Open letter to Vermont Commissioner of Health

In your Feb. 25, 2019 letter to Congress, you call for censorship of online vaccine “misinformation,” meaning reports or science that contradict the health department’s “state-sanctioned” messaging, which has included supporting the removal of all non-medical exemptions to vaccines. I find this deeply disturbing, and an obvious attack on an individual’s right to free and informed consent to a medical procedure.

Parents already do not receive detailed factual information from their doctors about vaccines, like what is specifically reported on the package inserts. If they did, they would learn about ingredients like aborted fetal tissue, GMO’s, heavy metals, specific potential adverse reactions, what actual safety studies were conducted and for how long, and whether the control trials were actual true inert placebos or the same toxins as the tested vaccine.

Too overwhelming and confusing? Then let a parent choose to blindly follow their doctor’s recommendations. The key word here is choose. The parents of children who had an adverse reaction to vaccines are overwhelmingly consistent in stating that they were not told about the possibility of adverse reactions by their doctor.

When an advertiser doesn’t provide details in their marketing material, the consumer has the internet as one source available to gather the information that is lacking to make their best choice. It is everyone’s responsibility to use any source of information wisely no matter the topic. Due diligence is the partner of free choice.

Silencing of content on the internet that opposes or even questions vaccine safety and science reduces this important decision-making about a family’s health to the equivalent of playing Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey.

It is time for the blindfold to come off. The citizens of Vermont deserve having free and informed consent to all medical procedures, including vaccinations.

If vaccines truly are as safe and effective as claimed, then they should be able to sell themselves. Contradictory information wouldn’t threaten their acceptance. Questioning vaccination will not go away simply by banning access to information. In fact, it should always be questioned, especially since vaccine manufacturers were granted immunity from liability in 1986.

The science should never be settled on anything for that is the inherent nature of true science, to continue to investigate and learn without preconceived outcomes. The exceptions or unexpected outcomes historically have proven to lead to the most useful discoveries and inventions. Dialogue and discourse are what can tease out the best solutions to a problem including challenging the status quo.

Author Robert Heinlein wrote, “When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.”

Heather Rice
Hinesburg

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