State and local health authorities across America are combining
polling stations with vaccination clinics, asking the electorate
to "vote and vaccinate" at the same time.
Reports from all
over the nation confirm that free flu shots are being
offered to anyone who is registered to vote.
The driving force behind the idea appears to be
and Vax" organization, a loose collective of
health organizations and associations working in conjunction with
state and territorial health agencies of the United States.
According to a CNN report on the program, 235 clinics
over 35 states have enrolled. The shots, which the reported is
at pains to point out are completely voluntary, must be taken
after voting has taken place.
"This is a really fantastic idea and I'm glad
they're bringing it to our attention. Hey, you can kill two birds
with one stone." the CNN anchor comments:
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Vote and vaccinate is another in a series of attempts
to push unnecessary and, in many cases, dangerous vaccines on
an unwitting American public.
We recently reported on huge
protests carried out in New Jersey by concerned parents
over a new mandatory "requirement" for children to be
vaccinated in order to attend preschools and day-care centers.
The preservative has been banned or limited in Europe,
Japan, England and Russia, yet despite warnings from the Institute
of Medicine, the shot is recommended for all pregnant women, infants
and children in the U.S.
Last year President
Bush vetoed a bill that would have banned mercury
in flu vaccines for children despite the fact that he pledged
in 2004 to support such a move when campaigning for re-election.
Flu shots for the elderly have also come under increased
scrutiny recently, with a growing number of immunologists and
epidemiologists saying the vaccine does
not work very well or is almost completely