San Francisco officials are examining a doctor and an outright vaccine against the suspicion that he is distributing illegal exemptions from the shots fired in the middle of the US measles outbreak.
Dr. Kenneth Stoller, a San Francisco doctor of hyperbaric medicine, was asked to hand over the revised versions of his patient records.
Prosecutor Dennis Herrera announced Wednesday that his office is launching an investigation into whether Drs. Stoller violated state harassment laws by providing medical exemptions to patients who did not qualify for them. & # 39;
The subpoena occurred in the midst of the nationwide measles outbreak that sickened 764 Americans, including 42 in California, and Herrera warned that inappropriate exceptions "put at-risk children at risk."
Dr. Kenneth Stoller (left) was an outspoken vaccine critic, and some websites point out that visitors go to him if they need "help with granting medical exceptions." San Francisco lawyer Dennis Herrera (right) has received the patient records from Dr. Stoller on suspicion that his exceptions were the threat to "vulnerable children".
At the beginning of this year, Dr. Ing. Stoller and other Californian doctors suspect that they offer and sell inappropriate vaccine exemptions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all children receive two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines – the first between the ages of 12 and 15 months and the second between four and six.
Shots are recommended by the Confederation but not required. It is up to States to determine legal requirements and exceptions.
States must allow religious exceptions to comply with the First Amendment, but 17 allow children to continue attending school, but skip the shots if their families have moral, philosophical, or other objections to the vaccine.
California was among them until 2015, when it passed a law banning philosophical exceptions following a 2014 measles outbreak that started in Disneyland and left 147 Americans ill.
Now prosecutor Herrera says his office suspects that Dr. Stoller, Senate Bill 277 (SB 277), violates this measure.
On Wednesday, Herrera accused Dr. Stoller that he helped undermine the immunity of the herd in his community.
"As a community, we have a mutual responsibility," he said in a statement.
"There are children who have serious illnesses that prevent vaccination."
A community is considered largely protected from measles when between 90 and 95 percent of people are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
The scary thing is that the children are the most at risk when someone deals with a medical exemption fraud,
Dennis Herrera, lawyer for the city of San Francisco
This vaccine coverage protects the small percentage of children who are too young to be vaccinated, as well as people of all ages with allergies and weakened immune systems.
In California, the coverage rate among kindergartners for the 2017-2018 school year was 95.1 percent – enough for herd immunity, but 0.4 percent less than in the previous school year.
But doctors who offer parents a wrongful way near SB 277 are jeopardizing these vaccination rates.
Dr. Stoller is featured in videos on the vaccine-injury.info website, claiming that vaccines cause autism.
The California Coalition for Vaccine Choice Web site recommends that visitors visit Dr. Stoller or dr. Contact Kelly Sutton if they need help getting medical clearance.
The lawyer of Dr. med. Stoller, Richard Jaffe, said that patient health laws protect the doctor from having to hand over his files and defend the exemptions his client writes in an interview with the Sacramento Bee.
"Now there are things like genetic testing that provide additional information," said Jaffe.
"You can use this, and the doctors could exercise their discretion," to decide whether a child's genes make the vaccine medically unsafe.
Dr. Stoller said he offers free 23andMe genetic testing on two visits and may base his medical exemptions on the results, even though the DNA testing firm at home found that the product should not be used for medical decisions.
City Attorney Herrera has given the doctor 15 days to respond to the subpoena and suggested that Drs. Stoller's exceptions are equivalent to a deception.
"The scary thing is that the children are most at risk when someone deals with a medical delusion," said Herrera.
"If someone uses a medical exemption, they are not vaccinated and bring unvaccinated children into the environment, and the children who legitimately can not get a vaccine – and ultimately the general public – are at risk."