Dear Ohio NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
Your action is needed in support of a good bill scheduled for hearing on Tuesday, June 6th.
HB 193 is sponsored by Representative Christina Hagan. This bill would protect employees from being fired, not hired or discriminated against for choosing not to be vaccinated for flu.
1) Plan on attending the hearing on Tuesday, June 6th in the House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee at 1:30 in Room 113. Rep. Ron Young, the Chairman of the committee has asked anyone planning on testifying to submit their testimony to his office by 5:00pm on Monday, June 5, 2017. Testimony can be submitted to Bob.Reed@ohiohouse.gov.
2) If you have suffered an adverse reaction to vaccination or experienced harassment or job termination in the work place for your decision to not be vaccinated for flu or other vaccines, please share that ASAP with the Members of the House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee (see contact information below).
3) Contact your Ohio State Representative and ask him/her to support HB 193. If you do not know who your Ohio State Representative is you can log into the NVIC Advocacy Portal at (here) and go to the Ohio State Team Page to see your personal legislators’ contact information automatically displayed. You can also find your representative information here
4) Share this information with family, friends and coworkers. Please make sure you are registered for the NVIC Advocacy Portal so you can receive updates and follow the progress of how to help support this bill. Visit Here.
TALKING POINTS: [PERSONALIZE WITH YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE]
Support HB 193 because this bill would protect employees from being fired, not hired or discriminated against for choosing not to be vaccinated for flu. People shouldn’t have to choose between a flu vaccine and their employment.
According to the CDC in 2014-2015, the overall flu vaccine effectiveness against all influenza viruses was 19%. (source)
There is evidence that repeated flu shots may blunt the vaccine’s effectiveness in subsequent seasons. (source)
As of October 3, 2016, there had been 2,954 claims filed in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for injuries and deaths following Influenza vaccination, including 109 deaths and 2,845 serious injuries.
Using the MedAlerts search engine, as of June 30, 2016, there have been more than 128,194 reports of reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following influenza vaccinations made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 1,270 related deaths, 10,780 hospitalizations, and 2,377 related disabilities. In 2013 the Federal Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) voted to add GBS to the Vaccine Injury Table within the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Flu deaths are exaggerated by public health officials as they are combined with pneumonia deaths in CDC reports. Data from 2010, reported by the CDC in 2013, lists 50,097 deaths from both diseases, but further investigation reveals this number is 500 from influenza and 49,597 cases of pneumonia. (source) (see table 10, page 39)
The flu vaccine has historically been ineffective and the studies on its merit are lacking. The Cochrane Review—widely considered the gold standard for mainstream medical review—has concluded in every review of the flu shot for over a decade that the available safety/efficacy studies are of extremely poor quality. (source)
Ohio House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee – 2017
Representative Ron Young, Chair
FAX: (614) 719-3963
Representative Anthony DeVitis, Vice Chair
FAX: (614) 719-6943
Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan, Ranking Member
FAX: (614) 719-3960
Representative Steven Arndt
FAX: (614) 719-6980
Representative Thomas Brinkman, Jr.
FAX: (614) 719-3588
Representative Bill Dean
FAX: (614) 719-0010
Representative Dave Greenspan
FAX: (614) 719-3998
Representative Ron Hood
FAX: (614) 719-3961
Representative Brigid Kelly
FAX: (614) 719-3585
Representative Al Landis
FAX: (614) 719-6996
Representative P. Scott Lipps
FAX: (614) 719-3589
Representative Alicia Reece
FAX: (614) 719-3587
Representative Michael Sheehy
FAX: (614) 719-6949
Representative Dick Stein
FAX: (614) 719-3958
Representative Thomas West
FAX: (614) 719-6952
Text of HB 193 as introduced:
Section 1. That section 4113.73 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows: Sec. 4113.73. (A) As used in this section, “employer” has the same meaning as in section 4113.51 of the Revised Code. (B) No employer shall discharge without just cause, refuse to hire, or otherwise discriminate against any person with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment, on the basis that the person has not been or will not be vaccinated against influenza for any reason, including medical, religious, or philosophical.