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Posted: 4/12/2011 2:22:50 AM | with 27 comments

A new online video health education program produced by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) will feature Vicky Debold, RN, PhD, responding to letters from consumers asking questions about vaccination. Since its founding in 1982, NVIC has responded to letters and telephone calls from parents seeking more information about infectious diseases and vaccines and has provided networking support to those reporting vaccine reactions.

Send Your Questions to Nurse Vicky

Vicky Pebsworth Debold, PhD, RN“Ask Nurse Vicky” was created by Vicky Debold, who is NVIC’s volunteer Director of Research and Patient Safety, to educate vaccine consumers about ways to minimize the risk to individuals for suffering a vaccine reaction. The letters and emails she selects to feature in her video responses illustrate common questions and vaccine reaction reports received by NVIC.

To ask a question for “Ask Nurse Vicky,” send an email question addressed to Nurse Vicky at

Three Decades of Nursing, Education, Research & Advocacy

Vicky Debold received a doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Nursing and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in health system research. She has been employed in the health care field for more than 30 years as an ICU nurse, health care administrator and health policy analyst primarily focusing on pediatrics and patient safety. Currently she is a research scientist and affiliate faculty member at George Mason University in the Health Administration and Policy Department, where she teaches health services research methods. Her analyses and papers have been published in nursing and medical journals.

She has worked with NVIC since 2006 on vaccine safety analytical and education projects. Since 2008, she has served as the consumer voting member of the FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. She has worked for the Vaccine Safety Working Group of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the independent H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group.

Vicky’s son — her only child — experienced serious, long-term health problems following receipt of seven live virus and killed bacterial vaccines given at his 15-month well-baby visit, which sparked her interest in vaccine safety research and policy and chronic illness and disability in children.  

In the News

WE HELD THE LINE IN NJ & WA: This week, in a show of strength in New Jersey and Washington state, parents showed up and stood up for their right to make informed, voluntary vaccination decisions for their children. Both health committee hearings ended in a “no vote” being taken because bill sponsors could not count on the vote going their way. Stay tuned for the story behind the story told in the NVIC Vaccine E-newsletter early next week. Sign up for NVIC’s Advocacy Portal at

HAVE YOU BEEN THREATENED? If you have been threatened by a doctor, government or school official for asking questions about vaccine risks or attempting to file an exemption to vaccination, tell your story on NVIC’s Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall. Click here to tell your story.

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