Legislators Couldn’t Care Less About Vaccine Costs and Risks

By Dr Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM

A few weeks ago, Ohio Legislators introduced SB121,  a bill that would add the meningitis vaccine to the school schedule. The effort was spearheaded by Senator Cliff Hite (R, Findlay), who lost a niece to meningitis 16 years ago. Today, I learned that 12 of 33 members co-sponsored the bill, a bad thing for those who oppose this legislation. It is assumed that lay people will vote to pass the bill, with little opposition.

Even though Ohio has a philosophical exemption, there is no guarantee that this right to refuse will remain intact. With 110 bills submitted in 36 states attacking a parent’s right to refuse, and with the recent announcement that Ohio nearly the least vaccinated state in the Union, adding a vaccine to the schedule that could become mandatory in the future is dangerous. In addition, most parents – and even most pediatricians – still do not know that in Ohio, we have a right to refuse.

I contacted the Ohio Department of Health, requesting stats on the number of cases of meningitis in Ohio over the last two years. They were quickly accommodating. In 2013 and 2014, there were 22 cases of meningitis in Ohio, with only 2 cases in children aged 5 to 19, hardly developing a need to inject children with yet another vaccine. Adding the meningitis vaccine to the schedule is all risk, no benefit.

I wrote the following letter to the head of the Ohio Health committee.  I received no response. Please keep the momentum going to stop all the bills across the country. To find out which bills are being pushed in your state, go to www.NVICAdvocacy.org 


Dear Senator Jones:

I want to thank your assistant for taking the time to speak with me today. I am writing to voice my concerns about the introduction of SB 121, requiring the meningitis vaccine for school aged children. The vaccine is already available to any family that wants to get it for their school age child. A requirement is not necessary.

I requested stats from the Ohio Department of Health for the number of cases of meningitis in Ohio in 2013 and 2014. (spreadsheet is attached below). There were 22 cases over a 24 month period; only TWO cases were in children aged 5 to 19, both in 2013. Serotype B was confirmed in 5 out of 22 (23%) cases; the meningitis vaccines do not cover serotype B.

The CDC reported that by February, 2008, 26 confirmed cases of Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS) following the meningitis vaccine, Menactra, were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). GBS is a type of paralysis with potentially long term complications. Post-marketing surveillance for a meningitis vaccine has shown the following: Hypersensitivity reactions such as anaphylaxis/anaphylactic reaction, wheezing, difficulty breathing, upper airway swelling, urticaria, erythema, pruritus, hypotension, Guillain-Barré syndrome, paraesthesia, vasovagal syncope, dizziness, convulsion, facial palsy, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, and myalgia.

Vaccines manufacturers and the doctors who administer vaccines are completely shielded from liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.  The vaccine is expensive, costing approximately $72 per shot in the public sector, and nearly $100 per injection in the private sector. According to the Ohio Data Center , there were roughly 500,000 children in the 9-yo to 15-yo age group in 2013, the age when the meningitis vaccine would be given.

Do the math: Where will this money come from? Even if the number of vaccinated students is only 50% of this rate, adding this vaccine could cost Ohioans upwards of  $21,500,000, one way or another. Add in the cost of medical care for side effects? We pay and pay for these vaccine mandates.

This addition could increase the cost of health insurance for everyone. Insurance companies pass on the vaccine cost in the form in increased premiums. The additional expense is a direct cost to the State of Ohio that provides the health insurance for those on Medicaid. The money would need to come from another program, another budget. What program will lose funding to implement a vaccine with so little benefit and so much risk?

I strongly recommend that Senator Jones defeat this bill at the committee level. Adding the meningitis vaccines as a requirement is all risk, all expense and essentially zero benefit to Ohio’s Citizens.




  1. Is it that they need money?
    Are they trying to de populate?
    Is it ignorance?
    In your opinion what is the reasoning behind this when the facts line up like they do?
    Because in my opinion it is NOT for our health.
    Thank you for your blog and fight against this forced medical invasion/assault.

  2. As long as legislators (and doctors, judges, CPS, mental wealth professionals) are allowed to coerce parents and other concerned people into taking or allowing shots while THEY retain “immunity” from liability for consequences of what their actions require, well, nothing changes.

  3. In Australia-I can only conclude that enforcing to cut welfare and childcare recipients to parents whose children are not vaccinated is revenue raising. The government and previous has bankrupted this country. Abbott changed the single mothers pension so that they could only get $125 a week – yup that feeds kids and houses them. And now changing welfare rules again for the minority. I reckon in 50 years time we will all be like the Sci Fi movies – made to stand in line whilst injections are administered but we dont know any better because we are all drugged up sheep. I am very worried for my children and would rather live in the bush than this mainstream harvesting of innocent people all in the name of science.

  4. Love your work. I apologize in advance, but my “Sheldon Cooper” personality forces me to correct your use of the commonly mis-used phrase “could care less” (“Legislators Could Care Less About Vaccine Costs and Risks”). To convey that someone doesn’t care, the correct phrase is “couldn’t care less” (could NOT care less). Meaning the level of caring is at rock bottom already and therefore could NOT care any less. Yes, I know… most people reading this, really couldn’t care less. 😉

    • Thanks – I’ll change it. Seems people are more concerned about correct grammar than they are about the disturbing content of the post. :(

      • Dr. T, you rock. Thanks for indulging my OCD. Probably caused by too many vaccines (yes, kidding… mostly). The post is indeed disturbing – and the one I read today on LewRockwell.com is even more so! I do my best to try and wake up friends and family members, but as you know, it’s difficult. I too have a degree in a medical field and have sat through what I realize now was the indoctrination process called “Immunology and Virology” in various class work. Embarrassed to admit I had “straight ‘A’s” in those classes. A very successful indoctrination I suppose. However, through my own interest and the efforts of people like you, my eyes have been opened. A mixed-blessing of sorts. Because now that this has been revealed to me, the hard work must begin. As in “what to do about it”. How much easier it was to be blissfully ignorant. But then, one does not light a candle, and keep it under a bushel. Thank you for continuing to light candles. Be well, Dr. L

    • While I am sure that you feel good about yourself for minkag public your stand on vaccination, your blog post is filled with the same hype that you suppose that the anti-vaccine camp uses.First, your claim that it has been repeatedly been disproven that there is no link between vaccines and autism (or any other of the ever growing numbers of childhood medical issues) is just not true. Every one of the studies that you will point to has inherent flaws or bias.Another overlooked point is that a majority of the outbreaks you mention are occurring in individuals that have already been vaccinated. If the vaccines were effective, this shouldn’t be the case.Most of the things we are vaccinating against had already been reduced to extremely low levels prior to the introduction of their vaccine in first world countries.Not a single study exists providing for the safety of an individual that is given multiple vaccinations on a single visit, yet this is exactly what happens.Most of the people that you label as anti-vax are truly not anti-vax but are interested in safe vaccines. Ones that have truly independent safety and efficacy studies.If you want to settle the argument, that can be done very easily, with a study of the health of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children. This information would be useful to both camps; those for vaccination and those against.

  5. Govt mandatory vaccination is govt supported genocide. Does Dr. Oz support vaccines and if so, does he support mandatory vaccination. thanks Grady Deal PhD DC

    • Dear Dr Deal – I’ve seen varying reports about Dr Oz’ stance on vaccines. I know for sure that his wife, Lisa, and his mother-in-law are staunchly against them!

  6. The Nuremberg Code

    The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.

    This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that, before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject, there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person, which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.

    The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.

    After WWII, we sent a panel of judges to Nuremberg and we tried the Doctors and Scientist that were engaged in human experiments (torture). Have we learned nothing?

  7. My pre school nephew developed Juvenile Diabetes following his vaccinations. This is not rare given the number of vaccinated children with Diabetes. When you read the drug co’s package insert’s lists of Ingredients, (many of which are toxic according to MSDS), Adverse Reactions, and Disclaimers , it is easy to connect the dots linking vaccines to autoimmune, neurological diseases and disorders.

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