San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a subpoena Wednesday for medical records from prominent anti-vaccine advocate Dr. Kenneth Stoller. Herrera says they want to determine whether Dr. Stoller unlawfully provided medical exemptions that allowed parents to avoid vaccinating their children.
The City Attorney’s Office is investigating whether Dr. Stoller violated state nuisance laws by providing medical exemptions for patients who didn’t qualify for them.
“As a network, we have a duty to one another,” Herrera said. “On the off chance that somebody utilizes a medicinal exclusion they don’t fit the bill for and brings unvaccinated kids into that condition, the children who truly can’t get an antibody – and at last the overall population – are the ones in genuine peril.” Jaffe is doubtful about the city lawyer’s legitimate ion.
“We have some questions about how a medical doctor’s practice in making a medical decision could constitute a public a nuisance. I suspect that would be unprecedented,” said Dr. Stoller’s attorney Rick Jaffe.
Under a law which took effect in 2016, students attending any public or private school in California must be vaccinated unless they qualify for a valid medical exemption approved by a doctor.
Dr. Stoller is a prominent anti-vaccine advocate who has appeared at a rally in Sacramento against that 2016 law.
He’s listed as a member of the leadership team for ‘Physicians for Informed Consent’, whose stated vision is “to live in a society free of mandatory vaccination laws.”
In his profile on the group’s website Dr. Stoller recalled the personal moment that sparked his interest in the anti-vaccine movement:
“I spent years trying to find out how I became temporarily paralyzed at the age of four while attending the birthday party of a neighbor who was turning five. Eventually I compared notes with an elderly man who had developed polio in his youth, and then asked my mother if I had been vaccinated with the polio vaccine (circa 1960) around the time of the neighbor’s birthday party. As it turned out, I had been vaccinated two weeks before the paralysis I experienced. Thus, having been vaccine-injured myself, it altered the way I evaluated the efficacy and safety of vaccines.”