This anti-vaxxer foster parent says she’d rather lose her child than submit to a flu shot

A Tacoma Washington foster mother says that she’d rather lose the child she’s caring for than submit to a mandatory flu shot order.

A Tacoma Washington foster mother says that she’d rather lose the child she’s caring for than submit to a mandatory flu shot order.

The rule requires that all parents and children younger than 2 years-old in foster homes be vaccinated against the flu, but Jamie Smith, a foster mother of seven, refuses to expose herself or the children in her home to the flu vaccine, because she says it contains mercury and could cause brain damage.

“I’ve done a lot of research on it and I don’t like some of the side effects that it has,” said Smith according to a report from KOMONews.

“I’ve thought about that a lot,” said Smith. “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.”

From KOMONews:

She isn’t getting the shot, but her electrician husband did. He works for MultiCare and they require all employees to get a shot. Nurses at Multicare’s Tacoma General and Good Samaritan Hospitals are suing the company over its insistence they get flu shots or face termination.

“It is serious,” said Heather Stephens-Selby of the Washington State Nurses Association.

Now the foster families who handle young foster children are under the same gun. They hope by speaking out the state will ease up and keep the foster families together.

“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.

The Department of Social and Health Services, which oversees foster care, issued a statement in response, saying that the “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.”

Watch a report from KOMONews in the video below:

h/t RawStory



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    January 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    If her husband got the flu shot then the “damage” has been done already in their home. Besides, she is putting the infants life in jeopardy by refusing the shot. This calls into question her ability to foster children.

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    January 10, 2015 at 2:48 am

    “Doing a lot of research” is not the same thing as “read a lot of right-wing screeds.”

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    Michelle Klein-Hass

    January 10, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Make parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids liable for civil damages if their precious, special snowflake children infect other kids. You’ll see changes in attitude the first time a parent has to deal with a million dollar wrongful death lawsuit because their too young to be vaccinated baby got infected by their own precious Serenity or River.

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    bgix (@xbgix)

    January 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Mercury in the flu shots? She’s “done her research?” She’s too stupid to be entrusted with children.

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    January 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

    If she requests the single dose shot, there is no mercury. Mercury is only used as a preservative in the bottles that are for multiple shots.

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    danial cone

    January 10, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Prove that!

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    January 10, 2015 at 5:07 am

    This woman clearly isn’t smart enough to raise any child. Please take them all away and kick her out of the system. Children are better off in orphanages than growing up with stupid parents.

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    January 10, 2015 at 7:09 am

    So, let me get this straight… nurses at a hospital & this mother would rather have their child or patient with weak immune systems become deadly ill than have a flu shot. Um, with regards to the nurses, I can see law suits made by the patients’ families if they have discovered that the caretaker had passed the flu onto their weaken family member. Secondly, this mother would be the first to sue if her child died from the flu. I really hate stupid people

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    January 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    All foster applicants should be required to sign an agreement that they will comply with all of the foster care authority’s rulings on ALL care — this would include medical care, including vaccinations.

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    H. Paul

    January 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I’m sure her online research is just as good as decades upon decades of consensus within the medical and scientific community, right?

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    January 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Oh my, how ignorant are people? I’m as disturbed that nurses are suing their employers for the right to spread disease.

    The amount of Thimerisol on a multi dose flu shot is about the same as in eating a tuna fish sandwich. Only the Tuna sandwich has Methylmercury, which accumulates in the body, and Thirmerisol breaks down into Ethylmercury which does not, you piss it out.

    But the following single dose Flu shots are all available, which do not use Thimerisol, if you are irrationally afraid of a non existent threat, but think the Flu is just like a bad cold.

    Fluarix Quadrivalent 0.5-mL single-dose prefilled syringe
    Fluarix 0.5-mL single-dose prefilled syringe
    Fluzone Intradermal 0.1-mL prefilled microinjection system
    Flucelvax 0.5-mL single-dose prefilled syringe
    Fluzone High-Dose 0.5-mL single-dose prefilled syringe
    FluBlok 0.5-mL single-dose vial
    FluMist Quadrivalent 0.2-mL single-dose prefilled intranasal sprayer

    Our intrepid foster mom has done a lot of “research” ie, she has surfed the web, unlike the researchers with PhD’s in virology who can’t be bothered to get educated.

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    January 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    As an adult who grew up in Florida foster homes, let me say without equivocation that these children should be removed from this person and placed with a family that WILL vaccinate the children in their care.

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    January 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    It would be very difficult to prove, in a court of law, that any one individual caused someone else to get sick. Not getting sick is each and everyone’s personal responsibility. This blame game that is being perpetuated is nonsense and insanity. Take care of yourself and yours and allow others to do the same. No one’s individual makeup is exactly the same and everyone has to make the correct decisions that govern what is a proper medical procedure and what would be improper. I myself have suffered auto immune issues for many decades; the direct result of a reaction to vaccines. I have not had any more vaccines for over 50 years and will never submit to them again. For many of us who are overly sensitive to Pharmaceuticals; drugs are the worst idea ever.

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    January 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    The multi dose Flu shots do indeed have Mercury, as a preservative agent.

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