The following letter is in response to Fosston's Paul Peltier, whose letter to the editor was published in the March 15 Times.

    On February 25th, 2019 there was a rally at our state capitol organized by Minnesota Health Freedom, and cosponsored by 11 other organizations.  There were somewhere between 1300-2000 people rallying on a day despite a blizzard shutting down the southern part of the state, and they filled all 3 floors of the capitol shoulder to shoulder and out the doors.  The purpose of the event was to unite against Senate File 1520 that was introduced just a few days earlier that if passed will mandate vaccines in our state.  This would take away all parental rights to make health decisions for your children.  It would also mandate vaccines for adults.  So, if you would decide not to get a flu vaccine, you would not have that freedom any longer.  The rally was FOR health freedom and parental rights.

    Senate District 1 Senator Mark Johnson spoke at this event.  He came to the podium holding his young son and thanked everyone for being there, and then said, “This is an issue that I am very passionate about, not because of me.  (pause)  You can see why.” As he looked at his son, his elementary aged daughter and his wife standing beside him.  He introduced himself and his family and noted his wife Skyler is “a big force in his life on this issue”.  He further shared that one kindergarten teacher in his district pleaded with him not to vote for SF1520 because she sees kids every day that are vaccine injured and she used to never see it. He ended with, “Thank you for coming out.  I am with you.  I will not support this bill. I will not vote in favor of it.”  And the crowd erupted in cheers.  His message was that he stood for health freedom and parental rights because he is a parent and wants freedom for their generation.  For that, I applaud him.

    Paul Peltier wrote in the Saturday, March 16th, 2019 issue with some grave inaccuracies of what Senator Mark Johnson said.  He stated, “…we have politicians like Mark Johnson who say that parental choice must trump the public health benefit of vaccines…” which is not true.  Nothing like this was said in his short remarks I share above nor was anything like that said by the multiple legislators that spoke, so this is fake news.  I believe Senator Johnson would fight to defend Mr. Peltier’s right to vaccinate his family if that is his choice, but he will fight for those that make different choices as well.

    The science on vaccines is not complete or decided.  This leaves parents with a challenging decision every well-child visit.  Vaccines have not been tested on pregnant women, and the result on the unborn has not been researched.  Yet we do see an increase in miscarriages for women given the flu vaccine in their first trimester.  Vaccines have not been tested alongside each other, such as the massive schedule pushed on children today.  We need double blind placebo tests to determine safety and that isn’t being done.  In the Journal of Translational Sciences published on May 7, 2017 the results of a first-of-its-kind pilot study on unvaccinated vs vaccinated kids were revealed and showed that unvaccinated kids were healthier.  Comparing partially vaccinated & vaccinated kids to unvaccinated, the vaccinated were 2.4 times more likely to have a chronic illness, 2.9 times more likely to have eczema, 3.7 times more likely to have a neurodevelopmental disorder, 4.2 times more likely to have autism, 4.2 times more likely to have ADHD, 5.2 times more likely to have learning disabilities, and 30.1 times more likely to have allergic rhinitis.  For some parents the lack of safety studies, and the results of the only study we have; may be a deterrent to vaccinating, or at least a concern to consider in delaying or being selective in which vaccines they want, and we shouldn’t pen them as some kind of extremist like Mr. Peltier did to Senator Johnson.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested 5 vaccines to those born in 1962.  Those that were born in 1983 were recommended to get 24 vaccines.  Then in 1986 the pharmaceutical manufacturers that produced vaccines were freed from all liability from vaccine injury or death by the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.  If your child dies due to vaccine you now go to a Vaccine Court and plead your case.  $4 Billion have been paid out to proven vaccine injuries and deaths.  That money is collected from a tax on each vaccine administered.  So, for every vaccine administered, your money goes to paying off injured children, and to the families that lost their child due to those same vaccines.  Currently a baby born today is scheduled to get 72 vaccines from birth to age 18.  This is the CDC schedule, and the CDC isn’t some independent agency.  The CDC owns over 20 vaccines patents and sells about $4.6 Billion of vaccines every year.  The current adult vaccine schedule is for over 100 vaccines per person.  I have full faith that they will increase the schedule as they have already with 271 vaccines in development.  And why wouldn’t they?  With a mandatory vaccine for all people, without liability, their incomes will be something I can’t even imagine.  Concerned Doctors that are for informed consent cry out that this CDC schedule of 72 vaccines for children is the largest scientific experiment in human history, and the results aren’t revealed yet.

    Mr. Peltier specifically brings up the MMR Vaccine.  There is a tiny folded up paper in each vaccine vial that comes from the vaccine manufacturer.  It is the size of a newspaper when it is opened and has all the possible negative reactions to that vaccine.  Few people, even doctors and nurses, read this.  But just for the MMR Vaccine adverse reactions could be a redness, rash or pain at the sight of the injection.  Followed by seizures, thrombocytopenia, pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis, full body rash (YES, THE MEASLES!), brain damage, permanent loss of hearing, coma and death.  As of November 20, 2018, there have been more than 93,179 reports of measles vaccine reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following measles vaccinations made to the federal Vaccines Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 259 related deaths, 6,936 hospitalizations, and 1,748 related disabilities.  Over 50% of these adverse reactions happened in children under the age of 3.  And best guesses from professionals is that only 10% of adverse reactions are reported to VAERS because too many don’t know about it, or don’t connect SIDS or other negative outcomes to a recent vaccine or barrage of vaccines.  The last measles death in the US was in 2015, with the unfortunate loss of an immunocompromised woman that had received the measles vaccine earlier in her life.  Mr. Peltier noted one study about the vaccine/autism connection but didn’t mention the 150 studies that do show a measles/autism connection.  Also, there were numerous concerns with the Danish study Mr. Peltier noted.  It was funded by a grant from a vaccine manufacturer and conducted by their scientists.  There was clearly a sample problem because their study revealed a lower case of autism than the Danish national average.  The sample was taken from children too young for an autism diagnosis.  They also removed kids that had genetic signals of being apt to get autism.  Yet even with those and a few other concerns in the study, they showed that male siblings of autistic kids got autism at a higher rate than the rest of the sample.  Therefore, if a family is genetically predispositioned to autism after vaccines, it is not ethical to force them to further vaccinate that child or their other children.

    We cannot ignore the current US warship that has been quarantined in the Persian Gulf for the last 2 months due to a mumps outbreak.  All 703 seamen are fully vaccinated, yet 25 of our nation’s best have contracted mumps.  Therefore, the idea that just because you are vaccinated doesn’t mean you won’t get a disease, or that there is herd immunity, or it is the fault of those that didn’t vaccinate.  Actually, you must remember that when you are voluntarily (we hope!) injected with a weakened virus, special care should be taken to support the immune system.  Still there isn’t any guarantee that you won’t fully contract that disease, and the real vaccine insert in the vial box from the manufacturer says so!

    Conservative Christians like myself have serious concerns with the numerous aborted babies used in the research and production of vaccines.  Many refuse to profit the vaccine industry based on moral grounds.  We are up in arms over the sale of aborted baby parts to science for this purpose or any other purpose.  We must keep our conscientious and religious exemptions in place to allow people the ability to refuse aborted fetal cells (which is a listed ingredient in most of the vaccines being administered today) being injected into our bodies and those of our children.

    The current information age we are in, allows everyday people to access information we have never had before.  And honestly, the route parents should take is hard to determine and each family has different priorities, concerns, experiences, and levels of research.  Yet, I believe we all want to be healthy and we all want healthy kids.  In that we should come together and fight on each other’s behalf to determine that route on their own.  We should become unified in our goal of liberty, and denounce government overreach into our private lives.

    One thing I would agree with Mr. Peltier on is that we don’t want history to repeat itself.  The Nuremberg Code was a code of medical ethics that came from the Nuremberg Trials following World War II.  The Nuremberg Code states that all medical patients should have voluntary, informed consent of their own medical decisions.  We must never forget the horrible human rights violations of the Holocaust.  Mandatory vaccines remove any volunteerism and informed consent therefore would be a human rights violation.