Last month, the Academy, in a report titled “Countering Vaccine Hesitancy,” called for the elimination of all non-medical exemptions to vaccinations, including religious exemptions, on the model of California.Released alongside this report was another report, also from the AAP, bemoaning the increase in vaccine refusals. The report also endorsed doctors’ “firing” patients who refuse to follow the government’s precise vaccination schedule, and found the number of physicians who have adopted such a policy to have nearly doubled between 2006 and 2013.This is a serious threat. When organizations like the American Medical Association (AMA) and the AAP call for the elimination of non-medical exemptions, lawmakers are “covered” and can do whatever the vaccine company campaign donors tell them to do. We’ve already seen an aggressive attempt in Virginia earlier this year, which was fortunately rebuffed with lots of grassroots help. At least ten other states introduced similar legislation as well.
The AAP does not make it easy to follow its deep ties with the vaccine industry. But some of the facts are available. Corporate members of the AAP’s Friends of Children Fund reads like a Who’s Who of the vaccine business: Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur (the largest company in the world devoted entirely to vaccines), AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Novo Nordisk, and others. In the program for the AAP’s October 2016 conference, more than 300 companies are listed as exhibitors, including familiar names like GlaxoSmithKline, Proctor & Gamble, Gerber, most of the above drug companies, and many more besides.
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