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house Bill H. Res. 117

Should Congress Officially Support Vaccinations?

Argument in favor

The anti-vaccination movement is growing increasingly powerful, with increasingly dangerous results. It is critical that Congress shows its disapproval.

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04/09/2016
"I understand that there are families that in some cases are concerned about the effect of vaccinations... The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We've looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren't reasons to not." [politifact.com]
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04/09/2016
"I think obviously vaccinations work. Vaccination has worked for many, many years... I am sensitive to the fact that there are some families who disagree but the difficulty is if I have a kid who is suffering from an illness who is subjected to a kid who walks into a room without vaccines that could kill that child and that’s wrong." [vaxxter.com]
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03/14/2015
These official resolutions and declarations don't usually make a difference, but it can't (really) hurt. For the record, vaccinations are important. The whole "certain vaccinations can cause autism" theory was debunked a while ago. And even if they did cause autism, would you really rather die of a preventable disease than to have autism?
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Argument opposed

Hey, people should be able to medicate their kids as they see fit. Besides, with Congress’s low approval rating, it’s not like this would do much to help the pro-vaccine argument.

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06/28/2015
"The FDA should immediately stop heavy dose vaccinations and you will see a huge decrease in children with autism."[vox.com]
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
Let the people decide. The second the government gives blanket support for vaccines is the day that a very harmful one comes out.
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ark4162's Opinion
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03/14/2015
Another waste of time. I don't want my hard erned money paying for a bunch of legislators doing stupid meaningless shit like this.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 117?

This bill seeks to throw Congressional approval behind vaccination.


In its lengthy preamble, this bill lays out the case for the importance of vaccination: It has eradicated smallpox; reduced the prevalence of other deadly diseases like measles and mumps; and reduced the spread of infectious diseases like the flu and shingles. Finally, it offers figures for the number of preventable deaths, and saved lives thanks to vaccines — there are lots of commas and zeroes.


The main part of the bill is a resolution, which, as the title suggests, commends every organization — businesses, healthcare facilities, churches — that have helped with the vaccination effort. It also states that:

  • Vaccines are essential for public health, and that public health crises can occur without widespread vaccination.
  • Congress encourages continued research on vaccines.
  • Parents should have their children vaccinated.

Impact

Parents who are influenced by Congress, their children, pediatricians and other healthcare workers, people that work with children, Jenny McCarthy, and politicians with strong opinions on vaccines.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 117

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

This bill has a whopping 100 co-sponsors, ranging from Pacific Northwest bleeding hearts like Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and conservatives Tom Marino (R-PA), who helped Schiff introduce this bill. This could be in part because vaccination/anti-vaccination beliefs don’t fall along traditional partisan lines. The states with the highest vaccination rates are Mississippi, North Carolina and Hawaii, while Colorado, Pennsylvania and Arkansas have the lowest. Go figure.


The politicization of vaccines also has some implications for the 2016 presidential elections, specifically within the Republican party. Libertarian Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who was an opthamologist, has said that vaccination should be voluntary. Jeb Bush, another White House hopeful supports blanket immunization. In the middle lies New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie who believes that vaccines are important, but some people should be allowed to not get them.


Of Note: 

In January of 2015, an outbreak of measles was reported in Disneyland. Though most of the cases were in California because Disneyland is, well, Disneyland, it spread to other states. Measles had been thought to be eradicated fifteen years ago.


The Disneyland outbreak is considered by many to be symptomatic of a growing movement of people who do not vaccinate their children out of a belief that vaccines cause autism or will give them diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no link between vaccines and autism.



Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Press Release
Countable YouTube

The Hill


(Summary by James Helmsworth)
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Teddy Kwok

Official Title

Recognizing the importance of vaccinations and immunizations in the United States.

    "I understand that there are families that in some cases are concerned about the effect of vaccinations... The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We've looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren't reasons to not." [politifact.com]
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    "The FDA should immediately stop heavy dose vaccinations and you will see a huge decrease in children with autism."[vox.com]
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    "I think obviously vaccinations work. Vaccination has worked for many, many years... I am sensitive to the fact that there are some families who disagree but the difficulty is if I have a kid who is suffering from an illness who is subjected to a kid who walks into a room without vaccines that could kill that child and that’s wrong." [vaxxter.com]
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    Let the people decide. The second the government gives blanket support for vaccines is the day that a very harmful one comes out.
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    These official resolutions and declarations don't usually make a difference, but it can't (really) hurt. For the record, vaccinations are important. The whole "certain vaccinations can cause autism" theory was debunked a while ago. And even if they did cause autism, would you really rather die of a preventable disease than to have autism?
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    Another waste of time. I don't want my hard erned money paying for a bunch of legislators doing stupid meaningless shit like this.
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    The anti-vaccination crowd is made up of deluded fools. Not that Congress's opinion counts for much, but at least they should be on record on the right side of science for this one.
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    "The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no link between vaccines and autism." Stop being crazy.
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    The government has no guarantee that these artificial compounds will not affect the human immune system. The drug companies love for the government to help them make money.
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    When you are properly immunized you have done your part in protecting the rest of your community. And the benefits you recieve are also important. It's benefits far out way any perceived consequences.
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    How stupid! Everyone already knows that the government supports vaccinations! Heck, I imagine that a lot of people are wondering how many politicians have been bought and paid for by Big Pharma. Do you honestly think it's going to make any difference if Congress makes their support "official"?! And while I'm at it, if politicians want my support and my VOTES, they'd better start FIGHTING FOR MY RIGHTS! PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION! I know y'all have lobbyists pulling you this way and that, but if you don't take a strong stand for the Bill of Rights, I'm going to work like mad to try to get you "retired"!
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    Is there no aspect of our lives into which Congress does not want to intrude and control? Butt out!
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    Big Pharma would never say you need less shots or that they're bad for you, or possibly harmful. It's a business just like any other.
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    The dosages are too heavy and too often.
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    we the people should be able to say what vaccines we want for us and our children
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    Vaccines harm and/kill people AND pets! It should be a choice for both and not mandated by the government. Here we go again with Agenda 21! I wonder if congress and Nobama get vaccinated?!?!
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    Let the people and parents make an informed decision on what goes into their and children's bodies. It's our right! Medicine is not a one size fits all and our government or schools should NOT interfere with medical decisions!
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    Stop trying to control us
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    People should have the freedom of choice in what they allow into their bodies. I aways find it interesting how your average liberal screams at the top of their lungs how they demand freedom of choice for their bodies, but they are also the first to demand that choice be stripped away when it comes to the chemicals being forced unto people's bodies.
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    Which vaccinations? Flu, anthrax, smallpox? Anything that big pharma wants to say is necessary? Doctors and patients can decide what is necessary - and until the broken VAERS reporting system is fixed, there is no rational way to make the case that Congress can make an informed decision.
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