Mandatory Vaccination – The Poland Experience By Dr. Brian Hooker

Brian S. Hooker, PH.D., P.E.

Brian S. Hooker, PH.D., P.E.

SCIENCE ADVISER, FOCUS FOR HEALTH | BIO

Stormy, dangerous clouds gathering over the Polish Parliament in Warsaw

Stormy, dangerous clouds gathering over the Polish Parliament in Warsaw

I recently was invited to speak at a Sejm (Poland’s lower house of Parliament) briefing on mandatory vaccination and vaccine injury by Mr. Pawel Skutecki, a deputy in the Sejm. Many citizens of Poland are concerned about the restrictions that are in place on medical and personal rights exemptions and are seeking to change the laws governing vaccine mandates. My other hosts for the trip were Ms. Justyna Socha, Mr. Piotr Jawornik, and Mr. Arkadiusz Tetela.

Justyna and Piotr are President and Vice President of the organization STOP-NOP (Stop Mandatory Vaccination) in Poland, and Arkadiusz is a vaccine injury attorney in the Polish court system. My hosts were extremely gracious and I consider them heroes in the face of very aggressive vaccine mandates for children in Poland.

In front of the Sejm building (briefing speakers Oly Yarimiychuk Gouk, Brian Hooker and Senta Depuydt).

According to my hosts, there are no philosophical or religious exemptions to vaccines in Poland. The only way to “opt out” of any vaccines on the schedule is to pay a fine of approximately $12,000 per child, or to fight against the mandates individually in civil court.

According to the Polish Minister of Health, “Resignation from mandatory vaccinations is impossible. Thanks to mandatory vaccination we maintain high immunization coverage and protect the weakest who cannot be immunized.”

In addition, the vaccination schedule for infants and children is very aggressive compared to the vaccination schedule in the United States. Polish infants receive the Hepatitis B and the BCG (tuberculosis) vaccine on the first day of life. In addition, the whole cell pertussis vaccine within the DPT (diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus) vaccine is given to infants at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months. Most of the world’s developed countries abandoned this vaccine formulation prior to 2000 due to a strong propensity to cause vaccine adverse events.

Other vaccines on the infant schedule include the Haemophilus influenza B (Hib), MMR, polio, and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines. According to my hosts, health ministers in Poland are also pushing to add other vaccines to the schedule, including the HPV vaccine series for adolescents.

Given this onerous vaccination schedule, it was no wonder my hosts are pushing to overturn country-wide vaccine mandates in the Sejm, as well as reform the court system to ease the burden-of-proof for vaccine injury. According to Justyna Socha, there was an initiative signed by nearly 100,000 Polish citizens to overturn vaccine mandates, but it was rejected by an overwhelming majority of the Sejm.

Deputy Pawel Skutecki at the Sejm briefing.

As a concession in this defeat, the Sejm agreed to host a series of briefings on vaccine safety with speakers selected by Deputy Pawel Skutecki and the officers of STOP-NOP.  Dr. Christopher Exley, one of the speakers at a previous briefing, is a very prolific and distinguished researcher from the UK. Dr. Exley discussed the link between aluminum toxicity in vaccines and developmental disabilities, including autism.

At the briefing, I was joined by Ms. Senta Depuydt, a journalist from Belgium who has written and studied vaccine injury extensively especially in the EU and is the mother of a vaccine injured child.  Ms. Depuydt discussed the politics of vaccine mandates and highlighted different policies among the EU countries. In addition, Ms. Ola Yarimiychuk Gouk, a journalist from the Ukraine, spoke regarding the lack of any recourse for vaccine injury in her country.

My presentation covered flaws and outright fraudulent statistical methods in research studies claiming vaccine safety in the increasing epidemic of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. I focused somewhat on issues within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since much of the developed world follows the CDC’s lead regarding vaccine safety.

Brian Hooker’s presentation at the Sejm briefing.

The briefing was well-attended with approximately 50 people including 10 deputies of the Sejm. There were many positive questions regarding vaccine safety from the attendees. There was one negative comment from a pediatrician who insisted that “vaccines do not cause autism” and that anti-vaccinationists were responsible for recent measles outbreaks in the news.

The Polish Minister of Health declined to attend the briefing, claiming that he would not give credence to anti-vaccinationist arguments. This was extremely unfortunate, given the real concerns of my hosts in a country with little or no recourse for families who are “vaccine hesitant” or have vaccine injured children. Branding brave individuals who dare question the safety of bloated infant and child vaccination schedules as “anti-vaccine” serves no one and is just meant to shut down a much needed dialogue to preserve the best health for children everywhere!

Brian Hooker with Arkadiusz Tetela (vaccine injury attorney), Senta Depuydt (journalist from Belgium), Piotr Jawornik and Justyna Socha (President of STOP-NOP) at dinner.

I am grateful to my hosts for their overwhelming hospitality for a “trip of a lifetime” to Poland and to understand the issues facing those who are “vaccine hesitant” in other nations. My discussions with them were eye-opening, especially regarding pharma greed around the world.

My hosts at STOP-NOP are sponsoring an International Protest against Mandatory Vaccination on June 2 in Warsaw, Poland and I encourage any folks in the EU who can travel to Poland to join them in their incredible work.

 

Brian S. Hooker, PH.D., P.E.

SCIENCE ADVISER, FOCUS FOR HEALTH

Brian has been a member of the Focus for Health Team since 2012 and has more recently joined the Board. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Simpson University in Redding, California, where he specializes in chemistry and biology coursework. Additionally, Hooker was a Senior Process Consultant at ARES Corporation until 2013, where he worked closely on process design for the environment restoration industry. His design efforts focus on industrial biotechnology and chemical engineering principles. He has a teenage son with autism and has been active in the autism community since 2004.

4 Comments

sarah

Look up infant mortality rate by country and you’ll find a graph, Slovakia, Poland, and US have the highest. Why is it that Sweden has a more relaxed schedule and also the fewest deaths?

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David Hilleke

I’d love to see the presentation. Is it uploaded or available anywhere?

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Lynne Smith

I am absolutely appalled by the AGGRESSIVE vaccination schedule in Poland AND that parents are not able to opt out!! I Live in Canada..forty years ago there was not any information available regarding the safety of vaccinations..so COMMON SENSE told me it would be dangerous to infect an infant with all that bacteria especially in combinations!! Ihad to have a form notarized by a justice of the peace…now people CAN OPT OUT..however there is ALOT OF PRESSURE FROM DOCTORS AND THE GOVERNMENT! It is most certainly BIG PHARMA controlling governments worldwide due to their corporate greed for TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS in profits!

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