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Vaccine concerns in Congress: On June 19, 2002
Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), Chairman of the House Committee on Government
Reform, held hearings on the possible autism-measles vaccination link. He said
that most parents whose children have autism think there's a connection to the
measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and to bowel disorders in autistic
Almost all scientific studies of the issue, and there have been many, have
failed to confirm this and both the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
(CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued statements saying the
MMR vaccine is safe. However, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said in an April 23, 2001
report that it could not rule out the possibility that the MMR vaccine could
contribute to autism in a small number of children. Typically, everyone is
calling for more research. Burton
Back to school without vaccines?Dr. Sheri Tenpenny
wants you to know that parents in all fifty
states have the right to file a vaccination exemption with public and private
schools. There are three kinds of exemptions, she explains: medical, religious,
A medical exemption is used when a child has an underlying condition
that makes receiving a vaccine a risk to his or her health. This exemption must
be granted by a licensed medical doctor, not an alternative health
practitioner. It is difficult to obtain.
A religious exemption is available in all states except West
Virginia and Mississippi
as of this writing in fall 2002. To claim a religious exemption, Tenpenny explains, parents must have a deeply held belief
that vaccinations violate their faith. It is not necessary to belong to an
established church or synagogue to make this claim, but religious belief
exemptions can be challenged and parents could face interrogation in court.
A philosophical exemption is available in Arizona,
It allows parents to refuse vaccines based on their conviction that the risks
may outweigh any perceived benefits.
Tenpenny advises that people interested in an
exemption should research and understand their state law as well as the
possible risks from the vaccines and the possible risks from the diseases.
Parents need to know how the disease are
contracted and what to do if their child gets sick with, say, the measles or
You can get more exemption information from Vaccination Liberation in Coeur
at (208) 255-2307 or at http://www.vaclib.org and from the NationalVaccineInformationCenter in Vienna,
VA at 703-938-0342 or http://www.909shot.com.
For more information on vaccines go to http://www.vaccinationnews.com