If you are one of the many Americans who feels government has become intrusive and out of control, this story is going to make you livid. In Tacoma Washington a foster mother is being told by the government to get the influenza vaccine, or give up your baby. Due to Â a new mandate in Washington,Â all parents and children in foster homes with children younger than two years old must receive a flu shot.Â If they don’t comply, the children will be taken from them. That is the dilemma foster parent Jamie Smith is facing after she just adopted a 2 week old baby.Â “He was born on Christmas. He’s our little Christmas baby,” Smith said.
Smith has fostered seven other children without a problem, including a 4-year-old who is now legally adopted by the family. The state is not only forcing Jamie to get the shot, but also every member of her family.Â “I’ve done a lot of research on it and I don’t like some of the side effects that it has,” she said.
Smith says she’s worried about mercury in the vaccine and its effects on the brain. She doesn’t want her or her five children exposed to that even if it means losing the little one. Â According to Natural News,Â 30 percent of all flu vaccines can come with adverse reactions, and according to the CDC, six percent of those will be “serious” events – including death. Smith is not comfortable with taking that risk. “Unfortunately, I have to think about our kids who are in the house first and to me they’re more important, their safety, than trying to fight to keep this little guy”she said.
Jamie’s husband is an electrician who works atÂ Multicare Tacoma General Hospital. He was forced to receive the shot, or else he would have faced termination.Â Nurses at Multicare’s Tacoma General and Good Samaritan Hospitals are currently suing the company over the policy.
As for Jamie, she isn’t going to give up without a fight. Â “I’m hoping that we can raise enough of a voice that the state will at least give waivers or do something so the children won’t be taken out of their homes,” Smith said.Â The Department of Social and Health Services, which oversees foster care, issued this statement: “Our rules are designed to protect the safety and well-being of children, which is the sole focus of DSHS Children’s Administration. We selected this age group because these are the children who are most vulnerable to illness. We are examining issues being brought to our attention now and have made no decisions regarding changes.”
The deadline for getting flu shots is the end of February.
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