Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice
Maine Has No Plan to Care For Vaccine injured Children PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 December 2015 17:07

During the vaccine push of 2015 in which the vaccine industry and legislators supporting it presented more than 100 bills across the country to remove and restrict the rights of families to decline vaccines, the discussions surrounding the bills in question showed plainly what families have been reporting for many years.  Namely that physicians know little to nothing about vaccine injury and that the medical establishment and public health agencies promoting the vaccine program have no plan to care for the vaccine injured.

After failing to respond to the many questions that we have asked of the Maine Immunization Program, today they have confirmed what we already knew, that the vaccine program in Maine is a bad faith program that both ignores vaccine injury and fails to support Mainers in need who have been injured by their program.

For all their passion to see all children fully vaccinated according to the CDC schedule, they have no concern with helping those harmed and cannot give us the name of even ONE physician in the state that can assess and care for children experiencing adverse vaccine events.  This clearly demonstrates that the program is not about health, it is about product sales.

They join the Maine Chapter of the American Acacemy of Pediatrics and the Maine Medical Association in failing to simply give us the name of a doctor who can help our children.

The events of this year have lead us to one conclusion. The standard of care for vaccine injury in Maine is medical neglect.

The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice riterates our warning to those who choose to participate in the immunization program.  Caveat Emptor.. buyer beware.  Despite the claims of the Maine CDC, Maine AAP and MMA that they wish to "partner with parents," on vaccine issues, once you or your loved one suffers a vaccine injury, they will not be there for you.  YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.

 

From: Ginger Taylor [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 3:23 PM
To: Philbrick, Tonya
Cc: DHHS, ImmunizeME; Albert, Kenneth
Subject: Seeing physicians to assess and treat vaccine adverse reactions

Ms. Philbrick,

As was testified to in the vaccine hearings in the Maine Legislature, because Maine physicians are not educated on federal guidelines for vaccine injuries, our families are unable to find qualified practitioners to provide competent medical assessment and care for our vaccine injured children.

I have contacted both the Maine AAP and the Maine Medical Association to ask them for the names of their physicians who have expertise in this area.  The Maine AAP responded to confirm receipt of my email, and declined to answer any of my questions.  The Maine Medical Association did not respond at all, even after a follow up email was sent.

I have also contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources Services Administration's, Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and neither provides information on how to find a qualified doctor in our state.

Can you please provide the name and contact information for any and all physicians in Maine who are experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and treating vaccine adverse reactions, and who will accept MaineCare.

Thank you,

--

Ginger Taylor, MS
Director
Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice
207-200-8469

Subject: RE: Seeing physicians to assess and treat vaccine adverse reactions
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:34:28 +0000
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Ms. Taylor, The Maine Immunization Program does not gather or retain the information that you are requesting.

Tonya Philbrick, BS

Director, Maine Immunization Program

Division of Infectious Disease, Maine CDC

286 Water Street, 9th Floor Key Plaza

Augusta, Maine 04330

Phone 207-287-2541

Fax 207-287-8127

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2015 18:17
 
MCVC Files A False Claims Complainst Against MaineHealth PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:38

On October 14, 2015, a complaint was filed with Maine DHHS against MaineHealth for making egregiously false claims about immuizations, a product line that they sell to the public:

To the Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services

 

Complaint against MaineHealth for making false product safety claims on pharmaceuticals sold and administered by their corporation.

I would like to file a complaint against MaineHealth for making fraudulent statements concerning one of their product lines.

MaineHealth, both on the VaxMaineKids.org web site and during an interview on MPBN on December 1, 2014, have made false vaccine safety claims. I have contacted VaxMaineKids, MaineHealth and MPBN to ask for a retraction and correction of the false marketing messages that they are issuing to the public, but none of the organizations will properly address the issue.

VaxMaineKids.org makes the false claims on their web site that:

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM.”

And that, “No other medical study anywhere in the world has ever found a link between vaccines and autism. Not one.” (http://www.vaxmainekids.org/mythbuster-series-autism/)

During an email exchange last summer with Cassandra Grantham, Program Director of Child Health at MaineHealth, initiated by Ms. Grantham after I had written about her work, I corrected the misinformation, sending VaxMaineKids a list with dozens of studies that link vaccines and autism. (The list now stands at 108 research papers. http://www.scribd.com/doc/220807175/86-Research-Papers-Supporting-the-Vaccine-Autism-Link) Ms. Grantham failed to correct the false claims on the MaineHealth web site, and wrote that she was no longer interested in discussing the matter any further with me.

Ms. Grantham, representing Maine Health, made further false claims on December 1, 2014 on MPBN's Maine Calling, when she claimed that there were multiple studies comparing populations of unvaccinated children to children fully vaccinated according to the CDC schedule that have found no increased risk in autism among fully vaccinated children.

In fact, no such research exists, as testified to by
Dr. Colleen Boyle, Director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities during the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing 1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism on November 29, 2012. In response to a question whether or not autism risk had been studied in vaccinated v. unvaccinated children Dr. Boyle stated, "We have not studied vaccinated v. unvaccinated."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:51
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Our Response to Maine CDC's Chief, Kenneth Albert, Announcement of Support For Laws Infringing on Uncoerced Informed Consent in Vaccination PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:53

UPDATED 10/15/15: The Portland Press Herald has erroneously reported that Kenneth Albert supported some form of LD 471 in the future, and our response has been amended to reflect this new information.  This is one of dozens of examples of false, incomplete and misleading information on vaccines and vaccine policy reported by Joe Lawlor and the Portland Press Herald over the past year.  In light of that, the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice frankly should have known better than to take the paper's reporting at face value, and should have checked with Mr. Albert's office first to confirm his position before responding.  Apologies to Mr. Albert, and we will endeavor to fact check any such claims by the PPH in the future.

Unfortunately the bulk of our complaints against Maine CDC still stand.

The Maine CDC's response and additional discussion can be found below.

Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice 
Response to: Maine CDC director supports strengthening state’s vaccine laws
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/13/maine-cdc-director-supports-strengthening-states-vaccine-laws

October 14, 2015

Kenneth Albert And The Maine CDC, Supports The Removal Of The Vaccine Choice Rights Of Parents, and Denial Of Informed Consent In Vaccination, While Refusing To Meet With The Parents Of Vaccine Injured Children To Address Their Questions And Concerns *

Last spring, The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice, Maine's only vaccine safety/vaccine choice watchdog group, submitted a list of questions to the Maine Immunization Program, The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maine Medical Association on behalf of the Maine parents that are opting out of one or more vaccines. All three organizations * have refused to answer these questions and refused to meet with us. At the same time they are pushing legislation that would require our members to be lectured on vaccine safety by a physician, whose systematic and widespread ignorance of federal vaccine injury guidelines is among our chief complaints. (* Kenneth Albert has issued a statement in response to the Portland Press Herald article saying that he does not endorse the legislation to restrict vaccine exemption rights, so while all three organizations are refusing to meet with families, only the Maine AAP and the MMA are pushing legislation to coerce parents into vaccinating against their better judgement.)

These basic questions, which all Maine citizens have the right to know, include:

- What is the vaccine injury rate in Maine?

- May we have the name of a physician in Maine who is experienced and qualified in properly diagnosing and treating vaccine adverse events so that we may have children having serious reactions assessed and treated quickly, and who can correctly document reactions for those who are permanently injured so they can be compensated by the HHS Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?

- Why has the link to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program listed on the Maine DHHS web site been misnamed as the "National Vaccine Compensation Program," as it prevents parents and physicians from finding information on the program that they need, and when will that be changed to comply with the new Maine law requiring the program be listed?

- Can the AAP reconcile for us their conflicting testimony before the Maine Legislature that "vaccines are safe," and that, "vaccines are mostly safe" with that of their testimony before the US Supreme Court that all FDA approved vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe?"

- Physicians in Maine are almost completely ignorant of the federal vaccine injury guidelines.  Your own organizations have submitted testimony to the Maine Legislature in 2015 showing you didn't even know of the existence Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, that is the federal repository for vaccine injury information.  What are your organizations doing to educate yourselves and physicians in Maine on federal guidelines for vaccine injury so that doctors can properly recognize them in their patients, prevent further damage and provide appropriate care?

- When physicians or medical groups give false vaccine safety information to patients, what is the process by which we can go about having them held accountable and properly trained on evidence based vaccine risk information?

In addition to his lack of willingness to answer or questions, Kenneth Albert's last email to us in response to our request for basic information about the Maine Immunization Program ended by inferring that if we wanted our questions answered, we should file a lawsuit.

http://mainevaxchoice.org/index.php/news/71-questions-for-the-maine-immunization-program

http://mainevaxchoice.org/index.php/news/72-questions-for-the-maine-chapter-of-the-american-academy-of-pediatrics

http://mainevaxchoice.org/index.php/news/73-questions-for-the-maine-medical-association

Further, Maine DHHS has ignored complaints filed by us against Maine medical leaders that are providing blatantly false information about vaccine safety in order to increase their vaccine sales.  The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice has refiled our complaints with DHHS today.

How does the Maine CDC get away with refusing to answer the questions of parents of vaccine injured children, and then push laws that presuppose that these questions have been answered and are readily available from anyone who qualified to administer a vaccine? (correction: while Maine CDC is refusing to answer questions, they are not pushing the law they were accused of supporting.)

If Mr. Albert, the Maine AAP, or the Maine Medical association were truly interested in providing Mainers with, “Informed Consent” in vaccination, they would meet with the Maine parents who are declining one or more vaccines and answer their questions, address their concerns, and fix the massive holes in vaccine safety and care for the vaccine injured that exist in the state of Maine.

Marijuana growers in Maine have a standing forum where they can meet with law enforcement officials to discuss problems and policy, but the Maine DHHS refuses provide any forum for parents of vaccine injured children, or parents concerned that their child is at risk for vaccine injury.

Dozens of Maine families appeared before the Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee in May to testify against LD 471, the bill being supported by Kenneth Albert.  (Again, Mr. Albert does not support this bill.) These families also stayed long into the evening to testify on behalf of LD 1076, a vaccine consumer protection bill that would require: Maine physicians to know and use the US federal guidelines on vaccine injury, Maine DHHS to have a information program to help and support families of vaccine injured children and connect them with the services and medical support that they need, and to create a complaint process for families to access when false claims or malpractice occurs regarding vaccination.

After a full day of testimony by parents which outlined extreme negligence in medical care with regard to adverse vaccine reaction, not one parent was contacted by any of the organizations supporting higher vaccine rates through patient intimidation to offer them help or information.

These stories included children's unmet medical needs following severe vaccine reactions, parental inability to get physicians to help them receive compensation through the federal vaccine injury compensation program, a medical examiner who refused to investigate the likely vaccine death of a recently vaccinated infant, being bullied in doctors' offices to vaccinate and being fired from medical practices, even when safety questions were not answered, and massive corruption scandals unfolding in the CDC's National Immunization Program.

We have asked for sound, evidence based, detailed information on vaccine safety and have been refused.  We have asked for information on how to help our sick children and have been refused.  We asked that doctors be educated on the HHS vaccine injury guidelines and have been refused.

It has been stated, and bears repeating in light of the current actions of medical officials in Maine,  that once you have a vaccine injured child, you are on your own.

It is clear that since Congress removed the rights of Americans to sue pharmaceutical companies and medical entities for vaccine injury and death, that vaccine interests have decided to abuse that legal loop hole to deny even basic informed consent rights to families.  The only legal standing that vaccine injury families have in Maine is the right to appear before Committees in the Maine Legislature for three minutes, and tell our stories.

The bill that was rejected this year is clearly just a bill to force families to be bullied by medical providers on an individual basis in private, as the organizations that support it won't answer our collective questions in public.

In fact we are not invited to the discussion over the removal of our rights.  No invitation or announcement of Mr. Albert's event at the Maine School of Law was issued to us so that we could even appear in the audience and ask questions that impact the removal of our rights or the care of our injured children, much less share the dais to discuss our true complaints against the current vaccine program.

The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice, which represents more than 500 Maine families working to retain their right to informed consent in vaccination, issues a standing, open invitation to Governor LePage, Kenneth Albert, the Maine Immunization Program, the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Medical Association and the Maine Law Policy Group to meet with us publicly, so that they may hear the concerns and answer the questions of the those Mainers who no longer adhere to the US Centers for Disease Control recommended vaccine schedule, the most aggressive vaccine schedule in the world.

You should not be having policy meetings about us, without us.

Ginger Taylor, MS
Director
Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice

 

Follow up:

This morning we received this response from Maine's Public Health Information Officer, and engaged in the following exchange:

Subject: Vaccination story
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:49:58 +0000
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Good morning, Ginger:

 

You may have seen Joe Lawlor’s story this morning.  This is the letter to the editor we sent to the Press Herald to clarify Ken’s positon and his discussion with the reporter.

 

Thank you,

 

John Martins

Public Health Information Officer/

Director of Internal and Program Communications

(207) 287-5347



To the editor:

I want to clarify misleading comments in Tuesday’s article entitled: Maine CDC director supports strengthening state’s vaccine laws. It is accurate to report that both Dr. Christopher Pezzullo and I support vaccination and the education of parents that informs their decision-making. However, reporter Joe Lawlor inaccurately leapt to the conclusion that I endorse specific, previously proposed legislation that places requirements on parents who seek a philosophical exemption.

As I stated to the Press Herald, any legislation that encourages dialogue between providers and parents that reinforces the importance of vaccines and the low-risk associated with them, and positions the parent to make an informed decision, is worthy of consideration.

However, the proposed legislation went much further and, if passed into law, parents seeking a philosophical exemption would be legally required to visit a doctor, undergo counseling, and obtain paperwork proving they had done so. It also mandated parents to produce that paperwork to schools and daycares where the child enrolls. These additional steps create a heavy-handed and unnecessary burden for providers, parents, and schools and may have the unintended consequence of strengthening the opposition of parents who do not support vaccination.

Maine CDC will continue to do all it can to educate about the importance of vaccination because it offers the best protection against many deadly diseases. We recognize the critical importance of informed consent while also acknowledging parental rights.

 

Kenneth Albert, Director and Chief Operating Officer

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

From: Ginger Taylor [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:35 AM
To: Martins, John A
Subject: Re: Vaccination story

 

Mr. Martins,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  We will amend our response appropriately.

However, the basics of our complaints against DHHS remain.  Since the hearings in May where the large gaps in the vaccine program were openly discussed in the Maine Legislatures Health and Human Services Committee, your agency has refused to meet with us, refused to answer our questions, refused to respond to our pleas for help for our injured children, refused to provide us with the name of a doctor in Maine that is qualified to assess, document and treat vaccine injury, and  refused to educate Maine medical providers on federal vaccine injury guidelines.  Mr. Albert has simply sent an ambiguous email that seems to suggest that we should agree to disagree (on what I am not sure) and that if we want a response to our queries we should file a lawsuit.

Additionally, the department continues to make unfounded vaccine safety claims.  Even in this press release, Mr. Albert claims that vaccines are "low risk."  In fact there is NO RESEARCH on what the increased risks are associated with participating in the vaccine program may be.  The CDC has testified before Congress that they have never looked at health outcomes for fully vaccinated children as compared to unvaccinated children, and the Institute of Medicine report on the vaccine program confirmed that no such research exists.  No risk benefit analysis can be undertaken on the recommended vaccine program, because there is no risk information to weigh against the benefits. 

So our open invitation to a public meeting with Mr. Albert stands.  We will wait to hear from DHHS on when they are ready to deal with the complaints we have registered with the department.

 

Ginger Taylor, MS
Director
Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice
207-200-8469

 

Subject: RE: Vaccination story
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:35:56 +0000
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I will forward this along to the appropriate parties.  Thank you for your clarification as well.

John Martins

Public Health Information Officer/

Director of Internal and Program Communications

(207) 287-5347




The Portland Press Herald has not corrected the article in question, but has posted a second article reporting that Albert has "backtracked" on his claim. 
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/14/maine-public-health-director-backtracks-on-vaccine-comments/

The Portland Press Herald is also screening out the comments on the article submitted by the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice, and will not allow them to be posted.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:08
 
Congressman Reports CDC Destruction of Vaccine Autism Data and Calls for Hearings PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 August 2015 16:50

Rep. Bll Posey of Florida took to the floor of the House of Representatives and reported that Dr. William Thompson, senior vaccine safety researcher for the CDC, has submitted a statement to Posey's office admitting that he and his research teams destroyed documents that showed links between vaccines and autism.  Posey further reports that Thompson has turned over thousands of documents to support this claim.  The Congressman has called for public hearings into the matter and offered the documents to all members of Congress so that they may confirm the claim and join him in calling for hearings.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4546421/rep-bill-posey-calling-investigation-cdcs-mmr-reasearch-fraud

Activists highlight the new revelation in a campaign under #GarbageCan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2015 19:38
 
The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice Urges Lawmakers to Oppose LD 471 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:36

For Immediate Release
Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice
207-200-8469
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Ginger Taylor, Director

The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice Urges Lawmakers to Oppose LD 471

In recent years, many Americans have been opting out of one or more vaccines on the CDC recommended schedule because of unaddressed safety, legal and corruption issues in the vaccine program.  Parents report that their children are being harmed by the current vaccine schedule, and that they cannot get proper medical evaluation and treatment for vaccine reactions.  These claims have been backed up by reports on the US Vaccine Injury Compensation Program by American University Law, The Associated Press and the US General Accounting office.  Parents report serious concerns over the liability protection that have been given to vaccine makers so that they cannot be sued when their products cause harm or death.  Parents report that when they read vaccine safety research, they find that it often runs contrary to to the safety claims being made by their physicians.

Most dramatically, there are currently three vaccine scandals unfolding at the federal level.  Merck is  in federal court defending against claims that they falsified their efficacy data on the mumps vaccine to win FDA reapproval for the MMR, the Department of Justice has indicted a CDC vaccine safety researcher on fraud charges, and last year another CDC scientist turned whistleblower and reported to Congress that he had participating in covering up vaccine-autism links from the public, along with the head of the CDC's Immunization Safety Office and several other CDC officials.  Congressional hearings are currently being scheduled to investigate the charges.

The United States has the most aggressive vaccine program in the world, and many parents are now opting to choose less aggressive schedules, including the one that was used in the US during the 1970s and 1980s, or those used in other countries like Denmark, with a few opting out of the vaccine program entirely.

Yet rather than deal with the very serious issues that have caused parents to distrust the vaccine program, Rep. Linda Sanborn has introduced a bill to force parents to be lectured on CDC vaccine information, and file paper work with their schools that certifying that they have received vaccine counseling and are rejecting one or more shots anyway, in order to exercise their right to opt out of a vaccine and send their children to school.  This measure will do nothing to raise vaccine rates, because it does nothing to address the real reasons that parents are backing away from CDC vaccine recommendations, the growing and legitimate distrust of the CDC and the safety of the vaccine program.

The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice thanks the members of the Maine Legislature that have opposed this measure, and urge those supporting it to look more closely at the issue.  This bill will only serve to further divide parents and physicians on vaccine matters. We thank Governor LePage for committing to veto this bill out of respect for the rights of parents and for protecting our members from being further bullied in doctors offices for having reasonable objections to the current vaccine program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:38
 
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