Flu Shot Facts

WHAT is HB 193?

Ohio House Bill 193 is a proposed legislative bill to protect Ohio employees from employers that terminate, discriminate against, or refuse to hire any person who declines the influenza vaccine for any reason, including medical, religious, or philosophical.[1]

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WHY is HB 193 so important?

Ohio HB193 helps protect your civil rights, including those defined in the 1st and 14th amendments of the Constitution.

  • The influenza vaccine mandate requires employees to take unnecessary risk for very little benefit.
  • The influenza vaccine is not an effective means of preventing the flu. For the 2014-2015 flu season, the vaccine’s effectiveness was only 23%.  It has been as low as 10%, for example in 2004-2005.  During the past 10 years the vaccine’s highest efficacy was only 60%, during the 2010-2011 flu season.[2]
  • According to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, from 10/01/1988-7/01/2015 there have been 1,862 injuries and 89 deaths filed from flu vaccine.[3] These statistics only represent cases filed, and do not include cases that have gone unreported. The exact totals of injuries and deaths are unknown.
  • The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has completed a study showing that vaccinating healthcare workers showed little, if any, evidence of protection for patients –contrary to the false claims made by healthcare organizations that forced vaccine policies are to protect patients.[4]
  • The vaccine contains ingredients including formaldehyde and/or Thimerosal (ethyl-mercury).[5] Formaldehyde is a cancer hazard[6] and it is unknown what type of effects it has upon injection in the human body. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin and can cause damage to the brain, especially in developing children.[7]
  • The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) protects a vaccine manufacturer from vaccine injury liability.[8] You cannot sue if you or your child is injured from a vaccine or if there has been a death from a vaccine.

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[1] https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-193

[2] http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/effectiveness-studies.htm

[3] http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreport.pdf

[4] http:/www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/ccivi_report.pdf

[5] http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf

[6] https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/formaldehyde-factsheet.pdf

[7] http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailabiliy/VaccineSafety/UCM096228

[8] http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/authorizinglegislation.pdf