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A MA State Representative's Stance on Mandated Flu Vaccines for School Children
writes, "(posted by State Representative Steve Whelan)
I have received considerable outreach from constituents in our district expressing everything from concern to outrage over the Commonwealth's newly announced flu vaccine mandate and I thought I would share with you an email I sent this morning to Secretary Marylou Sudders (EOHHHS) and Commissioner Monica Bharel (DPH):
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Madame Secretary and Madame Commissioner,
Please accept this email as a statement of my concern with the Commonwealth's newly announced flu vaccination mandate. I am troubled that this mandate makes a statement to parents that the Commonwealth, not parents working in cooperation with their family's primary care physicians, are the ultimate arbiters of their child's health care decisions. I question the value of flu vaccinations as a whole. My personal experience is that the only time I've contracted the flu in the past 15 years have been the three times I received a flu vaccine. I therefore exercise my own judgement and elect to not receive this vaccine. I ask that parents be allowed to exercise this same judgement for their children. This new mandate goes too far.
In closing, I am not an "anti-vaxxer". I am, however, someone who was forced by our government to receive an experimental Anthrax vaccine 30 years ago while I was serving in the US Marine Corps. It wasn't a good experience and the side effects were terrible. This has given me perspective. I believe vaccinations work but I am also a strong proponent of individual liberties and affording parents their God given right to make health care decisions for their own children. I ask you to please rescind this mandate and replace it with a public health advisory accompanied with enough information to help educate parents and better empower them to make the best decision for their families.
Thank you,
Tim
Timothy R. Whelan
State Representative- First Barnstable District
State House Room 542
Boston, MA. 02133
Timothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov
(617) 722-2488

Tim Whelan is the State Representative for the First Barnstable district, Massachusetts

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