Paul Offit, one of the leading vaccine experts in the nation, supports our request for legislation to make the DOH warn citizens as soon as an epidemic reaches the threshold they set each year. It took them 3 months to tell Washington they were in the middle of the biggest epidemic in nearly 50 years! By then it was too late to stop. Now, we are in the middle of the worst epidemic in 70 years!
Kaliah died in August of last year and they still wouldn't tell anyone. We (Kaliah's family) set up the first Booster shot clinics, the first Public Service Announcements, and the postcards that were sent to all residents in our County, because they wouldn't do anything! They did not release any of the free press they have available, and when I asked them to create a Public Service Announcement, they said they would have to lay off one of the three nurses they have on staff to do that. They said that it was enough for them to tell doctors about it and use the free press from stories like Kaliah's.
They wouldn't call the CDC when I asked in February, they said it wouldn't do any good because they would only come out for a week and that would not help. They wouldn't say the word Tdap or Pertussis, because they didn't think the public would understand the terms. We had to threaten them to get them to say or do anything!
The booster shot everyone is getting also only lasts five years, but they are telling everyone they can only have one per lifetime, until they have more data. That means, in five years, everyone that is getting the shot now will have to get it again. Who is going to tell them?
How long is it going to take them to tell us next time????? I am not willing to trust that they will do anything differently when we have another epidemic, so we need a law to make them. Kaliah's law - When an epidemic reaches the threshold set by the Department of Health, they need to send a warning notice to every household in the affected area. Simple as that.
Please show your support of Kaliah's law by contacting your local legislator, and letting them know you expect them to support a law to warn citizens if there is an epidemic in their area! Follow this link to find who your legislator is and how to contact them, then ask them to support Kaliah's Law to send a warning notice to citizens if there is an epidemic in their area!
Here is a link to find your Washington State Senators and Representatives. It is simple, just click and enter your zip code- everything is there- email, phone address, and website! Please let them know you expect them to support this law!
Here is a list of all states and a link to there reps!
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