Add your comment below for Resolution #6
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Vaccination mandates must be eliminated. Not one childhood vaccine was ever double blind placebo-control safety tested - not one. And there is compelling evidence that the current CDC recommended schedule is causing a great deal of damage to children. Please check the data compiled by Dr. Paul Thomas from Oregon, outlined in "The Vaccine-Friendly Plan". We can virtually eliminate autism and many other conditions with a few changes in the schedule. We do not obtain informed consent from parents, e.g. they are not told that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid $4 billion so far to parents of children who suffered encephalopathies from vaccines. The few studies comparing vaccinated vs un-vaccinated children show that the latter are healthier than those vaccinated. These studies are the only way to reveal the true extent of damages being inflicted by the current schedule. It is criminal to require parents to have their children injected with these materials, many of them toxins, e.g. aluminum, without the freedom to say, "no". Thank you.
-Robert Jones, MD, Representing self
Strongly support. As physicians, our duty is to provide quality patient care while striving to prevent and treat illness. Non-medical exemptions lead to poor care of our (inherently vulnerable) pediatric population and issues with herd immunity. Case in point: measles outbreak in the US. As a traditionally conservative state, I anticipate there will be pushback on this resolution. However, as evidence-based practitioners, I feel it's within our patient's best interest to limit immunization exemptions.
-Lauren Umstattd, MD, Representing self
I speak in favor of the resolution. The efforts to eliminate diseases like smallpox, polio and measles require widespread immunization. The recent outbreak and deaths among children not receiving the measles vaccine is evidence of societal 'herd' immunity. While the great majority of parents understand the importance of these immunizations and comply, there is a small but important number of parents that withhold recommended immunizations. For these individuals laws need to be enacted that would compel all children, especially those in public schools to have appropriate immunizations. MSMA and the State of Missouri should endorse compelled childhood immunizations. Thank you.
-John C. Hagan, III, MD, Representing self
Writing on behalf of the MSMA Medical Student Section Board, in Support of this resolution. We thank the authors for their time and research on this important issue. Although we support the intent of this resolution, we would like further clarification on the phrase "mandated pediatric immunizations" in the resolved clause, as currently, there are no "mandated" pediatric immunizations by state or national laws, only required immunizations for certain enrollments and activities, such as in public schools. If it is mandated vaccinations for public schools in which this resolution is asking for elimination or stricter guidelines for non-medical exemptions, it may be helpful to make this more clear. Thank you.
-Calli Morris, Medical Student Section Board