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Yes on 1 Myths vs. Reality

 

Myth:

 

Reality: 

Vaccines are 100% safe and effective.

Read below to learn the reality about some of the common misconceptions perpetuated by the media regarding LD798. 

 

Myth:

This law only applies to public school children. 

 

Reality:

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LD798 applies to all schools and educational settings in the state of Maine: public, private, parochial, colleges and universities, online and trade schools. The law also applies to daycare employees and healthcare workers.

 

Myth:

Vaccines are 100% safe and effective.

 

Reality:

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Vaccines are created, manufactured and sold by drug companies. They carry the same risks and side effects as the drugs you see advertised on TV, ranging from swelling at injection site, fever, and rash to encephalopathy, seizures and death. 

Yet unlike other pharmaceutical products, Big Pharma bears no liability for injuries that occur as a result of vaccines. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a fund, paid for by taxpayers, that reimburses those seriously injured by vaccines.  To date, the NVICP has paid out over $4 billion dollars. 

 

Myth:

There was a documented problem that this bill purports to solve. 

 

Reality:

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Good legislation should have a clearly documented need, particularly before passing a mandate that restricts free and equal access to education, but that was never the case for LD798. Neither the Maine CDC nor the bill sponsors were able to provide any evidence that a single un- or selectively-vaccinated child has ever spread a vaccine-targeted disease to another child and despite the portrayal in the media, there is no documented evidence that under-vaccinated children pose any risk to others. Arguments were made that whooping cough outbreaks in Maine and measles cases on a national level necessitate this law, however 80% of the whooping cough cases in Maine occur in those fully vaccinated for the disease.

 

 

Myth:

It's easy to get a medical exemption so anyone who needs one can get one. 

 

Reality:

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In our current political climate, medical exemptions are virtually impossible to obtain, no matter the severity of medical contraindications. Under LD798, a medical exemption is the only way for a student missing even one dose of a required vaccine to attend school. This places pressure on doctors who report fear that they will be targeted or risk their medical license for writing exemptions. Some are told by their employers that they are not allowed to write exemptions.

 

 

Myth:

This law is the will of the people of Maine. 

 

Reality:

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The public hearing on LD798 saw an unprecedented outpouring of citizen testimony. 80% of the 781 Mainers who submitted testimony were opposed to the bill. The bill passed by only 1 swing vote in the Senate before a People's Veto was successfully undertaken by over 800 grassroots volunteers who spent their summers collecting signatures from 95,871 Mainers to ensure that the people, rather than politicians and lobbyists, would get the final say.

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