Last week, more than 300 vaccine-choice advocates and their children rallied with Texans for Vaccine Choice to support bills that would require doctors to provide families with information on the benefits and risks of immunization but also make it easier to opt out.
One parent, and the group’s president, Jackie Schlegel- whose daughter is vaccine injured- said, “I walk these halls and I see … the fun they are poking at our children and our families, and it angers me. The time is now to stand up, to be here for your families, to be here for your children, the ones who do not have a voice.”1
Keep this in mind, you might not have kids or really care either way about forced vaccinations and government overreach. But I promise, if they take some people’s rights away, they will eventually come for yours. Now is the time to stand up and speak out.
So far this year, Texas has seen a whopping 14 confirmed cases of measles. While no one enjoys being sick or having sick children, 14 out of millions is nothing to lose one’s cool over. There is zero reason to use the word “outbreak” or to frighten people.
“A 2018 study ranked four Texas cities — Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and Plano — among 15 metropolitian hotspots whose high exemption rates put them at risk for epidemics of pediatric infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough.
A 2017 report by the CDC shows 87.8 percent of Houston children from 19 months to 35 months were vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella — below the statewide average of 90.3 percent and the 90 to 95 percent threshold that public health officials say is needed to prevent outbreaks.”1
(Check out the video below from our friend Dr. Suzanne Humphries where she explains “herd immunity.”)
At the rally, the parents’ group endorsed anti-vaccination legislation filed this session:1
- State Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s House Bill 4418, which would allow nurses to sign off on vaccine exemption forms, rather than just doctors
- House Bill 1490 by state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, would make it easier to submit exemptions and prevent the state health department from tracking them
- and House Bill 4274 by state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, would require “informed consent” to vaccinate by requiring doctors to provide the “benefits and risks of immunization”
Although it is true that statewide data shows a rise in kids with conscientious exemptions from vaccines, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area alone there are over 9 million people, 76,665 individuals with an exemption (in 2018) shouldn’t worry anyone and doesn’t deserve the kind of vitriol and fear-mongering that we have seen these last few weeks.