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School immunizations: Study shows accelerated increase of non-medical vaccine exemptions


September 20, 2012
All 50 states in the U.S. allow exemptions from vaccination for students who have medical issues, and most allow religious exemptions. Some also allow exemptions based on varying philosophical and personal beliefs.

Researchers from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health compared vaccination policies and rates of exemption from school-based immunizations in the U.S. and found that non-medical exemptions increased at a heightened rate from 2005 to 2011. Their study findings are published in a letter in the September 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Using data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for school years 20052006 through 20102011, the researchers calculated the annual change in the rates of nonmedical exemptions from school immunization requirements and compared those rates between states that allow philosophical exemptions and states that allow only religious exemptions. They also compared states based on the difficulty of obtaining non-medical exemptions because of certain administrative procedures like the requirement of notarization.

Researchers found that rates for non-medical exemptions in states that allowed philosophical exemptions were 2.54 times higher than rates in states that allowed only religious exemptions. Although the absolute rates were higher in states that allowed philosophical exemptions, the average annual rate increase among states that allowed only religious exemptions was higher than the rate in states that allowed philosophical exemptions.

"Since school immunization requirements play a major role in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States, studies like this underscore the need for states to examine their current exemption policies," says lead author Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, assistant professor of global health, epidemiology and pediatrics, Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and Emory University School of Medicine.

In the states with easy exemption policies, the rates of non-medical exemptions were 2.31 times higher than rates in states with difficult exemption policies. By 2011, the non-medical exemption rate in states with easy exemption criteria increased to 3.3 percent, an average annual increase of 13 percent. In contrast, nonmedical exemption rates in states with difficult exemption criteria increased by 8 percent annually to 1.3 percent in 2011. In states with exemption criteria of medium difficulty, rates increased by 18 percent annually to 2.0 percent in 2011.

Previous research from 1991 through 2004 showed an increase in exemption rates among only those states with philosophical exemptions and in states with easy exemption procedures.

"Even in these states the average rate of increase was lower than that found during the current study period," writes Omer.

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    Vaccine exemption
    September 20, 2012 | 12:43 PM

    The CDC seems oblivious to WHY parents are choosing NOT TO VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN. Our children are the most vaccinated on earth and some of the sickest. Learning disabilities, autism, diabetes, allergies, asthma are rampant among kids today. Officials have more than tripled the number of vaccines our kids receive without a single study on the cumulative effect of so many shots so soon on the health of a baby.

    Parents need to watch this video from the National Vaccine Information Center about the movement to take away their right to vaccine exemption.
    http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/September-2012/Turning-Vaccine-Exemptions-Into-Class-Warfare.aspx

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism


    Anne McElroy Dachel
    Chippewa Falls, WI
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    Vaccine exemptions
    September 20, 2012 | 12:44 PM

    The short trailer to the international award-wining film, The Greater Good, can be found on their website http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/experts-in-the-field. This film makes it clear that there are experts on both sides of the vaccine safety issue and a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. The medical community and health officials promote vaccines as the greatest achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism



    Anne McElroy Dachel
    Chippewa Falls, WI
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    Vaccine exemptions
    September 20, 2012 | 12:44 PM

    The short trailer to the international award-wining film, The Greater Good, can be found on their website http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/experts-in-the-field. This film makes it clear that there are experts on both sides of the vaccine safety issue and a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. The medical community and health officials promote vaccines as the greatest achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism



    Anne McElroy Dachel
    Chippewa Falls, WI
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    Vaccine exemptions
    September 20, 2012 | 12:45 PM

    The short trailer to the international award-wining film, The Greater Good, can be found on their website http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/experts-in-the-field. This film makes it clear that there are experts on both sides of the vaccine safety issue and a lot of serious questions that need to be asked. The medical community and health officials promote vaccines as the greatest achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism



    Anne McElroy Dachel
    Chippewa Falls, WI
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    Mercury in vaccines
    September 20, 2012 | 02:20 PM

    I wonder if this has anything to do with it;

    0.5 parts per billion (ppb) mercury = Kills human neuroblastoma cells (Parran et al., Toxicol Sci 2005; 86: 132-140).

    2 ppb mercury = U.S. EPA limit for drinking water (http://www.epa. gov/safewater/ contaminants/ index.html# mcls).

    20 ppb mercury = Neurite membrane structure destroyed (Leong et al., Neuroreport 2001; 12: 733-37). Think Alzheimer's!

    200 ppb mercury = level in liquid the EPA classifies as hazardous waste based on toxicity characteristics.
    http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/mercury/regs.htm

    700 ppb mercury = level of mercury in large predator fish.

    25,000 ppb mercury = Concentration of mercury in multi-dose, Hepatitis B vaccine vials, administered at birth from 1991-2001 in the U.S.

    50,000 ppb mercury = Concentration of mercury in multi-dose DTaP and Haemophilus B vaccine vials, administered 8 times in the 1990’s to children at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age and currently “preservative” level mercury in multi-dose flu, H1N1, meningococcal and tetanus vaccines. This can be confirmed by simply analyzing the multi-dose vials.



    Joe456
    Iron River
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    Dangers of vaccines
    September 20, 2012 | 08:09 PM

    I wonder why parents chose not to vaccinate, could it be that once the child is damaged permanently by the same toxic vaccines these doctors are pushing for their bosses at the Big Pharma Drug cartel that the parents and vaccine injured child is on their own, probably since the fake vaccine court aka NVICP is really there to intercept cases, and end them in their tracks, not payout and admit publicly that these toxin loaded vaccines are destroying our children's brains, even though they have paid out nearly 3 billion in damages since its inception in 1986.

    joejoe
    Cleveland
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    Dangers of vaccines
    September 20, 2012 | 08:09 PM

    I wonder why parents chose not to vaccinate, could it be that once the child is damaged permanently by the same toxic vaccines these doctors are pushing for their bosses at the Big Pharma Drug cartel that the parents and vaccine injured child is on their own, probably since the fake vaccine court aka NVICP is really there to intercept cases, and end them in their tracks, not payout and admit publicly that these toxin loaded vaccines are destroying our children's brains, even though they have paid out nearly 3 billion in damages since its inception in 1986.

    joejoe
    Cleveland
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    Dangers of vaccines
    September 20, 2012 | 08:09 PM

    I wonder why parents chose not to vaccinate, could it be that once the child is damaged permanently by the same toxic vaccines these doctors are pushing for their bosses at the Big Pharma Drug cartel that the parents and vaccine injured child is on their own, probably since the fake vaccine court aka NVICP is really there to intercept cases, and end them in their tracks, not payout and admit publicly that these toxin loaded vaccines are destroying our children's brains, even though they have paid out nearly 3 billion in damages since its inception in 1986.

    joejoe
    Cleveland
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    Why are parents are opting out? to save their child, from danger
    September 20, 2012 | 09:13 PM

    I wrote this for an article in the star tribune called;

    Rice contains "worrisome" Arsenic levels. Group, says.

    If 30 ppb of Arsenic in apple juice is as Dr.Oz and ABC's Dr.Besser says possibly very dangerous.

    Then we have a really big problem on our hands, and may very well have the culprit that's is causing all this Autism, ADD, ADHD, and Bipolar, in our most precious resource.

    Our very own, American children.

    What am I talking about? A Toxin that is 500 or more times Toxic than Arsenic. That was found, in an NIH study to have the ability to cross the BBB. Get this, easier than does the fish mercury. It is the vaccine Preservative, that was used in almost all children's vaccines. And still even today, is found in 80 % of all the flu vaccines in the US. at full strength 25 micro-grams.

    It's Thimerosal, it is 50% mercury by weight. It is "injected" not ingested as is Arsenic in Apple juice or Rice.

    I find it absolutely ludicrous,that a toxin ingested that is 500 or more times less Toxic is a concern. Given what they inject in our children, in
    children's vaccines. A Mercury, that crosses the BBB easier than the fish
    Mercury.

    FYI BBB = Blood Brain Barrier.

    A little schooling here on Ingested
    as compared to Injected.

    Ingested Toxins,go through all the filtering organs. Injected Toxins go directly into the blood stream, on the way to the BBB. Thimerosal has the ability to cross the BBB.

    After it crosses the BBB, it then Metabolizes into Inorganic Mercury

    According to the NIH paid study, it revealed that Thimerosal turns into Inorganic at 2.5 times that as doe's
    the fish Mercury.

    Several studies on what is damaging
    to the Mitochondria revealed # 1 is
    Inorganic Mercury and a close 2nd is
    MSG.

    Both of which, are in children's vaccines.

    Someone must be really quite wrong, about this being a concern. Or we are really quite stupid for injecting newborns, with 12.5 micro grams of
    a Toxin that is 500 or more times Toxic.

    Dr. Oz and ABC's Dr.Besser was very worried about 30 ppb of Arsenic in Apple juice ingested.

    Just the Hep-b at birth contained 1000's of ppb of an Injected not Ingested Mercury,that according to
    an NIH paid study. Can cross,the BBB easier than does the fish Mercury.

    What does the Manufacturer's say about the characteristics of their Product Thimerosal that was used in almost all children's vaccines?

    MSDS= Manufacturers Safety Data Sheet.

    MSDS of Thimerosal states that it Thimerosal is accumulative in the body, and it targets the organs of the body in particular the brain and the lining around the brain.

    MSDS if you are exposed to Thimerosal any further and future exposures,may cause mercury poisoning.

    Future Vaccines, many given at once. And coal powered burning plants,That Screams, very STUPID! move.

    MSDS Never mix with Aluminum, that's hard not to do. Considering Aluminum, is in children's vaccines as a catalyst.

    Catalyst is used in children's vaccines, to get a greater immune response.

    The reason it is on the MSDS sheet
    is that when Mercury is mixed with Aluminum. It's Toxicity may climb by 10 times, due to the synergy effect of the two salts being mixed.

    MSDS Pregnant women are never !!!!!! supposed to be exposed to Thimerosal, for it can cross the placenta and go into the baby and cause mild to severe mental retardation.

    Last MSDS Thimerosal is a mutagenic.

    It has the ability, to mutate genes.

    If you cannot find the screw up here, that screams total incompetence.

    You have absolutely no reading and comprehension skills.


    Joe
    fort worth
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    Increased exemptions--no surprise
    September 20, 2012 | 11:39 PM

    As a grandmother who watched both her grandchildren suffer encephalopathy following their vaccinations--I can say realistically that a certain percentage of children suffer permanent damage following vaccines. It is unconstitutional to force vaccines on anyone and there must exist vaccine choice and parental consent. Parents have the right to decide what drugs can be injected into their children. Just look at the number of children with diseases that barely existed before the gazillion mandated vaccines-and I am not talking the chicken pox--but autism, diabetes, asthma, and a whole long list. Stop and think what all these children all over the country have in common--only one thing the same and that is vaccines. We demand that fully vaccinated vs fully unvaccinated study of children--that gov't authorities have never done.
    Maurine Meleck, SC

    Maurine Meleck
    North Augusta SC
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    Who ?
    October 02, 2012 | 01:46 PM

    I want to know who funds these studies.. I strongly suspect it is the drug companies.. Regaurdless, I will not donate a DIME to places like "Emory University" and will ask others to avoid it as well. I love my kids very much, and I dont think INJECTING them with things like squalene is a good idea. As others have said the number of stuff we PUMP into kids now days has more then tripled. Things like tetnus and chicken pox have become MANDITORY ? as a parent I have a right to limit my childs chance of ending up with something like geonbarre syndrome.. Im sick of drug companies hiding behind places like Emory University in order to drum up sales.. Its MY choice to not to business with them or their straw men ... Now one does a study that is not funded, people dont work for free...

    Mike
    Johns Creek
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