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FACT SHEET ON MANDATORY
- AAPS does not oppose vaccines. AAPS has never taken an anti-vaccine position, although opponents
have tried to paint that picture. AAPS has only attempted to halt government or school districts from
blanket vaccine mandates that violate parental informed consent.
- 42 states have mandatory vaccine policies, and many children are required 22 shots by first grade.
- According to government statistics, children under the age of 14 are three times more likely to suffer
adverse effects -- including death -- following the hepatitis B vaccine than to catch the disease itself.
- The Centers for Disease Control admits that the reported number of adverse effects of vaccines is
probably only 10% of actual adverse effects.
- The Physician's Desk Reference cites adverse reactions to the hepatitis B in less than 1 percent.
However, if more than 70 million American children receive the vaccine, that means more than 700,000
children are likely to suffer adverse reactions.
- Children are a very low risk group for hepatitis B. Primary risk factors are dependent on lifestyle,
i.e. multiple sex partners, drug abuse or an occupation with exposure to blood.
- Rampant conflicts of interest in the approval process has been the subject of several Congressional
hearings, and a recent Congressional report concluded that the pharmaceutical industry has indeed
exerted undue influence on mandatory vaccine legislation toward its own financial interests.
- The vaccine approval process has also been contaminated by flawed or incomplete clinical trials, and
government officials have chosen to ignore negative results. For example, the CDC was forced to
withdraw its recommendation of the rotavirus vaccine within one year of approval. Yet public
documents obtained by AAPS show that the CDC was aware of alarmingly high intussuception rates
months before the vaccine was approved and recommended.
- Mandatory vaccines violate the medical ethic of informed consent. A case could also be made that
mandates for vaccines by school districts and legislatures is the de facto practice of medicine without a
- The CDC's own "Guide to Contraindications to Childhood Vaccination" warns that when assessing
children's common symptoms, "if any one of them is a contraindication, DO NOT VACCINATE" [caps
added]. And yet, under legislated mandates, the vaccines are still required.