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However, if sufficient numbers of children in a community are immunized, the vaccinated ones protect the unprotected by effectively stopping the chain of transmission in its tracks and drastically lowering the probability that the susceptible child will encounter the bacteria or virus,” said Katz.

Mandates have a profound effect on medical practice.The issue of mandatory vaccines is becoming increasingly important: Dozens of Americans have given testimony to Congressional committees about adverse effects (including death) of vaccines, particularly in children; military personnel are being court-martialed for refusing required anthrax vaccinations; etc.And yet, the public health establishment in this country has not only downplayed the adverse effects and complications of vaccines, insisting that vaccines are safe and effective, but it continues to support mandatory vaccination programs. Jane Orient --- who spoke at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) meeting on this subject and submitted a statement to the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the House Government Reform Committee on behalf of AAPS, June 14, 1999 --- was invited to write this column for the benefit of AAPS ( members and the readers of the Medical Sentinel.The ACLU failed to mention those numbers and a few others.An average of 20,000 children younger than 5 are hospitalized each year due to the flu.Why do I say the ACLU is off the mark both morally and medically?

Medically, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both strongly recommend routine flu vaccine for everyone older than 6 months and especially for children younger than 5. That's based on the entire general population, not the children affected by the mandate.

Why does the government mandate that millions of children and adolescents receive certain immunizations for school entry?

The more people in a community who are vaccinated, the healthier that community is. Samuel Katz, a renowned vaccine expert and a member of PKIDs’ Medical Advisory Board, explained it before Congress in 1999.

We are not primarily worried about emotional entanglements or personal integrity or dishonoring God. Thus, our culture's fevered talk about "protection" and the desperate search for gadgets and vaccines that will make sex "safe." From this point of view, the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) is a stride forward.

HPV, which causes genital warts, afflicts more than 6 million Americans annually (half of them between 15 and 25 years of age) and can only be spread through sexual contact.

By means of vaccine policy, which was previously discussed in these pages,(1) the federal government is effectively making critical medical decisions for an entire generation of American children. "Recommendations" issue from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a small group whose members have incestuous ties(2) with agencies that stand to gain power, or manufacturers that stand to gain enormous profits, from the policy that is made.