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Letter: California crosses line with new vaccination law

California crosses line with new vaccination law

The News editorial applauding and promoting “California’s rational new requirement” of mandating schoolchildren to receive vaccinations, or be denied their constitutional right to a public education, was quite disturbing. Gov. Jerry Brown’s utilitarian statement of “while it is true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community,” is especially erroneous, knowing that vaccinated people still get whooping cough, polio and measles, regardless of having received their recommended vaccinations. I’m certain that victims of vaccination-induced adverse effects would wholeheartedly disagree with this mandate, which limits parents deciding what’s best for their children.

The federal government, under the Ronald Reagan administration, set up the Vaccine Court, with its appointed masters, to serve as the only means to compensate victims and their families from vaccine-induced adverse effects causing disabilities and death. Over $3 billion has been paid out to victims and families since its inception.

The editorial states that in the suburbs of California “where the unfounded belief that vaccines are harmful has taken hold” is also inaccurate. The Supreme Court deemed vaccinations “unavoidably unsafe” in its 2011 decision, Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, which prevents victims and their families from suing pharmacies or physicians from vaccination adverse effects/deaths.

History has shown that when governments start to decide for people what is medically appropriate for their own good, even against their will, the free society they once lived in is no longer free.

Nancy Kipp

East Aurora