WEDNESDAY APRIL 5TH 4:30PM
Two bills will be heard by the House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee this week. H 5919 and H 5986 will be heard in Room 101 approx. 4:30p April 5th Agenda
Now it is time to show up and show the committee you are serious, you want this passed. We created a Facebook event also so that it is even easier to invite others and share on social media to spread awareness.
This statement or similar;
” I am writing in regards to bills H 5919 and H 5986. I fully support these bills and their support of parental rights for their children. I would like my name and statement documented and forwarded to the H.E.W. Committee Members, to support and pass these two pieces of legislation.
We sincerely thank you for supporting the efforts of getting these bills passed now and in the future.
Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations has continued to rally support and to speak with legislators. Our efforts are paying off.
Sherry Roberts introduced bill H5919! Now four bills support the goals we have been working towards.
Sen. Raptakis sponsored bill S0047: This bill reverses the mandate of the HPV vaccine required for school, requires the RI Dept of Health to hold three public meetings prior to any future mandates, stipulates that mandates can only be made for disease transferrable in a classroom, and adds back the philosophical exemption option for vaccines.
Sen. Morgan sponsored bill S0489: This bill reverses the mandate of the HPV vaccine for school, takes away the ability to mandate any vaccines for disease not transmittable in a classroom, and requires three public meetings by RI DOH prior to any vaccine mandates.
Rep. Price sponsored bill H 5681: This bill give parents the ability to opt out of vaccination for being contrary to their beliefs not just religious belief.
The same year that it was added to the schedule of vaccines, the RI DOH received a grant for over $600,000 to market the HPV vaccine specifically. The mandate was not public knowledge until after it was already signed and added. Currently, the RI DOH is one of only two in the country that hold the power to mandate vaccinations without public input or legislation introduced for vote. The time is now to take a stand, to take the bureaucrat power away from the RI DOH, and to support the bills that respect the parent’s right to a private choice not tracked by the school department.
In this regard, we are asking you for your help. Please take action now to email your state representative and senator to support these important bills. Click on the link here to send a pre-written email instantly to your state senator and representative.
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In 2013 multiple news articles reported 44% of American parents refusing Gardasil or Cervarix for their children. Between 2008 and 2010, the percentage of parents concerned about the safety of these two vaccines nearly quadrupled. As of 2010, only 32% of eligible girls were vaccinated against HPV. What is wrong with this picture?
Excerpts from national news sources, March 18-22, 2013:
Taxpayer funded social marketing campaigns? Look for ways to ‘tell a better story’ to parents? Who are these people kidding? What happened to investigative journalism? What happened to fact-finding? What happened to fair and balanced journalism?
Has no one considered the possibility that the 43.9% of parents refusing this particular vaccine might have some valid concerns? When will people realize there is a huge difference between ‘increasingly concerned about the safety’ and ‘increasingly aware of the potential risks’? After all, this would not be the first time a prescription medication approved by the FDA as ‘safe and effective’ turned out to be nothing of the sort. Will HPV vaccines be next?
HPV vaccination programs worldwide are based on two assumptions. First, HPV vaccines will prevent cervical cancer and save lives. Second, HPV vaccines will pose no risk of serious side effects. Therefore, it would make sense to vaccinate as many pre-adolescent girls as possible to reduce the worldwide burden of cervical cancer. What happens if both of these assumptions are not based on factual evidence?
Medical Consumers Want to Know:
The FDA granted Merck’s HPV vaccine, Gardasil, fast track approval in June of 2006, despite the fact that this HPV vaccine failed to meet the FDA criteria for fast track approval. FDA approval of GSK’s HPV vaccine, Cervarix, followed shortly after in January 2007.
According to The New York Times, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended adding HPV vaccines to the immunization schedule in the U.S. despite the fact that 64% of the advisory committee members had potential conflicts of interest which were either never disclosed or left unresolved at the time they voted. 3% of the members actually voted on matters they had been barred from considering by ethics officers. News like this certainly does little to enhance the level of public trust.
Is it possible for the FDA to objectively monitor the safety and efficacy of HPV vaccines? One has to wonder since Congress tightened the rules on outside consulting after similarly undisclosed conflicts of interest were discovered within advisory committees at the FDA.
As if this is not enough, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, via the National Institutes of Health, Office of Technology Transfer receives royalties on each HPV vaccine sold worldwide. This happens because technologies used in the production of HPV vaccines were developed at NIH and subsequently patented by them. For three of the last five years, HPV vaccines based on recombinant papillomavirus capsid proteins have ranked #1 based on royalties from product sales.
Marketing Gardasil to the public under these circumstances is a typical case of unconstrained government self-dealing. The major patent holder (National Cancer Institute/NCI), the regulator (FDA) and the vaccination policy maker (CDC) are all divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These self-dealings typically benefit some administrators, not the government or tax payers. For example, Dr. Julie Gerberding, as the Director of the CDC, approved the use of Gardasil for cervical cancer prevention as a public health policy is now the president of Merck’s Vaccine division promoting the sales of Gardasil.
How much revenue is generated for the NIH from international sales of HPV vaccines? In November 2010, Dr. Eric Suba submitted a Freedom of Information Request to the Office of Government Information Services to discover the amount. It seems the financial details of the partnership between the NIH, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline are exempt from disclosure. (Read the response received here.) Apparently, transparency in government does not apply to the top 20 revenue producing patent(s) developed at taxpayer expense. Why is the public not allowed to share in celebrating the success of products they financed?
Three Strikes for Gardasil?
Why have none of these discoveries sparked a single investigation in any country? Why is no one concerned when genetically modified viral DNA fragments are found in vaccines that are reported to have no viral DNA? Why is no one worried about those viral DNA fragments being attached to aluminum (a known toxin) possibly creating a new chemical compound of unknown toxicity? Why are no red flags raised when those viral DNA fragments attached to aluminum acquire a non-B conformation – something known to be associated with multiple debilitating diseases? Anyone with an ounce of common sense should demand to know why those charged with approval, recommendation and safety monitoring of these vaccines appear to be utterly unconcerned about the future health implications of any one of these discoveries, much less all three of them.
What kind of ‘expert’ advice is being given to YOUR government health officials?
Israel’s Advisory Committee on Infectious Diseases and Inoculations held a teleconference on 30 January 2013, to discuss the proposed introduction of HPV vaccines into the country’s school inoculation program among other issues. The official transcript of that meeting, dated 11 February 2013, provides some interesting insights for medical consumers who question HPV vaccine safety.
Ron Dagan, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, and Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit at the Soroka University Medical Center, also in Beer-Sheva. An active researcher and international lecturer, Dr. Dagan’s work focuses on new conjugate vaccines. His expert advice to Israel’s Advisory Committee regarding potential HPV vaccine implementation is as follows (translation provided-emphasis added):
We are dealing with injections, some of which given in 3 [separate] doses, which are delivered to teenage girls. Many side effects are to be expected. During the week following the vaccine delivery of the injections many serious events which are not related/linked to the vaccination are expected: fainting, deaths and convulsions/fits. This needs to be taken into account. Even if it is not rational, if these events happen in class they may damage the general perception/status of the vaccinations. This is happening all over the world all the time. We have already dealt with a similar issue in relation to the delivery of MMR with TD and Polio and we have accepted the nurse’s proposal to split these between grades 1 and 2. The nurses are suitable to make recommendations to the committee in relation to this issue. In relation to the side effects, we need to be prepared in advance and not simply react after the fact. I propose we consult with the English representatives as to how they’ve gone about this. We must prepare for the delivery of the new vaccine. The nurses need to know they are going about this in the way they are most comfortable with (/have the most control over/familiarity with).
If this is an example of the expert advice vaccination programs are based on, it’s no wonder medical consumers are questioning HPV vaccine safety, efficacy and need. Many side effects are to be expected? Fainting, deaths, convulsions and fits occurring during the week following vaccination – yet not related to the vaccine? Preparing in advance for side effects? Consulting with other countries to see how they handled the problem? Are countries around the world being offered similar expert advice?
So, what will it take to solve the HPV vaccine uptake problem?
Parental concerns about HPV vaccine safety are not going to go away in response to social media campaigns. Teaching medical professionals to ‘tell a better story’ is not going to make parents change their mind about Gardasil, Cervarix, or any future HPV vaccine. Platitudes and unsubstantiated reassurances are no longer sufficient.
The time has come for government health authorities to make HPV vaccine manufacturers prove their claims or pull their products from the market. Medical consumers want scientifically proven facts – Safe, Affordable, Necessary and Effective – nothing less is acceptable.
The above article is from SaneVax.org and was written in 2013. This information is still valid and a reminder is in order for the current fight for our rights around the country and in RI about the HPV vaccine. #InformedConsent is essential and very important points are not being disclosed.
Since this article was published, last month there was a change in the dosing scheduled suggestions by the CDC. Where children under age 15 only need to receive two doses vs three doses. More specific details also apply.
Now on Nov 18th the CDC will hold a training to teach health care workers how to encourage the HPV vaccine and how to understand the new dosing recommendations by the CDC from Oct 2016.
Share this blog post with your legislator and schedule a time to sit down and speak with them.
Who is in support of reversing the mandate of the HPV vaccine?
Below is a chart of legislators in RI and their stated position in regards to the mandate. We hope you will use this in your voting decisions and be sure to support the candidates that support our efforts. The loudest voice you have with the General Assembly is with your vote, use it.
YES = Fully supports reversing the mandate and keeping the choice private with the family. Yes, vote for these candidates
NO = Legislators that do not support reversing the mandate
*Legislators that have indicated they support choice and parental rights but have not stated they support reversing the mandate.
Avoided= avoided giving a direct answer of opposing or supporting the mandate
xx = Sponsored bills in last session to support our cause
<> = co-signed on bills last session to support our cause
|EDITH H AJELLO||Democrat||01|
|RAYMOND M MATHIEU||Independent||01|
|CHRISTOPHER R BLAZEJEWSKI||Democrat||02|
|MARK G TEOLI||Republican||02|
|MOIRA JAYNE WALSH||Democrat||03|
|J. AARON REGUNBERG||Democrat||04|
|ROLAND JOSEPH LAVALLEE||Republican||05||YES|
|RAYMOND A HULL||Democrat||06|
|DANIEL P MCKIERNAN||Democrat||07||YES|
|GRANT A VANECK||Independent||07||YES|
|JOHN JOSEPH LOMBARDI||Democrat||08|
|ANASTASIA P WILLIAMS||Democrat||09|
|SCOTT A SLATER||Democrat||10|
|JOSEPH S ALMEIDA||Democrat||12|
|LUIS ANTONIO VARGAS||Independent||12||YES|
|RAMON A PEREZ||Democrat||13|
|NICHOLAS A MATTIELLO||Democrat||15||NO|
|PATRICK E VALLIER||Independent||15|
|ROBERT B LANCIA||Republican||16||YES|
|CHRISTOPHER T MILLEA||Democrat||16|
|ROBERT B JACQUARD||Democrat||17|
|DAVID D MASTRIANO||Independent||19||YES|
|DAVID A BENNETT||Democrat||20|
|ANDREW C KNUTTON||Independent||21|
|MICHAEL W PENTA||Republican||21|
|MICHAEL L UNDERWOOD||Independent||21||YES|
|CAMILLE F VELLA WILKINSON||Democrat||21|
|ELIZABETH K SMITH||Independent||22|
|JOSEPH J SOLOMON JR||Democrat||22|
|K JOSEPH SHEKARCHI||Democrat||23||YES||<>|
|EVAN P SHANLEY||Democrat||24|
|JARED R NUNES||Democrat||25|
|PATRICIA L MORGAN||Republican||26||YES||<>|
|ANTHONY J PAOLINO||Democrat||26|
|MARK E BOURGET||Independent||27|
|PATRICIA A SERPA||Democrat||27||YES|
|RYAN M HALL||Democrat||28|
|ROBERT A NARDOLILLO||Republican||28||YES||<>|
|SHERRY ROBERTS||Republican||29||YES||xx <>|
|LISA P TOMASSO||Democrat||29|
|JULIE A CASIMIRO||Democrat||31|
|MICHAEL PAUL MARFEO||Republican||31|
|ROBERT E CRAVEN SR||Democrat||32|
|MARK S ZACCARIA||Republican||32||YES|
|DOUGLAS J BUONANNO||Independent||33|
|CAROL HAGAN MCENTEE||Democrat||33|
|KATHLEEN A FOGARTY||Democrat||35|
|BRUCE K WAIDLER||Independent||35|
|BLAKE A. FILIPPI||Independent||36||YES||<>|
|SAMUEL A AZZINARO||Democrat||37|
|MICHAEL JAMES GEARY||Independent||38|
|BRIAN PATRICK KENNEDY||Democrat||38|
|JUSTIN PRICE||Republican||39||YES||xx <>|
|JOSEPH D CARDILLO||Democrat||40|
|MICHAEL W CHIPPENDALE||Republican||40||YES||<>|
|MICHAEL J MARCELLO||Democrat||41||YES|
|ROBERT J QUATTROCCHI||Republican||41||Avoided|
|STEPHEN R UCCI||Democrat||42|
|DEBORAH A FELLELA||Democrat||43|
|KARIN N GORMAN||Independent||43|
|GREGORY J COSTANTINO||Democrat||44|
|MIA A ACKERMAN||Democrat||45|
|PAUL W SANTORO||Independent||45|
|BRADLEY J COLLINS||Independent||46|
|JOHN J CULLEN||Independent||46|
|PAUL J DIDOMENICO||Independent||46|
|JEREMIAH T OGRADY||Democrat||46||YES|
|CALE P KEABLE||Democrat||47|
|DAVID J PLACE||Republican||47|
|BRIAN C NEWBERRY||Republican||48|
|MICHAEL A MORIN||Democrat||49|
|STEPHEN M CASEY||Democrat||50|
|ROBERT D PHILLIPS||Democrat||51|
|LISA M CANNON||Republican||52|
|ALEX D MARSZALKOWSKI||Democrat||52|
|STEPHANIE L WESTGATE||Republican||53|
|THOMAS J WINFIELD||Democrat||53|
|WILLIAM W O’BRIEN||Democrat||54|
|ARTHUR J CORVESE||Democrat||55|
|JAMES N MCLAUGHLIN||Democrat||57|
|CARLOS EDUARDO TOBON||Democrat||58|
|LORI J BARDEN||Independent||59|
|JEAN PHILIPPE BARROS||Democrat||59|
|ANDREW E MAGUIRE||Independent||59|
|DAVID A COUGHLIN JR||Democrat||60|
|RAYMOND H JOHNSTON JR||Democrat||61||Avoided|
|JAMES W OBENCHAIN||Independent||61|
|MARY DUFFY MESSIER||Democrat||62|
|CHRISTOPHER J HOLLAND||Republican||63|
|KATHERINE S KAZARIAN||Democrat||63|
|HELDER J CUNHA||Democrat||64|
|JOY S HEARN||Democrat||66||YES|
|WILLIAM JAMES HUNT JR||LIBERTARIAN||68||YES|
|KENNETH A MARSHALL||Democrat||68|
|ANTONIO F AVILA||Republican||69|
|ANALEE A BERRETTO||LIBERTARIAN||69||YES|
|SUSAN R DONOVAN||Democrat||69|
|JOHN G EDWARDS||Democrat||70|
|DENNIS M CANARIO||Democrat||71|
|JUSTIN W LACROIX||Republican||71||YES|
|LINDA DILL FINN||Democrat||72|
|KENNETH J MENDONCA||Republican||72|
|MARVIN L ABNEY||Democrat||73|
|DEBORAH L RUGGIERO||Democrat||74|
|LAUREN H CARSON||Democrat||75||Avoided|
|MICHAEL WARREN SMITH||Independent||75|
|JEFFREY ORLANDO CAMINERO||Republican||01|
|ANA B QUEZADA||Democrat||02|
|GAYLE L GOLDIN||Democrat||03||NO|
|DOMINICK J RUGGERIO||Democrat||04|
|PAUL V JABOUR||Democrat||05||<>||YES|
|RUSSELL C HRYZAN||Independent||06|
|HAROLD M METTS||Democrat||06|
|FRANK A CICCONE III||Democrat||07|
|JAMES E DOYLE II||Democrat||08||YES|
|ADAM J SATCHELL||Democrat||09||YES|
|WALTER S FELAG JR||Democrat||10|
|JARROD E HAZARD||Independent||10|
|JOHN A PAGLIARINI JR||Republican||11|
|JAMES ARTHUR SEVENEY||Democrat||11|
|LOUIS P DIPALMA||Democrat||12|
|AMY E VERI||Republican||12||YES|
|M TERESA PAIVA-WEED||Democrat||13|
|DONNA M NESSELBUSH||Democrat||15|
|ELIZABETH A CROWLEY||Democrat||16||Avoided|
|THOMAS J PAOLINO||Republican||17|
|JINA N PETRARCA-KARAMPETSOS||Democrat||17|
|WILLIAM J CONLEY JR||Democrat||18|
|BILLY J CHARETTE||Republican||19|
|RYAN W PEARSON||Democrat||19||NO|
|ROGER A PICARD||Democrat||20||Avoided|
|NICHOLAS D KETTLE||Republican||21||<>||YES|
|MARGAUX S MORISSEAU||Democrat||21|
|STEPHEN R ARCHAMBAULT||Democrat||22|
|BRENT ANDREW BARROWS||Republican||22|
|PAUL W FOGARTY||Democrat||23|
|STEPHEN N RAWSON||Republican||23|
|MARC A COTE||Democrat||24|
|FRANK LOMBARDO III||Democrat||25|
|LOUIS VINAGRO JR||Independent||25|
|FRANK S LOMBARDI||Democrat||26||<>||YES|
|HANNA M GALLO||Democrat||27||NO|
|JONATHAN J KEITH||Republican||27||YES|
|RONALD A LOPARTO||Independent||29|
|MICHAEL J MCCAFFREY||Democrat||29|
|ERIN LYNCH PRATA||Democrat||31|
|CYNTHIA ARMOUR COYNE||Democrat||32||NO|
|JAMES A KAZOUNIS||Republican||32|
|SCOTT R COPLEY||Independent||33|
|LEONIDAS P RAPTAKIS||Democrat||33||xx <>||YES|
|CATHERINE COOL RUMSEY||Democrat||34|
|ELAINE J MORGAN||Republican||34||xx <>||YES|
|MARK W GEE||Republican||35||*|
|JAMES C SHEEHAN||Democrat||36|
|SVEN P SODERBERG||Independent||37||YES|
|V SUSAN SOSNOWSKI||Democrat||37||NO|
|DENNIS L ALGIERE||Republican||38|
*J. Keith, also attended and spoke at the senate hearing for bills in 2016
To read some quotes direct from the legislators check out our Facebook page.
Not sure what district number you are? Go to vote.sos.ri.gov and enter your info to find out.
RI Dept of Health is holding one of their two meetings they hold twice a year for the vaccine advisory committee. This committee is where it was discussed to bring the HPV vaccine into the mandated school schedule. It was also discussed in these meetings in the past to remove the religious exemption. It is a public meeting that everyone thought they could trust the Dept of Health to manage on their own. They have more then proven that someone needs to be listening, and reporting on their tactics.
RHODE ISLAND VACCINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 7:30 – 8:30 AM
LOCATION: RI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ROOM 401
If you have a way to make it to the office and attend the meeting it will be an important time to show how many have eyes on them now. We understand the time of day is difficult and not easy for many. Please share this message with others too, even if you yourself are not able to attend. One of the topics planned on being discussed at this meeting is resistance to getting vaccinated. Now is the time to express why you want the ability and right to deny a vaccine and not have it mandated to attend school, with the HPVirus you can not spread it in the classroom.
Agenda for Nov 4th meeting.
Next week is the general election, keep an eye out for an email about what candidates support our mission. If you have an email or statement from a candidate on their position please forward to email@example.com.
Speaker of the House N Mattiello just went on record this morning stating that he does not feel any vaccine related decisions are a legislative issue and it should be only held within the RI Dept of Health. District 15 is that district and S Frias is his opposition. Though we do not know Frias position on our mission, we do know that Mattiello has the ability to make getting legislation through on the house side very difficult. We strongly encourage you to vote against Mattiello on this topic.
Hello Supporters of Rhode Islanders against mandated HPV vaccinations;
This week we will be in attendance at two events and one of those events we need volunteers to help spread awareness. The second event we invite you to attend as Aimee Gardiner our Director speaks about the fight in RI against the mandate.
RI Kids Consignment Sale is happening this week. Thurs, Sat, and Sun. Can you help be with the table to share info and ask for signatures on our petition? You do not need to feel like you have to know all the facts to help. There will be printouts to reference and hand out, but having a person to see at the table and be able to say “thank you for taking a look at the info” can make a huge difference to parents that are not aware of the issue.
Sept 29-Oct 2 ~~ Thurs 9:30a-5 Sat 9:30a-3 Sun 8:45a-12
Can you help with any of these times, or part of the day vs the whole day? Thurs is a day that we could really use the help with the shift of 9:30a-2:30p. Please call Aimee at 4014062647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
You are invited to attend “For the Love of Freedom” hosted by Adam Kokesh on Sept 30th Friday at 7pm in Warwick. Aimee will be speaking at this event and there will be info about different ways in RI you can connect with groups that are fighting for a cause and standing up against government overreach. The event is being held at the Firefighter’s Hall, 750 Warwick Ave in Warwick.
The CDC group; The ACIP is having a quarterly meeting that involved the HPV vaccine. We sent an email a couple days ago in regards to submitting public comment to be recorded in the meeting. Please submit comment by Sept 29th it only takes 3or4minutes.
Have you subscribed to our Facebook events to get notified of new ones posted immediately? https://www.facebook.com/RIagainstHPVmandate/events
If you are not able to help at any of the times this week, (even if you are helping too) please share the RI HPV Info pack with others. Via social media and printing a couple copies and placing on a library bulletin board or coffee shop. The direct link is http://www.RIHPVinfo.nohpvmandateri.com
Thank you so much for all the help and support through out the year.