State public health officials announced on August 19th that annual flu vaccines would be required for all students 6 months and older who attend childcare, preschool, kindergarten, and K-12 this year. The mandate also applies to any students under the age of 30 at colleges and universities.
The requirement will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. Each student must be vaccinated by December 31st of this year. This includes even students who are using a remote educational model. Medical and religious exemptions will continue to be allowed, as well as an exemption for college students who never (not even once) come to campus.
Mandating the flu vaccine poses a serious risk, since flu shots are the cause of more adverse reactions (including death) than all other vaccines combined. According to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERs), there have been over 178,000 adverse reactions reported in connection with the flu vaccine – including over 3,600 people with related disabilities and over 1,700 deaths. While many of these reports are never litigated, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has compensated over 5,000 people for serious injuries caused by the flu vaccine.
The rationale for mandating the flu vaccine is that supposedly it will help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the assumption that someone who has received the flu vaccine won’t get sick with the flu is simply false. Depending on the year, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness ranges from as low as 19% to only as high as 60%.
Massachusetts health officials have also added a meningitis vaccine mandate for students in 7th and 11th grades. Meningococcal vaccines can also cause severe adverse reactions, while its occurrence is rare.
These mandates were issued without any legislative, administrative rule or stakeholder process. The decision to mandate new vaccines for children should not be left up to unelected and unaccountable individuals. The people of Massachusetts should have the opportunity to discuss this with their elected officials through the legislative process.
Can you help overturn this mandate by calling your Senator and House Member and Dept. of Immunization today? Just a few minutes of your time can make a difference.
1) Contact your Massachusetts State Senator and House Member and request that these mandates be rescinded. Also ask them to support legislation to limit blanket authority of the department of health to mandate vaccines without any public input or legislative oversight.
You can find out who represents you at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
Sample script – personalize it to have the greatest impact:
“My name is ____ and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask Senator (or Representative) ____ to rescind the recent flu and meningitis mandates, which would mandate vaccines for childcare and all school attendance.
The flu vaccine carries considerable risks. Flu vaccines are the cause of more adverse reactions (including death) than all other vaccines combined. The majority of flu vaccines contain a dangerous 25 micrograms of mercury. And the department’s new mandate covers children as young as 6 months old, who are very vulnerable to brain damage from mercury.
Influenza vaccines also shed, causing the spread of disease to others. Meanwhile, the benefits are questionable, as the flu vaccine is often ineffective, sometimes with an effective rate as low as 19%.
According to the CDC’s website, meningitis vaccines can cause serious allergic reactions and injury, including death. In addition, the CDC acknowledges that they have limited data on the efficacy of these vaccines and that meningococcal disease is at a historic low in the U.S.
I urge Senator (or Representative) ______ to help rescind these dangerous mandates.”
2) Also consider contacting the Massachusetts Department of Health Immunization Division and ask them to rescind these mandates.
Be sure to explain why this issue is important to you. You may wish to use a couple of the talking points below. Don’t copy all of them – just use them as ideas to help structure your own message.
TALKING POINTS for calls and emails:
Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent.
- Flu vaccine is high risk, as shown by the fact that it is the most compensated for vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines combined. As of August 1, 2020, individuals had filed 6,368 National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) claims for injuries and deaths following influenza vaccination, including 188 deaths and over 6,180 serious injuries.
The NVICP has compensated a total of 6,358 claims for vaccine injuries, paying victims over 4 billion dollars—and two-thirds of the claims involved flu vaccines.
- According to the CDC, the 2014-2015 flu shot was only approximately 19% effective. In 2018-2019 the overall effectiveness of the flu shot was only 29%. In fact, the flu shot has not surpassed a 60% effectiveness rate over the past 14 years.
- Flu vaccines can be counterproductive, especially with respect to COVID —a study conducted by the U.S. military showed that members of the military who had previously received a flu shot were 36 percent more likely to subsequently have a coronavirus infection. https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/is-there-a-relationship-between-influenza-vaccination-and-covid-19-mortality/
- Vaccine package inserts warn of the risk of brain damage, life-threatening allergy, and death and no one knows in advance whom a vaccine will harm. Flu vaccine ingredients vary, but may contain a variety of toxic ingredients including mercury and formaldehyde. http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm
- Approximately 50% of all flu vaccines are still made with the mercury-containing preservative Thimerosal, which has never been tested or approved by the FDA.
- Vaccine makers and the healthcare providers who administer them bear zero liability for vaccine injuries and deaths. The vaccine manufactures reap all the profits from vaccine mandates, without having to pay for any of the injuries or harm.
- A vaccine mandate for meningitis is NOT necessary. Bacterial meningitis is relatively rare, while the most common type of meningitis (viral) usually requires no treatment. https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html
- There is no public health crisis in Massachusetts that warrants mandating meningococcal vaccines for 7th and 9th grade students. According to the National Meningitis Association, only 600-1,000 people contract meningococcal disease in the U.S. each year, out of a population of over 300 million. http://www.nmaus.org/disease-prevention-information/statistics-and-disease-facts/
- Individuals should have the right to refuse a medical procedure that is known to result in injuries, including Guillain-Barré Syndrome, SIRVA, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, Bell’s Palsy, brachial neuritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even death.
Read the public state health officials’ press release here: https://www.mass.gov/news/flu-vaccine-now-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students-enrolled-in-child-care-pre
To learn more, read this WAPF article about flu vaccines: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-flu-shot-unsafe-ineffective-and-not-necessary/