New vaccine regulations will stop some children at the door


Marc Pardo | Washtenaw Voice

By Taylor Robinson
Staff Writer

Even before the most recent outbreak of measles, chatter began about the need to strengthen the rules and regulations of vaccinations, especially among licensed children centers and schools.

As of Jan. 1, the Michigan Department of Community Health instated a new rule that parents must obtain a waiver from the MDCH if they choose to not vaccinate their children for non-medical reasons. Non-medical refers to religious or philosophical reasons.

Washtenaw Community College’s Children Center is included among the institutions that must abide by this new regulation.

Within the last couple of weeks, the guidelines changed for Trudi Hagen, director of WCC’s Children Center. Originally, the center needed one of two documents to allow a child into the daycare. On the day a child is signed up for the center, Hagen either needed an immunization record or a waiver signed by the parent if he/she did not vaccinate the child.

Because of currently registered children, the regulation will not go into effect until early March. If a parent child does not have proper documents, Hagen said, she must refer the parent to the local health department. After the parent takes a training class about vaccinations, the MDCH is given the responsibility of either signing or not signing a waiver form. Only after the parent presents a stamped document can Hagen allow the child into the center.

“It has been a kind of issue with daycare centers that we haven’t really been happy with, but there’s not much you can do because there’s never been anything with the agencies that regulate us to back us up, but now there is,” Hagen said. “Now the health department has stepped in because of these outbreaks.”

Involved for more than 30 years in the childcare field, Hagen recalled the vaccination debate gained attention when people thought a certain chemical in vaccines caused autism. She added that the chemical is no longer used and not proven as a link for the disorder.

Dr. Matthew Davis, a professor at the University of Michigan since 2000, specializes in pediatrics, internal medicine, and public policy. Davis spoke on the matter that some parents show hesitance toward vaccinations due to the influence of the Internet and media.

“What I advise parents to do is to not make up their minds about vaccines before getting to their child’s doctor office. Often times the information about children’s vaccines on the Web or other resources is incomplete,” Davis said. “I believe that every parent wants to make a decision for their child based on complete information.”

The Center for Disease Control does acknowledge the risks of vaccinations. It’s website mentions the most common reaction is redness and swelling surrounding the injection site that usually goes away in a few days. Some children may experience a rare severe allergic reaction and doctors are trained in dealing with those reactions.

“The vast majority of parents do vaccinate. That is the norm,” Davis said. “I do understand that some parents are concerned about vaccinating their kids and we need to have conversations with those parents.”

Don’t believe the quack – Counterpoint

Don’t believe the quack – Counterpoint



Justin Fitins
Many parents want to know why they have a child with autism, and they can never be faulted for looking for answers. Those who can be faulted are the ethically-challenged, pseudo-scientists behind the anti-vaccine movement. The entire scare came from a single study by Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor. The controversy came to the United States behind former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy (courtesy of Oprah Winfrey’s national platform). The other side of the debate involves just about every scientist and doctor in America and the United Kingdom. None of the many credible studies done to date show anything linking vaccines to autism. This is where anti-vaxxers usually jump up and say, “What about the mercury levels in vaccine additives?” Thimerosal, the only mercury constituent, had a lower mercury content than a can of tuna, and has not been in American vaccines since 1999, according to the Center for Disease Control.
An explanation of the 25 vaccinations infants born in the United States typically receive.


We haven’t noticed a change in the rates of autism since, according to CDC statistics, and another anti-vax claim goes up in smoke. This cycle of emotional claims smashed by hard evidence never seems to be enough for the world of quasi-science; not even when Andrew Wakefield’s study was ruled so grossly unscientific and ethically compromised to lose him his medical license permanently. This leaves us looking to McCarthy, who told Oprah that “The University of Google is where I got my degree from.” Do you want your medical advice from the debased duo of a former doctor and a Playboy model, or from nearly the entire world of science and medicine? The saddest part of the story is that we know children have now died as a result of diseases that would have been prevented by vaccines. Siding with the anti-vaccine movement is casting a vote for more dead children. Support our autistic loved ones with compassion and research, not fear. For more information, visit: autismspeaks.org and cdc.gov/media guardian.co.uk/society cdc.gov/vaccinesafety youtube.com news.bbc.co.uk

Autism & Vaccinations – Point

By Anne Duffy
Staff Writer

To vaccinate our children or not? I wouldn’t vaccinate mine, at least on the schedule that is currently recommended by the Center for Disease Control, that’s for sure. Autism is on the rise and a growing number of people say it’s because of our vaccines.

In the book, “Saying No To Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages,” Dr. Sherri Tenpenny wrote, “It is difficult to imagine that the introduction of viruses, bits of bacteria, mercury, aluminum and more than 100 additional chemicals into the body of an infant can be considered harmless.”

The other chemicals she referred to include, but are not limited to: formaldehyde; latex rubber; polysorbate 80; various antibiotics; egg proteins; monosodium glutamate; and glutaraldehyde, and the list goes on and on.

Of course, everyone knows that vaccines have stopped horrible diseases in the past, like polio — and bravo for that. Thank you. No one disputes that.

But today’s recommended schedule of vaccines, according to Trisha Neuenschwander, a nurse and office manager for the Bio Energy Medical Center in Ann Arbor, totals a whopping 68 vaccinations by the time a child is 18 years old.

In addition, children receive 25 vaccinations by the time they are one-year-old. How much is too much for a young baby? See graph on right.

I smell a rat… and it smells like money.

An explanation of the 25 vaccinations infants born in the United States typically receive.


Vaccine manufacturers stand to make loads of money as long as the gravy train of unsuspecting media-manipulated vaccine recipients keeps coming. The makers of the vaccines can never be sued. Who has ever heard of such a thing? But boy oh boy, this is the business opportunity of a lifetime for a pharmaceutical company.

While the incidence of autism has skyrocketed exponentially since the 1980’s, massive lobbying efforts are being deployed to suppress mounting evidence that vaccines are potentially linked to autism. We see this with Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his studies. Wakefield has been discredited in a smear campaign by the vaccine makers and public officials because they are afraid of a new study he and eight other distinguished scientists have completed and are trying to get published.

I wonder how the public health officials and “big Pharma” will respond to Wakefield’s newest study, research that included vaccinated versus non-vaccinated infant primates for multiple years. This study has revealed a definite link to vaccinations and neurological, autism-like symptoms in the vaccinated monkeys, such as lack of sucking reflexes (for eating) and loss of eye contact.

Hmm, I’m not going to hold my breath.

For more information, visit: current.com or generationrescue.com