based action alerts!
Your parental rights are at stake as your state could be next to take a cue from European nations by forcing your child into unproven, potentially dangerous vaccinations:
- In France, eleven vaccines will become obligatory by 2018: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitus B, influenza, pneumonia and meningitis C.
- Italy, just this May, made twelve vaccines mandatory for children attending school up to age 16.
- Germany has not passed mandatory vaccination laws but has instituted a fine of $2,800 for parents who fail to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children.
- Australia has gone further and cracked down on parents who do not wish to vaccinate. In 2015, Australia removed welfare and tax benefits for parents who do not vaccinate, and recently approved plans to ban children who have not been vaccinated from attending preschools and daycare centers.
Emblematic of the problem here is the hepatitis B shot— given at two, four, and eleven months in France, and at birth in the US. Proponents insist that developing children need this vaccine, despite the fact that the only sources of hepatitis B are sexual and from intravenous drug use. Here in the US, the hepatitis B vaccine is administered at birth, even though the immune system is too immature at that stage to create an immune response.
European authorities are, in many instances, citing an uptick of measles as their rationale for restricting parental choice. This refrain, however, doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Similar cases were made in the US about mumps. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the reason for the uptick in cases of mumps in this country is not unvaccinated kids—most mumps patients say they’ve received both shots of the MMR vaccine, and the disease has arisen in communities with 90% or higher vaccination rates. CDC and other researchers thus conclude that the waning effectiveness of the MMR vaccine is the real culprit—or that the vaccine itself spreads the illness.
Many US states are seeking to either mandate certain vaccines or remove exemptions for parents who do not wish to follow the government’s recommended vaccine schedule. Is your state among those that threaten your rights and your child’s safety? Check below to see how your state stacks up, and click the appropriate link to take action.