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An Act to Encourage Vaccinations

      Thinktwice receives many requests from high school and college students to interview somebody from our organization. Often, these students were assigned projects or reports requiring them to investigate vaccines (usually to convince them that vaccines are wonderful and non-vaccinators are a threat to society). On this webpage, you can read recent correspondence between an 8th grade student working on a school project and Neil Miller, medical research journalist. The student also provided the email addresses of three of his teachers and his school principal in case we had any questions about his project, so they were all included (cc'd) in the conversation (although none of them responded).

400 Critical Vaccine Studies

Student: Dear Think Twice,

I am an 8th grade student at Eastern Middle School in the Humanities and Communication Magnet Program in Silver Spring, MD. Each year our 8th grade classes participate in a culminating project utilizing the historical, literature and media skills that we have learned over the last three years in the Magnet Program. My group's topic is President Madison's decision to create An Act to Encourage Vaccinations and distribute the smallpox vaccine compared to the decision by some parents today to not vaccinate their children, and we would like to interview someone from your organization for the media project we are presenting at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, MD on June 3. We are available for interviews after our school day which ends at 3:00 p.m. Please let me know if this is a possibility for you. You may contact my teachers with any questions.

NZM: Dear [Name of student],

Although I am unable to participate in an interview for your project, I have a suggestion that may increase your understanding of the human rights aspect of vaccination that is rarely considered. Please ask your teachers and principal the following questions, and record their responses:

1) Were you recently vaccinated against pertussis? The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommends that adults should be vaccinated against pertussis (Tdap) to protect people with compromised immune systems and infants who are too young to receive the vaccine. Can you provide proof that you have fulfilled your "social obligation" and were recently vaccinated against pertussis?

2) The CDC also recommends that you receive a seasonal influenza vaccine EVERY year -- even in years when health authorities admit that the virus in the vaccine does not match up with the circulating flu virus and therefore may be ineffective. Are you following CDC recommendations? Can you provide proof that you are receiving annual influenza vaccines?

3) If you are over 60 years of age, then you also should have received vaccines against herpes zoster (shingles) and pneumococcal disease, as recommended by the CDC. Again, can you provide documentation confirming that you are up-to-date on ALL of your CDC-recommended vaccinations?

You are asking these questions because if your teachers and principal have not received ALL of these vaccines in a timely manner AND they reject a parent's right to pick and choose which vaccines they will allow their children to receive, they are hypocrites. As you may know, health authorities -- and pharmaceutical companies that profit from mandatory vaccines -- have invoked irrational fear in many people with their claim that too many unvaccinated children could threaten herd immunity and spread disease. However, adults also spread disease. So, if your teachers and principal are not fully vaccinated with ALL of the CDC-recommended vaccines for adults, then they are insincere in their concern about herd immunity and protecting those who cannot protect themselves.

It should also be noted that vaccine manufacturers (which are traded on Wall Street) believe that the childhood immunization schedule is "saturated." This means that children are already over-vaccinated -- U.S. infants are expected to receive 8 vaccines at 2, 4 and 6 months of age -- so it is becoming more difficult to add new vaccines to the crowded schedule. However, shareholders who own stock in these lucrative companies should not be concerned because plans are already in place to increase market share within the adolescent and adult segments of society. Mandatory vaccines from cradle to grave! Soon, adults will be commanded to receive several new vaccines to keep their jobs. These draconian measures have already been implemented in many regions of the country.

So, you see, this is a human rights issue. No one should be forced to succumb to medical procedures against their will, especially when there are legitimate questions about the necessity for all of these vaccines and the underlying motivation of those who stand to profit from compulsory laws requiring people to purchase their products. For example, chickenpox was never a threat like smallpox. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to license the chickenpox vaccine when it was initially introduced because chickenpox was considered a relatively innocuous childhood illness. Doctors encouraged parents to expose their children to the disease because it provided certain benefits. Many childhood ailments, such as chickenpox, measles, and mumps stimulate the immune system and provide protection against various types of cancer in later life. In contrast, children who are vaccinated against childhood diseases are prevented from developing this anti-cancer protection. This is well-documented in the medical literature.

Finally, no one should forget that vaccines are drugs with scientifically confirmed adverse reactions. In fact, a recent study that was published in Human and Experimental Toxicology (I was a co-author of this paper) found that infants who receive several vaccines concurrently are statistically significantly more likely to be hospitalized or die when compared to infants who receive fewer vaccines at the same time. For additional scientific documentation regarding adverse reactions to vaccines, you can read my latest book, Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers.

You sound like a smart student. Perhaps you have been told or were led to believe that all vaccines are safe and effective. Or maybe you think that parents who reject vaccines are irrational, stupid and unscientific. That is the storyline that health authorities and vaccine manufacturers want everyone to believe. Your teachers and principal might believe that as well. But there is much more to learn about vaccinations than what you and others are being told. Be wary of propaganda. Even your media project may have an underlying agenda to convince you to think about vaccines in a very limited way. As you move through life, always keep an open mind and you may be surprised at what you discover.

Neil Miller
Medical research journalist

Student: Dear Mr. Miller,

Thank you for your time and consideration of my project. I completely understand how out of your way my request was, and I'd also like to thank you so much for the wisdom received. You've given me more than I could've asked for with the questions and further insight into this topic, taking vaccinations to a whole new depth as a contemporary issue and I will be sure to take all into account for my project.

[Name of student]

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