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School Based Health Centers: How Big
Pharma Is Infiltrating Your Child's School


The U.S. federal government recently launched a new program in Denver designed to increase childhood vaccination rates. It is the first school-located program in the country to offer vaccines to all students.

SBHCs are health care centers, located in school settings that claim to provide children and adolescents with comprehensive primary, acute, and preventive care for physical and mental health conditions.

School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) have grown rapidly over the past decade, from 200 in 1990 to 1,380 in 2000-an increase of almost 600 percent.

"Adolescents are a hard population to reach," said Dr. Matthew Daley, a pediatrician and vaccine research expert with Kaiser Permanente who is working with researchers at the University of Colorado and Denver Health Medical Center to evaluate the model.

Naturopathic Doctor and vaccine researcher, Dave Mihalovic stated that public health agencies are pushing the centers in the guise of preventive medicine, when they will effectively promote the opposite. "The centers are providing an entry portal for pharmaceutical giants to access student health records and provide dangerous treatments such as untested drugs and vaccines without the full informed consent of parents."


How the school-based vaccine program works:

Consent packets are sent home by the school, completed by a parent/guardian, and then returned to the school. Vaccines are provided during the school day by nursing staff. Parents are not required to be present. Insurers of students who have health coverage are billed for the vaccine and administration fee. The program will notify providers when their patients receive vaccines at school, either via fax or through the state vaccine registry.

The consent forms are a one-time process, meaning parents will not have to submit consent more than once regardless how many vaccines their child receives. "This leaves the door open for the injection or administration of any drug treatment to the child which the school's health staff deems appropriate, without any informed consent by the parents on the treatment's effects, contraindications or consequences," said Mihalovic.

Questions Yet To Be Addressed By SBHCs

Parents may wish to ask themselves if such a policy were to be implemented nation-wide in every school, what are the consequences?

- Do parents really want schools to function as recruiters for the vaccine and mental health industry that can put children on unnecessary and harmful drugs?

- If test results indicate a child needs medication for which the parent does not consent, will the parent be at risk of legal prosecution for child neglect and/or will the parent be at risk of losing custody of the child?

- If the child suffers a permanent adverse reaction to the SBHC endorsed medical treatment plan, will the parent be able to sue to cover the cost of lifetime care for the child?

Without addressing such critical issues regarding the implementation of such as program, both the child and parent is at risk.

The federal government is initiating a massive drive to enroll school children on Medicaid in order restructure the funding of SBHC vaccination program:

What this restructuring of funding does is shift the cost of grants and fee-for-service to third party billing under Medicaid (the taxpayers) and private insurance plans (increasing premiums) so the vaccination program can be promoted as free to parents who cannot afford it, while big pharma companies behind the scenes increases sales. States will bend towards the proposition because it is revenue neutral for their budgets. The target are the unvaccinated masses.

"It's certainly an incredibly advantageous position for big pharma," said Mihalovic. The decisions will ultimately be between parents and the respective policy makers of school system, however the responsibility to make the right decision will lie solely with the parents. "Any parent who would not sound the alarm at a policy that does not inform them of every single injection, drug or treatment to their child is simply not paying attention to the potential consequences," concluded Mihalovic.

Are We Making the Grade With Our Children?


Reference Sources: denverpost.com

February 23, 2010

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