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The NVAC’s Vaccine Confidence Working Group has released a
draft report that considers “how confidence in vaccines impacts the optimal use
of recommended childhood vaccines in the United States.” It is clear from the
first lines of that report that parents who disagree with the government’s
recommended vaccination schedule need to be steamrolled, not reassured.
One of the proposals is to ramp up already existing
pay-for-performance initiatives, which are financial incentives or mandates for
physicians to achieve both “an immunizing standard within a practice” as well
as “continued improvement in immunization coverage rates within a provider’s
practice.” This sets up a glaring conflict of interest: doctors get more money
if they hit a certain vaccination standard, or don’t get paid if they fail to
Dismissing reasonable concerns about vaccine safety and
labeling parents concerned about their children as irrational, uneducated
“nuts” serves only to marginalize the opposition, ensuring that nothing will be
done to improve vaccine safety.
Submit your comment to NVAC and tell them that they need to
listen to parents and be willing to make changes in vaccine ingredients and
schedule. Informed consent is the basis for a sensible policy on
vaccination—not bullying and public humiliation.
Please personalize and add your own comments if you have time!
Please Listen to Parents about Vaccines!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]