Since the beginning of 2017, at least 134 new vaccine bills have been proposed in 35 U.S. states. While most would take away a lot of the patients’ rights to choose, some bills are giving some of these rights back. To help people navigate through them, the National Vaccine Information Center provided detailed information to each one and what they mean for you.
These bills may personally affect you if you live in: AR, AZ, CT, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, and WV.
First of all, there is some good news.
New Vaccine Bills That Give Some Rights Back to The People
Twelve states proposed to expand vaccine exemptions: exemptions from getting a vaccine can be due to a medical reason, but also religious and philosophical beliefs. Recently California got rid of religious and philosophical exemptions, but many states do not allow philosophical exemption.
Missouri proposed a bill that would prohibit certain ingredients in vaccines. Vaccines are full of toxic chemicals that may be responsible for risks of allergies, mental problems, and even brain damage.
An Oregon bill protects the parents when choosing a delayed vaccination schedule. Some parents, including president Trump, choose to space out the childhood vaccines to give the body enough time to process and detox from all the toxins. Right now the official vaccination schedule is extremely rigid, and requires children to receive as many as 26 shots before the age of two, according to the CDC.
Texas proposed a bill that would prevent doctors from refusing to treat patients who refused vaccinations. In the recent years, more stories have surfaced about doctors getting angry and throwing out patients, who do not vaccinate (at least one in eight pediatricians dismiss parents who refuse to vaccinate, reported Forbes). This may be in part due to doctors being paid out by health insurance companies if they have met their vaccinated patients quota.
Four states proposed restricting vaccine mandates, and one preventing vaccine mandates for adults. Vaccine mandates can prevent children from going to public schools if they are not vaccinated. Some states require certain vaccinations for college and university students. Some mandates require adults to be fully vaccinated for certain jobs. These mandates disregard religious and philosophical exemptions.
A Vermont bill would require vaccine injuries to be reported. Right now most vaccine injuries stay unreported and undocumented. The best information about that can be found on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) but it is up to the patient to report the reaction themselves, and not everyone is told by their doctor that this reporting system even exists.
Over $3.6 billion has been paid out in damages through VAERS system since it was made illegal to sue vaccine companies for damages in 1986.
Unfortunately, there are more vaccine bills proposed that take away rights than those that restore them.
Eleven states proposed bills that either restrict or completely eliminate vaccine exemptions. These include religious, and personal belief exemptions.
Bills in eight states would normalize public disclosure of vaccinations and exemptions potentially leading to more bullying and hostility towards the unvaccinated families and individuals.
Three states proposed bills that would allow children to get some vaccines without parental consent. Right now it is illegal to give children any vaccinations without a parent’s signature, but some clinics want to be able to administer vaccines with just the child’s agreement.
An Colorado bill would require un-vaccinated students to be reported to the government. Right now Colorado is one of 20 states which allows parents to claim a personal exemption for refusing to vaccinate their children. These records have been kept private, but this new bill would require these students to be reported to the Colorado Department of health and Environment (bills in eight more states would expand vaccine tracking).
New vaccine mandates may be coming to twelve states: these include flu shot mandates for certain workers, and some mandated vaccines for college students.
Seven states will require vaccine marketing and promotion. These bills would require school districts to talk to students about flu shots, and develop flyers about meningococcal disease to give to the students.
The full, detailed list of the 134 vaccine bills is available at NVIC’s website.
You can register on the NVIC website for updated news alerts and information about how to fight or support the bills.
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