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Uganda begins imposing jail time on parents who refuse vaccines

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(NaturalNews) The Uganda government is cracking down on what it considers anti-vaccine ideologies. A new law that went into effect in March makes it illegal for parents not to vaccine their children. Failure to comply could result in six months of jail time, according to reports.

The law also makes it illegal for citizens to issue "misleading statements" about vaccines in public. Making such statements will be punished more harshly than not vaccinating children as parent could receive up to two years in prison.

Uganda's Ministry of Health said the new vaccine mandate is in an effort to reduce child deaths caused by "preventable diseases" such as pneumonia and diarrhea. It says those two conditions are responsible for 38 percent of annual deaths in children under the age of 5.

"[T]hose health issues could be alleviated with pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines," the agency stated in a pamphlet.

Uganda officials want all children vaccinated to prevent pneumonia and diarrhea

Approximately 50 percent of children in Uganda aged 12 to 23 months have been fully vaccinated, according to data from 2011, the most recent available.

Children lacking the required vaccinations will be unable to obtain a birth certificate, said Dr. Kagoro Kaijamurubi, the national coordinator of medical services for the Ministry of Health.

Similar to a sweeping vaccine law recently passed in California, Uganda students will be unable to attend school pending proof of a completed immunization card.

A teacher in Uganda believes vaccinations could save children's lives, reports the Seattle Globalist.

"Even when we rush the child to a clinic for an emergency, the doctor will want to rule out the attack of any of the killer diseases," said Jane Kyakuwa, a senior level teacher at Kisaasi Primary School near Kampala, Uganda's capital city.

Parents in Uganda are afraid to vaccinate, and for good reason

Some parents in Uganda have expressed unease about vaccinating their children.
"I have fears for the vaccination drugs. I feel my children get exposed to new infections," said Esperanse Chandiru, a mother of five. "But now that it involves arrest, well, I am left with no choice."

Parents have a right to be concerned. It has been said that vaccines given to African children are often more dangerous because they're derived from expired lots and aren't stored properly, which can be hazardous given the nation's hot climate.

Numerous vaccine lots in Africa have been recalled because they were determined to have harmed more children than the usual rate and due to parent's reluctance to purchase them.

Because destroying expired vaccines is costly for the pharmaceutical industry, the drugs are often administered in "third-world countries like Africa and India under the guise of charity, where people are illiterate and deaths and vaccine injuries are never reported in the media," according to Vaccination Information Network.

Vaccines linked to mass deaths among Ugandan children

Kihura Nkuba, an African radio broadcaster and director of the Pan-African Center for Strategic and International Studies, revealed in speech given at a 2002 conference for the National Vaccine Information Center that Uganda children were dying by the masses as a result of vaccines.

Founder of Great African Radio, Nkuba says that after the Ugandan government implemented National Immunization Days in 1996, most of the children who had received vaccines died shortly thereafter.

He told the story of a mother who had four children, one of which she hid while taking the other three to be vaccinated. All three children died, while the unvaccinated child survived, said Nkuba, adding that he heard similar stories from thousands of Ugandans.

Another incident reported on by the Seattle Globalist involves a mother who says her baby died three days after being vaccinated for measles. From that moment on, Letencia Nahoninye refused to vaccinate her other children.

"I have grown up without being vaccinated, and I know my children will grow up strong the way I did without the foreign drugs in their bodies," she said.

Research shows that vaccines, especially given in third-world countries, are undoubtedly risky. For more information about the adverse health effects caused by vaccines in African children, click here.





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