A San Diego physician who has written approximately 1,000 vaccine exemptions since 2015 has been charged with repeated negligence by the California Medical Council.
Dr. Tara Zandwillet is San Diego's largest physician for the waxer movement, especially in the city's schools, where she wrote nearly one-third of all child vaccine exemptions. The state's health authorities are now questioning its four-part complaint, first reported by the San Diego Voice, accusing it of gross and repeated negligence, record-keeping and unprofessional behavior.
In 2016, the father of a four-year-old girl sought Zandvliet's help, releasing his daughter from vaccines, according to a state complaint filed this month. The girl referred to as Patient A has already received some vaccinations, with none of the adverse effects that vaccination movement claims can come with immunization.
However, the father of Patient A is seeking to release her from the photos required to be taken to kindergarten. Zandvliet is alleged to have sent him a link to her website, which contains a long list of skin diseases, allergies and conditions. If A's father could "find 4 or more" family members affected by these conditions, "I could make the case that she may have inherited a tendency for an overactive immune system," Zandwill wrote, according to the complaint.
A's father replied that his grandmother had survived asthma and psoriasis, his mother had asthma and side effects to some pain medications, his half "had asthma when he was younger" and his uncle was had asthma, psoriasis, eczema and allergies to cat dander and dust. "" Do you think this would be eligible? "He asked in an email.
Zandvliet said it would be so. Then her father sent letters from three of his relatives attesting to their illnesses and a medical card on one page from his uncle.
" Everything looks fantastic. Zandvleth wrote the documentation. "Good job! I put you on the list of qualified and documented. "Later that month, without having met or verified A, Zandvliet wrote an email approving her for a vaccine exemption.
" I certify under penalty of perjury that I have personally examined the relevant family medical records [Patient A’s] and find her qualified under California law SB277 to vaccinate medicine for vaccines, "she writes.
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The new filing of a medical board is not a criminal complaint, but it could lose its license. Earlier, she told Voice that she recommended parents vaccinate their children.
"I can't force them to do anything. But I can recommend it," she said of the vaccination, adding that skipping vaccinations "is risk to public health. It absolutely is. Each school should be vaccinated over 95 percent. "
Doctors cite the 95 percent figure as a baseline for establishing a" herd of immunity "in the community. When 95 percent or more of the population is vaccinated, the disease is unlikely to spread to the other 5 percent of people who are not immunized (often babies, the elderly, and people with specific medical conditions who prohibit vaccinations).
Despite medical recommendations, vaccination rates dropped in California after a 2015 law allowed parents to release their children based on their personal beliefs. More than a dozen hours in kindergarten in San Diego have measles or donkey vaccination at 95%, including one school with 50 percent measles vaccination.
The new state law, which came into force in 2021, will allow the state to intervene when the school vaccination rate drops below 95 percent or when a doctor writes more than five vaccine exemptions in a year.
Despite Zanvliet's claim to promote vaccines, her conversations with patients include misinformation about immunization, including the myth of aluminum in photographs, according to a complaint from the medical college.
In addition, she claims to have told her parents to "follow [the] gut" when deciding whether to vaccinate each child, and claims that she used the same justification for her own daughter, who was certain that " he's going to get the flu this year and die, 'cause she' felt it in the bones [her] … it's a pretty strong gut feeling. So I gave it to her. "
In the case of A, the vaccines appear to have been a family dispute. The parents were divorced, and when the girl's mother found out about the release, she asked Zandvliet if she had produced her daughter's medical records. "[I] there are no conditions for falsification of medical records, this did not happen," Zandwill wrote, according to a complaint from the medical board. "I have records directly from the doctor."
That was not true, says the medical board. The only family medical records she received came from the girl's great-grandson. These records show that he has psoriasis and dermatitis, which Zandvliet no longer allows as a basis for release.
Ultimately, after granting the release, Zandvliet conducted a brief review of A, which consisted of observing her toy game. "The respondent found no evidence in patient A of an autoimmune condition," the complaint said.