Last week, hundreds of kids in the sixth and twelfth grades across Illinois were pulled from their classrooms and told to leave school.
They weren’t delinquents. They weren’t getting into fistfights in the halls. And they weren’t dealing drugs either.
Their only “crime” was that they hadn’t gotten the meningitis vaccine.
Illinois has now joined the list of states like California and Rhode Island that marching to Big Pharma’s latest tune: No shots, no school.
Politicians are spreading a fairy tale that the new law is about keeping kids safe. But it turns out that the meningitis vaccine comes with risks that far outweigh the chance of getting this rare infection.
Risks that include paralysis and even death.
Just ask Jim Keeter.
That’s what Jim Keeter is demanding to know after his 19-year-old son, Beau, passed away from meningitis in September.
Beau, a freshman at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota could have easily become the poster child for the mandatory meningitis shot — except for the fact that he had been fully vaccinated against the disease a few months before he died from it.
Deaths like Beau’s are exposing two facts about the meningitis vaccine that Big Pharma and its army of politicians — especially in Illinois — don’t like to talk about. The shot won’t always prevent meningococcal disease and it comes with some huge risks.
Those risks have been shown to include Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a type of paralysis) as well as anaphylaxis, difficulty breathing, transverse myelitis (a condition which was called polio in the 1950s) and convulsions. And that’s the short list.
The federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), as of three years ago had recorded 2,300 serious reactions, many requiring hospitalizations, and 39 deaths that were reported following meningococcal shots. And remember, what is reported to VAERS is just a drop in the bucket for the real number of vaccine adverse reactions.
Imagine exposing millions of kids to these risks for a rare disease that’s only killing as few as 60 Americans a year — about enough to fill one school bus.
But Illinois officials are making sure that there’s practically nothing you can do now to protect your kids from the shot — short of home schooling them.
Before Governor Bruch Rauner signed the mandatory meningitis shot into law, parents in that state could simply tell school officials that a particular vaccine was against their religious beliefs.
But after October 16, a special Certificate of Religious Exemption must be submitted, one signed by a child’s doctor. And this isn’t just a note saying you object, but a lengthy form you must complete telling the details of “the religious belief that prevent the child from receiving each required school vaccinations.”
And don’t even think about objecting for “personal or philosophical reasons.” That’s no longer allowed under Illinois law.
If you’re applying for a religious exemption, you also have to sign off on how you’ve been informed about the serious risk to your child of skipping any of these vaccines. Of course the very real and serious health risks from the shots themselves conveniently aren’t mentioned anywhere.
It’s as if they don’t exist.
But let’s face it — the real issue here isn’t just about meningitis.
It’s a fear campaign, whether we’re talking about measles, hepatitis, meningitis, or anything else that sells vaccines. A campaign that’s threatening to withhold education from our kids unless we all cave in to Big Pharma’s and the government’s demands.
And unfortunately, it’s one that’s only just begun.
“Vaccine deadline keeps central Illinois students out of school” October 16, 2015, CINewsNow.com
“Illinois laws increase student immunizations, add religious exemptions requirements” Hannah Prokop, Northwest Herald, nwherald.com