Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Registration Number : PRSEC/E/2014/12407


Honorable President of India The following is an EMail I sent to the Mail ID of Minister for Women & Child Development, Ms Menaka Gandhi, the mail ID being "min-wcd@nic.in" on 07-08-2014. I have not received any reply or acknowledgement to this email till date. It seems that there is no proper system or mechanism to accept and act on grievances sent via Email in the Ministry. The Mail about Unsrupulous vaccination drives taking place in private schools. kindly look into the matter. Warm regards Nataraj S Narayan MIME-Version: 1.0 Received: by 10.170.196.199 with HTTP; Thu, 7 Aug 2014 04:56:20 -0700 (PDT) Reply-To: natarajsn@gmail.com Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 17:26:20 +0530 Delivered-To: natarajsn@gmail.com Message-ID: <CAK8HZOLckA_Hak3S=-VZpvin2G0YiwYdy2B7g5-UP_9z_NjXhA@mail.gmail.com> Subject: Vaccination Issues in Schools From: Nataraj S Narayan <natarajsn@gmail.com> To: min-wcd@nic.in From Nataraj S Narayan 23/614, Thekkemadom Pala Road Ettumanoor - 686631 INDIA Ph:9443211326 Honorable Minister for Women & Child Welfare The following is a mail sent to me from the doctors of Good Shepherd International School, Ooty, where my children are studying. The mail is to notify me about the compulsory vaccination being administered to all students of the school. ****************************************************************** "Dear Parent, Good Shepherd International School has been COMPULSORILY giving FLU vaccine (including H1N1) every year to its residents which include student, staff and workers at all levels. We have been doing this for the past 5 years and it has proven very beneficial for all concerned, especially when we are in a community living with a strict Government protocol in cases of suspected swine flu. Your child shall be vaccinated for the same this year by mid August 2014. This is for your information. With regards, *Residential Medical Officers *" ****************************************************************** It is my contention that high profile schools are bit overzealous and over concerned about vaccinating against all sorts of new virus scares. There is a growing concern among us parents, whether the schools and the doctors are falling victim to the ploys of pharmaceutical companies, which are keen to reap huge profits, taking advantage of the next and latest virus stain that comes into the society. Vaccination has surely eradicated many of the endemics which otherwise would have crippled and debilitated our next generation. But nowadays lots of literature and controversies regarding the effectiveness of these vaccines as a panacea to viral infections as well the growing concern among the parents that the indiscriminate vaccinations could be cause of triggering autism spectrum of disorders. The email says about adhering to stricts protocols set by the Government. If so, let me remind H1N1 virus cannot just be a scare limited to the students of an International school with 1500 students alone, whereas it would affect the whole community of children of the Ooty. Has the Government and its machinery embarked on vaccinating the children belonging to whole community or district or all children belonging to all government schools? Certainly this cannot be the privilege of a few children in a community. As mentioned in the mail, the school being a fully residential one, the authorities seem to take the short hard way of vaccinating every one rather than long and easy route of letting the students gain immunity. Kindly note that I have no dispute with the intentions of the school and the good doctors. As a layman citizen and parent, I am reaching out to you to enquire into the matter, in your capacity and powers, about the need and efficacy of the vaccination, and announce a national policy regarding this issue of rampant vaccination campaigns limited to private communities. Sincerely Nataraj S Narayan

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