Mississippi's Clarion Ledger ran a front page story last month touting our state having the nation's highest vaccination rate.
"Mississippi ranks first in the nation in child vaccination rates, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control."
Of Mississippi's 45,719 kindergartners, 99.7 percent were up to date for the 2013-2014 school year. The state also had vaccination rates higher than the rest of the country for children younger than kindergarten age."
They did include this from MPVR, "Mississippi parents do not have the legal right to select, delay, or opt-out of vaccines unless they homeschool. There are 48 states that DO allow that right. We want to be the 49th. We are a group of loving parents who are pushing for the right to make vaccine decisions for our own children without losing their right to an education.
We are not "anti-vaccine"; we are "pro informed consent" and "pro parental rights" to choose what medical procedures our children undergo and when. We support the right of parents to choose their child's medical care, without being forced or coerced into accepting vaccinations in order to attend day care or public or private schools."
In response to the Clarion Ledger's article, CoDirector, Lindey Magee had this to say:
"To be clear, ranking as the most highly vaccinated state is NOT something to be proud of.
More educated states are seeing more and more parents opt out of some of the 49 doses of vaccines administered to our children before kindergarten. Ranking first in vaccination compliance only indicates that Mississippi families are being exploited for its reputation of ignorance and lack of education. It is an embarrassment, not a badge of honor.
As citizens of this state, it is time we take notice of our state's archaic vaccine law. As it is now, the state of Mississippi requires children first be vaccine-injured before a parent can begin the uphill, long battle to secure said injured child from further damage. That is barbaric! Meanwhile, forty-eight other healthier states provide religious and/or philosophical vaccine waivers.
While we have the highest vaccination rates, Mississippi also has the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S. Keep in mind that the U.S. is the most highly vaccinated country in the world; now consider that as a nation, our infant mortality rate falls below 27 other wealthy countries-some of which do not even mandate vaccines at all! Mississippi has the most highly vaccinated pediatric population IN THE WORLD. Why then are we the LEAST healthy? Yes, poverty and crap food, etc. plays a part, but too many vaccines too soon cannot be ignored.
I implore those who buy into this "vaccines must be mandated" notion that uses seriously dangerous diseases like polio and smallpox to sell 30+ doses of vaccines to all babies by six months to reexamine the topic. I was born in 1979 and received 10 doses of vaccines by high school. Where will it end? Mandated medicine is a slippery slope and is affecting a generation of over-vaccinated children!
As a MS parent or grandparent are you interested yet? Are you outraged? I am. Parents in other states are. There are parents everywhere talking about what our unsafe, unchecked vaccine program did to their children. Meanwhile, neither pharmaceutical companies nor the doctors and nurses who administer these vaccines can be held legally liable when they do cause harm and death. (National Child Vaccine Injury Act of 1986) Vaccines can and do cause harm and death. There is no incentive for vaccine manufacturers to make vaccines safe or effective.
Parents have children suffering diabetes, allergies, asthma, seizures and other chronic autoimmune diseases-many listed as adverse events in the vaccine manufacturer inserts, while officials fixate on Ebola and can't wait to debut their untested vaccine for that. Will THAT vaccine be mandated? What about Gardasil? If mandated, as the law is now, you will have NO CHOICE. What about now? Are you interested now?
There is no room for corporate, government parenting in a free society. Our vaccination program is a government program. So many hesitate to trust the government; why should the government be guardian of our children regarding vaccinations?
Most parents do want to vaccinate. Forty-eight other states, including those that border our own allow parents to work with their doctors to determine the best way to do this for their unique child. Parents in Mississippi just want options. We are due the same fundamental rights parents in 48 other states have. This is a personal rights issue. Those who are so certain vaccines are the be-all, end-all to children's health should not be at all threatened by families seeking vaccine rights.
Parents must speak for and be judicious for our children! Doctors and the MS Department of Health brag about high vaccination rates, but fail to notice that while our kids are the most vaccinated on earth they are also the sickest! If vaccines equal health, Mississippi would be the healthiest place in the world, and it absolutely is not. Please, parents, get interested in this!"