Flu Shots: New Jersey Goes Un-American!

Let’s see. We fought communism, we willingly help the world defeat dictatorships, and currently, we’re embroiled in a war against terrorism, but, who will save us from ourselves? Abraham Lincoln once said this about our fine nation:
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
And here is a profound example of America’s unexplainable desire to do away with our own civil liberties and freedoms. New Jersey has become the first state to require mandatory flu shots for all preschoolers. The Associated Press reports:
New Jersey on Friday became the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers, saying their developing immune systems and likelihood of spreading germs make them as vulnerable to complications as the elderly.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Fred M. Jacobs approved the requirement and three other vaccines over the objections of some parent groups.

Starting in September, all children attending preschool or licensed day care centers will have to get an annual flu shot, Jacobs said…

…Some parents support proposed legislation that would give families a right to skip required immunizations by lodging a "philosophical objection," as some other states allow. The bill has been sitting in a committee without action for several years.

New Jersey does grant an automatic exemption on religious grounds and allows exemptions for medical reasons.
Do not be mislead! This is not a victory for our children. It is solely a victory—another victory—for big pharma, and, a blow to freedom. When we allow legislation like this, how can we then differentiate ourselves from our enemies? Here again, is my favorite quote from Dr. Fuhrman:
This is not about arguing about the effectiveness or value of vaccines, just whether we should mandate medical care and take another freedom away from Americans. We no longer have the freedom to take or not take medications. Sounds like the Taliban to me.
Personally, I am tired of our country’s love affair with magic pills, and, I am doubly sickened by the twisting influence of pharmaceutical companies in politics, but, until voter turnout exceeds that of American Idol viewership, I doubt we’ll do anything about it. Another quote from Dr. Fuhrman:
The drug companies hold the politicians in their financial pockets. People are led to believe in drugs and the exaggerated benefits of medical care and they do; the new religion in America—In Drugs We Trust.
So, I guess pretty soon all us who DON’T want mandatory injections will have to wear armbands and congregate in secret.
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Dutchman - December 17, 2007 10:06 AM

Listen to Gary Null on this

or go to


for making an informed choice.

foodaroo - December 18, 2007 12:53 AM

Since flu shots contain mercury, why hasn't EPA stepped in?

Megan Cornish - December 18, 2007 1:56 PM

Your point on mandatory flu shots is good, of course, but I get so sick of "communism" bashing. Stalinism was oppressive where it had state power, but real socialism/communism would take the drug companies, meat & dairy lobbies, agribusiness & other big business out of control over our lives. Public ownership of big industries is the only way to save not only our health, but the planet.

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