Shortly after this action Cuomo was asked about Zucker’s comments and the Governor played dumb; as if he had never heard of the idea before. I recently spoke with John Gilmore and he found the idea of Cuomo not knowing what Zucker said to be laughable. According to Gilmore, Cuomo is a micromanager and certainly told Zucker to make the public statement about mandatory flu shots. Basically Cuomo floated a trial balloon.
The balloon didn’t float.
We are 40 days away from the election, and all of Albany (sans Cuomo) is up for reelection. In New York mandatory flu and HPV vaccination has always been extremely unpopular. Some Albany Democrats recently released statements stating they are against mandatory flu vaccinations because they know how unpopular the idea is and don’t want to lose on November 3rd.
It appears we have dodged this bullet; for now. How quickly this one will rear its head again all depends on the election results. If the Democrats keep their super-majority in Albany, mandatory flu shots will be right back on the table very fast.
*** (Note – pic of Cuomo allegedly getting flu shot at the top of this report is from 2019, not 2020. I never believe photo-ops like this one. Highly likely he posed for the shot, but never got the shot)
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said on Wednesday that he is considering following the example of Massachusetts and order all daycare, pre-school, K-12, and college students to get annual flu shots. Connecticut and New Jersey are considering similar orders.
Currently, flu shots are required to attend pre-school and daycare in New York City but nowhere else in the State. Connecticut and New Jersey require flu shots for pre-school and daycare. Massachusetts will become the first state that requires flu shots to attend K-12 school or college. All those states allow religious exemptions.
Zucker is the guy who Gov. Cuomo claims said it was OK to put people with Covid-19 into nursing homes while disregarding all the federal guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection, and now they both refuse to say how many nursing home residents died as the result of their folly. These are the guys who said we had to temporarily shut down to “flatten the curve” so hospitals would not be overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases. That was 180 days ago, hospitals have single digit numbers of Covid-19 cases, and we are still substantially shut down.
The ostensible reason Zucker cited for this new forced vaccination campaign was his concern that unless minors get flu shots now the demand for flu tests later will somehow interfere with Covid-19 testing. They are willing to continue to erode parental rights to make medical decisions our children and compel a medical procedure of questionable safety and efficacy simply to avoid the possibility of busy labs.
Normally adding a new vaccine mandate would require passing laws in the Assembly and Senate followed by approval by the Governor. Just like with any law. But since the legislature gave dictatorial control of the State to Cuomo last March 3, before they crept off to hide, the Governor can order forced flu shots with a decree.
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Use this link to send messages to Cuomo, Zucker and y Take Action our State Senator and Assemblymember letting them know you oppose any type of forced flu shot.
Call Cuomo and Zucker and let them know you oppose this scheme:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390
Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, (518) 474-2011
Call your State Senator and Assemblymember. They will want your votes on November 3, so call them and ask them if they will do anything to protect your right to choose whether or your children are forced to get flu shots.
Please email and call their offices. It is unlikely the phone will be answered but please leave a message.
A US Department of Defense Study released earlier this year, the only study done so far on the topic, found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference…’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…” Again, this is not about public health, this is about money and power.
Glaxo, Sanofi, CSL and Astra Zeneca make all the flu shots sold in the US, with approximately 6,000,000 children in New York between 6 months and 18 years, and college students, and the federal Vaccines for Children program selling flu vaccines at around $13.50 per dose, the New York flu shot market for young people is worth about $81 million per year, not including the administration fees charge by pediatricians and other flu shot retailers.
According to multi-decade studies of flu shot efficacy by the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, inactivated flu vaccines (flu shots) in children age 3-16 reduce the risk of influenza in children from 30% to 11% on average. In some years, like 2017, flu shots have no measurable efficacy at all, even in the best-case scenarios devised by the flu shot manufacturers. There is insufficient data according to the Cochrane Collaboration to even say what affect flu shots have on children under 2, yet they would be required to get the shots.
Some flu shots in the US (approximately 20%) are still made using thimerosal, an obsolete preservative based on toxic mercury, that is banned in most of the world, but not the US. In 2008, New York banned the use of thimerosal in shots given to pregnant women and children under three, but the Cuomo administration has illegally suspended the law for past several years misusing language in the bill that allows the state to suspend the law if there is a declared shortage of mercury-free flu shots. There has never been a declared shortage, but Zucker suspends the law anyway. An internal CDC study showed 700% more autism among children who received thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy. And studies have shown 20% higher autism rates among children whose mothers received pre-natal flu shots in the first trimester.
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