Governors Team With Hallmark to Pressure Parents to Vaccinate

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 2, 2013

The Governator Wants you to COMPLY!Twenty-seven state governors from across the United States have teamed with Hallmark, the $4 billion greeting card company, to exert pressure on new parents to vaccinate their children.

Hallmark’s “For America’s Babies” program, now in its 18th year, prints personalized greeting cards for all new parents complete with detachable growth chart and immunization schedule.

Having the cards actually come from state governors themselves is the new twist which gives the program’s “friendly” pressure to vaccinate a more personal and authoritative touch.

The cards are sent by the governors to hospitals to congratulate the parents on the birth of their baby once birth records are completed.  The immunization schedule reflects the current recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Creation Control and Proliferation Prevention for babies and children.

In my home state of Florida, the greeting cards sent by Governor Scott and his wife Ann proclaim the following:

“Congratulations on the birth of your new baby!  As you grow together in family and community, we encourage you to build your baby’s healthy imagination through reading and your baby’s healthy life through immunizations.”

The Florida Department of Health ships three-month supplies of the cards to hospitals printed in both English and Spanish.

Taxpayer dollars primarily fund the program with the state of Florida alone budgeting up to $10,000 for distribution of the cards.  Hallmark pays for the printing.

Florida ranked second in 2010 in the percentage of children ages 19-35 months with up to date immunizations – about 80%.  97% of children ages 19 months and above at Florida’s Head Start facilities are fully vaccinated according to a state survey taken in 2012.

It is up to hospitals to choose whether to participate in the program.  Lisa Patterson, spokeswoman for St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, which delivers about 7,000 babies a year, says that the hospital plans to be involved.

No word on whether birth centers received letters from the state announcing the program like hospitals did, but given that such facilities frequently discourage vaccination due to health concerns regarding the toxic and carcinogenic ingredients, it is highly doubtful.

The very first “For America’s Babies” cards were donated to the state of Missouri in 1995. At the time of the program’s inception, Missouri’s immunization rate for children up to age 2 was 45%.   Hallmark credits the For America’s Babies program with the much higher vaccine compliance rate of 76% in Missouri today.

In that same period of time, autism rates have risen from 1 in 500 in 1995 to 1 in 50 today. Correspondingly, allergy, asthma and other autoimmune disorders have also risen dramatically such that 1 in every 2 American children are either overweight or suffer from chronic disease today.

Higher vaccine compliance rates and the rise in the number of required jabs have absolutely “nothing” to do with this astronomic rise in autism in less than a generation, according to a large,government funded study released last week ironically close on the heels of the CDC pronouncement that autism now affects 1 in 50 US children.

Parents who buy that line will no doubt be the same ones framing the Hallmark greeting card from their beloved Governator Governor and hanging it in their baby’s nursery.

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources: Governor Scott to send new baby congratulations and vaccine reminders

Welcoming New Babies

Autism Prevalence on the Rise

Number of Childhood Vaccines Not Linked to Autism

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Comments (219)

    • Jim, thanks for the link to your post about magnesium sulfate vs magnesium chloride for use in magnesium oil spray. Very interesting!

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      • You are welcome Beth. I wrote it for the benefit of my daughter and two young granddaughters who couldn’t tolerate magnesium chloride due to the sting. She says they are know all enjoying the relaxing benefits of their magnesium oil foot spray every night before bed! Ne4ws like that always makes me a happy blogger :-)

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  1. I live in the great state of Missouri, and received one of those cards when my baby was born. I saved it long enough to show my mom and we both marvelled at the extreme efforts that drug companies go to in order to ensure everyone gets their equal share of poison. I promptly tossed it in the trash afterwards! If I decide I want to give him a vaccine it will be at my own time and choosing!

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    • I’m also from Missouri, specifically Columbia. I did the exact same thing Amanda! Kept it just long enough to show to people how ridiculous it all is, and then I tore it up and threw it in the trash!

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  2. These people will stop at nothing! Screw all of these vaccine pushers (media included)! I bet none of them are injecting their children with these toxins! Thank you again, Sarah for staying on top of these issues! People, JUST SAY NO!

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  3. Susan Faia Eaton via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I got one of those kind of cards when my first born was a baby young saying that they didn’t have a record of my child being vaccinated and I laughed at it and ripped it up in pieces.

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    • There are only about three things the consitution directly allows the federal govt to do, everything else is unconstitutional.

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  4. Shannon Rice via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Interesting. My kids are younger and I don’t recall getting one of these. I wonder if they’re being sent to more uneducated people who will just drink the Kool-aid? Hmmmm……

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      • We’re college educated as well, and we didn’t get one. The post said 26 states participate, so it depends on where you live. Indiana must not participate.

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  5. Heather Rowell via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I would not be surprised if they are sent to areas that are traditionally low in vaccine rates.

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  6. Linda Higgs DeRosa via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My town is inundated with billboards. They show a baby saying no vaccination, no kisses. Definitely pressure and PC.

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  7. Thea Steggall via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I never got one for my first born. I wonder if I’m getting one for the 2nd. To the garbage it will go.

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  8. Stephanie Svejda via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I got one of those! “Do what’s best for your child and follow the recommend vaccine schedule”. It came with a nice schedule to keep on the fridge. I thought it’d look nicer in the trash.

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  9. Alicia Cousineau-Ingram via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I got a postcard from our health department reminding me that my son was missing some vaccines a couple months after he was born. Thanks to Pediatricians office who obviously reported to health insurance co then to health dept. Gosh and I thought my child was MY business.

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  10. Krissy Meadows McKee via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I received one when my now 10 month old was four months. I was beyond angry. “We know you want the best start for your new bundle of joy…” You bet I do. No thank you, Governor!

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  11. Our insurance sends me this long list of vaccs for my son at least once a month. One month we received an offer for a walmart card with $25 on it if we did the first recommended schedule all on time. My sons health is worth a lot more than $25 at Walmart. The industry must be hurting.

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  12. Patti Miller via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    What if these unvaccinated children contract a disease that was preventable with a vaccine? How would a parent feel then?

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    • Patti, it sounds like your heart is in the right place..now learn something that is life-changing….that is not enough. You must research what you believe..especially if your life and someone else’s rests on the truth of it. I have worked in healthcare for 29 yrs and I have SEEN it first hand. These drug companies are merciless, greedy and great deceivers. Buyer Beware doesn’t begin to touch it. If you’re going to bet your life on something..MAKE SURE and don’t take anyone’s word for it. FIND OUT. That is also the reason I believe in God. I have researched and studied and found truth. Everyone chooses; most just don’t know what they have chosen.

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      • Watchmom3, your response hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t agree with you more, don’t ever take someone’s word for something as precious as your child’s health and life. The only one you can trust is God who will guide your path if you ask for wisdom.

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    • Could work both ways Patti. How would a parent feel if their child suffered a life long injury as the result of a vaccine?

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  13. Karen Wright Duncan via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t think it’s the more uneducated ones, just trying to push their propaganda and maybe get some families who are straddling the fence. Unfortunately, I feel education has little to do with it.

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    • A link here led to a NPR article entitled ‘Number of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked to Autism’ .It’s a broad generalization, but I have always thought NPR listeners might be on average more educated. But having read some of the nearly 700 comments on NPR, I found MOST were pro-vaccine – so I’m revising what I think of the average NPR listener.

      Many parrot the ‘SCIENCE aspect’ giving no critical thought to university science departments whose research has been corrupted from corporate sponsorship.
      Stories like these have been featured numerous times. Interesting how they ‘zap’ those stories. Must want to stay comforable in their preconceived notions of the world.

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      • I appreciate your astute comment.

        As for NPR, let us not forget that they, too, get corporate sponsorship for their programming. People on all sides seem to be blind to the corporate influence that permeates everything. Greed controls so much.

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      • I read that same article, and the comments section sounded like a bunch of junior high schoolers going back & forth! Some of them were every hateful towards people who chose not to vax, those who tried to make a reasonable comments, and even those who started questioning the study. Some of it got political and people started name calling. I couldn’t take it anymore!

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    • my hubby and i have high school me one year college. we dont vacc. my sister who has 4 or more year college does and would turn me in for not if I talked to her so she knew I didnt. also bro with no kids with more then 4 years college would turn me into. they would also turn us in for birthing at home alone if they knew. even tho none of this is illegal! what I see is the more college the more brainwashed at lest in my family.

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  14. Linda Higgs DeRosa via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I doubt you are dull, perhaps this push is regional. The vaccination is for whooping cough.

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  15. Isabel Johnson via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    It is just a more flavorful way of saying don’t go near my child (even for kisses) if you aren’t vaccinated. Hinting to the nonvax croud and adults to get boosters.

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  16. Amanda Wayne via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    My son got chicken pox at 3 months old. He caught it from his cousins who had recently been vaccinated for school. I felt bad that he was uncomfortable. That is how I, as his parent, felt. Badly because of discomfort. I also threw his propaganda vaccination schedule away.

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  17. Michele Story via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I would be annoyed for having to use vacation time to take care of him… Sooo no different then when he catches a common cold. I thought my son had chicken pox a couple weeks ago, I was actually EXCITED!

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  18. Michele Story via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I get phone calls ALL the time from the insurance company that my son is due for a well visit and vaccinations. Now I have a reason to not purchase Hallmark’s over priced items :)

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    • Don’t you love the insurance company calling you? How do they know you are perhaps seeing a healthcare provider that is not participating with them? I went with a birth center that does not take insurance and when the insurance company asked, I told them and it blew their minds. They couldn’t believe someone wouldn’t just choose a dr off their list with no further comment. None of their business.

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  19. I do know someone who’s child was not vaccinated and they died from Diptheria. Its confusing to me what vaccinations to get. I don’t believe all are necessary by any means. Certainly not Chicken Pox or influenza. My grandfather was crippled from Lockjaw, when they didn’t have tetnus vaccine. Polio hasn’t been in our country for many, many years, so I don’t find that necessary. I don’t know why a newborn should be vacc. for hep b if the parents don’t have it, afterall it is an STD. What I do know is that there are far too many vaccinations given in this day and age.

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  20. Alishia Maria Klynstra via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Charity, when did that happen because it has been many many years since anyone died from diptheria.

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  21. Philip Reiner via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Laura, we never went one on one with this one, but if my brother and I were not to receive the vaccine for small pokes or polio in the 50′s, we would have been goners. Grandpa, contracted the polio disease when he was young and he lost a lot of muscle tissue to his right leg. We would not be here except for that vaccine. I think you have to step back and think what could happen to your children or in fact you, if you do not take certain of these treatments.

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  22. Andrew Wakefield was booted out of his discipline because he was a fraud and all his science was fraudulent.

    The anti-vax movement is nothing more than a pathetic cash-grab ploy for all that sweet, sweet vaccine insurance cash.

    Tell me, how is “my kid being dead” a better alternative than “my kid being autistic”? When you compromise herd immunity, you compromise the safety of the entire species. Shame on you.

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    • “If” my kids got one of these diseases and that’s a big IF (because I take their health seriously enough to not feed them crap and pass out the drugs like candy) … I would utilize Homeopathy which by the way has a better track record and recovery rate compared to drugs.

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  23. Kathleen Stone Corkett via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    The whole vaccine $$ product life cycle is becoming obvious, it has never been about disease prevention, it has always been all about making $$$,$$$,$$$,$$$.

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  24. Kathleen Stone Corkett via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Just to get those whistles wet:

    1. Look at the lacks, passively reported database model set up for pharmaceutical vaccine corporations, who by-pass compensation for inflicting mild to adverse vaccine injuries on citizens en mass because the corporations bought-n-paid for the government oversight department.

    Here’s where you can report mild to adverse vaccine injuries:

    VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System)

    http://vaers.hhs.gov/esub/index

    2. Here’s just one of the $$$,$$$,$$$,$$$ trail parts:

    USA National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccinetable.html

    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreports.html#Claims

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  25. Peggy Hass Grimins via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Not only do I get the Hallmark card from the governor, but I get regular calls from our insurance and our doctor’s office. They’re usually automated calls reminding us that our youngest hasn’t been vaccinated (just in case we forgot) and that they *know* we love him so we need to bring him in soon. We also get calls from the same sources when there’s an “outbreak” somewhere around us just to let us know how serious this outbreak is and to hurry on down to the clinic. No thanks.

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  26. Heather Rowell via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    As the parent of a vaccine damaged child I will tell you how I feel; horribly guilty for not doing more research. I will never really forgive myself. I felt even worse when I found out that pediatricians are the LARGEST non-immunizing group. Why is that? I know several parents whose children have died from vaccine reactions. I knew after my child’s first vaccines that she did not respond well. I gave her the next set any way because I believed what I was told. My child is has perm.vaccine damage. She will never be healthy and normal and able to live a completely full life. She may be unable to have children. She is in constant pain. She has a great attitude but I have to bear the burden of what I did to her, live with her depression when she hurts.

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    • Heather, don’t feel guilty! You didn’t know. But atleast you did your homework and you know the truth now (and you can continue to warn others with the information you have). So many parents out there have all of the evidence right in front of them, & instead of trusting in their parental instincts, they would rather listen to the doctor. Try more research on “reverse vaccine damage” (not sure if you have already or not). May God bless, and be with you and your family. :)

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    • Heather, have you heard of CEASE Therapy ? Might be worth looking into :) I have a daughter with asd and am fully acquainted with guilt over this. It is not completely our fault … and you know what … God forgives us, so forgive yourself and release yourself from that kind of pain. Now we must spend out time wisely looking for ways to help our kids and He is there to guide that journey ;) God bless you !

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  27. Heather Rowell via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    …and for those who are parents please consider reading “How to have a healthy child in spite of your medical doctor” by Robert Mendelson, MD. Shameless plug but I wish I read it before.

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  28. Jillian Muhleman via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Heather Roswell, I am so sorry. I have gotten into numerous debates with people. In the early 80s there were maybe 10 vaccines, none for chicken pox. The fact is, the vaccines of today are very different than the vaccines of yesteryear. At some point, I believe the latw 70s or early 80s, vaccine makers started making vaccines with ABORTED FETAL LINES WHICH CONTAIN DNA from those poor aborted babies. When those vaccines are injected into human beings, mutations can occur. They used to use animal lines in vaccines which were more successful and cheaper. Thete is alot of money to be made in the vaccine ans abortion industry. It is sick. When they started using aborted fetal lines in vaccines, guess what? The autism rate soared. If anyoneone is interested, Dr. Theresa Deisher has been a pioneer in vaccines and the ill.effects of using aborted fetal lines. She has a Youtube video which will leave you speechless titled “Moral vaccine development.” She is a bioengineer who holds 23 patents-and is out for the truth. I think there are multiple factors in the cause of autism, but it is hard to ignore the autism rate soaring, when these vaccines containing aborted fetal lines were introduced at different times, in different countries NOT being related. It doesnt pass the gut check! Some vaccines arw available with the animal lines, but you really have to check around!

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    • And the pro-vaccine people always use excuses for everything. Autism/Asperger’s syndrome is soaring, and yet they say there is no link to the vaccines – ignoring the stuff that is put into vaccines, the amount given, that fact that most kids who catch diseases have already been vaccinated, toxins already in the body, in the air, the food we eat, etc. And those of us who question, and refuse to vaccinate, we get called crazy! It’s sick!

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  29. Linda Scott Tyler via Facebook April 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    You can team with American Greeting cards to encourage no vaccinations and include how to breastfeed brochures!

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  30. hate to say it everyone but i think this will get way worse before it gets any better.. what worries me about obamacare is this gives the government a lot of power.. power lets say to……hmm… keep the overall cost of healthcare down for the collective group by making sure that everyone stays as healthy as possible.. making sure that we limit the possibility of any sickness outbreaks.. as in forced vaccines for the entire population.. or regulating the food industry to what they deem healthy again all in the name of keeping overall healthcare costs down.. clearly the government knows what is best for us and is doing everything in their power at tax payer expense to keep us from it.. listen carefully here.. they will have the power to do with you whatever they want so long as they do it in the name of keeping costs down.. ndaa signed in to law just a few weeks ago now allowing the government to come in to your house and take you for whatever reason they see fit and hold you forever without any explanation to anyone.. so long as they do this in the name of fighting terror.. the people have taken the patriot act; signing over freedoms all in the name of fighting terror.. we have drones flying over our skies watching the people of the united states, monitoring their every move, all in the name of fighting the enemy.. food safety modernization act passed, which regulates small farmers in to the ground.. they want to know what you grow in your own back yard, making sure that you dont get anybody sick by sharing veggies with the neighbors..clearly they are trying to strip the american people of any freedoms once had but thats ok, we can protect ourselves from these bullies because we still have gun freedoms.. oh wait, they are after that too.. in the name of protecting children…… neverminding the fact that everything proposed would have had no impact on the school shootings of the past.. so when they come to your door and order your children and yourself vaccinated against your will, you wont be able to refuse because you wont be able to defend yourself.. all of this of course being brought to you courtesy of your own hard earned tax dollars…but dont dare ask any questions about where those dollars are being spent.. thats none of your business..just like your children are becoming more of the states business than your own.. this country is spiraling out of control and i cannot believe people wont wake up…

    -jason and lisa-

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  31. just read what wrote.. just thought it was funny the gun control debates.. they are wanting to take guns from legal citizens who have done nothing wrong in the name of protecting the children yet they are undermining the parents at every corner and brainwashing our children in to becoming vaccinated puppets.. and im sure this comment here will get some negative feedback but i cant help myself..

    i find it funny that the same administration that is so horribly upset about the killing of 26 children would have had no problem in killing these children 5 or 6 years ago and just calling it a womans right to choose.. not trying to open a can of worms here but according to the guttmacher institute, there were 1.21 million abortions reported in 2008.. thats just over 3300 per day..and from 1973 to 2008, over 50 million abortions have taken place..

    -jason and lisa-

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  32. and the point im trying to make here has nothing to do with abortions.. not trying to go down that road.. im just using this to point out that the gun debate has nothing to do with protecting the children.. just like vaccines have nothing to do with protecting them.. just like drones have nothing to do with our safety.. just like regulating small organic farms while government funding the fast food industry has nothing to do with the safety of food…

    now i’ll shut up..

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    • It’s always about the money. No matter the issue, the status quo’s job is and always has been to protect the status quo.

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    • It is a curious, albeit frightening, road we are all going down in the name
      of “healthcare”. I agree with jason and lisa. Our state is well on the road
      to removing our rights to raw milk, the state is making decisions for ourselves about
      what we choose to put in our bodies, while simultaneously destroying the livelihood
      of the small farmer. Now, I too, wonder, will our babies bodies will be at the mercy of the state? Mandatory vaccines in order to protect everyone? I am saddened, but, I am left wondering, what are we going to do? Of course, we vote with our dollar, we speak up, we write, we educate, but we as Americans have been so willing to be fragmented, so willing to have our heads turned, so willing as a people to avoid the hard road (I include myself here, any finger pointing towards myself well justified realizing I, too, must change), and so very willing to give our power away to the name of fear. What will unite us, or is it too late?

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      • i dont think its too late.. i think the powers that be are working hard to make people think that its too late.. a great movie to watch is a bugs life.. just a kids movie but a cute one and the message is good.. we outnumber 10,000 to 1 the forces that we are up against but they are breeding the fight out of our country.. im not saying im for kids getting bullied up and down but a little bit of roughing around and fighting is how kids learn to be tough.. sometimes its ok for boys to be boys..sometimes its ok for everyone NOT to make the team.. sometimes its ok for everyone NOT to win a trophy.. is it not the having to accept second, third, fourth or so on place that gives us the drive to keep trying harder?? but ive said here before, with all of the gmo corn and soy, brainwashing in public schools, acceptance of everything that favors a pat on the back for everyone and acceptance of all (regardless the defiance of both religion and law of nature) and the flat out rejection of history, we are RUNNING down a dark road.. yes, that was a bit of a run-on and im happy about it.. the generation now favors our boys acting like girls, talking like girls, homosexuality.. the generation now favors our girls acting like tramps, reality tv stars and flat out trash.. sleeping with as many people as possible, regardless of gender.. we worship hollywood and reality tv with everyone cheating and divorcing each and every week..we put on a pestle the very things that are destroying us.. we have flat out lost our minds in this country and in doing so, lost our values.. our children are getting weaker and weaker both physically and mentally with each new generation that comes up and its just my opinion here (for the deflated-not backed by gold but by word of a failing government-2 cents its worth) but i truly believe this is all part of the plan.. why is it that the old fashioned family with strong core family values is always under attack and made out to be intolerant?? why is it that every where you turn we are being force-fed valueless garbage?? why are we allowing the family unit and our nations strength to become so devalued?? there i go again.. i have so much i want to say and typing on a computer just doesnt work.. i had an answer somewhere in there elizabeth;or at least intended to.. either way, no.. i dont think its too late.. but i think we are really really close to the tipping point and if people dont CHOOSE to wake up to reality, they will be FORCED to wake up to slavery..back to studying..

        last of a dying breed,
        american

        -jason and lisa-

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  33. 1 in 50 with autism. That is about the total average national occurance of tetanus (which is not always fatal!)
    Soon it will be 1 in 10. These poor dear children.
    I don’t get a card but I get monthly newsletters about keeping up to date, low fat and whole grains. To their credit, the state does also advocate breast feeding in these newsletters.
    My youngest walked very late. She qualified for an evaluation by the state for special services. The center evaluates social, gross and fine motor skills. Guess what their first question was – has your child received any vaccines? It was not asked in the ER type “are you up to date” way and it startled me into thinking they have seen a link in the children they treat.

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  34. Karen Sage B via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

    So much corruption and living in each other’s pockets…big business, big pharma, our so-called public servants….

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  35. Brenda Boran via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Why is Hallmark getting involved? That is disappointing. Is this JUST for new parents for ALL parents?

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    • Brenda, this is just awful what these companies are promoting isn’t it? GREED! BTW This is Matt’s sister. I’m starting to question vaccines especially those they give teens. Glad to see you on here:)

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  36. Rebecca Williams Nichols via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Got one for each of our last two babies in AZ. Doesn’t matter where they’re born. If they get record of a birth without record of vax, you’re on the list.

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  37. Jocelyn Panter Merkel via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    We got one a year ago when we brought our little girl home. It went right to the trash. :)

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  38. Terry Williams Ramlow via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I don’t think this will benefit Hallmark in the long run. Fewer people now buy hard copy cards anyway. This won’t help. More and more parents are aware of vaccination risks.

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  39. Elizabeth Cryor Shardlow via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Our governor’s office has always sent them (in Maine) but they aren’t made by Hallmark, they are more business/executive style. They seem to only send them based on hospital records though, as my last 2 babies (born at home) didn’t get them.

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  40. Angela Knapp Skelly via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I heard they are going to start putting vaccinations in our food. I don’t know if that is true, but either I wouldn’t put it past them!

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  41. I had my youngest in CO, 20 months ago. We received a similar card from our Governor (and Hallmark) but our’s included a nice letter “from my baby”. It reads:

    Dear Mommy:
    It’s me, your little bundle of joy. You’re such a good mom – always doing things just for me. I wonder if you know that during pregnancy your body passed on your immunity to keep me safe.But now that I’m in this big new world, the protection you gave me is starting to fade. Here’s how you can help me stay safe from the bad diseases around me.
    * Make sure anyone close to me is up-to-date on vaccines, including siblings, grandparents, close friends, and childcare providers. Tdap vaccine and influenza vaccine are especially important right now.
    *See a doctor or visit your local public health agency for my immunizations. Can’t afford vaccines? Call ——–
    *Follow the recommended schedule for vaccinating me found at ImmunizeForGood.com/Newborn
    *Please don’t miss or unneccessarily delay any vaccines.
    Won’t you please continue to protect me, like you did during pregnancy, by getting me immunized? Vaccines are one of the most important tools that you and everyone around me can use to keep me safe.

    We haven’t shopped at Hallmark since – which is huge for me as I have always bought my kiddos a Hallmark ornament every year for Christmas!

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    • Yup, we live in Colorado and have a 19 month old, and received the same thing. Except… Here’s the creepy part– I had an unassisted home birth. So… The department of vital records must be in cahoots with this, since that’s the only way they could have even learned of his existence.

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    • It is appalling that they are exploiting mothers in their campaign to vaccinate everyone.
      **Make sure anyone close to me is up-to-date on vaccines, including siblings, grandparents, close friends, and childcare providers. **

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      • Amanda, I’m thinking it’s linked through the PKU screening. We moved to TX when LO was just 5 days old and we finished up his PKU screening here in TX. Well, the card from CO’s Governor came directly to our TX address (it wasn’t mail-forwarded) and PKU is the only way I can figure that they had our TX address!

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  42. Cindy Townes Ritchey via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

    A friend of mine received one last year….don’t think it was a hallmark card, but a card about vaccinating. I’m in Missouri.

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  43. Sadie Guden Quirk via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Call 1-800-HALLMARK (800-425-5627) Tell them that you’re disappointed about their “For America’s Babies” program and how it partners with state governors (using taxpayer money) to send cards that encourage people to vaccinate, as though they’re not a good parent if they don’t. Hallmark pays for the printing. (Remember to do this in kindness!) I just did, and the lady was as sweet as can be.

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  44. You want to know something crazy? When I went to get my foster licence (to do foster care of kids in Washington State) my kids had to be immunized, or they would not let me be a foster parent.

    Talk about control. Especially because a lot of anti vaccine people tend to do foster care.

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  45. Teva Daniels via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    We got this card, an it happily made its way to our trash can. It went as far as to equate love with vaccinations… Nah, no thanks. :)

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  46. Teva Daniels via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    We got this card, an it happily made its way to our trash can. It went as far as to equate love with vaccinations… Nah, no thanks. :)

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  47. Laurie Smith via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’ve received them for both of my babies, a year and a half old and 4 months old. I thought it was odd.

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  48. Kathe Yates via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I don’t think that’s anything new. We got one of those ten years ago when we had our last child. It was kind of creepy. :/

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  49. In 2005, AZ Governor Janet Napolitano (Now Secty of Homeland Security) sent me that offensive card. This program may be new for Hallmark, but not for Governors. Further, the hospital via the state worker who records the birth, attempted to collect personal data such as education level, occupations, income, medical, etc of parents. When I declined, she broke into my medical records. I later learned this data was sent to the state database. Frankly, it sounded like the info they are collecting in the new Cimmon Core program in public schools.

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  50. We live in Florida too!, and just gave welcome to our second sunshine Emily. Of course we were handed that card. I’m always concerned of what these things carry as a message without any scientific data to support it. I was also shocked that they are now recommending the DTaP to women that just gave birth! I can only imagine the consequences that has on a mother that just gave birth (milk supply, immune system, etc.)

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  51. Christine Dubay Lovett via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Don’t throw it in the trash… Return it with a letter to the Gov enclosed about why you are disappointed in receiving such a correspondence. Be part of the change

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  52. Bekah Danielle Smith via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Guess I won’t be frequenting Hallmark unless they stop such a silly use of money. How about something to educate people on the benefits of fruits and veggies? Or breastfeeding?

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  53. Peggy Summy via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I’m in Florida and have yet to receive one. I’d toss it anyway. It’s my choice and I don’t need/want politicians noses in my choice! I’m having a baby in a few weeks so we’ll see.

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  54. Melissa Luxmoore via Facebook April 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Australia has just created an iPhone App that parents download and it reminds them when their child is due for their next shot. Grrrr

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  55. This is why I wrote my book, “A Practical Guide to Children’s Health,” to help parents out when they need researched, unbiased information about health. Vaccines aren’t all they’re “supposed” to be! Very sad to see the propaganda being pushed harder and harder.

    We didn’t receive any cards (Ohio). Our oldest was born in a hospital but our younger three were born at home.
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  56. When 1 out of every 2 or 3 children is autistic, the government & medical system will probably still insist that vaccines had nothing to do with it.
    I usually buy greeting cards at the local Hallmark store. From now on, I’ll shop elsewhere for cards.

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  57. I received one 15 years ago from TN, when my son would have been 2 months old. He had died at 5 hours of age from a birth defect. It’s bad enough when they want you to immunize your healthy child but it was pretty sad that I received one after my son’s death.

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  58. I’ve always had my suspicions about Hallmark — weren’t they the same fine folks who bulled other greeting card makers out of stores? Maybe they should change their name to Beastmark — and this series could be #666! Keep up the great work.

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  59. I saved mine, but not because I thought it was sweet… it was creepy. It actually said “peek-a-boo” on the front. Creepy. A note from the vaccine pushers saying peek-a-boo. It came in the mail. (We had our baby at home with a midwife who certainly does not participate in that kind of thing.) We are in TN.

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  65. I just got one from Governor Herbert (UTAH), What irritated me was that he congratulated me on my six beautiful children…I only have five children. I miscarried my first pregnancy. BUT thanks for the reminder Governor!

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