Long gone are the days of bribing your young children with candy for being brave enough to go to the doctor. Todays youth have more expensive taste, welcome to the digital age. Luckily for parents, it seems that you may be getting off easy. That is if programs like the one recently started in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School (CHCCS) district in North Carolina really take off. You see, theyve recently decided to promote adolescent immunization month by offering students as young as 5th grade high end electronics for getting unnecessary shots and bringing in proof to their school nurses until the end of May.
The contest as its being dubbed will grant one entry per student receiving the meningococcal vaccine into a drawing to win a new ipod or laptop computer. The prizes were made possible by donations from a family who lost their daughter to the meningococcal disease, but thats not where it ends. No, students can gain additional entries by also getting the HPV vaccine and the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) combo vaccine; both of which have had extremely dangerous side effects. In fact, there have even been instances of the HPV vaccine resulting in death. The school district is pushing these vaccinations so much that they even offer a 4th entry by getting all 3 shots.
Its not very likely that the CHCCS district is announcing or even including in fine print that the students are potentially risking permanent brain damage, seizures, heart problems, paralysis, hearing and vision loss, as well as other autoimmune diseases by getting these shots. The lack of disclosure about the potential risk could almost be considered child abuse. Especially considering that the number of injuries from vaccines being so high that the federal government had to create a program to protect the manufacturers from legal action.
Action against this so called contest is ramping up, and if youd like to voice your opinion you can send your comments to the school district superintendent at email@example.com. Make sure you ask that if they dont end the program, that they at least provide information about the risks of vaccines and how they are underreported. Its also important for children and their parents to know that because of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the manufacturers of the vaccines are safe from any legal actions should there be any injury or death.
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