URGENT: New legislation has been introduced in the state of Idaho that would register every man, woman, and child in the state-run Immunization Registry (IRIS) to monitor their vaccine status.
While this may seem like an innocuous gathering of information, this information could be used to monitor, pressure, and even coerce Idahoans to follow national immunization recommendations even if they have educated themselves and chosen a different vaccination schedule or to avoid vaccinations entirely. It is worth noting that this sort of information has been used around the nation by Child Protective Services (CPS) to remove children from their parents because CPS deemed vaccination avoidance to be a form of medical neglect.
To give a little history, in 1999 a registry was created that was formed on the basis of voluntarily opting IN. In 2011, the rule was changed to require folks to opt OUT. This new legislation would mean you can never opt out, your name will be retained forever and now the intent is clear, to monitor vaccine compliance with Federal guidelines.
Please write to the members of Idaho's Health and Welfare Committee to let them know how you feel about this unnecessary monitoring and intrusion into your privacy. If you are not in Idaho, please pass this on to any friends or family in Idaho.
SB 1011 would require that every child in Idaho be registered in IRIS, even if you have chosen to opt them out of some or all vaccines. This would enable your child to be red-flagged by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
SB 1012 would require all Idahoans from cradle to grave to be registered in IRIS. Can you imagine the wasted tax dollars monitoring everyone's flu vaccine status, sending out reminders, and bothering folks who have decided a different path than that suggested?
What you can do:
Please email the members of the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee and ask them to oppose this legislation. A two-minute email stating why you are opposed and copied to all the committee will suffice.
Suggested talking points pick one or a few:-This is an intrusion into your privacy.
-Your medical records belong to you and the physician of your choice.
-You do not want the state to have the power to access your medical records either through IRIS or a state health insurance exchange.
-It is an unnecessary gathering of your personal information that could be abused in future
-As more parents educate themselves about the risks of the current vaccine requirements for daycare and school in Idaho, it would be a good idea for law makers to ask their constituents why the increase in recommended vaccines are not in their children's best interest.
-While public health officials reassure that public that vaccines cause no harm, there is a Federal tax-payer funded program that compensates those who have been injured by vaccines
-There is abundant science showing cause for concern
-You have educated yourself about the best path for your family and do not need or want intrusion into these private matters from the state.
Email your comments to the following Senate Health and Welfare Committee members and secretary - just cut and paste the list:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Senator Lee Heider (R) - Chair firstname.lastname@example.org District 24, Twin Falls 1631 Richmond Dr., Twin Falls, 83301?Home (208) 734-8864 / Bus (208) 731-1631
Senator Sheryl Nuxoll (R) - Vice Chair email@example.com District 7, Cottonwood P.O. Box 187, Cottonwood, 83522?Home (208) 962-7718 / FAX (208) 962-7718
Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R) firstname.lastname@example.org District 11, Canyon P.O. Box 96, Huston, 83630?Home (208) 459-7158
Senator Marv Hagedorn (R) email@example.com District 14, Ada 5285 W. Ridgeside St., Meridian, 83646?Home (208) 867-5643
Senator Jim Guthrie (R) firstname.lastname@example.org?District 28, McCammon 425 W. Goodenough Rd., McCammon, 83250 Home (208) 254-3605 / Bus (208) 254-9205
Senator Fred Martin (R) email@example.com District 15, Boise 3672 Tumbleweed Pl., Boise, 83713 Home (208) 447-9000
Senator Todd Lakey (R) firstname.lastname@example.org District 12, Nampa 34 S. Bingham St., Nampa, 83651 Home (208) 465 5897 / Bus (208) 908-4415
Senator Les Bock (D) email@example.com District 16, Boise P.O. Box 921, Boise, 83701 Home (208) 319-6874
Senator Dan Schmidt (D) firstname.lastname@example.org District 5, Moscow 267 Circle Drive, Moscow, 83843 Home (208) 882-6328 / FAX (208) 882-6328
Secretary: Linda Hamlet Email: email@example.com Phone: 332-1319
Let hope this effort in Idaho is the last of such efforts, rather than the first in a trend from state to state.
Thank you in advance for your action,
Leslie, Kendall, Chris & the entire Greater Good team