Letter to the editor: Protect Idaho children’s medical choices

Protect Idaho children’s medical choices

Received Feb. 23

I wanted to address Steve Taggart’s column that he wrote in Sunday’s paper regarding SB 1227. It is a false statement that this bill would change the law and that a form is currently required. Its’ purpose is to clarify the current law under Statute 39-4802.

Anyone can access the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) online and see what reactions have been reported, although it is estimated that only as high as 10 percent of injuries are reported. Not all injuries are permanent or life threatening, but last year alone there were 58 death events submitted.

It is also important to note that the recently vaccinated can also spread disease. Pertussis can be transmitted by recently vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic, as confirmed by the WHO in an article on the CDC’s website titled, “Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day-Care Centers, Israel”.

The issue is absolutely freedom. Assuming that vaccines are one size fits all is an extremely dangerous concept. There is no pre-screening done before administering vaccines. An infant could have a severe allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine and end up having anaphylaxis, which could lead to death. This is one of many possible adverse reactions, which can all be found on a vaccine insert located in the box of the vaccine itself.

I am proud to live in Idaho where we have the freedoms to make our medical choices and I will fight to protect that right for my children.

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STEPHANIE WIELANG

Idaho Falls

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