The medical community, and in this case the AMA (American Medical Association), seems to have lost common sense and abandoned the most basic of ethical principles, that of informed consent. To consider performing a medical procedure on a person, and on children in particular, without that person’s consent for that medical procedure is unthinkable, yet that is exactly what most physicians and the AMA want to happen when it comes to vaccines.
I would have less trouble with this line of thinking if we were talking about a true public health crisis, where people were dying left and right from a disease that the vaccine could prevent, and the only way to prevent it was to vaccinate everyone. The excuse the AMA gives for removing our medical freedom is the measles outbreak at Disneyland. This was no mass infection or death event. Not one person in the USA died from this little episode that involved only a few hundred people, many who were fully vaccinated. In Oregon where I live, there was one 40 year old man who acquired the measles in Disneyland and he infected no one. That’s right, not one person in Oregon got measles from this man.
The vaccination rate in Oregon and across the country is at about 95% for measles and most of the serious vaccine preventable diseases. There is no need for a mandate that removes the rights of parents and individuals to self determination and their ability to consider the risks and the benefits of the procedure.
“New AMA policy recommends that states have in place an established decision mechanism that involves qualified public health physicians to determine which vaccines will be mandatory for admission to schools and other public venues. States should only grant exemptions to these mandated vaccines for medical reasons.” So only “qualified public health physicians” can determine which vaccines to mandate. This is very problematic, because public health physicians study populations, and have no knowledge of your individual risks should you get a particular vaccine. Sadly, your personal physician may know less than you do about your particular risks to vaccine damage, as many physicians when asked about things like the harms of mercury or aluminum in vaccines will simply say, “vaccines are safe and proven effective,” or that there is ample evidence that the vaccines we use today are safe.
In order to protect medical freedom, any recommendation to mandate a medical procedure (in this case a vaccine) must come with a mandate that the person’s physician must grant the exemption after presenting the pros and cons of the immunization, if that is what the patient requests. If physicians are allowed to deny a medical exemption after discussion of the procedure, the pros and the cons of the procedure, then that should be medical negligence, coercion and certainly a violation of ethics that should be reported and investigated.
In the vaccine debate I hear nothing of this informed consent side of the story. It is as if ‘We the People’ have already been denied the right to choice when it comes to medical procedures being done to our bodies and to those of our children. This must be stopped right here, or we are fast becoming the police state that is so counter to the American Way of Freedom and Justice, Personal Choice and Personal Freedom.
AMA- you have sadly thrown out the baby with the bath water this time.
You can read the recent article by the AMA here…