Hot on the heels of the announcement that preeminent vaccine educator and medical doctor Larry Palevsky is coming to Chapel Hill (see Dr. Palevsky to Speak in Chapel Hill about VAX), I learn from a friend about a Vaccine Contest sponsored by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro public schools. This blew my mind. If it blows your mind too and you want to take action, please keep reading.
Dr. Neil Pederson, Superintendent of Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools, has endorsed and promoted a contest encouraging adolescents to vaccinate. You can read about his goals and the contest he is promoting here: http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/education/components/board/default.php?sectiondetailid=73134&threadid=7650
Here is some information directly from his website:
“There are 3 vaccines that are especially recommended for adolescents.
• Meningococcal Vaccine is recommended at 11-12 years of age and again at 16-18 (the second dose is a new recommendation). If not received at age 11-12, 13-18 year olds should receive a dose at the first opportunity.
• Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) Vaccine is required for all students who will be entering the 6th grade unless they have had a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) vaccine in the last 5 years. Tdap is recommended for all other adolescents.
• HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Vaccine (3 doses) is recommended for any student 9 years of age or older who has never been vaccinated.
“NOW…about the contest… To be eligible for the contest, a student will need to receive at least one vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, between 4-1-11 and 5-31-11. The student will need to take proof of the meningococcal vaccine received to the school nurse by 10:00 AM on 6-1-11. The school nurse will then enter the student in the contest. The student will have 2 entries for having received the meningococcal vaccine.
“Additionally, if the student receives a Tdap and/or a HPV vaccine between 4-1-11 and 5-31-11, he/she would receive one entry for each when the record is provided to the school nurse. A student receiving all 3 vaccines would be entered 4 times.”
And what would the winners of the contest receive? And I-pod or laptop computer.
In essence, Dr. Pederson and the school district are bribing children and their families to become vaccinated (even the HPV vax, a non-mandatory vax, is included). These children are not fully informed of the possible risks of vaccination, are underage, and are being bribed to take actions that will possibly injure them. This scenario, while almost certainly not foreseen by Dr. Pederson, but it is still unconscionable and must be stopped.
WHY HAVE THIS CONTEST?
According to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools website:
“This contest is made possible by a donation from Cora and Paul Harrison in memory and honor of their daughter, Julia, who died of meningococcal disease. The family has chosen to honor Julia's memory by promoting adolescent vaccinations in the hope that no other family will lose a child to a vaccine-preventable disease. Please help honor Julia by making sure your child is fully vaccinated!”
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
While it is tragic that Julia died and we honor the parent’s motives to protect children from disease, the approach being taken by Superintendent Pederson is completely wrong. Risks of vaccine injury are significant, which is why the federal government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. With the number of vaccine injuries so high, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have shielded vaccine manufacturers from legal action.
Bribing children and parents with toys such as ipods and laptops so that they will vaccinate and risk potentially life-altering or lethal results without full disclosure of the risks is unconscionable. This mass bribery and vaccination effort has let a new genie out of the bottle, opened a new Pandora’s box, and it must be stopped. Please take a moment to contact Superintendent Pederson and make your voices heard.
1. Thank you for your many years of service to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system. I appreciate your many accomplishments and improvements. I am writing, however, to express my extreme concern about the vaccination contest that was launched on April 26, 2011.
2. While it is tragic that Julia died and I honor the parent’s motives to protect children from disease, the contest approach is completely unacceptable. Risks of vaccine injury are significant, which is why the federal government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/. With the number of vaccine injuries so high, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have shielded vaccine manufacturers from legal action.
3. Bribing children and parents with toys/educational tools such as ipods and laptops so that they will vaccinate and risk potentially life-altering or lethal results without full disclosure of the risks is unconscionable. Further, encouraging 16 year old children to make these decisions without the input of their parents is completely unacceptable and it appears to be pandering to the drug companies.
4. There are numerous reports of vaccine-related injury and death and many incidents that are unreported. A simple Internet search will lead to many of the reports. While vaccine manufacturers and government agencies deny the links, they did create the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and Congress shielded manufacturers from liability. If there truly is no link between vaccination and injury and death, there would be no need to shield anyone from liability, and the number of parents believing that their children are vaccine injured would not continue to grow.
5. As an example of our concerns, please consider these statistics about the HPV vaccine from the Vaccine Adverse Reaction Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS reports that there have been 21,724 adverse incidents, with 77 deaths through March 11, 2011. Further, the U.S. Government website Women's Health states that:
“Human papillomavirus (pap-uh-LOH-muh-veye-ruhss), or HPV, is the name for a group of viruses that includes more than 100 types. More than 40 types of HPV can be passed through sexual contact.
The types of HPV that infect the genital area are called genital HPV. Over half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives. But most people never know it. This is because HPV most often has no symptoms and goes away on its own.”
Dr. Diane Harper, developer of the HPV vaccine, is clearly on the record with her strong concerns about the vaccine. Women need to be made aware that the risk from HPV is minimal and the risk of injury or death from vaccination is significant.
6. Risks from Meningococcal disease, a very tragic disease, are also very small, with an average of 1,500 people infected each year from 1998 – 2007. Of those 1,500, 11 percent or 165 people will die (National Meningitis Association). The CDC VAERS database shows that 10,275 people have had adverse vaccine reactions, with 29 deaths through March 22, 2011.
7. For religious reasons, people choose not to vaccinate. This contest discriminates against those whose religion prevents them from vaccinating.
8. Please end the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school district vaccination contest program. There is certainly enough effort put into vaccinating children, and bribery should not be used.
9. If you do not end this program, please make parents and children 16 years of age and older aware of the risks of vaccination.
Please provide them information about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the statistics from the CDC VAERS database, and please let them know that vaccine injury is greatly underreported.
Please let them know that the vaccine manufacturers are immune from legal action if people do become injured or die.
Please provide them the efficacy of the vaccinations (many of the vaccinated still contract the disease, such as whooping cough, measles, chicken pox).
Please provide them with the vaccine ingredients.