Minnesota Bill Would Require Consent for Vaccines; Push Back Against Federal Guidelines

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mar. 11, 2017) – A Minnesota House bill would allow parents to opt their children out of certain vaccinations. Passage of the bill would also push back against federal immunization initiatives.

House Bill 2005 (HF2005) was introduced by Rep. Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen) to mitigate concerns regarding vaccine safety. The legislation would require patients to be informed about risks related to vaccination, as well as affirm the right for parents to opt their children out from receiving inoculations:

(a) Before administering a vaccine to a patient, a health care provider must provide the following information to the patient, or to the patient’s parent or guardian if the patient is a minor:

(1) that the patient, or the patient’s parent or guardian if the patient is a minor, may decline some or all vaccines…

(2) that the health care provider administering the vaccine is not liable for harm to the patient caused by the vaccine or its administration;

(3) that the vaccine manufacturer is not liable for harm to the patient or the death of the patient caused by the vaccine, even if the harm or death was caused by the manufacturer’s negligence in the design of the vaccine;

(4) if a health care provider is administering more than one vaccine in a single visit, that no safety studies have been performed, before or after approval of the vaccine, on the combination of vaccines the provider plans to administer;

(5) vaccine information, for each vaccine being administered; and

(6) if a health care provider plans to administer a vaccine containing mercury, that an alternative vaccine is available that is mercury-free.

In addition, HF2005 would require healthcare providers to report any adverse reactions related to vaccinations to the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota and the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Healthcare providers would be shielded from prosecution for recommending their patients not to vaccinate. Patients and guardians would be required to fill out vaccine consent forms before being inoculated as well.

By taking the rule-making power back into their own hands on the issue of vaccines, the state of Minnesota can disconnect from federal control and restore safety and sovereignty on this key issue.

NECESSITY

Measures such as HF2005 push back against federal narratives regarding immunizations and their safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) downplays concerns regarding the use of thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury. They even admit on their own website that mercury is still being used to preserve certain vaccines:

Thimerosal, which is approximately 50% mercury by weight, has been one of the most widely used preservatives in vaccines… While the use of mercury-containing preservatives has declined in recent years with the development of new products formulated with alternative or no preservatives, thimerosal has been used in some immune globulin preparations, anti-venins, skin test antigens, and ophthalmic and nasal products, in addition to certain vaccines.

As the FDA downplays the concerns related to thimerosal and mercury in vaccines, whistle-blowers are singing a different tune. The National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit watchdog organization, reports that the threat is still alarming – especially pertaining to infants:

Most infants are still routinely given Thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine even though there are Thimerosal-free and vaccines with trace amounts of Thimerosal. Infants receiving a Thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine are dosed at 6 months with 12.5 mcg of ethyl mercury and at 7 months with an additional 12.5 mcg. Adult Thimerosal-containing vaccines contain roughly 25mcg.

The CDC aids the FDA in promulgating their point of view. Although the CDC attempts to maintain a veneer of independence and credibility, there are facts showing that narrative to be false. The CDC Foundation boasts that it helps the CDC “do more, faster.” It is able to do this because the CDC Foundation receives annual funding from a host of corporations including Pharmaceutical giants Merck, Roche, and Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

In turn for the contributions, the CDC gives recommendations that fall in line with the agenda of those who fund them. For instance, the help section of their website minimizes the impact of mercury in vaccines. It implores people that thimerosal is proper for injection because it contains the safe kind of mercury. The CDC claims the following:

Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust, air, soil, and water. Two types of mercury to which people may be exposed — methylmercury and ethylmercury — are very different.

Methylmercury is the type of mercury found in certain kinds of fish. At high exposure levels methylmercury can be toxic to people. In the United States, federal guidelines keep as much methylmercury as possible out of the environment and food, but over a lifetime, everyone is exposed to some methylmercury.

Thimerosal contains ethylmercury, which is cleared from the human body more quickly than methylmercury, and is therefore less likely to cause any harm.

If accepted by enough Americans, this “good mercury” talking point that is driven by CDC and their Big Pharma foundation donors could easily lead to mandatory vaccinations being adopted. Legislation such as HF2005 gives individuals access to information that will allow them to make informed decisions about whether or not to receive these potentially toxic shots.

The state of Minnesota now has the opportunity to lead on this important issue, and to become the potential standard bearer for resisting federal vaccine policy at the state level.

WHAT’S NEXT

HF2005 will need to pass the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee before it can be considered by the full House. Stay in touch with our Tenther Blog and our Tracking and Action Center for the latest updates.

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