I don’t know who you are, where you live or what your stance is on vaccination. We may disagree on politics, religion, or philosophical ideals. But one thing I know we agree on. We are all vitally concerned with protecting our children and our families. I can assure you, without even knowing you that I care about the well-being of your children because despite all of our many potential differences, I am also a parent. We have experienced the shared fear that having a child brings. Worry about illness, concerns about how to raise them to be good, strong, healthy kids, uncertainty over how much they should be watching TV or using cellphones; and how you know, without a moment’s hesitation, that you would protect those children with your life. It matters not our background, education, or life experiences. But if what I have to say is more credible or meaningful when I tell you that I have a bunch of letters after my name, a “Dr.” in front of my name, and I have spent more than 20 years in healthcare, then I will tell you that.
But I believe YOU are still the best person to make decisions about your children’s care because there is no one that knows them better or cares about them more than you do. But in order to make these often challenging decisions, you have to be informed. I am not here to argue whether you should vaccinate your child or not. But what I am here to tell you is that your ability to educate yourself, to learn about both sides of this issue, and then to make the best choice possible is being taken away. Vaccination should be a personal decision that is no one’s business but your own. But the government has decided that this topic IS their business and they are well on their way to making sure you no longer have a choice in nearly every state in the union.
Imagine a surgeon insisting that you have a non-essential surgery with known serious risks but not only refusing to tell you about those dangers but also preventing you from researching and discovering those risks for yourself. This not only violates your right to informed consent, permission granted with the knowledge of all possible consequences, risks and benefits, but also violates the ethical code of conduct by which health care professionals should be practicing. You would be shocked, appalled, and infuriated if that situation was to occur to you or a loved one and yet, a similar situation is occurring in our country.
State and federal governments are pressuring social media such as Facebook and private companies such as Amazon to remove from their sites any content that does not align with the government’s stance on this topic. It matters not that this material includes independent scientific research, information provided by researchers, doctors, other health professionals and parents looking to share their own stories of tragic vaccination outcomes. These actions to restrict knowledge and information go beyond disturbing to downright frightening in light of a concerted effort to pass legislation to mandate vaccines nationally and remove all exemptions. The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, that established a no-fault compensation system for vaccine injured children and protected pharmaceutical companies from liability, resulted in the US government determining that vaccines were “unavoidably unsafe” (Childhood Vaccine Injury Act). And yet, despite long standing and widespread awareness of the inherent potential risks of vaccines, the government continues to pursue an agenda to vaccinate every man, woman, and child in this country for profit.
Envision a world where you cannot go to school, get a job or even fly on an airplane without publicly disclosing your vaccination record and being penalized for not meeting a government-determined protocol. We are losing our right to decide what is best for our own health. And no matter where you stand on this issue, that restriction of choice should terrify you. Now is the time to fight back against this authoritarianism and stand up for what is right and just in this world. And if we as parents and humans don’t unite our voices in protest over this loss of our freedom of choice, we forfeit our say in the future health and well-being of the most vulnerable, vital, and cherished individuals of all, our children. TAKE ACTION NOW