Our membership at NAMV has grown, as of this writing to 14,700 plus members, and we continue to grow every day. There is a growing concern among healthcare professionals about forced vaccinations in the workplace. Our organization is here to support those concerns and to help healthcare professionals to be able to make informed decisions, and to have the right to refuse forced medical procedures.
So what is that? First of all, contrary to false assumptions, NAMV is not anti-vaccine. NAMV is against forced vaccination policies for healthcare workers. That’s it. We do not believe that any one person should be forced into having a medical procedure that they do not want, or that they don’t feel they need. All patients have the right to refuse medical treatment under the Patient Bill of Rights. When a nurse is receiving an injection, they have become a patient; they are no longer just an employee. That nurse legally and ethically, should not be forced into having a medical procedure simply to keep his/her job. This is the United States, the last time we checked.
So why ARE healthcare workers being forced to have vaccines? Namely, the flu vaccine. Well, this one is a little more complicated. The truth of the matter is, healthcare professionals are being forced to have vaccinations in the name of MONEY. If hospital systems and healthcare organizations can not prove that their staff has a vaccination rate of 90% or higher, they will lose up to 2% of Medicaid/Medicare funding by 2015. (http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/hcpflu.html) However, healthcare workers are not being given this information. They are told that since they can’t be trusted to get the vaccine themselves, the hospital is doing this in the name of patient “safety.” Some examples of this?
John Hopkins Hospital: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/mandatory_flu_vaccination/faq.html
Indiana University Health: http://iuhealth.org/newsroom/detail/statement-regarding-iu-health-influenza-patient-safety-program/
Connecticut Hospital Association: http://www.chime.org/advocacy/employee-wellness/mandatory-influenza-vaccination-policy/
And not ONE of these hospitals actually tells the truth. All spout the “patient safety” story while ignoring the fact that the flu vaccine is only estimated by the CDC to be 50-60% effective- more on this in just a little bit! (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm)
Why is it that grown men and women are not able to make medical decisions for themselves?
Flu is not the number one killer nor the reason for hospitalizations in the United States. (I would also like to point out that influenza and influenza-like-illness are two totally different things that are often lumped together along with pneumonia.) According to the CDC, more people die in the hospital from respiratory failure than for any other reason. After that comes aspiration pneumonia, followed by septicemia, cancer, kidney failure, etc. (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db118.htm)
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one of the largest reasons for admissions to the hospital is for a live birth. (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb148.pdf) This is followed by Pneumonia, renal failure, mood disorder, and so on and so forth. I don’t see influenza mentioned on either of these, do you?
There are doctors out there who do dispute these so-called “facts.” One of which is Dr. Lee Heib in Iowa. Her letter to various healthcare facilities can be found here: http://www.hieb2014.org/vaccine-letter.html
Some highlights include:
“Between 1979 and 2001, on average 36,000 people a year in the US died from complications of influenza. Based on the number of hospital beds in acute and chronic care facilities, and spreading that risk evenly across all facilities, that means, on average one person every three years would die at the local hospital from influenza sequelae. This number is probably a significant overestimate since proof of influenza from positive viral cultures are rarely obtained (In most cases, 1000- 4000 samples are submitted before a single positive viral culture is obtained. ) and deaths from Influenza B and other influenza-like diseases, which would not be prevented by vaccination, may be included in these statistics. And, as noted below, vaccination does not clearly reduce these deaths.”
“ It is important to understand that vaccination is a statistical gamble. Every year, based on viral sampling, the CDC decides which viral antigens to include in their vaccine for that year. It is possible—but highly unlikely– in the best world outcome, that the vaccine targets 100% of influenza virus in circulation that year. On the other hand, and again unlikely, it may target 0% of the viruses, thereby helping no one avoid the flu. The truth is somewhere between those two extremes, but varies year to year. For the 2007-2008 year, the vaccine effectiveness ranged from 44 to 86%[i][i]. In other words between 14 to 56% of people receiving the vaccine still got the flu. Also, FDA studies done prior to release of the Fluarix vaccine, as reported in the PDR, show that 49.5-68.9% of people were already immune at the time of vaccination[ii][ii]. If you combine these numbers, it means that for every 100 people receiving the vaccine, only 15 to 46 people benefit. The majority do not. Furthermore, in a large meta-analysis of influenza vaccine the authors conclude, “Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission.” This review included 15 out of 36 trials funded by industry (four had no funding declaration)[iii][iii]. “
“Most importantly there is a grave ethical issue at stake here. Does any government or public agency have the right to force a medical treatment with its attendant risks on an individual or group of individuals? A private business can require certain physical standards be met, and even vaccination, but to do so it must bear the moral burden of potentially harming people. According to a study by the American College of Cardiology the half life of medical truth is about 20 years. In other words, looking back at the literature, only about half of what was touted as true 20 years ago is still thought to be valid
Earlier, I touched on the fact that flu-like illness, confirmed influenza, and pneumonia are often lumped together as one, right? Well let’s go back to that.
First, for the 2012 flu season, out of 234,456 samples taken from patients, only 12% were positive for influenza. Does this sound like a national emergency to you?! (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/pdf/1112_Season_Summary.pdf)
Secondly, the CDC admits, right on its website that they have no real clue how many cases of flu are causing death and destruction out there. (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm) They also admit to lumping pneumonia AND influenza together when signing death certificates:
“CDC uses two categories of underlying cause of death information listed on death certificates: pneumonia and influenza (P&I) causes and respiratory and circulatory (R&C) causes. CDC uses statistical models with records from these two categories to make estimates of influenza-associated mortality. CDC uses underlying R&C deaths (which include P&I deaths) as the primary outcome in its mortality modeling because R&C deaths provide an estimate of deaths that include secondary respiratory or cardiac complications that follow influenza. R&C causes of death are more sensitive than underlying P&I deaths and more specific than deaths from all causes.”
When asked if they think that P&I causes death, this is their response:
“Does CDC think that influenza causes most P&I deaths?
No, only a small proportion of deaths in either of these two categories are estimated to be influenza-related. CDC estimated that only 8.5% of all pneumonia and influenza deaths and only 2.1% of all respiratory and circulatory deaths were influenza-related.”
So which is it? Is this so deadly of a disease that everyone must be forcefully vaccinated, or are the occurrences and death causes so low, that no one really knows what is going on? An interesting report from the NVIC shows that these numbers are actually very, very low when it comes to patient deaths in regard to pneumonia and influenza: http://mercola.fileburst.com/PDF/NVICCHART-InfluenzaPneumoniaDeaths1940-2010.pdf
The fact remains, is that the real reason for forced vaccination policies is due to money and financial funding. If a hospital were to lose up to 2% of it’s funding a year that could be a huge financial burden for that hospital system.
However, there are ethical and other standards here at play. Let’s say, heaven forbid, that a nurse or other healthcare worker were to become injured upon receiving a forced vaccine. The vaccine manufacturer is free from recourse. I highly doubt the hospital is going to pay for the nurse’s treatment. And it can take years for VAERS to give you a settlement.
There are also truly held religious beliefs that should be considered. If a Muslim or Jewish nurse or doctor were to refuse a vaccine on religious beliefs, this would be looked at, signed, stamped, and delivered no problems. However, when Christian or other religious advocates apply for religious exemptions, they are held to the highest scrutiny possible. Hospitals demand signed clergy letters, and documented theology on why the nurse/healthcareworker can’t have a vaccine. They want to know every detail of your religious beliefs and past. Well according to the EEOC, this is a no-no. According to the EEOC, a sincerely held religious belief, regardless of what that may be, is enough for an employee to use to apply for an exemption. (http://hicprevent.blogs.ahcmedia.com/2013/03/13/fed-employment-commission-says-sincere-religious-belief-can-be-cited-as-an-exemption-to-flu-shot-mandates/)
“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that “once an employer receives notice that an employee’s sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance prevents him from taking the influenza vaccine, the employer must provide a reasonable accommodation unless it would pose an undue hardship.”
Employers can ask for verification of an employee’s “sincerely held religious belief,” but cannot require that verification to come from a member of the clergy or congregation, EEOC legal counsel Peggy R. Mastroianni said in a December 5, 2012 letter responding to an employee’s inquiry. Supporting information for the religious belief “could be provided by others who are aware of the employee’s religious belief or practice,” the EEOC has said.
The belief does not have to be an established religion. The EEOC notes that “idiosyncratic beliefs can be sincerely held and religious.”
Then we come to the final part, and one of my favorites. My medical information and MY right to medical privacy is no one else’s business. I should not be forced to wear a mask, or have a sticker on my name badge, nor have any other type of identifier placed on me as a person to determine what my medical status is. They wanted to do this with AIDS patients in the 80’s. It was vehemently denied. Why are healthcare workers any different? What if I have a rare immune disease that prevents me from being vaccinated? Should I be required to explain that to my patients or fellow co-workers? This inhibits on the privacy and right to privacy of healthcare workers in so many ways. It is shameful that employers do this, and even more shameful that they are allowed to get away with it.
So what can you do? Write letters to your congressmen and women. Demand answers. We have links on our website at http://www.namv.org where you can find your representatives information at. Ask them why they allowed these laws to pass, and why they are not protecting your individual right.
Join us on Facebook. Help share the word. http://ww.facebook.com/NursesAgainstMandatoryVaccines
Demand answers from your employers! This is crucial. Demand that they tell the truth about the mandates, and the potential loss of funding. They have a legal and ethical right to tell their employees the truth about why the flu shot, and other vaccines are being mandated.
Fight back. There is legal recourse. Nurses have won in court against their employees for mandatory flu vaccine policies Make sure if you are signing a flu declaration sheet that you “signed under duress” and that you don’t agree with their form. You have the legal right to do so. This may protect you in court.
Protect your patients. They WILL be next. There will be coming a time when hospital and other patients will be strongly coerced into having a vaccine. If we don’t protect them, who will?
“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
― Martin Niemöller