New Haven, CT — Parents who fail to get their 2 to 4-year-old children vaccinated for influenza in Connecticut are in for a rude awakening when children return to school after Christmas break. If they cannot prove their child received the flu vaccine, they will not be allowed to return to school.
The new state law is simple: comply or your child cannot go to school.
It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exists truth and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions.
While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, however, government mandating vaccinations is a highly unethical practice as it removes the right to informed consent.
Lawmakers claim that the new law is necessary because every year in the US roughly 20,000 children under 5 are hospitalized because of the flu. But historically, the data shows that these numbers are largely skewed.
The CDC has been telling the public for nearly a decade that there are more than 200,000 estimated hospitalizations and 36,000 estimated deaths from influenza in the U.S. every year.
But these estimates count a lot of people hospitalized – not just with influenza but also with pneumonia, respiratory and circulatory illnesses – which they counted as probably associated with influenza.
What's more is the fact that the flu shot is a crap shoot every year. It was no secret that last year's vaccine was all but entirely ineffective.
Also, despite reassurance from government officials, the flu vaccine has been documented to cause harm.
As TFTP reported in December, Shane Morgan, like millions of other Americans was vaccinated against the flu virus in November. However, within 36 hours of receiving the shot, he began experiencing symptoms of the flu.