Vaccines save lives. Vote no on Question 1.

By Gov. Janet Mills | Feb 06, 2020

A little more than a month ago, the residents of a city in central China began getting terribly sick with a virus that no one had seen before. As that virus spread, one of the first things that public health officials did was begin to work on a vaccine because vaccines save lives.

They are one of the best tools to safeguard our health, protect the health of those around us, friends and loved ones and children.

You know a century ago, as Maine celebrated its 100th birthday, influenza – the flu – posed a serious threat to our people and took thousands of lives. Globally, between 50 million and 100 million people (3 percent to 5 percent of the entire population) died from the flu between 1918 and 1920.

I don’t want that to happen again.

A hundred years later, the flu is still a public health concern, but thanks to vaccines, we are much safer than we used to be – if you get vaccinated.

Decades of scientific research prove that vaccines not only work but that they are safe.

Unfortunately, our state has had a vaccination opt-out rate that is three times higher than the national average for kids entering kindergarten. Our state ranks seventh in the country for the rate of non-medical opt-outs among school age children.

So last year alone, schools in Lincoln, York, and Cumberland counties experienced dangerous whooping cough outbreaks.

I supported Maine’s vaccination laws and, like every other Mainer, I also highly value personal choice. But, as your Governor, I am charged with protecting the health and safety of all Maine people, and amidst these outbreaks it has become painfully clear that Maine laws have not adequately protected the health of Maine people.

Last year I signed a bill to remove the non-medical exemptions from vaccination laws in order to better protect the health and welfare of people, especially young children, across our state – and this is something that four other states, including Mississippi, have done.

People opposed to this new law, however, have succeed in putting a referendum question on the ballot in March in the hopes of overturning the law.

Their campaign is masquerading itself as opposition to “Big Pharma,” but, really, pharmaceutical companies hardly benefit at all from producing vaccines, as the Bangor Daily News recently reported. And in trying to target so-called Big Pharma, whom nobody really likes, their campaign is purposefully trying to conflate vaccinations with other issues like the opioid epidemic when these issues are distinctly different.

Don’t buy it.

Vaccines work, but to make them more effective, people need to be vaccinated, especially children.

As the American Academy of Pediatrics notes, ensuring that everyone who can get vaccinated does get vaccinated “is important because it uniquely protects the most vulnerable members of our communities, including infants, pregnant women and other individuals whose immune systems cannot combat certain harmful or deadly infections or who aren't eligible to receive certain vaccines.”

Let’s not go back to a time when viruses like pertussis, the measles, mumps, or rubella were commonplace.

Let’s protect our children. Let’s protect the future.

I urge Maine people to vote No on 1 March 3.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills was elected to her first term as the state's chief executive in 2018.

Comments (11)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 13, 2020 19:02

Robertsen Chiropractic,

Let me add the unmitigated hubris you exhibit with the belief you know more than the 1000s of researches and doctors that have spent their careers working in labs around the world  to create vaccines the save lives

My goodness the arrogance.

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 13, 2020 18:57

Robertson Chiropractic,

So you got nothing.

The WHO is not a research organization nor do they write or publish peer reviewed and tested science. The WHO a committee nothing more and there' no why of knowing the influences on its members. 

News outlets are not research institutions or respected peer reviewed journals the publish real research not fear, guesses, made up nonsense.

You have presented nothing of consequence other then your personal beliefs, conspiracy theories, and news clippings.

As I said before extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.  You have posted extraordinary claims and that is all.

I will go further and state that you are wrong and 100s of years of documented evidence, saved lives and almost eradicated disease.

History and science trumps your conspiracy theories, lack of science education and your sickening science denial.

Diseases once rare due to advancements in vaccines and medicine are roaring back into populations and it's your fault. Since you are so antivax you have to own that. People are dying because of the antivax/science people like you. You are dragging us back to the mid 20th century.

It really heart wrenching when a mother and father tell the story of their child dying of am easily preventable disease and then, in their deep painful grief, implore parents to vaccinate their children. If you have un-vaccinated children that could be you.

Posted by: Robertson Chiropractic | Feb 13, 2020 12:48
Posted by: Robertson Chiropractic | Feb 13, 2020 12:47

On December 2nd & 3rd 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a Global Vaccine Safety Summit in Geneva. The event was live-streamed and footage from the summit reveals the intense questioning from top Scientists and Medical professionals on vaccines and the safety of vaccines. Find it here:

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 13, 2020 08:49

Robertson Chiropractic

Let me repeat.

"Post verifiable peer reviewed, demonstrable  citations and sources with bibliographies and tractable chain of research.

In other words real science as apposed to the conspiracy theories you so fervently believe".


You have posted no proof at all. Just because you believe what you have been told, real or post doesn't make it real. That web site is really a joke with regards to providing any research at all. It's just a cut and paste of unconnected pics and cherry pick quotes posted out of context set up to instill fear and nothing more. Zero Proof of anything. There are no references for any of the information to back up the claims.

"Proof" is a very well understood concept and there is no proof of anything in the link you posted. You believe conspiracy theories. There is no science in your references.

As to Thomas Verstraeten I find no reference to him or his "study" in the literature.

Finally something the anti vaxers are in willful denial of or unable to comprehend is vaccines contain no "mercury" and never have. It shows definitively the the antivax movement doesn't even know what mercury is.

You can believe what ever you want but what you believe and promote can cause more serous harm that what you think vaccines do. Those injures and deaths are on your hands.


And before you shout out the conspiracy theorists last gasp "DO YOUR RESEARCH", I have and find the antivax information a patchwork of lies, misinterpretations and ignorance that ignore real research by real scientists, doctors, and technicians in actual laboratories around the world for centuries.Yes Centuries.

To put it another why what you seem to believe is the there has been plan to willfully endanger people for at least 200 years. To what end????? 

Taking and believing vaccine information from the ignorant breeds ignorance and death, real death!

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Feb 13, 2020 07:44

Robertsen Chiropractic, what is the source of your claim? My research shows that this was not the case.

Posted by: Robertson Chiropractic | Feb 13, 2020 07:06


”The CDC commissioned an in-house researcher, Thomas Verstraeten to perform vaccinated/unvaccinated study on CDC’s giant Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) in 1999. Verstraeten found a dramatic link between mercury-containing hepatitis B vaccines and several neurological injuries including autism and prepared the study for publication. CDC shared Verstraeten’s analysis with the then four vaccine makers but kept it secret from the American public.”

Posted by: Robertson Chiropractic | Feb 13, 2020 07:05
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 09, 2020 12:47

Or, to put another way, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

Provide proof!

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 09, 2020 12:46

Patricia Keyes

Amazing, everything you posted is completely wrong.

Post verifiable peer reviewed, demonstrable  citations and sources with bibliographies and tractable chain of research.

In other words real science as apposed to the conspiracy theories you so fervently believe.  

Posted by: Patricia Keyes | Feb 08, 2020 06:14

BIG PHARMA ABSOLUTELY PROFITS FROM VACCINES. They cause so many irritating, even painful side effects over the life of a person that you can blame that initial violation of a baby's immune system for a lifetime of misery. And Big Pharma will be there to give you a "solution" that they already prepared to sell you. The Chinese outbreak is from their own military! It's germ warfare and it's backfiring on them.

The original OPV vaccine for polio discovered in the 40's was useful, but the CDC or somebody changed it to the IPV which is NOT WORKING WELL AT ALL.  In fact, the diminishment of disease in this country is largely due to improved HYGIENE and proper food handling!

Herd immunity only comes from NOT vaccinating children for normal illnesses like chicken pox, which is not dangerous to children. If they are allowed to contract it naturally as children, young women will pass that immunity on in their breast milk while the next generation of babies are very young. If you interrupt that cycle of mother to baby, allowing the chicken pox during elementary school years, you stop that immunity. There is NO HERD IMMUNITY from vaccinations. Vaccinations kill normal healthy immune responses. A person who has been vaccinated passes NOTHING on to anyone else.

34% or more of medicines are imported into this country from CHINA, a nation that has no problem sending toys to us with lead paint, shrimp grown in feces and pumped full of some sort of petroleum jelly to look fresh, and ask anyone who works with Chinese raw materials like cloth about the rashes they get from those items fresh from the shipping container. Just why would I want to use vaccines from China, and will you make them label them as such so that I can protect myself?

Vaccines administered in large doses to puppies and kittens as a cocktail, mixing Distemper/Feline Leukemia/Rabies, cause seizures and often death, like that poor child just 3 weeks ago that was given 12 or 13 shots at once and died 2 hours later!

Gardasil has proven both ineffective and lethal! You want to promote that one??? BTW, BOYS don't get CERVICAL CANCER. Are you going to exempt them? Have you ever googled "gardasil deaths"?

But what's worse is that you think you have the right, against my will, to essentially assault me with a deadly weapon! YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT. Americans decide what they will eat, drink, or take into their bodies in any way. Your insistence that children be segregated from society because they have intact functioning immune systems is absurd!  If  you're afraid of a disease, go get a vaccination!  Nobody's stopping you. But, the government NEVER has the right to violate our body integrity! Just what new horror will you visit upon us once you've gotten the precedent in place with this law?? The mark of the beast? I'm not cattle in your field. YOU DON'T OWN ME. BACK OFF.

SEE "VAXXED 2". You see the families who have a severely damaged child, and several more that never get sick because they are not vaccinated.

You're a judge. Not a doctor. Stop bowing to globalists and greedy corporations. Your feigned "concern" makes me nauseous.

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