The following is a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, resulting from a 117-0 Illinois House vote and a 52-0-6 (not voting)-1 (present) Senate vote. Both Oak Park's Senator Harmon and Rep. Lilly voted Yes.
Dear Governor Quinn:
Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition (IVAC) members ask you to veto HB 3190 (schools-meningococcal vaccine) mandated for sixth- and 12th-grade boys and girls for the following reasons:
1) Three meningitis vaccines' ingredients include:
c) thimerosal (49.6% mercury)
d) yeast extracts
2) Two meningitis vaccines have not been evaluated for cancer or gene mutation potential or for fertility impairment; one meningitis vaccine has not been evaluated for male fertility.
3) Two meningitis vaccines vials' stopper contains dry natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals.
4) Three meningitis vaccines' adverse reactions include:
b) brain and spinal cord inflammation
c) Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
IVAC members understand that parents and legal guardians can object to this mandate based on personal religious beliefs or medical objections.
Will you veto HB 3190 — for our children's sake?
Barbara A. Mullarkey