Skip to comments.Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines
Posted on 12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.
On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.
“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not receive an annual influenza vaccination, even though the vaccine safely and effectively protects them against influenza illness,” the Health Department said in a statement. “This mandate will help protect the health of young children, while reducing the spread of influenza in New York City.”
The Board’s members are all mayoral appointees and controversial initiatives–from smoking bans to regulations on soda cup sizes–have historically sailed through with little opposition, angering a small, but vocal group of advocates who claim the vaccinations are potentially dangerous.
“The Bloomberg administration is wildly exaggerating the benefit of the flu shot and we think they are wildly underestimating the risks involved with it,” said John Gilmore, the executive director of the Autism Action Network, speaking more broadly than the controversial claim that links vaccines to autism.
“There are risks associated with every medical procedure,” he said, citing allergic reactions, toxic mercury used as a preservative and questions as to whether the Board’s move is legal given state government jurisdictions.
Mr. Gilmore’s organization is helping organize tomorrow’s protest. And though he doesn’t expect the Board’s vote to go his way, he hopes the rally will get Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s attention, potentially opening the door for a reversal once he takes office in January.
“This is basically to put the mayor-elect [on alert], make him aware that this is an issue that he’s going to have to deal with it. It’s not going to go away,” said Mr. Gilmore said, criticizing the way the Bloomberg administration has pushed the rules through. “He is kind of doing this in a stealth fashion. He just proposed this about 6 weeks ago. I don’t think there was any announcement.”
According to a Board of Health notice made public in September, influenza results in 20,000 hospitalizations and 30 to 150 deaths in children under 5 nation-wide each year.
Under the proposed rule, which had a public hearing in October, the vaccinations would be required unless the vaccine may be detrimental to the childs health, as certified by a physician licensed to practice medicine in this state, or the parent, parents, or guardian of a child hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required.”
Nanny State PING!
Bloomberg really is a sick, sick man. I am convinced he needs extensive professional help. He seems to have no life, other than laying awake in bed all night, obsessing about how to micromanage the lives of others.
The most pernicious effect of the flu vaccine, or vaccinations of any type, is weakening the immunity against other opportunistic infections. Colds can be every bit as devastating as influenza, and they are easy to contract when the immunity is weakened.
Where’s the keep your needles out of my body crowd?
What they don’t tell you is that the last three years consecutively, the vaccine available has turned out to be the wrong strain to be effective in reducing illness rates.
IOW, they guessed wrong, and those forced to be inoculated had the wrong juice injected.
It depends. If these are taxpayer-funded programs, then that might make sense, due to the concept of herd immunity. If the government is running the show, it can set the requirements.
On the other hand, if this edict includes private schools and day care programs, then once again, the Bloomberg administration is meddling into people’s private affairs.
I see you're not keeping up to date.
In fact, when the US government couldn't push the entire batch of flu vaccine they ordered produced, they then quietly ordered that vaccine provided the next year, instead of the usual process.
I spent 12 years in Catholic school in NYC and was required to have the same vaccines as the kids who went to public school. I graduated HS in 1978.
There is a serious need in the U.S. for politicians to be forced to return to only presiding over parades and kissing babies. People like Bloomingidiot are self-identfying as being gods (small g intentional).
This year you had your choice of the trivalent or quadrivalent vaccines, both A & B subtypes.
Turn in your guns and take your injections!
“What they dont tell you is that the last three years consecutively, the vaccine available has turned out to be the wrong strain to be effective in reducing illness rates.
IOW, they guessed wrong, and those forced to be inoculated had the wrong juice injected.”
How convenient for the Tamiflu manufacturer.
“new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.”
So, wouldn’t this just be the perfect excuse for home-schoolers to avoid sending their children to government education camps? Real passive-aggression here. Gee, they won’t LET me send my kids to school because I don’t want to get them vaccinated. I tried to send them to school, but THEY sent them back. Oh, well. Guess I’ll be forced to educate them myself since the government refuses to do it for me.
Does anyone know if these vaccines contain thiomersal?