Assembly Member Pan to Appear in Episode of PBS's 'NOVA'

September 13, 2014 | Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), author of the law to empower parents with information about the health benefits o...

September 13, 2014 |

Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), author of the law to empower parents with information about the health benefits of immunizations and the risks of opting out, was featured as part of a PBS NOVA documentary that explored why whooping cough, measles and mumps are reemerging in the United States even though they were largely eradicated a generation ago. 

In the web video dedicated to Dr. Pan’s efforts in California, he speaks to the devastation that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on families and communities and why accurate information is so important. The video, on the documentary’s companion website, can be viewed here.  

AB 2109 requires parents who exempt a child from school vaccinations to have talked with a licensed health care practitioner about the impacts the exemption has on the health of their family and community. 

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Robert Koch said...

There is another side to this controversy.
Back in the 1980's I stopped my daughter's immunizations for pertussis because of adverse effects, including painful injection, fever, and extreme irritability.
Back then, the only country with a safe whooping cough vaccine was Japan, which manufactured a so-called acellular product, which excluded the cell walls of the bacteria.
US manufacturers were too cheap then to remove the debris from their product, which, I came to understand, caused my daughter's adverse reaction to the vaccine.
Since then, vaccine manufacturers have concocted safer acellular vaccine products.
The manufacturers of vaccines claim poverty when they do basic research and development, when in fact the US government National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control pay for much of this processing.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are, after all, businesses that must pay their shareholders.
Another advantage to AB 1109 is the conversation that is required between pediatricians and parents.
There are some, thankfully few, real dingbat-jerk pediatricians out there who won't give information, don't take the time for proper assessment of their patients, and treat the parents like stupid children.
It's those doctors who will have trouble with this law.

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