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Yes on 1 Myths vs. Reality

Read below to learn the reality about some of the common misconceptions perpetuated by the media regarding LD798 and the Yes on 1 Campaign. 

This law only applies to public school children. 

 

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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.

Vaccines are 100% safe and effective

 

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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. 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

This law is the will of the people of Maine. 

 

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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.

Big Pharma doesn't make money on vaccines. 

 

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In reality, vaccines are big business. Really big business.  In 2019, Merck alone (that’s just one of a handful of vaccine manufacturers) sold over $8 Billion in childhood vaccines.  According to Vaccines Market, the global vaccine market is expected to reach nearly $60 Billion in just a few years with the “pediatric patients segment accounting for the largest share of the global vaccines market in 2018. This can be attributed to the increasing government initiatives for immunization."

A YES vote is an "Anti-Vax" vote

 

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A Yes vote is not an anti-vax vote. Nor does a yes vote mean that there will no longer be vaccine requirements for schools or that vaccines aren’t a critical part of community health.  A Yes vote simply rolls back to the previous law - the law that’s been in place in Maine for decades.  It will still require vaccines for school entry, however, it will offer religious and philosophical exemptions for those who truly need them.  Yes on 1 supporters are made up of nurses, doctors, health care practitioners, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, college students, and vital members of our communities throughout Maine who want to retain the right to make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families with their health care providers.

I can continue to "space-out" or delay my child's vaccines

 

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Yes and No.  You can work with your health care provider to space out your child's vaccinations, however, they must be up to date when you're ready to enroll them in Daycare or School. LD798 applies to ALL schools and that also includes daycares and preschools, so if your child is not current on the daycare vaccine schedule, your child will be denied entry to that school.  The daycare vaccine schedule includes 31 doses of required vaccines including Hep B and some that aren’t even on the mandated schedule for Kindergarten entry (Hep B, Hep A, and PCV13).

There aren't 69 vaccine doses on the required school schedule

 

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That one is true. There are not 69 required doses for school entry in Maine...yet. However, there are 69 recommended doses on the CDC childhood immunization schedule starting at birth through age 18.  So, while all of these doses aren’t currently required for school entry, a legislative hearing is all that’s needed to add more vaccines to the school mandated schedule.  Many parents also aren’t aware that some of the vaccines their pediatrician is recommending aren’t even required for school entry.  The school schedule for K-12th grade currently includes 30 doses of vaccines.  Simply adding the annual flu vaccine to the schedule would bump that required schedule up to 45 doses of required vaccines.  

I vaccinate for everything except chicken pox.  I can still opt my child out of that right?

 

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Nope.  That is a required vaccine for school entry in Maine.  Simply opting out of this one vaccine - for an illness that was once considered a normal childhood illness - will mean your child will be denied an education in Maine.