Referendum Against SB 277

As many of you know and are already involved, there is a referendum to get SB277 (now law) on the ballot to let the people of California vote on the matter. Local county efforts around the state are feverishly working to make this happen. The goal is to receive 500,000 petition signatures (367,000 need to be valid) by the middle of September. This is the best way we have to kill this bill.

Below is a letter and call to action written by a wonderful local volunteer that further explains why this is so important. 

At the bottom of the letter, you will find information about how you can get involved. We need all hands on deck to pull this off!  Thank you!

Dear Friends, 

I am helping to collect signatures for the referendum against SB277. This will allow this matter to be decided by the people of California, not the pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists. 

The referendum against SB277 is important to every one of you. This is NOT a debate about vaccinations and the pros and cons, its about OUR RIGHTS. Our right to choose what we put in our bodies, food/GMO’s, what’s in our water, what drugs you use, what medical procedures and medical treatments you agree to.. etc etc. 

What I have seen with this referendum, and so many other pieces of legislation that are “up” right now, is how the corporations and large companies continue to dominate decisions that deeply impact our lives, our health, and our planet. I feel that democracy is not being served, nor is the voice of the everyday average person being represented. For that reason, I wish to be part of letting the people decide, yay or nay, about this issue. For me, it’s about reclaiming my voice and my power. 

You may not have an opinion about this particular issue, or you might have a very strong opinion. Signing this referendum is about establishing the right for all of us to vote about it. Signing this referendum does not vote yay or nay to vaccination at this point in time. it simply says ~ yes, let the people decide. 

I would like to ask each and every one of you THAT IS A REGISTERED VOTER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA to sign this. For the local people, I can come to you at your convenience; it literally will take 30 seconds once I am there. It must be signed in person. For non local people, you can find a place to sign here:  http://sb277referendum.com/where-to-sign/ 

I really hope you will take this opportunity to exercise your voice and allow the voice of all citizens to be involved in this critical decision. This should also help set precedent for our voices to be represented in other critical decisions more than they are now. 

Thank you very very much.

For more information, visit:

Thank you!

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What to do if CPS Shows up at Your Door

Posted from http://journeyboost.com/2015/05/21/what-to-do-if-cps-shows-up-at-your-door/


“Sometimes children are harmed in their homes. This does not make every parent a suspect. In our current hyper vigilant age, there are more parents being reported to CPS than ever before.

  • Loving parents who refuse a recommended medical treatment for their child can be reported by a doctor who might fear losing his license to practice medicine.
  • Neighbors or estranged family members may report a family despite the lack of grounds to support any allegations of abuse.
  • Parents with a sick child seeking a second opinion have been reported to CPS by hospital or medical authorities.

Since more parents are experiencing a visit from CPS than ever before, and since sometimes those visits have resulted in the quick removal of children – despite no grounds to allegations of harm or abuse – it is critically important for every parent to have a good idea of how to respond to a CPS visit. Don’t think ‘it can’t happen to me.’ Take any visit by CPS seriously.

The most significant mistakes made by parents are usually in the very first encounter. If you can understand how to handle the very first encounter with CPS, you can increase your chances of maintaining your family’s rights and freedom. CPS will often seek to take a family by surprise. Be prepared.
1. THE KEY: Be polite & SAY AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. You might be terrified inside. You might be absolutely angry if you feel there is injustice going on, but the number one thing you can do is stay calm and be polite. Anything you say can be twisted. Do NOT DEFEND YOURSELF. Do NOT volunteer information.

2. Do NOT let them in your house. Be nice but STAY FIRM. Have one statement ready and repeat it over and over “I know you are just doing your job, but my main obligation is to my children and to help them avoid unnecessary trauma.” If they do not have a warrant and there is no obvious emergency, they are not allowed access to your home. If a police officer is with them, they all know it is illegal to enter a home unless you CONSENT, or unless they have a warrant, or can hear an emergency situation going on.DO NOT CONSENT. 

3. Ask permission to ask THEM questions. “I realize you are just doing your job. Would it be ok if I asked you a couple of questions?” Then, ask if you can record the conversation. If you need to get your cell phone, close the door and say, “I need to get something.” These are the questions to ask them:

  • “Firstly, do you have some identification? After you get their ID, write down their name, then ask, “Can you give me the name and phone number of your supervisor?” Write it all down. Take your time.
  • Next “What are the exact allegations that have been made against me? Federal law requires that I should be informed of any allegations against me.”
  • Ask them if they have a warrant. Be direct. “Do you have a warrant to search my home or speak to my children?” If they produce a warrant make sure it is signed by a judge and dated.

Without a warrant they must gain your consent to enter your home or speak to your children. They are doing their job. Their supervisor has instructed them to make this visit and they will use whatever tactic they feel will be effective to GET MORE INFORMATION AGAINST YOU. They may alternate between: trying to be nice, being firm, threatening or trying to bargain with you. Stay immune to every tactic. Be Nice, but know your rights. Do not get caught up in their games. Don’t engage them in any discussion, except on the questions above.

4. Tell them you are going to contact your attorney and when you get them on the phone, you will allow them to speak to your attorney. Close the door. Phone your attorney so the attorney can speak to the CPS case worker and help them to leave. Your attorney will know the law and remind the case worker of your rights. It is always a good idea to have an advocate on your side.

What do I do if I don’t have an attorney?

If you are a Christian and Homeschooling, you might like to consider joining Heritage Defense.[1] If you are homeschooling you might like to join Home School Legal Defense Association who will defend you against allegations by social services as they pertain to homeschooling. Both organizations require a monthly or yearly fee but are available for telephone help immediately in any emergency situation you might face.

I pray you will never need to use this information. Unfortunately, in the present time of extensive government involvement in the lives of parents, many parents have found themselves in complex situations with CPS. It is better to be forewarned and forearmed. Your number one desire is to protect your children from harm. Too often CPS has brought more harm than help.

Please share your tips for keeping your family safe from unwarranted intrusion in the comments below.

Becky Hastings
[1] Interview with Bradley Pierce of Heritage Defense on Law and Liberty Radio. Preserving our Freedoms, Defending Our Heritage.

Problems With The Vaccine System

A bullet list of Problems With The Vaccine System:
• Lack of science regarding the safety and efficacy of mass vaccination.
• 14.2% of all VAERS reports were serious adverse events.
• Deaths ranged from 1.4%–2.3%.
• Life-threatening illness ranged from 1.4%–2.8%.
• $3.1 Billion dollars paid by National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
• Vaccines are tested before marketing, on very few children. (1000-3000 avg.)
• Small sample size in clinical studies – only healthy children tested.
• Many children are not optimally healthy when they receive vaccines.
• Vaccines are tested against a different vaccine as the “control”, not a saline placebo.
• Many vaccines are tested one at a time.
• Some vaccines are clinically tested alongside other injected vaccines.
• Children are given many vaccines at one time.
• Most testing of vaccines is done on children outside of the US.
• Vaccine manufacturers have no financial liability to make the vaccines safe.
• Manufactures are legally immune from being sued for the dangers of vaccines.
• Diseases and deaths declined before introduction of vaccines.
• “Post-marketing research” is what they call the collection of information of side-effects on children vaccinated in the general public.
• Doctors report thousands of serious vaccine reactions including hundreds of deaths and permanent disabilities.
• Documented under-reporting of vaccine-associated adverse events.
• JAMA reports that fewer than 1 percent of all doctors report injuries and deaths following the administration of prescription drugs. This estimate may be even lower for vaccines.
• No medical procedure or pharmaceutical is right for every person.
• Vaccines have been recalled after thousands of children have been injured.
• Oral polio vaccination caused polio in children for 37 years in the US.
• Can contract the disease from some of the vaccines.
• Can contract the disease despite some (all/any) of the vaccines.
• CDC says that most all immunocompromized children CAN be vaccinated.
• Only 200 children per state (avg) have a 3+ month unable to be vaccinated “risk” duration.
• Infants are not a public health threat for Hep B.
• Hepatitis B vaccine is genetically modified.
• Tetanus is not a communicable disease.
• Multi-disease vaccines have no long-term studies of safety.
• Thimerasol was injected into millions of children for years.
• Actual incidence of disease and complications is minuscule for many of the diseases.
• New vaccines are under-tested.
• Clinical trial safety studies are often merely postcard self-reporting.
• Many vaccines have only a 10-30 day follow-up.
• Chronic health injuries present >30 days after vaccination.
• Researchers attribute dozens of chronic immunological and neurological conditions to vaccines.
• No known “immunity” titer for the diseases for all people.
• Repeat doses because we do not know how many doses are “enough” to create a positive titer.
• Same vaccine injection and dose given to infants and #300 adults for most vaccines.
• Unknown why repeated vaccination does not create titers for some people.
• Storage, mixing and administration of the vaccine impacts effectiveness
• Most outbreaks of disease are in vaccinated people.
• Fully vaccinated populations have experienced disease outbreaks.
• Live virus vaccines can and do spread disease.
• Five vaccines (measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and varicella) are live virus vaccines.
• Live virus vaccines can sometimes infect the recipient.
• Varicella vaccine package insert warns that pregnant women should avoid recently vaccinated children for up to six weeks.
• Vaccines have unknown and waning duration of protection for many people.
• Vaccines have many known adjuvants with MSDS toxicity profiles.
• No long-term scientific research on the safety of vaccination, before marketing.
• Children receive 49 vaccine doses by age 6, per the CDC schedule.
• Children receive 66 vaccine doses by age 18, per the CDC schedule.
• US National Library of Medicine research shows Vit A as beneficial to avoid complications of measles.
• Common childhood illnesses have been historically benign.
• Iinfectious diseases declined steadily for decades prior to vaccinations.
• Unknown damage to developing immune system by the vaccination before age 2.
• Vaccines contain aluminum gels or salts of aluminum, antibiotics, formaldehyde, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), thimerosal.
• The Supreme Court has declared vaccines “unavoidably unsafe”.
• Mandated medical procedures violate personal and civil liberties if no “imminent or significant threat to the public health”.
• There are 1400 known “pathogens”. Nearly 300 vaccines in development already.
How many is too many, too early?

Statement about SB 277 from TTUSD


“Senate Bill 277 Vaccination Legislation Signed by Governor
On June 30, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 (Pan, D-Sacramento, and Allen, D- Santa Monica) into law. This bill eliminates new personal belief exemptions from the requirement that children receive vaccines for certain infectious diseases prior to being admitted to any public or private elementary or secondary school or day care center. Governor Brown’s signing message read:
 
“SB 277 has occasioned widespread interest and controversy—with both proponents and opponents expressing their positions with eloquence and sincerity. After carefully reviewing the materials and arguments that have been presented, I have decided to sign this bill.
 
The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.
 
The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB 277, to exempt a child from immunizations whenever the child’s physician concludes that there are “circumstances, including but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization . . .”
 
Thus, SB 277, while requiring school children to be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes the circumstances—in the judgement and sound discretion of the physician—so warrant.
 
The bill exempts pupils with disabilities, noting it “does not prohibit a pupil who qualifies for an individualized education program, pursuant to federal law and Section 56026 of the Education Code, from accessing any special education and related services required by his or her individualized education program.” Additionally, home schooled pupils and pupils enrolled in non-classroom based independent study programs are exempted. Medical exemptions remain in law under SB 277.
 
The bill requires students who, prior to January 1, 2016, had a personal belief exemption to be immunized when he or she enrolls in the next grade span defined as birth to preschool; kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten; and grades 7 to 12, inclusive. A copy of the bill can be found here.
 
—Nancy LaCasse and Michelle McKay Underwood

What SB 277 means, from Dr. Bob Sears

DR. BOB’S DAILY:

NAVIGATING THE NEW VACCINE LAW IN CALIFORNIA

So, everyone’s freaking out and trying to figure out what to do. Calm down (but stay angry), take a deep breath, and realize two things up front: 1. This law won’t apply to the majority of people currently involved in this fight – yet. Most will continue in school as is for many years (unless you leave now in protest). 2. The law allows for some families to continue to opt out of vaccines – forever.

Realize that this bill won’t go into effect until the 2016/2017 school year. So there’s nothing you need to do this year except submit a Personal Belief Exemption form. That’s it. Oh, and try to get every Legislator who voted yes to lose his or her next election. And join every protest and meeting you can to make your voices heard.

Just wanted to get that out so you can calm down and think through the rest of this page. Yes, it all totally sucks, but it doesn’t suck quite as bad as it could have. Here’s what you need to know:

Parents who prefer to skip vaccines in whole or in part have several options to consider:

Continue in school without vaccines under the “grandfather” clause which allows children who are already enrolled to remain in school (see below). If this applies to you, you don’t need to do anything except you must submit a Personal Belief Exemption form before the end of 2015 if you haven’t in previous years. At this time, about 90% of current schoolchildren are grandfathered in for next year and won’t be subject to this bill yet.

Continue in school as a “conditional entry,” which means to obtain a written plan from the doctor that outlines when any missing vaccines will be completed, and gradually begin vaccines (see below for more details). You won’t need to do this until next year.

Continue in school utilizing special education services since California is allowing children with special needs who qualify for an IEP to remain in school without vaccines (see below).

Go ahead and complete the required number of vaccines prior to entering daycare or school (see catch-up schedules below).

Homeschool the child.

Get a medical exemption starting NEXT year.

Understand your options

There are many children who will not be subject to the law and various circumstances (besides medical exemption) in which unvaccinated children will be allowed to continue in school.

First, understand the “grandfather” clause which allows unvaccinated children to remain in school until they reach a checkpoint year. These checkpoints typically occur when a child first enrolls in a new school (no matter what age), when a child reaches kindergarten, and when a child reaches 7th grade. For example: a child in second grade who doesn’t have all the required vaccines at the time such a law goes into effect can continue to go to school through 6th grade without further vaccines. Upon enrollment into 7th grade, a child would need to either be caught up on all missing vaccines or at least begin to catch up on missing vaccines (called a conditional entry, see below). Another example: a teen enrolled in 7th grade or above will also not be subject to this bill as long as you don’t change school districts. Preschoolers can continue without vaccines (if enrolled with a PBE this coming school year) until Kinder. If enrolled in a TK this coming year, and you stay in the same school after that, you are grandfathered.

Second, it is useful to note that states which mandate vaccines for daycare or school attendance can’t actually mandate vaccination during infancy. The mandates are only enforced when a child is enrolled into a daycare or school. Families who prefer not to vaccinate during infancy do not need to do so; vaccines can be deferred until a later date as detailed in the section to follow (Vaccine Schedules to Meet Daycare and School Requirements).

Third, realize that the list of vaccines required for school is actually shorter than the number of vaccines on the CDC schedule. For example, in California only six out of the twelve vaccines are required: DTaP, Polio, Hib, Hep B, MMR, and Chickenpox. The other six vaccines are optional.

Fourth, some states (like California) allow what is called a “conditional” entry into school. This means that a child who hasn’t met the vaccine requirements can still be enrolled as long as a plan to eventually complete vaccination is in place. Such cases would typically need a written letter from the child’s doctor that outlines the plan. Children may be able to spread the required vaccines out over a few years and proceed gradually if the school is flexible. See the last section at the very end for more information. This option would apply to those who don’t qualify for a medical exemption and have no other option.

Fifth, a concession made by the lawmakers in California is that children who qualify for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will not be subject to the mandatory vaccination law. This means that most children with special needs (mainly for intellectual impairments or learning disorders) will be allowed in school regardless of vaccine status. Certain laws were already in place which protect the rights of such kids to have equal access to education. This may not be the case in all states.
Medical exemptions to vaccination

The guidelines for providing medical exemptions are extremely broad in the new California law. Parents, physicians, legal experts, and some legislators fought to have the term “contraindication” removed from the guidelines, and succeeded. This means that is it up to the personal judgement of each physician and patient to work together to determine if a child qualifies for a medical exemption. The California bill declares that an exemption can be granted if “the physical condition of the child is such, or medical circumstances relating to the child are such, that immunization is not considered safe, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances including, but not limited to, family history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization . . .”

I recommend AGAINST seeking medical exemptions at this time because most people won’t need one. The grandfathering clause and having an IEP are guarantees. A medical exemption can be challenged. You are much better off sticking to the law and following it’s guidelines. I don’t see any benefit in trying to secure a medical exemption right now years before you may need one. They are not going to take that right away. If they do, then all medical exemptions would be null and void regardless of when you got them. Getting one now wouldn’t help you. I urge people to not overload the system with medical exemptions now. Wait until your grandfathering time has run out. Let those who really need one get one for the next school year.

Here are some of the circumstances which might prompt a doctor to grant a legitimate exemption for a child or family:

A child with a severe vaccine reaction already.

Siblings of a child who had a severe reaction.

Children of a parent who had a severe reaction.

More distant relatives with a severe reaction. Reactions that occur in grandparents, aunts and uncles, or cousins are less of a concern as the genetic risks are not as closely shared. However, parents can and should discuss this with their physician.

Current severe medical conditions or chronic conditions. Children with any chronic medical condition or temporary moderate to severe condition can discuss with a doctor whether or not that condition warrants temporary or permanent exemption.

Family history of severe medical conditions. There is a growing body of research which is finding a small link between vaccination and increased risk of autoimmune disease. Families with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, and other autoimmune conditions can discuss exemptions. Families with neurodevelopmental or psychiatric conditions can also discuss this with their doctor. The greater the number of familial diseases, and the closer in the family they occur to the child in question, the more likely is the need to consider exemption.

Autism in the family. Despite the lack of published mainstream evidence of a connection between vaccines and autism, many families will consider seeking exemptions for a child with autism and the rest of their children. Autism in more distant relatives would be less of a concern for a baby but can be considered.

Other learning and behavioral disorders in the family. Disorders that are less severe than autism, such as ADHD, ODD, and others, are less of a concern but warrant consideration by families and their doctors.

Allergies in the family. This is perhaps one of the most common disorders for which families may try to get a medical exemption. If a family’s challenges are significant, such as multiple close family members with asthma, eczema, and life-threatening food allergies, consideration for exemption could be valid. Yet, some may go a little overboard, such as having a second cousin with asthma, or having a child who is “sensitive” to sugar.

Genetic abnormalities in a family. There is a growing trend to perform genetic testing on families to evaluate current medical problems and to predict future health risks. Some have theorized that genetic defects that impair detoxification and antioxidant function in the body may increase the risk of severe vaccine reactions. It is important to know that no research has yet been done to determine if this is true. One particular gene variation which exists in most families with autism is called the MTHFR gene, and many such families believe this gene defect warrants medical exemption from vaccines. Until research supports this theory, this couldn’t be used as a definite reason for exemption. Doctors certainly have the right to consider anything they want to. But I can’t find any medical justification for this yet.

It is not my intention to claim that the above scenarios all deserve a medical exemption from vaccines. I simply list the most common reasons that patients have discussed with me and opinions that various colleagues have shared with me. This issue has not yet been sorted out by research.

In California, no specific form exists at this time; the exemption is simply a letter from the doctor. Parents will submit it to the school, and the school administrator will determine whether or not the letter meets the legal guidelines of the state. Since very few school administrators have the medical expertise to understand or contradict a medical doctor’s opinion on this, it is likely that most such letters will be accepted. If the letter is not accepted, parents may attempt to enroll the child into another school where the school staff are more understanding. For example, standard public schools will likely be more strict than charter public schools or small private schools.

Bottom line, it is imperative that all families and doctors operate within the guidelines of the law and the standard of medical care. I would say that at this time there is no certain medical standard of care on this issue. That will evolve over time. We can all work together on this. There’s no reason whatsoever to go outside of the law, no matter how angry you are.

Homeschooling

Home-based education was already becoming more popular before mandatory vaccination laws were introduced. Some families embrace this lifestyle, and many children and families thrive outside of standard educational systems. These new laws will prompt more families to make this choice.

Homeschoolers don’t necessarily need to be isolated and educated alone one-on-one with a parent as a full-time teacher. Co-op programs, in which families group their children together for educational, social, athletic, and cultural experiences will become more popular. Parents won’t be the only ones responsible for teaching; they can share duties with other parents, tutors, even private teachers, and such costs can be shared among many families. Parents should be able to work part-time outside the home if desire or needed.

I know we are all pissed. No one wants to homeschool against their wishes. But some may need to. You will meet many like-minded parents in your area who will be looking for the same thing you are.

Vaccine schedules to meet daycare and school requirements

Remember, parents who suddenly find themselves needing to register an unvaccinated or under-vaccinated child for daycare or preschool NEXT YEAR can begin school with a “conditional entry” as described above, and expanded on at the end of this piece. Kids don’t need to wait until all doses are complete before they enter school.

Vaccinating to meet daycare or preschool requirements (in a previously-unvaccinated child):

4 DTaP
3 Polios
3 Hep B
1 Hib*
1 MMR
1 Cpox
*Note: only 1 HIB is needed for infants 15 months and older.
Also note: a 5th dose of DTaP and a 4th dose of Polio aren’t needed as long as the last doses of each are given at 4 years of age and older.

This process would take about one year to complete. This schedule could be started at any age in preparation for daycare or preschool. The spacing between any of these doses can be prolonged without compromising effectiveness. If a child already had some vaccines during infancy, but then the process was halted, parents would cross each previously-administered vaccine off of the above list and simply begin the schedule with whatever is remaining.

Vaccinating to meet kindergarten requirements (in a previously-unvaccinated child):

4 DTaP
3 Polio
3 Hep B
1 HIB*
1 MMR
1 Cpox

*Note: HIB is only approved by the FDA to be given prior to a child’s 5th birthday. If a child turns five before this school requirement is enforced, he or she won’t need this vaccine.

**Note: For kindergarten, two doses of MMR and Chickenpox are normally required. However, for most children, one dose works well enough. Families who are trying to minimize the number of vaccines can get a blood test a few months after the first doses to see if they worked. If so, second doses wouldn’t be needed. If the blood test shows the first dose failed, the second dose can be given at anytime thereafter.

Vaccinating to meet requirements for kids seven through eleven years (in a previously-unvaccinated child):

1 Tdap*
3 Hep B
3 Polio
1 MMR
1 Cpox

Note: Kids 7 years and older can’t get DTaP, and they can’t get a series of Tdap. Tdap is only approved as a single dose.

Vaccinating to meet requirements for teenagers and older (in a previously-unvaccinated child):

1 Tdap
3 Polio
1 MMR
1 Cpox

Notice that this is the smallest of all schedules. This is because some states, including California, do not require the Hep B vaccine for teens. Don’t forget, a child will need a blood test to prove the MMR and Chickenpox vaccines worked, or get a second dose.

What can you do if you cant get any exemption but still don’t want to vaccinate and can’t home school and can’t move?

Ultimately, some families will be SOL and will need to either move or work the system within the confines of the law. Here are some thoughts:

Homeschool during preschool and kindergarten since full vaccination isn’t a consideration for you.

Explore the schools in the area to learn which are more friendly toward families who submit medical exemptions, as these schools are likely to also be more lenient with conditional entry plans (such as public charter schools or small private or religious schools).

Enroll the child into school around seven years of age with a conditional entry plan from the doctor which outlines a vaccine plan which will begin at some point in the near future.

When the school insists that the child begin following the conditional entry plan, do the first vaccine on the seven-year-old schedule above, which would be Tdap.
If the child has a moderate to severe reaction, discuss medical exemption from further vaccines with the doctor.

If no significant reaction occurs, which is very likely to be the case, wait until the school indicates it is time to continue the written plan and then do the first polio vaccine (just polio, not Hep B; see reasoning below). Continue slowly vaccinating as the school prompts you too. Remember, school officials are busy and may not have the time to keep on top of your child’s plan. It’s your responsibility as a parent to make sure you keep checking the vaccine plan so your child doesn’t fall behind. If this process is drawn out until 7th grade, the child will not be required to get the Hep B series. You will need a blood test a few months after completion to make sure the MMR and Chickenpox vaccines worked.

At any point along the way, if the child catches chickenpox, be sure to have it documented with an in-person visit to the doctor (who will usually see the child outside the office to avoid spread of the disease). The vaccine will then not be needed. If repeated exposures to chickenpox have occurred, and the child has not caught chickenpox, a blood test to check immunity could be done in lieu of vaccination.
The child will eventually meet all the vaccination requirements (1 Tdap, 1 MMR, 3 Polios, and possibly 1 Chickenpox) and continue to remain in school.

I want to make it very clear that it is important to work within the guidelines of all rules and laws regarding vaccines and education. Work closely with school administrators and medical providers to find the best educational lifestyle for everyone involved.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO RIGHT NOW?

If your child is grandfathered in, don’t do anything at this time other than stay in the same school if possible. Be sure to get in a PBE form before 2015 ends. When the grandfathering time runs out (your child reaches kinder, 7th grade, or you have to change schools), make an appointment with a doctor to discuss other options.

Get your child into a school this year so you can be grandfathered in for at least a few years.

If your child has an IEP, don’t do anything. Stay in school. Never let that IEP go. Your child can remain unvaccinated.

If you feel your child may qualify for a medical exemption, and is NOT grandfathered in, and does NOT have an IEP, make an appointment with a doctor to discuss a medical exemption. Please don’t ask for one if your child has another way out at this time (grandfathered, IEP).

If none of these options are available, but you still are trying to opt out of vaccines, make an appointment to discuss a conditional vaccine plan that will at least get your child started in school.

Please try to limit your questions over the phone, as office staff can’t do much to try to figure this out for you before your appointment. Save all your questions for your appointment.

Dr. Bob

What schools and parents need to know about the new vaccination law

From EdSource:

What schools and parents need to know about the new vaccination law

“Now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law – which he did on Tuesday – a bill that says parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children in public or private schools based on their personal opposition, schools and parents are parsing the fine print to put the new law into practice.

The law, Senate Bill 277, will roll out in phases, giving school staff time to sort out vaccination compliance issues and parents who oppose full immunization time to sort through their options.

Most school districts in California will be affected, with 47 out of 58 California counties in 2014-15 reporting they had kindergartners with personal belief exemptions to school-required vaccinations. (To find out how many kindergartners opted out of vaccinations at your school, click here.)

WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?

Private or public child care centers, preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools cannot admit children unless they are immunized against 10 diseases: diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b (bacterial meningitis), measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis B and chicken pox.

If the Legislature votes to add other vaccination requirements, parents will be allowed to obtain personal belief exemptions for those new vaccinations, the law says.

Read the rest of the EdSource article here….

SB 277 passed, New Call to Actions for July 2015

(From Educators for Health & Education Choice)

We are all upset over the passing of SB277 with minimal amendments. The various coalitions and groups are strategizing several efforts including referendum, injunction, litigation and recall. Each one of these scenarios has plusses and minuses. It doesn’t make sense to utilize the precious resources of time, energy and funds until all of the detailed plans have been worked out and budgeted.

The CA legislature is about to go on break in a few short weeks. While they are on vacation we will be setting the stage for phase two of protecting our parental, medical and educational rights in California. We will also be solidifying the Political Action organizations that will apparently be needed to ensure that we have a voice in Sacramento on a year round basis to ensure that this kind of extreme overreaching legislation is stopped in it’s tracks.

What is the CALL TO ACTION?
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RALLY:
This Friday there are three rallies in HB, SM and SFO. Don’t want to drive? Go to Marie Waldron’s field office and deliver doughnuts. She is the ONLY Republican Assemblymember that voted NO on SB277, SB792 & AB1117. @ConservtveWoman (916) 319-2075
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CALL:
-Marie Waldron to thank her for her no votes on SB277, AB1117 & SB792.
-Senator Nguyen to thank her for her solo no vote today on AB1117. 916.651.4034
-Moorlach to thank him for his no votes on Sb277 & SB792, and urge a no vote on AB1117. 916.651.4037
-Morrell to thank him for his no votes on SB277 & SB792,and urge a no vote on AB1117. 916.651.4023
-Sentator Anderson to thank him for his no vote on both SB277 & SB792, and urge a no vote on AB1117. 916.651.4038
-Maianschein to thank him for the no vote on SB277 & let him know you are disappointed in his yes vote for SB792. 916-319-2077
-Chavez to thank him for his no vote on SB277 & let him know you’d like a NO vote on SB792. (760) 433-7601
-Hueso & Gonzalez to let them know you are disappointed in their support of an extreme bill that could have been constructed much better.
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FIGHT for the bills that still need your support!

SB792- This is the only committee we have a chance to get the Healthcare Worker Exemption added. Please call, email fax & tweet every member to oppose AB792 without the “Healthcare Worker Exemption” (PBE).

Assembly Human Services Committee
916.319.2089 phone
916.319.2189 fax

Kansen Chu (Chair) Dem – 25 (Abstain on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5175, Sacramento, CA 94249-0025
(916) 319-2025 @kansenchu

Chad Mayes (Vice Chair) Rep – 42 (No on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4144, Sacramento, CA 94249-0042
(916) 319-2042

Ian C. Calderon Dem – 57 (Yes on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2148, Sacramento, CA 94249-0057;
(916) 319-2057

Patty López Dem – 39 (No on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0039
(916) 319-2039

Brian Maienschein Rep – 77 (No on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4139, Sacramento, CA 94249-0077
(916) 319-2077

Mark Stone Dem – 29 (Yes on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5155, Sacramento, CA 94249-0029
(916) 319-2029

Tony Thurmond Dem – 15 (Yes on 277)
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5150, Sacramento, CA 94249-0015
(916) 319-2015 @TonyThurmond

AB1117-
Call the Assembly Garcia to thank her office for being willing to amend the bill with a process for informed consent & compensate doctors for Medical Exemptions.

Assembly Member Garcia 916.319.2058 phone

Last, there will be an opportunity for you to participate financially in the various efforts to regain our parental rights and medical choice in California. Before the leadership groups decide to co-chair & support those efforts, we want more information. We want to respect you, your efforts and your precious resources. Please note that there is a lot of activity going on right now. Let’s make our efforts thoughtful, organized & effective. We are meeting with the various coalition leaders to determine next steps. We will keep you posted. Thank you all for fighting the good fight!

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove speak out against forced vaccinations

From Assembly woman Shannon Grove:

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove speak out against forced vaccinationsI oppose the forced vaccinations bill, SB 277, because it removes our state’s personal belief exemption, forcing an open-ended list of vaccinations on children, even when parents have philosophical and religious reasons not to comply.Californian children have a constitutional right to a public education. This bill takes that right away. Remove the word ‘vaccine’ and think about what other medicine or treatment politicians might require. Bottom line, Sacramento Democrats don’t trust parents. They don’t think you should have the final say in your children’s medical care. But they have forgotten who they work for. They work for the people. #noforcedvaccines #stopSB277 #SB277

Posted by Shannon Grove on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spread the word about being a Health Choice Advocate

PUT THIS ON A POST OR IN YOUR WEBSITE; CHANGE YOUR AVATAR:

The Health Choice Movement is the global movement about the right to know what is going into our bodies and having the freedom to make that choice. It’s time to dispel the stereotypes and misrepresentation in the media of us and change the language to who we really are: we are Health Choice Advocates. This movement is already happening; we are just unifying the message and image. It’s time to show global unification of ALL groups fighting for health and food freedom. The Health Choice Movement is the global movement that is needed now.

Again, the Health Choice Movement is not owned by anyone; it is owned by the world. Anyone associated with promoting the movement can distribute the symbol, branding, and verbiage, including copying and pasting this information onto their website. The symbol and branding is intended to be used by all groups, individuals, and organizations fighting for food and health freedom as a means to brand the movement.

We need YOUR help to spread this around the world. Put this info on your website or blog. Tweet about it. Change your avatar and post a link in the photo comments. Ask others to do the same. Here’s how to do the minimum:

  • Change your avatar (profile picture). Download the images below to your desktop. Go to your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram profile page. Go to your settings or hover over your profile picture to see options. Upload this symbol or one of the memes. Once posted, add the movement’s definition in the comments and/or post:
    • “I am a Health Choice Advocate. I want to know what’s going into my body and I want a choice.” Provide a link back tobit.ly/HealthChoiceMovement OR any other sharing this information, along with the symbol’s meaning: “The circle represents wholeness, the world, and unity. The cross, or “plus” sign, symbolizes health and body. The two horizontal lines (i.e. equal sign) depict equality and freedom.”

Want to do more? Great! Here’s what you can do:

  • Tell Others. Tell others to change their avatar. Ask website owners to copy/paste this information on a new page or post. Tweet and share it on social media.
  • Change the language. Instead of “anti-vaxxer,” or “hippie,” saturate your communication with the press and on social media with the new term of “Health Choice Advocate.” If talking about the movement, use “Health Choice Movement.” Feel weird about using the word “choice”? Use “Health Freedom Advocate” instead.
  • Add to your materials. The symbol is not meant to replace your logo nor your organization. It is meant to brand the global movement. Use it alongside your own organization’s logo, memes, flyers, and branded materials to show the world how many people want food and medical freedom.
  • Post all of this on your own website or blog. Just copy and paste it all into it’s own post.

    It’s happening now. We’re not going to sit around and let them take our freedoms and rights away. The movement is already happening; do your part to spread the word and show global unification of Health Choice Advocates.

plus sign equal sign health choice movement logo