New Jersey Religious Exemption Vaccine Bill Toolkit

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The bills
S1147 Legislation (3/9/15)
A1931 Legislation (3/16/15)

Talking points
Pro-Vaccine Legislators Should Oppose New Jersey Vaccine Bill S1147/A1931 HANDOUT
It Is Unconstitutional to Apply a Religious Test to Exercise a Civil Right HANDOUT

ACLU expresses concern
ACLU-CA re SB277 (4/2/15)
HFA letter to ACLU-NJ (4/15/15)

New Jersey vaccination rate is very high (97.8%)
NJ Vaccination and Exemption Status Reports – 2013-2014 School Year
New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice HANDOUT

Medical exemptions almost impossible to obtain
Chart of Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines, Childhood Vaccines — CDC
Conditions Commonly Misperceived As Contraindications to Vaccination – CDC
What qualifies a child for a medical exemption to vaccine mandates? HANDOUT

Don’t we need to protect the immunocompromised?
What about the immunocompromised?Fearless Parent
To the parent of an immunocompromised child who thinks my kid is a threatLiving Whole

Disneyland measles cases — no public health crisis
Measles Surveillance Updates — California Department of Public Health, 2014-2015
Measles Cases and Outbreaks in the U.S. — CDC
Disneyland measles cases unrelated to exemptions — analysis of CADPH data

There were 136 cases of measles originating in Disneyland from late 2014 until 4/17/15 (terminus). The outbreak started at an amusement park, not a school. It originated from an overseas source, not from an exempted child. It affected more adults (56%) who are not subject to school vaccine laws. And it never spread into the state of California let alone the entire U.S.. There have been several dozen to several hundred cases of measles annually since 2000, when the disease was declared eradicated. This is neither unusual nor unexpected.

Live virus vaccines known to transmit disease
Studies Show That Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease — Weston A Price Foundation
The Vaccinated Spreading Measles: WHO, Merck, CDC — GreenMedInfo 
Failure to reach the goal of measles elimination. Apparent paradox of measles infections in immunized patients. Arch Intern Med. 1994 Aug 22;154(16):1815-20.
The Re-Emergence of Measles in Developed Countries. Vaccine. 2012 Jan 5; 30(2): 103–104.
Measles Outbreaks Will Not Stop, Even With 100% Vaccination HANDOUT (Summary of Gregory A. Poland, MD paper)
Herd Immunity: Documentation of Vaccine Failure — Alan Phillips, Esq

Vaccine-specific information
Chickenpox (Varivax Varicella Virus Live) vaccine package insert — Merck & Co., Inc
MMR (MMRII Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine Live) vaccine package insert — Merck & Co., Inc.
Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary 2/2015 — Ingredients Included in U.S. Vaccines, CDC (dated 2/2015)
Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine — Lawrence Solomon/Huffington Post
Uninformed Consent: A Few Things Parents Don’t Know About MMRFearless Parent
Uninformed Consent: What’s Going On With Merck & Co?Fearless Parent
FDA study helps provide an understanding of rising rates of whooping cough and response to vaccination — FDA (dated 11/27/13)
ADA Policy Regarding School Access for Hepatitis B-Positive Students Highlights Discriminatory Nature of State Vaccine Bills HANDOUT
Which Vaccines Do Children Need? HANDOUT