Tuesday, June 24, 2008

AAP Fights Informed Vaccine Choices

AAP Leadership Fights Informed Vaccine Choices
by Barbara Loe Fisher
w ww.vaccineawakening .blogspot. com
www.StandUpBeCounted. org

In another fit of pique aimed at the growing number of
vaccine-educated parents questioning pediatricians about the safety
of vaccines, the largest private medical organization representing
medical doctors treating children - the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) - recently announced to its membership that it will
fight doubting parents in their offices, in the media, on the
internet and through a partnership with other wealthy and powerful
organizations funded by a pharmaceutical industry committed to doing
the same thing.

On May 30, the AAP leadership reports that it met with the leaders of
15 allied organizations in Elk Grove, Illinois to discuss the growing
refusal of parents to vaccinate their children according to
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AAP. A
recent letter to AAP members stated:

"The group agreed that recent attacks on vaccines have left parents
confused. The rates of exemptions are climbing, and the protection of
communities from vaccine preventable diseases is in jeopardy.
Participants identified several factors that promote anti-vaccine

Parent-to-parent spread of myths,
A public that does not understand the risk of
vaccine-preventable diseases,
Internet and media exposure that is not balanced,
Decreased trust in the government and health care providers,

Slow response to negative news coverage, and;
Increasing calls for philosophical exemptions.

The group recognized strategies that have worked in the past to
address these drivers, agreed to jointly promote the positive value
of vaccines, and will come together again in July to develop a
cohesive message for dissemination. This message will be disseminated
in mainstream media, through professional organizations, and via
Internet tools. Materials are expected to be available by fall 2008.
The group will formally be known as the Immunization Alliance."/

Information on the AAP website gives pediatricians instructions about
what to do with parents who refuse to obey the doctor's orders,
including a sample letter that states:

"By not vaccinating your child you are taking selfish advantage of
thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, which decreases
the likelihood that your child will contract one of these diseases.
We feel such an attitude to be self-centered and unacceptable. We are
making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to
emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that
the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do
everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the
schedule is the right thing to do.

However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your
health care provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may
alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations.
Please be advised, however, that delaying or "breaking up the
vaccines" to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes
against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for
serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice
as providers... .such additional visits will require additional
co-pays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you will be
required to sign a "Refusal to Vaccinate" acknowledgement in the
event of lengthy delays.

Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child
despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care
provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such
providers nor would we recommend any such physician."

Educated parents of America attempting to make informed, voluntary
vaccination decisions for your children be warned: your pediatrician
is out to change your mind about vaccination or teach you a lesson
you will never forget.

Hang on to your child because the doctor you have trusted with your
child's life might just try to make you out to be a bad parent and
not only throw you out of the office but notify state officials to
charge you with child medical abuse if you don't agree to give your
child every one of those 69 doses of 16 vaccines that doctors working
for the Centers for Disease Control say all children from birth to age
18 must get.

Be prepared that the doctor, who you pay to keep your child well, may
dutifully obey recent orders given by the AAP leadership to implement
one-size- fits-all government vaccine policies: no questions asked.
The next time you visit your pediatrician and attempt to ask a
question about vaccine reactions or suggest your child get fewer or
no vaccines (especially if your child has already suffered serious
vaccine reactions your doctor refuses to recognize) be prepared to be
humiliated, harassed, threatened and thrown out of the office.

The message from the AAP leadership to vaccine-educated parents is:
you WILL give your children every vaccine that industry produces even
if it brain damages or kills them. You DO NOT have the human right to
protect your child from vaccine injury and death because you MUST
sacrifice your child for what AAP and government officials have
decided is the "greater good." Your child does NOT belong to you and
if you don't agree to do exactly what we say, we will make sure your
family is denied medical care.

Sounds like a smart plan to me, pediatricians of America, if you want
to fatally compromise the last remaining shred of trust that mothers
and fathers have in your knowledge about vaccine risks and how to
minimize them for the children they love more than anyone in the

In the words of Jim Carrey: "How stupid do you think we are?"

Twenty-six years ago, the co-founders of the National Vaccine
Information Center came to the table with the AAP leadership to talk
about compensating children injured by mandated vaccines because the
AAP said it was a matter of "simple justice for children." We
believed the AAP leadership really cared about minimizing vaccine
risks for the individual child rather than just wanting to pass the
National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 for the purpose of
protecting drug companies and pediatricians from liability for
vaccine injuries and deaths so they could continue to implement
one-size-fits- all vaccine policies. Time and time again over the past
quarter century, the AAP leadership has demonstrated that they
betrayed the trust of parents then and now by refusing to work with
parents to minimize vaccine risks.

In 1982, it was far easier to sweep vaccine injured children under
the carpet because 1 in 6 American child was not becoming learning
disabled and 1 in 150 child was not regressing into autism. Today,
there are so many highly vaccinated children who are sick and
disabled that there is no place to run and no place to hide.

The vaccine safety and informed consent movement has been led by
educated middle class mothers and fathers who DO know how to tell a
bad scientific study from a good one; who DO know how to calculate
the amount of mercury or aluminum in a vaccine; and who DO know the
difference between being told a lie and being told the truth about
vaccine risks.

AAP: we are not stupid. We will not stand by and watch our children
and grandchildren become vaccine damaged because you are obsessed
with forcing every child to use every vaccine that Pharma produces
with no concern for protecting the children who cannot use every
vaccine safely. You can deny us medical care and try to take away our
human right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination but you will
never win the war you have declared on millions of vaccine- educated
parents in America.

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