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  • February 28, 2020 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Columbus, Ohio - On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 concerned Ohio citizens testified in opposition to Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 (SCR 10). 

    Concerns raised during the hearing included using financial incentives to increase vaccine product consumption, public posting of vaccine product consumption rates, and lack of informed consent related to vaccine consumption.

    Nadera Lopez-Garrity stated during her testimony “I particularly oppose the financial incentives to penalize county health departments whose citizens decline a pharmaceutical product and the intention of publicly posting the rates of consuming such biologics, which not only has no bearing on true immunity but such disclosure would be in violation of Ohioans’ constitutional rights.”

    According to the SCR 10:

    “The Director of Health's proposed revision of Chapter 3701-36 of the Administrative Code includes standards for protecting people from disease and injury, monitoring health status, assuring a safe and healthy environment, promoting healthy lifestyles, and addressing the need for personal health services, as well as procedures for payment of state subsidies for meeting those standards [emphasis added].”

    One of the public health quality indicators in the Director of Health’s proposed revision of Chapter 3701-36-05 includes:

    “Immunizations: measured by increasing the percentage of children entering kindergarten, seventh, and twelfth grades who are fully vaccinated in accordance with section 3313.671 of the Revised Code [emphasis added].”

    According to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3313.671 a child is considered fully vaccinated if they have consumed a vaccine product for the following: mumps, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubeola, rubella, hepatitis B, chicken pox, and meningococcal disease (A, C, Y, and W). A child may be exempt from the vaccine consumption requirement if a parent or guardian submits a written statement declining based on medical, or reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.

    Chairman Dave Burke, R - Ohio Senate District 26, expressed concern over the prospect of counting those with legal exemptions like medical, religious, and personal in the percentage of people eligible to be vaccinated when considering the quality indicator measured by increasing vaccination rates.

    Michelle Cotterman, a registered nurse, testified in opposition to SCR10 based on the public posting of vaccination rates stating that the information is not indicative of true immunization rates. She explained “during a clinical trial for Menveo and Menactra, it was found that 21 months -- less than 2 years -- after receiving the vaccine product, up to 77% of recipients were no longer immune to various bacterial strain types contained in these vaccine products. This is one of the vaccine products listed in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3313.671 that would be a part of the quality indicators related to increasing consumption and subject to payment of state subsidies for meeting those standards.”

    Bill sponsor, Senator Peggy Lehner, R - Ohio Senate District 6, said "I don't think that there is language in the rules that have been promulgated to begin to tie, um, that concern that we are somehow paying people off to be vaccinated, I think that is a real leap.”

    Lehner also added "We are living in a time where there is a lot of distrust about a lot of institutions.”

    In 2019, Lehner was seeking to sponsor legislation that would remove the personal and religious vaccine exemptions. Dayton Daily News reported "Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, is pushing a bill to only allow Ohio children to skip vaccinations for medical reasons — a move that is expected to bring opposition from anti-vaccination groups as well as conservative lawmakers who place a premium on individual rights."

    Rishanne and Doug Golden, who lost their daughter Haleigh to vaccine-induced seizures, raised concerns about lack of proper informed consent prior to vaccine administration and cautioned the committee about having a County Health Department quality indicator including increasing the percentage of vaccination rates. "Health and Human Services commissioned a study which found that vaccine injury and death are not rare, but are rarely reported; finding less than 1% of injuries or deaths are ever reported," she said. They have a website in their daughter’s memory and honor, Haleigh's Heart.

    Lisa Griffin from the Ohio Department of Health testified that the changes only affect data reporting requirements and are not tied to the county health department funding. When questioned by Senator Kristina Roegner, R - Ohio Senate District 7, about specific language relating to minimal standards and subsidy payments, Griffin was unable to identify if optimal or minimal standards include increasing vaccination rates. Chairman Burke addressed the volume of concerns raised from the community on this issue and requested a statement in writing from the Ohio Department of Health that increasing vaccination rates is not tied to financial incentives from the state.

    After much discussion and an unsettled reasonable doubt raised by concerned Ohioans, the roll was opened and the bill was voted out of committee. Questions remain on what formula is used for distributing state subsidy funds and which standards are used to determine that distributionSCR 10 will be scheduled in the coming weeks on the Senate floor for a vote.

    If you would like to receive updates on this legislation, participate in future legislative action alerts and other initiatives involving health freedom in Ohio, please consider signing up for a membership with Health Freedom Ohio.

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  • January 15, 2020 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By: Michelle McAllister Krinsky, RN

    5G became one of the biggest buzzwords for 2019. As we enter 2020, no doubt you have seen the many commercials by the various telecom companies advertising their latest technology. But what exactly is 5G?

    5G is the 5th Generation of wireless network technology.

    1G delivered mobile voice calls.

    2G introduced digital voice.

    3G brought mobile data and web browsing.

    4G ushered in the era of mobile internet and video.

    5G will elevate the mobile network to not only interconnect people, but also interconnect and control machines, objects, and devices. It will enhance today’s mobile broadband services and will also expand mobile networks to support a vast diversity of devices and services. It will connect new industries with improved performance and efficiency. Not only will 5G improve your cell phone connection and give you faster download times, it is also the technology that allows for driverless cars, SMART devices to “talk” to each other, and it is the technology that will control the operations of the SMART cities of the very near future. This new era will leap ahead of current wireless technology and many say it will be as transformative as the automobile and electricity. All this new technology sounds great... right? Unfortunately, there is a downside that the telecommunications industry doesn’t like to talk about.

    Let’s take a closer look...

    4G & 5G

    5G will be added to the current 4G infrastructure. They will work in tandem together. The main advantage that 5G offers over 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is faster speeds. Primarily because there will be more spectrum available for 5G and it uses more advanced radio technology. It will also deliver much lower latency than 4G which enables new applications in the “Internet of Things” space. 5G requires millimeter wave high frequency bands. These mm wave frequencies travel short distances and can easily be blocked by such things as buildings and trees. While 4G LTE relies upon relatively few large masts that are built miles apart, 5G will require lots of “small cells” much closer together. These mini 5G base stations will be placed approximately every 500 feet in urban areas and neighborhoods. They will be placed on top of streetlights, utility poles, and on the sides & tops of buildings. They are being placed in front of homes, parks, and schools. Recently the FCC announced plans for a $19 billion dollar fund to help carriers deploy 5G services in rural America as well.

    Click Here: FCC Announces $9B Fund for Rural 5G Deployment

    Click Here: What You Need to Know About 5G Wireless & “Small” Cells

    What’s the Problem?

    Published peer reviewed science already indicates that the current wireless technology of 2G, 3G, and 4G creates radio frequency exposures which pose a serious health risk to humans, animals, and the environment. Scientists are cautioning that before this 5G technology is rolled out that research on human health effects urgently needs to be completed to ensure the public and environment are protected. More than 240 scientists and doctors from 41 nations published an appeal to the United Nations to reduce public exposure and called for a moratorium on 5G; citing “established” adverse biological effects from RF radiation. The 5G standard is new and there are absolutely no studies that have looked at long term human exposure. However, the current body of research on wireless radiation provides enough data for scientists to call for the moratorium. Regulations to protect public health and safety are inadequate and outdated. Published science proves harmful health effects from exposure to RF microwave radiation. Studies show a wide range of biological effects at levels far below current FCC exposure guidelines that were established 20 years ago. Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency created in 1934, has become a “captured” agency. The FCC is dominated by the wireless industry itself. The agency that has been given the responsibility and privilege of setting the standards and limits for wireless radiation exposure are the same people profiting from it. The agency is comprised of industry insiders, engineers, and businessmen. There are no scientists, no doctors, and no one with a biological background. These are the telecom executives that are responsible for setting the standards for our safety. The FCC has set a thermal standard only. What scientists already know and can prove is that wireless radiation can damage our cells and DNA below thermal levels. More than 10,000 studies show the effects of non-thermal radiation. The FCC standard only takes into account a thermal limit that causes acute burning. The RF exposure limits set for the United States are 100 times higher than other countries like Russia, China, Italy, and Switzerland. We basically have an agency that completely avoids the problem.

    Click Here: The Five Fallacies of Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure Limits

    This radiation will affect everyone, and with 4G/5G installations placed in every neighborhood, Americans will not be able to escape continuous involuntary exposure in their own homes and communities. The unborn child, small children, elderly, and people with chronic illness, microwave sickness, or compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

    Click Here: Scientific Research on 5G, 4G Small Cells, Wireless Radiation and Health

    Human health is already being compromised by wireless radiation. The recent $25 million NTP, National Toxicology Program, study provides conclusive evidence that exposure to wireless radiation causes cancer. Oxidative stress, a proven result of microwave exposure is a well-established factor that can lead to cancer, non-cancer conditions, and DNA damage. Microwave sickness is a recognized medical condition in the United States and many other parts of the world. 

    Click Here: NIH National Toxicology Program Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study

    • The World Health Organization has already classified radio frequency radiation as a possible Class 2B carcinogen.
    • Telecoms admit they do not know if their wireless technology is safe and warn that their revenues could be negatively impacted by health claims. Insurance companies will not insure telecoms against liability for exposure related health claims or other damages.

    Taxpayers may be forced to bail out telecoms in the future class action lawsuits. The telecom industry and the commissioners of the FCC are rushing to deploy the next generation of wireless before these issues have been addressed. The “race” to be the first in 5G technology is one not worth winning if the cost exceeds the benefits. There are more than 1,000 scientific studies conducted by independent researchers from around the world concerning the biological effects of RF radiation. 

    Click Here: Scientific Studies Showing the Biological Effects of RF Radiation

    Low level or non-ionizing wireless radio frequency exposure has been attributed to a long list of adverse biological effects:

    • DNA single and double stand breaks and mutations
    • Oxidative damage/Mitochondrial damage
    • Disruption of cell metabolism
    • Increased blood brain barrier permeability
    • Melatonin reduction
    • Disruption to brain glucose metabolism
    • Generation of stress proteins 

    Symptoms from exposure to low level non-ionizing radiation can include:

    • Sleep disturbances/insomnia
    • Headaches
    • Depression and mood disorders
    • Tiredness and fatigue
    • Lack of concentration/ADHD
    • Changes in memory and cognition
    • Heart arrythmias and palpitations
    • Dizziness 
    • Irritability
    • Anxiety and restlessness
    • Tinnitus
    • Nose bleeds
    • Loss of appetite/nausea
    • Skin burning, itching, and tingling
    • Sperm changes, infertility, and miscarriage

    These symptoms can be brought about by exposure to many wireless devices and the exposure is cumulative:

    • Microwave ovens
    • Smart meters
    • Bluetooth devices
    • Computers
    • Cell phones
    • MRIs
    • Cell towers in proximity to your environment

    Even with the myriad of documented adverse health effects and potential disastrous effects to our environment, the 5G deployment is moving ahead. Imagine living 24 hours a day in a full body back scanner at the airport. This is what our environment will be like when 5G small cells are placed every 500 feet in our neighborhoods. The back scanners use the same mm wave technology. It is also the same technology that is used for crowd control by the military. The Active Denial System uses mm wave frequencies to disperse crowds by causing a burning, stinging sensation to the skin. Along with these uses, 5G will also provide the technology to collect and share data and provide for 24 hours surveillance. Is this the type of technology we want in our communities? 

    Once these “small cells” are in place and turned on, there will be nowhere to escape. It will no longer be an option. You and your family will be exposed to radiation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any smart device you have will be connected and monitored. Along with the small cells that we can visualize in our environment, there have also been an estimated 20,000 5G satellites deployed into space so that every square inch of Earth is covered. Unlike other hazardous exposures, radiation cannot be seen, cannot be detected by smell, and often cannot be felt. But make no mistake, it is an ever-present danger that needs to be considered. Each and every exposure is cumulative and causing harm.

    “Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.” ~Dr. Martin Pall, Biochemist~

    The Schuman Resonance and our Magnetic Earth

    We must remember that we are “beings of frequency.” The Schuman Resonance or frequency, which is 7.83hz, is considered the heartbeat of the Earth. “The Pulse of Life Itself.”  Humans are tuned to the resonant vibration of Earth. We vibrate at a frequency that ranges from 5-10hz. Studies have shown that people emitting a frequency closer to 7.83hz are more at peace and healthier. When we are in sync with the Earth’s natural vibration the body is able to heal and have increased vitality. This pulse or frequency has been shown to be identical to the alpha waves of the human brain, which controls our creativity, our performance, our stress and anxiety levels, and affects our immune system. Humans are not the only ones affected by electromagnetic fields. A diverse array of animal life relies upon the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation, breeding, feeding, migration, and survival. Biologists have discovered that wireless electromagnetic radiation disturbs internal magneto-receptors used for navigation as well as disrupting other complex cellular and biological processes in mammals, birds, fish, insects, trees, plants, seeds, and bacteria with profound impacts on the natural environment. Researchers are now attributing Radio Frequency Radiation from cellular telecommunications to be a contributing cause of bee “colony collapse disorder,” insect disappearance, and a decrease in the bird population. Radiation from cell towers and SMART meters has also been shown to negatively impact trees and plant life.

     It is easy to become disconnected with the Earth’s natural vibration in today’s society. Many people rarely spend time outdoors in nature. We have become saturated with technological devices that emit electromagnetic fields that interfere with our natural resonance with the planet. Wireless radiation in the MHz, GHz, and THz is literally millions, billions, and trillions times the normal frequency of Earth. You can imagine the impact that this has on our health and consciousness. A recent study indicates that the Schuman Resonance frequency of 7.83Hz can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It also showed inhibitory effects to decrease as frequencies increased.

    Click Here: Effects of Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation on Cancer Cells

    What can we do to protect ourselves?

    • Return to nature. Spend time outdoors. Use Grounding and Earthing techniques to reestablish your connection with the Schuman Resonance.
    • Raise your own frequency to a state of peace – using prayer and meditation.
    • Strengthen your immune system with a healthy diet, organic food, and exercise.
    • Plant trees in your yard to help block the 5G mm waves.
    • Reduce your exposure to wireless devices. Keep cell phones away from your head, out of pockets, and away from your body.
    • Use the speaker mode when talking on your phone. The greater the distance away from your body, the safer.
    • Place phones in airplane mode when not in use. Never sleep with your cell phone by your bedside.
    • Use wired connections and turn Wi-Fi off at night.
    • Purchase an EMF detector so you can measure and pinpoint areas of danger in your home and take action.
    • Get rid of cordless “deck” phones. They are more dangerous than cell phones.
    • Remove SMART meters from your home.
    • Use protective measures such as shields that can be placed on phones and computers to decrease radiation exposure.
    • Clothing and hats are available that are lined with a silver mesh to block the EMFs when in areas of increased exposure.
    • RF shielding paint is available for home use.
    • Do not allow children to spend unlimited amounts of time on wireless devices.
    • Infants and children are extremely sensitive to the risk of EMFs due to their developing brains and bodies. Even the AAP has issued a warning on this. Click Here: American Academy of Pediatrics Letter to the FCC
    • Pregnant women should take extra precautions due to the harmful effects of radiation to the developing fetus. Pregnant women in China wear protective aprons that shield the fetus all the way around.
    • Ultimately practice self-care and take control of your environment. Wireless radiation poses a real hazard to our health. We can expect 5G radiation to be more hazardous than 3G and 4G because of the higher more intense frequencies and vast amount of antennas.

    Taking Action

    Get involved!

    Be informed and educated on this issue. Hold your government officials responsible for protecting your safety and health. Go to your community councils, local societies, and community organizations. Educate them on this technology and let them know you do not want it in your community. Schedule meetings and send emails to your local, state, and federal representatives. Let them know that this technology violates our basic Civil Rights!

    • It violates our right to maintain the safety and security of our home.
    • It violates the right to protect our family.
    • It violates our basic human right to live safely and in a healthy manner in our own home.
    • It has taken away our choice and consent in being exposed to a technology that has serious health repercussions.

    Most states already have bills that allow for the 5G infrastructure to continue unimpeded. Ohio voted in favor of HB 478, “Small Cell Expansion Act.” This bill eliminated municipal control over small cell installation. Ohio HB 478 needs to be overturned!

    Click Here: 5G Small Cell Deployment: Every Current State Law

    The wireless telecom companies seem to be in control. Congress has formalized 5G deployment without public notification or consent. Local municipalities say their hands are tied in halting the small cell deployment. They cite the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which gave the FCC the power to regulate the environmental health and safety effects of wireless radiation. In Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act it specifically prohibits the discussion of environmental concerns or health concerns in the placement of cell towers. This is despite growing awareness and scientific confirmation of both environmental and health effects from exposure to cell tower radiation and all radio frequency wireless devices. Section 704 also specifically bans local and state governments from setting their own environmental standards for wireless radiation and human exposure. Section 704 must be overturned, and control given back to our local municipalities that can govern the health and safety of their residents. Cities in the United States and throughout the world are saying “No” to 5G deployment until further safety testing has been completed. Unfortunately, many people are completely unaware of this technology and the dangers it poses. We must continue to inform others and have a united voice in opposition. Recently American scientists, doctors, and healthcare practitioners sent a letter to President Trump asking for a moratorium on 5G.

    Click Here: Moratorium on 5G – Letter to President Trump

    If you are an Ohio resident, please sign this petition asking to halt 5G until further safety testing has been completed.

    *Sign the Ohio Petition*

    Click Here: Become Familiar with These Other Senate and House Bills

    Please join Southwest Ohio for Responsible Technology. This group provides information on 5G, highlights concerns in our community and ways to take action.

    Join SWORT

    Other Resources for 5G Information:

    Our Future

    We all like the convenience of our wireless devices, but at what cost?

    We seem to be a species with amnesia.

    When we sever our connection with Spirit and with Nature, where does it lead?

    The industries involved have shown a reckless disregard for our health and the health of our environment.

    Money always talks...

    We are the authors of our lives and the stewards of future generations.

    May we not forget.

  • January 08, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community Supported Agriculture 

    A CSA which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is a fundamentally different way of buying produce directly from a local farmer. Customers buy “shares” or memberships into a set time frame, typically weekly or bi-weekly. Then a box of locally grown, veggies, fruits, meats, cheese, eggs, herbs, flowers, bake goods etc (whatever the arrangement is for that particular farm) is provided at a set date for customer pick up. Sometimes farms deliver, or allow multiple places for weekly pick ups or will take shares to distribute at the farmer’s markets. 

    These funds collected upfront for a weekly share are an investment in the farm. Farmers will use the capitol to purchase seed, equipment, labor, livestock and other essential needs. Yes, there are risks that are involved in a CSA. Weather, and the unforeseen. That is part of a CSA. 

    Some CSAs will require a work period from their members. A set amount of hours to volunteer and gain skills which often evolve into their own gardens! 

    A few reasons to try a CSA: 

    1) Saves you money. You will spend less and cut the middle man by purchasing directly from a local farmer. 

    2) You can try new things. You may experiment with a food you’ve never had! Some CSAs will include a recipe card or plan the box around a specific meal.

    3) You eat veggies/fruit in season which also means you are consuming healthier foods!

    4) You can get your hands dirty and help grow your foods!

    5) You are supporting your community. 

    6) You know exactly where your food comes from! Shake your farmers hand! 

    CSAs will typically start a summer membership enrollments in February. Many of your farmers at the local farmers markets participate in CSAs. Take the time to ask them about the process, or refer you. You can always google “local CSA” or check out Local Harvest and can be connected to many in your area.

    Mandy Palmer is owner and operator of Barefoot Hippie Homestead, a farm in Lebanon, Ohio. Together with her husband, Rusty, and 6 beautiful girls, she runs the farm and offers a Community Supported Agriculture program. Mandy also has many other herbal and beeswax crafts for sale from her website. Check them out at: https://www.barefoothippiehomesteading.com/

  • December 30, 2019 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Ravi Kulasekere PhD, ND

    A recent USDA report shows that more than half of the food samples we consume and feed our children tested for pesticide residue and some tested above the FDA allowed limit. The article states:

    “. . . For the 10,545 samples analyzed, 47.8 percent of the samples had no detectable pesticides, 21.0 percent had one pesticide, and 31.2 percent of the samples had more than one pesticide.”

    They do not say so in the article but we can safely assume that the foods tested were conventionally grown and not organic. Some were also grown outside the USA.

    This revelation of pesticide residue in food should come as no surprise to anyone. When pesticides are being sprayed on our food, at times all the way up to harvest, it does not magically disappear when it comes from the field into your fridge. Some produce will not only have surface residue but will also absorb some of it. Consuming pesticides in any amount over an extended period of time is not healthy and can lead to many chronic and debilitating illnesses.

    The article goes on to say:

    "In addition, 642 samples were found to have pesticides for which no tolerance was established, including 444 fresh fruit and vegetable samples, 151 processed fruit/vegetable samples, 30 rice samples, and 17 wheat flour samples.

    508 samples contained 1 pesticide for which no tolerance was established;

    106 samples contained 2 pesticides for which no tolerance was established;

    13 samples contained 3 pesticides for which no tolerance was established;

    13 samples contained 4 pesticides for which no tolerance was established;

    2 samples contained 7 pesticides for which no tolerance was established; and

    20 samples also contained 1 pesticide each that exceeded an established tolerance".

    This is absolutely unacceptable. If no tolerances are established, we all know that the industry would do nothing to keep levels lower. Therefore, you are pretty much consuming poison through your food. Why does the FDA and USDA not do anything about it? As you probably guessed they are very careful not to antagonize the Big-Ag lobby and if you fall ill their bed-fellows in Pharma would then start to profit from your illness. The comment made by the industry lobby group makes it clear:

    "An industry group, the Alliance for Food and Farming, heralded the report as an all clear for consumers to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible."

    What should you do?

    • First of all, KNOW where your food is coming from. Shop at local farmers markets in the summer as the small farmers tend to use no pesticides or very little.
    • Buy ORGANIC whenever possible. The extra price you pay will bring you much better returns in health, which is cheaper in the long run. Find local and nationwide chains that carry organic food for less. There are many.
    • Go to a consumer advocacy page such as the Environmental Working Group and read up what foods that are grown conventionally are safe to consume and what foods are not. The EWG publishes a list of dirty foods and clean foods yearly. Carry that info in a note card when you go shopping.
    • Buy food that is grown in a greenhouse as these tend to not use pesticides as much if at all.
    • Most importantly GROW YOUR OWN FOOD in the summer. It is actually a great way to even teach your kids how to live in a sustainable way and it is fun. You don't need a lot of space or time to grow and if you have no space grow something in a container.
    • Finally, read up or take a class locally to understand native edible plants in your own backyard. Nature provides a plethora of highly nutritious plants that grow native to your area and we are often told that these plants are noxious weeds and should be killed using poison. They are not and in fact you SHOULD NOT be spraying poison in your own backyard anyway. If you want to kill something, undiluted vinegar works just as well as any pricey poison you can buy at the store.

    Dr Ravi Kulasekere PhD, ND BCHHP 

    Do No Pharm Naturopathy LLC  

    14900 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 

    (330) 285-3247 donopharmnaturopathy@gmail.com

  • November 27, 2019 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Columbus, Ohio - Recent local headlines have erupted warning of whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks in Ohio school districts, but are they telling the whole truth?

    Whooping cough or pertussis is a respiratory infection caused by bacteria, Bordetella pertussis. It is spread to others (transmission) via tiny water droplets when an infected individual is talking, coughing or sneezing. It begins with cold-like symptoms but progresses to rapid uncontrollable coughing spells within several days. 

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical trade organizations, and medical professionals are quick to assert that getting vaccinated is the best course of action to prevent whooping cough (pertussis) and protect vulnerable members of the community. The whooping cough vaccine is DTaP or TDaP and is actually a combination of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. This vaccine is recommended to be given to a child 6 times by the time they are 12 years old.

    Dr. Nancy Pook with Kettering Health Network recently stated some issues with the DTaP/TDaP vaccine: “The problem is it doesn’t eliminate all. The vaccines wane off and maybe the Bordetella is evolving or mutating a little bit, we’re not sure 100 percent of the reason why that there’s more pertussis. But it’s still present worldwide.” 

    What Dr. Pook is describing is primary, secondary, and tertiary vaccine failure. Primary vaccine failure is when an individual is vaccinated but does not develop immunity. Secondary vaccine failure is when an individual is vaccinated, develops immunity but loses immunity over time. Tertiary vaccine failure is when the organism, bacteria or virus, mutates or changes so the vaccine is no longer effective.

    Can a toxin mediated vaccine, such as DTaP/TDaP, provide protection against infection and transmission? 

    In 2017 Christopher Gill, associate professor of global health at the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health, stated"this disease is back because we didn’t really understand how our immune defenses against whooping cough worked, and did not understand how the vaccines needed to work to prevent it. Instead we layered assumptions upon assumptions, and now find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of admitting that we may made some crucial errors. This is definitely not where we thought we’d be in 2017.”

    Despite sustained high pertussis vaccination rates of > 95%, the United States has experienced a resurgence of pertussis over the past 30 years. According to the CDC’s 2018 Provisional Pertussis Surveillance Report, 41% of all infections occurred in children age six months to six years who had received more than three doses of DTaP vaccine, compared to only 10% of disease cases involving unvaccinated children.  

    An alarming discovery from a Springboro, Ohio whooping cough outbreak reveals that of the 37 cases, 100% had received all or some of the recommended DTaP/TDaP doses:

    An important observation within the recent scientific literature is the phenomenon of asymptomatic carriers. When exposed to Bordatella pertussis, vaccinated individuals become infected but do not show the telltale signs of infection. Yet they are fully capable of spreading the bacteria to others, including infants and the immune compromised. 

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration study reported:  

    “The observation that aP [acellular pertussis vaccine], which induces an immune response mismatched to that induced by natural infection, fails to prevent colonization or transmission provides a plausible explanation for the resurgence of pertussis and suggests that optimal control of pertussis will require the development of improved vaccines.” (1)

    The scientific literature also includes studies of mutations and bacterial type replacement proposed as causes for increasing rates of pertussis disease.

    A study published in 2015 reported:

    “The significant association between vaccination and isolate pertactin production suggests that the likelihood of having reported disease caused by PRN– [Pertactin Negative] compared with PRN+ [Pertactin Positive] strains is greater in vaccinated persons. Additional studies are needed to assess whether vaccine effectiveness is diminished against PRN– strains.” (2)

    Unfortunately, public health agencies, medical trade organizations and media outlets fail to warn those who are vaccinated with DTaP/TDaP that regardless of vaccination status they need to be aware they are still at risk of infection and that vaccinated individuals are capable of unknowingly spreading pertussis to others. If you have been exposed to whooping cough, regardless of vaccination status, you should ask your doctor to perform a test that will determine if you are infected. This will ensure that treatment is started in a timely manner and will prevent unnecessary exposure to others.

    A recent news article reported:

    "Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO, Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, said the best defense is vaccination, especially anyone who is going to be around infants who aren’t fully vaccinated.

    Immunity, whether from getting the vaccine or from having the disease, typically wears off within five years, leaving previously immune children susceptible again by adolescence. Individuals and families providing care to a new baby may need a pertussis booster shot to provide protection for infants who haven’t had a chance to get the full series of vaccinations yet."

    What is being described above is a theory called cocooning, a strategy to protect infants and other vulnerable individuals from infection by vaccinating those in close contact with them. According to this study, cocooning is ineffective when a vaccinated individual can be an asymptomatic carrier of Bordatella pertussis:

    “We find that: 1) the timing of changes in age-specific attack rates observed in the US and UK are consistent with asymptomatic transmission; 2) the phylodynamic analysis of the US sequences indicates more genetic diversity in the overall bacterial population than would be suggested by the observed number of infections, a pattern expected with asymptomatic transmission; 3) asymptomatic infections can bias assessments of vaccine efficacy based on observations of B. pertussis-free weeks; 4) asymptomatic transmission can account for the observed increase in B. pertussis incidence;  and 5) vaccinating individuals in close contact with infants too young to receive the vaccine (“cocooning” unvaccinated children) may be ineffective.” (3)

    Providing clear, concise, accurate and honest information is necessary to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing infection which includes the prevention of pertussis exposure to Ohio’s most vulnerable individuals via asymptomatic carriers, it is in Ohio’s best interest that:

    1. Public health departments, medical trade organizations, and medical professionals educate the public that in the event of a pertussis outbreak, all people exposed to pertussis should be tested for pertussis, whether or not they have symptoms and regardless of vaccination status;
    2. Track pertussis infection based on bacterial strain type to determine differences in attack rate between strains;
    3. Include the asymptomatic infections, strain types, and vaccination status of pertussis cases in the Annual Summaries of Infectious Disease report published by the Ohio Department of Health.


    1. Warfel J, et al. Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model. PNAS 2014; 111(2):787-792. 
    2. Martin, S, et al. Pertactin-Negative Bordetella pertussis Strains: Evidence for a Possible Selective Advantage. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2015; 60(2):223-7.
    3. Althouse B, et al. Asymptomatic transmission and the resurgence of Bordetella pertussis. BMC Medicine 2015; 13:146.

    Additional References (not cited):

    1. Hovingh E, et al. Emerging Bordetella pertussis Strains Induce Enhanced Signaling of Human Pattern Recognition Receptors TLR2, NOD2 and Secretion of IL-10 by Dendritic Cells. PLoS One 2017. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0170027 
    2. Sala-Farre M.R., et al. Pertussis epidemic despite high levels of vaccination coverage with acellular pertussis vaccine. Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2015; 33(1):27-31. 
    3. Matthias J, et al. Sustained Transmission of Pertussis in Vaccinated, 1-5-Year-Old Children in a Preschool, Florida, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2016; 22(2).
    4. Haifa I, et al. Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day-Care Centers, Israel. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2000;(6)5.
  • October 23, 2019 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Maura Urchek BSN, RN, CCM

    Have you noticed advertisements in recent years promoting vaccination in Ohio? Perhaps you have seen a television commercial or heard an in-store advertisement soliciting you to undergo the medical procedure of vaccination and wondered, is it possible that there is more to the story that vaccine consumers might like to know beyond, “get vaccinated,” before rolling up their sleeves?  

    Consider the following information: 

    • As a result of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, Congress granted vaccine manufacturers and vaccine administrators protection from liability for injury caused by select [1] vaccine products: “No person may bring a civil action … against a vaccine administrator or manufacturer in a State or Federal court for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death.” [2]
    • Who pays for vaccine injury if manufacturers are not liable? The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) states the following: “The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund provides funding for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate vaccine-related injury or death petitions for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1, 1988. Funded by a $.75 excise tax on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration to children, the excise tax is imposed on each dose … The Department of Treasury collects the excise taxes and manages the Fund’s investments and produces Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund Monthly Reports.” [3]
    • According to the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) website:“The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is a no-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions." [4]  The NVICP has paid out over $4.2 billion to date [5], as of the October 1, 2019 report. 
    • If an individual becomes injured by vaccination and wishes to file a petition with the NVICP, how much time do they have to file a claim? The US Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s publication booklet: “What You Need to Know About the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program” [6] states the following: “The general filing deadlines are:  For an injury, your claim must be filed within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury.  For a death, your claim must be filed within 2 years of the death and 4 years after the start of first symptom of the vaccine-related injury from which the death occurred. When a new vaccine is covered by the VICP or when a new injury/condition is added to the Vaccine Injury Table, claims that do not meet the general filing deadlines must be filed within 2 years from the date the vaccine or injury/condition is added to the Table for injuries or deaths that occurred up to 8 years before the Table change. The Table lists and explains injuries that are presumed to be caused by vaccines. For more details about the Table, visit www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation.” 
    • According to the HRSA website, “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - Frequently Asked Questions”: “The Vaccine Injury Table (Table) (PDF - 119 KB) is a listing of covered vaccines and associated injuries that makes it easier for some people to get compensation. The Table lists and explains injuries and/or conditions that are presumed to be caused by vaccines unless another cause is proven.” [7]
    • Vaccine injuries are to be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) [8]. According to the “Information for Healthcare Providers” section of the VAERS website:“The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) requires healthcare providers to report: Any adverse event listed by the vaccine manufacturer as a contraindication to further doses of the vaccine; or Any adverse event listed in the VAERS Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccination [PDF - 75KB] that occurs within the specified time period after vaccination. In addition, CDC encourages you to report any clinically significant adverse event that occurs in a patient following a vaccination, even if you are unsure whether a vaccine caused the event.” [9]
    • According to a Grant Report submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System [10]:“Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed. Barriers to reporting include a lack of clinician awareness, uncertainty about when and what to report, as well as the burdens of reporting: reporting is not part of clinicians’ usual workflow, takes time, and is duplicative.” [11]
    • The Vaccine Excipients Summary is accessible as a PDF file download here. According to the summary document, certain vaccines may contain: MRC-5 human diploid cells including DNA and protein (human fetus origin),  Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell protein (cocker spaniel dog origin), formaldehyde, Spodoptera frugiperda cell proteins (armyworm origin), thimerosal (a mercury derivative), aluminum hydroxide, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, among many other excipients with potentially serious ethical, scientific, and religious implications for consumers. The US FDA website, “Common Ingredients in U.S. Licensed Vaccines” reveals the following: “How does FDA evaluate adjuvants for safety and efficacy? When evaluating a vaccine for safety and efficacy, FDA considers adjuvants as a component of the vaccine; they are not licensed separately.” [12]
    • The CDC website, “Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) -- General Committee-Related Information” states:“The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) comprises medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the civilian population of the United States. The recommendations stand as public health guidance for safe use of vaccines and related biological products.” [13] Consider the following excerpt from the 2009 article published in the New York Times titled, “Advisers on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts, Report Says”: “In the report, expected to be released Friday, Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that the centers failed nearly every time to ensure that the experts adequately filled out forms confirming they were not being paid by companies with an interest in their decisions. The report found that 64 percent of the advisers had potential conflicts of interest that were never identified or were left unresolved by the centers. Thirteen percent failed to have an appropriate conflicts form on file at the agency at all, which should have barred their participation in the meetings entirely, Mr. Levinson found. And 3 percent voted on matters that ethics officers had already barred them from considering.” [14]

    Awareness of the NVICP, VAERS, ACIP, and NCVIA is critical to understanding vaccine policy, vaccine manufacturer protections, and vaccine consumer risk in the United States.   

    A recent public records request revealed the following invoices from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019:

    Are taxpayers funding these efforts? Will the citizens of Ohio allow this to continue?  

    Take Action!

    → Contact the Honorable Governor Mike DeWine's office (614) 644-4357, your State Representative, and your State Senator (Find your representatives here). Consider educating their offices on the following: 

    1. The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act shields vaccine manufacturers from liability for injury and death caused by their products.
    2. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid over $4.2 billion in compensation to date.
    3. Vaccines are a for-profit pharmaceutical product. 
    4. Inquire about the funding source(s) that paid for these invoices.

    → Inform others about the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. Direct healthcare providers to the website, “VAERS Information for Healthcare Providers” [15] and the “VAERS Table of Reportable Events." [16]

    → Become familiar with the Ohio “State Checkbook” website and keep the state government accountable for its spending.


    [1] https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/covered-vaccines/index.html (accessed 10/19/19)

    [2]  42 U.S.C. § 300aa-11 

    [3] https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/about/index.html (accessed 10/19/19)

    [4] https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/index.html (accessed 10/19/19)

    [5] https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/vaccine-compensation/data/data-statistics-october-2019.pdf (accessed 10/19/19)

    [6]https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/vaccinecompensation/resources/84521booklet.pdf (accessed 10/19/19)

    [7] https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/FAQ/index.html (accessed 10/19/19) 

    [8] https://vaers.hhs.gov/ (accessed 10/19/19)

    [9] https://vaers.hhs.gov/resources/infoproviders.html (accessed 10/19/19)

    [10] https://healthit.ahrq.gov/ahrq-funded-projects/electronic-support-public-health-vaccine-adverse-event-reporting-system?fbclid=IwAR2oOjCjfXdmtUQ_jCKwujlAWOhtYNHhbyVOLRio-Yv9DOvvGMS3H3HzUm8 (accessed 10/19/19) 

    [11] https://healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/publication/r18hs017045-lazarus-final-report-2011.pdf (accessed 10/19/19)

    [12] https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/safety-availability-biologics/common-ingredients-us-licensed-vaccines (accessed 10/19/19)

    [13]  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/committee/index.html (accessed 10/19/19) 

    [14]  https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/health/policy/18cdc.html (accessed 10/19/19)

    [15] https://vaers.hhs.gov/resources/infoproviders.html (accessed 10/18/19) 

    [16]https://vaers.hhs.gov/docs/VAERS_Table_of_Reportable_Events_Following_Vaccination.pdf (accessed 10/19/19)

  • September 29, 2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by: Dr. Donna Poppendieck

    We are hearing a lot in the news today about Alzheimer’s and whether it can be prevented, treated successfully, and reversed. Think about what you believe for a second. Conventional medical practitioners seem to be thinking that it cannot be prevented, or, that once a person is in a state of cognitive decline, it can never be reversed. Some believe it cannot even be slowed down.

    But is this still true?

    Increasing numbers of studies are demonstrating the impact that nutrition has on brain health. Even older people with mild or more advanced cognitive decline show improvement when nutrition is changed for the better. So, it is important to work both in prevention and treatment to address this all-important subject of preserving and improving our brain health, especially as we age. 

    1. B-Complex. These give us protection against mood disorders, lowered cognitive performance, and Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
    2. Coffee. If you like it, drink it! Both caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties offer protection and are very brain friendly. Coffee is considered to be an antioxidant and stimulates ketones, which the brain loves, as well.
    3. Olive Oil. Use extra virgin, cold-pressed, and organic olive oil. It lowers your risk for stroke, dementia, and even diabetes.
    4. Fish Oil. This means you are getting 2 kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. They perform powerful anti-inflammatory functions within the human body, and that definitely includes the brain. Try using a good quality fish oil, such as a Nordic cod liver oil, derived from healthy fatty fish. 
    5. Turmeric. This contains curcuminoids, including curcumin, and has a large medicinal effect, particularly in lowering inflammation. It is also a very strong antioxidant.

    I most certainly believe in taking supplements. In fact, I take many. Try to stick to the healthier varieties and buy organic whenever you can. But adding other healthy lifestyle elements creates a much more robust healthy effect. You can be healthy in one area and neglecting other areas. For example, if you combine healthy brain nutrients (supplements) with a healthy diet, and do even some moderate exercise, throw in a little yoga or meditation or binaural beats, you are certainly going to be ahead of the game.

    Learn more about becoming a new and better you! 

    And – as always – have a holistically healthy day! 

    Article by Dr. Donna Poppendieck, to read more articles please visit:  https://www.healthandwellnessonline.org/ 

    After years of neglecting my health and eating the standard American diet, I was diagnosed with auto-immune disease. I took oral chemotherapy for 2 years, and after remaining very ill, decided to heal myself.I succeeded with a combination of holistic approaches and now practice a healthy lifestyle!

    Commonly known as Dr. P in the college classrooms, I have been teaching in universities for the past 12 years, focusing on mental health and specializing in addictions treatment and prevention. I decided to focus on chemical dependency because I grew up in a family with drug abuse.

    Since then, I have been interested in exploring legitimate, evidence-based pathways to full recovery and maintenance of optimal health using holistic approaches. For 40 years, I have been involved in the study of such healing strategies. I am currently studying at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their health and wellness coaching program, specializing in holistic nutrition.

    I created the Prism Theory of Personality in 1998, which looks into the areas of emotions, thoughts, physical health, and spirituality, and how these four areas interact to create optimal health.

  • September 27, 2019 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Know your rights! The state of Ohio has three exemptions to vaccine requirements; medical and reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.

    ORC 3313.671 Proof of required immunizations – exceptions

    Medical exemptions require a signature from a licensed physician in the state of Ohio. 

    Exemptions for reasons of conscience, including religious conviction, require a signed written statement from the parent or guardian submitted to the school upon enrollment or request.

    For a current list of vaccine doses that would require an exemption for entry into public schools in Ohio, please check the Ohio Department of Health website here.

    What if you've turned in a vaccine exemption statement for your K-12 child yet the school is giving you a hard time?  They are requesting that you sign a specific form, or stating they never received your exemption statement.

    What can you do now?

    If the school is giving you a hard time or requesting that you sign a specific form, consider the following:

    1. Read the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) Review of 3313.671. A written and signed statement by a parent is all that is required. You are not required to fill out or complete a specific form. A member of the clergy is not required to sign or support the parent's written statement. Provide a copy of the Ohio LSC Review to the school by downloading and printing here: LSC Review 3313.671.pdf
    2. Call the school nurse or other staff who is trying to deny your written statement. Politely let them know that you are informed of your rights under Ohio Revised Code 3313.671, and ask them to provide a reference showing where it says you are required to fill out the school form.
    3. Consider sending an email with all the forms and communications from the school to your State Representative, State Senator, District Superintendent, and Ohio Board of Education Member, being sure to copy the school principal and nurse on the emails. Explain that you are complying with the law, but the school isn’t allowing it and is threatening to add your child to the exclusion list. Link to find your Ohio Board of Education Member. Link to find your Ohio State Legislator.   

    If the school is stating they never received your exemption statement, consider the following:

    1. If you decide to take your exemption statement in personally, ask for a signed and dated receipt of your statement before leaving the office. You can have the office worker sign this statement of receipt: Exemption from Immunization Statemement of Rec.pdf
    2. If they refuse to sign and date your receipt, or in any way deny you physical proof that your statement has been received, do not leave it with them. Take it to the post office and send your statement certified; pay the additional fee to attach the physical return signature receipt card to the envelope.

    All of this can be done in a very formal, friendly way. If you have any questions, need clarification or assistance, please email us at info@healthfreedomohio.org.

  • August 19, 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It seems more and more Ohio colleges are requiring vaccines. Some universities, especially public ones, offer exemptions but exemptions to vaccination might be difficult to locate online and you may have to ask for exemption forms at the time of enrollment. Please read any forms carefully for language that implies you are putting others at risk or that requires clergy validation of religious beliefs. Religious beliefs are not constrained to particular denominations or organized religions. 

    Ohio law, ORC 1713.55, does not require vaccination for enrollment but simply requires that students disclose at the time of enrollment if they have been vaccinated for Meningococcal and Hepatitis B and only if they will be a resident of on campus dormitory.

    College vaccine requirements have the potential to be challenged by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act and (for students pursuing medical-related careers in a university associated with a hospital or other covered entity) the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom division.

    Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. 

    "Since this law first went into effect it has been applied to many other situations and now supports equal rights for people in various circumstances, including students applying to or actively attending college.

    What Title VII means for students trying to get into college is that they cannot be discriminated against based on religious preferences, gender, race, country of origin, color"

    The article continues:

    “When applying to college, Title VII provides all students with a fair and equal chance at acceptance. Once there, Title VII continues to protect students and staff alike by insuring their right to practice their religion by mandating that schools must provide reasonable accommodation for those wishing to observe various religious holidays and customs. Failure to do so can have serious consequences."

    Please note: many www2.ed.gov links appear to be broken, click here for reference site

    Basic information, including links to file a complaint can be found by clicking this link.

    If you believe that a covered entity discriminated against you (or someone else) on the basis of conscience or religious freedom, coerced you to violate your conscience or religious beliefs, or burdened your free exercise of religion, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). You may file a complaint for yourself, your organization, or for someone else by clicking here.

    The above information provides some hope for those faced with college-initiated vaccine requirements and no offered exemptions. Fair warning that religious/conscience exemptions must be worded to exemplify deeply held beliefs -- not your feelings about the science or safety — so proceed with caution and consider using a knowledgeable attorney to help you write your religious accommodation request.

  • August 05, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The state of Ohio has 3 types of exemptions: Medical and Reasons of Conscience, including Religious convictions.

    Medical exemptions require a signature from a licensed physician in the state of Ohio. 

    Exemptions for reason of conscience, including religious conviction require a signed written statement from the parent or guardian submitted to the school upon enrollment.

    There is no pre-written statement or form that you are required to submit for public school. The statement provided to you in this post is just one example. 


    Download this for here: Immunization Exemption Statement.pdf

    If you are presented with a form from a school, compare it to ORC 3313.671 for compliance with the law. Providing the minimum required information is recommended.

    If you are unsure you can email Health Freedom Ohio at info@healthfreedomohio.org

    ORC 3313.671 Proof of required immunizations - exceptions.

    (A) (1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, no pupil, at the time of initial entry or at the beginning of each school year, to an elementary or high school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, shall be permitted to remain in school for more than fourteen days unless the pupil presents written evidence satisfactory to the person in charge of admission, that the pupil has been immunized by a method of immunization approved by the department of health pursuant to section 3701.13 of the Revised Code against mumps, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubeola, and rubella or is in the process of being immunized.

    (2) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, no pupil who begins kindergarten at an elementary school subject to the state board of education's minimum standards shall be permitted to remain in school for more than fourteen days unless the pupil presents written evidence satisfactory to the person in charge of admission that the pupil has been immunized by a department of health-approved method of immunization or is in the process of being immunized against both of the following:

    (a) During or after the school year beginning in 1999, hepatitis B;

    (b) During or after the school year beginning in 2006, chicken pox.

    (3) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, during and after the school year beginning in 2016, no pupil who is the age or older than the age at which immunization against meningococcal disease is recommended by the state department of health shall be permitted to remain in a school subject to the state board of education's minimum standards for more than fourteen days unless the pupil presents written evidence satisfactory to the person in charge of admission that the pupil has been immunized by a department of health-approved method of immunization, or is in the process of being immunized, against meningococcal disease.

    (4) As used in divisions (A)(1) , (2), and (3) of this section, "in the process of being immunized" means the pupil has been immunized against mumps, rubeola, rubella, and chicken pox, and if the pupil has not been immunized against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and meningococcal disease, the pupil has received at least the first dose of the immunization sequence, and presents written evidence to the pupil's building principal or chief administrative officer of each subsequent dose required to obtain immunization at the intervals prescribed by the director of health. Any student previously admitted under the "in process of being immunized" provision and who has not complied with the immunization intervals prescribed by the director of health shall be excluded from school on the fifteenth day of the following school year. Any student so excluded shall be readmitted upon showing evidence to the student's building principal or chief administrative officer of progress on the director of health's interval schedule.


    (1) A pupil who has had natural rubeola, and presents a signed statement from the pupil's parent, guardian, or physician to that effect, is not required to be immunized against rubeola.

    (2) A pupil who has had natural mumps, and presents a signed statement from the pupil's parent, guardian, or physician to that effect, is not required to be immunized against mumps.

    (3) A pupil who has had natural chicken pox, and presents a signed statement from the pupil's parent, guardian, or physician to that effect, is not required to be immunized against chicken pox.

    (4) A pupil who presents a written statement of the pupil's parent or guardian in which the parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions, is not required to be immunized.

    (5) A child whose physician certifies in writing that such immunization against any disease is medically contraindicated is not required to be immunized against that disease.

    (C) As used in this division, "chicken pox epidemic" means the occurrence of cases of chicken pox in numbers greater than expected in the school's population or for a particular period of time.

    Notwithstanding division (B) of this section, a school may deny admission to a pupil otherwise exempted from the chicken pox immunization requirement if the director of the state department of health notifies the school's principal or chief administrative officer that a chicken pox epidemic exists in the school's population. The denial of admission shall cease when the director notifies the principal or officer that the epidemic no longer exists.

    The board of education or governing body of each school subject to this section shall adopt a policy that prescribes methods whereby the academic standing of a pupil who is denied admission during a chicken pox epidemic may be preserved.

    (D) Boards of health, legislative authorities of municipal corporations, and boards of township trustees on application of the board of education of the district or proper authority of any school affected by this section, shall provide at the public expense, without delay, the means of immunization against mumps, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and hepatitis B to pupils who are not so provided by their parents or guardians.

    (E) The department of health shall specify the age at which immunization against meningococcal disease, as required by division (A)(3) of this section, is recommended, and approve a method of immunization against meningococcal disease.

    Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 121, §1, eff. 10/15/2015.

    Effective Date: 09-30-1998; 05-06-2005

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