Head-start

Kick Kids Out of Head Start if They Aren’t Vaccinated on the Government’s Schedule?

There’s a new front in the push to mandate vaccinations—this time on underprivileged children. We need to stop it NOW. Action Alert! [1]

A new bill, expected to be introduced in Congress this week, would require that all children in Head Start programs be fully vaccinated unless medical reasons exempt them. The bill, “A Head Start on Vaccinations Act,” would give parents three months to get their kids vaccinated and follow the CDC’s recommended schedule, which includes a total of thirty-four shots for fourteen different diseases [2]—all before the age of six.

The CDC has called for more and more vaccines, at younger and younger ages. Newborns in 1964 were immunized against six diseases [3]. Today they are vaccinated against sixteen diseases, receiving one injection at birth and up to nineteen more injections in their first six months of life [4]. So many vaccinations at such a young age are a tremendous assault on a child’s immune system. Respected integrative physician Dr. Russell L. Blalock notes that “multiple vaccines given close together may overstimulate the growing brain’s immune system and destroy brain cells [5].”

The Head Start Program [6] is a Department of Health and Human Services project that “promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families.” In FY2014, Head Start served about 989,000 families [7], but the number of children enrolled in the program is higher than that, since some families have more than one child who participates.

While we’ve seen numerous attempts at the state level [8] to eliminate or restrict religious, philosophical, and personal belief exemptions, and to mandate vaccinations for children who attend public schools, this is one of the first attempts by the federal government to get involved in mandating vaccinations. Clearly, the federal government is using any means necessary to push its vaccine agenda on unwilling individuals, even if it means usurping powers traditionally reserved to the states.

We already have a situation in which the federal government develops vaccines, partners with Big Pharma vaccine makers, subsidizes them, fast-tracks approvals, denies citizens the right to sue for harm, and pushes the states to mandate vaccines, then turns around and accepts drug company money and political contributions. Now even the fig leaf separation of federal officials from the state mandate will be eroded.

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