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