February 2017

NVIC Now Monitoring 134 Vaccine Bills in 35 States

Posted: 2/26/2017 8:23:10 PM | with 1 comments

31 More Vaccine Bills Introduced in Past Two Weeks
by NVIC Advocacy Team

We are not even a full two months into the 2017 legislative sessions, and our NVIC Advocacy Team is tracking 134 vaccine related bills across 35 states on the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

We have added 31 new bills since our last update 2 weeks ago and 8 of these new bills are in 5 states appearing for the first time: MD, NV, UT, VT, and WV.

If you live in one of the following states, there are bills filed that can affect your rights: AR, AZ, CT, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, and WV.

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Bills to Restrict, Eliminate or Expand Vaccine Exemptions

The following states are priority opposition alert state as they now have bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions: AR(withdrawn), CT, IA, MN, NY, OK, PA, TX and UT.

The following states are priority support alert states as they now have bills to add or expand vaccine exemptions: HI, IA, ID, MS (died), NJ, NY, OK, RI, TN, TX, WA, and WV. If you are in WV, a bill was just filed last week to expand vaccine exemptions and your calls are needed on Monday to get the bill set for a hearing.

If you are in any of the following states, beware that there are bills filed to expand vaccine tracking or eliminate OPT-IN Consent for vaccine tracking and that these need to be opposed: CT, ID, KS, MA, MT, NY, TX and UT.

Bills to Shame Schoolchildren with Vaccine Exemptions

There are school shaming bills filed to require and normalize the public disclosure of vaccination and exemption rates in the following states: AZ, CT, NV, NY, OK, TX, UT, and VA (withdrawn). These bills need to be opposed as states that already do this have experienced increased media hostility towards schools or districts with lower vaccination or higher exemption rates. This instigates community driven discrimination and bullying of vaccine selective families.

If you are in CT, TX, or UT, there are discriminatory and presumptuous bills that need to be opposed that mandate families utilizing vaccine exemptions participate in state required vaccine education. Just because a family takes an exemption, doesn't mean they are lacking vaccine education. Conversely, just because a family vaccinates with everything, doesn’t mean they are educated yet no vaccine education is required of those blindly following recommendations.

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Use NVIC Advocacy Portal To Take Action If You Live in One of These 35 States Where Vaccine Bills Are Moving

There are 134 bills filed that need your support or opposition! PLEASE LOG IN TO NVICAdvocacy.org for more detailed information including links to the bills themselves. Please understand that we are analyzing bills and updating the NVIC Advocacy Portal multiple times a day and this information changes daily so log in often. Use this resource to find out what is going on in your state and what you can do to help.

Here is a breakdown of the types of bills filed that we are tracking as of 2/24/17. Please note NVIC is opposed to the types of bills in bold and we support the types of bills not bold.

Exemptions and Informed Consent

  • Restricting Vaccine Exemptions: CT, IA, MN, NY, OK, TX, UT
  • Eliminating Vaccine Exemptions: AR, NY, OK, PA
  • School Shaming and Exemption Disclosure: AZ, CT, NV, NY, OK, TX, UT, VA
  • Expand Vaccine Exemptions: HI, IA, ID, MS, NJ, NY, OK, RI, TN, TX, WA, WV
  • Protecting Vaccine Delay and Refusal from Child Abuse Claims: OR
  • Add to Who Can Sign Medical Exemptions: TX
  • Prohibit Docs from Throwing Exempting Patients out: TX
  • Forced Detention and Treatment on Suspicion of Vaccine Preventable Disease: NY
  • Expand Vaccine Informed Consent: OR, TX, WA
  • Granting Minor Children Consent Authority for Certain Vaccines Without Parents: MN, NY, TX
  • Granting School Nurses Vaccine Consent Authority for Homeless Children: WA

Mandates

  • Adds New Vaccine Mandates: CT, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MO, MT, NJ, NY, OR, VA
  • Restricting Vaccine Mandates: MS, NH, NJ, OR
  • Prevents Vaccine Mandates for Adults: MS
  • Requires Children of Foster Parents to be Vaccinated with no exemptions: AZ

Vaccine Tracking and Reporting

  • Eliminates OPT-IN Consent for Vaccine Tracking: MT, TX
  • Expands Vaccine Tracking: CT, ID, KS, MA, MT, NY, TX, UT
  • Requires Tracking of Parental Refusal of Vaccines: MD
  • Requires Reports of Vaccine Reactions to Leg: VT
  • Adds OPT-OUT on Forced Inclusion Vaccine Tracking System: MA
  • Alters Vaccine Board Positions: ME
  • Requires Public Schools to Conduct Health Visits to Private School Students: IA

Vaccines

  • Prohibits Certain Ingredients in Vaccines: MO
  • Requires Vaccine Promotion/Marketing: GA, IL, MD, NE, OR, TN, TX
  • Permits Pharmacists Administer More Vaccines: HI, IN, KS, KY, MD, MT, NY, SD
  • Expands Vaccine/Public Health Programs: WA

Individual Bills NVIC Is Tracking As of Feb. 24, 2017: You need to register and log into the NVIC Advocacy Portal, which provides free access, to view the specific information about the bills in your state.

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team

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Privacy Ranks Low in Federal Vaccine Data Gathering

Posted: 2/26/2017 7:27:49 PM | with 0 comments
by Theresa Wrangham, NVIC Executive Director

Federal Vaccine Advisory Committee Update

As 2017 unfolds, federal advisory committees - the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) - will be holding meetings throughout 2017. Over the past few years, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) has been reducing the numbers of times it holds public meetings to discuss new vaccine licensing issues and currently has only one meeting scheduled in 2017.

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These federal vaccine advisory committees shape national vaccine policies and influence state vaccine laws and policies. During 2016, each vaccine advisory committees’ meetings were punctuated with discussions on topics such as an HPV vaccine series dose reduction; discontinued use of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV); strategies to insure the success of the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP); vaccine development innovation; and the ever increasing vaccine injury caseload for attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice and Special Masters in the U.S. Court of Claims adjudicating the federal vaccine injury compensation program (VICP).

Though these committees are advisory in nature, the reality is that their recommendations and reports often get turned into state vaccine mandates and policies that negatively impact the availability of vaccine exemptions, as well as threaten consumer privacy and how vaccine exemption data is collected and shared across state and federal databases and with third parties (interoperability). In recent years, many of the recommendations made by these committees have resulted in an increase in the introduction of state bills and policies to restrict voluntary vaccine decision-making.

No State is Safe from Attacks on Vaccine Informed Consent Rights

It is the end of February and in most states, that means that the legislative sessions are underway and new bills are being introduced. The question is not if legislation to restrict your vaccine exemption and information disclosure rights will come to your state; the question is only when. NVIC is already monitoring over 100 vaccine-related bills in more than 30 states.1

The National Vaccine Information Center, now in our 35th year of working to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education, is an information clearinghouse on vaccine science, policy, law and ethics. Among our commitments to the public are providing public comment to and independent oversight on the actions being taken by federal vaccine advisory committees.

This information can be used when action is needed to defend informed consent rights, including protection of vaccine exemptions, but there is no substitute for citizen participation in the law and policy making process.

If you haven’t already registered to be a user of NVIC’s Advocacy Portal so you can stay up-to-date on vaccine bills moving in your state and receive email alerts on critical actions that need to be taken, please sign up now. It is a free public resource that provides analysis, talking points and puts you in contact with your own legislators. It is important that you visit the Advocacy Portal often so you don’t miss any vaccine-related bill moving in your state legislature and can make your voice heard even before NVIC issues an action alert.
 

DHHS Supports Tracking Vaccine Status of All Adults

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While immunization information systems (IIS), better known as vaccine tracking registries, are largely already in place in every state so public health officials can track the vaccination status of all children, chief among the goals of the NVAC’s launch of the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) 2 is to use these registries to also track the vaccination status of all adults. As NVIC previously reported, the NAIP is being launched to increase vaccine uptake in adults. Key strategies in the plan include incentivizing health care professionals to administer up to 11 vaccines to all adults starting at age 19 through 65, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommended adult vaccine schedule;3 outreach and networking with employers to require vaccination as a condition of employment; and tracking adult vaccine status with state owned registries (IIS) and health information exchange (HIE) databases.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Acting Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) Karen DeSalvo M.D. reaffirmed support for the NAIP. Dr. DeSalvo also reported the tripling of health care providers creating Electronic Health Records (EHR), which are electronic versions of personal health/medical records created by health care professionals. Use of EHRs under “meaningful use” provides the ability for government health officials to target populations for vaccination when needed. During the meeting the acting ASH stated that DHHS would use their “bully pulpit” to increase adult vaccination for emerging diseases like Zika.4

State Vaccine Registries Use Electronic Medical Records

Much like state vaccine registries, rules for state HIE databases that contain personal medical information on Americans differ from state to state.5 Your ability to opt-in or opt-out and/or place restrictions on how your medical, inclusive of vaccine status, is shared in EHRs with third parties and the government is largely decided at the state level.

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One of the goals in the NAIP is to automate the transfer of vaccine data from EHRs into state vaccine registries operated by state health departments.6 Removing interoperability barriers that may prevent the transfer of personal medical information, or prevent vaccine data sharing in general is seen by the NVAC as a leverage mechanism to compel all Americans to comply with federal vaccine recommendations.7 This data automation means that any information about your vaccine status that your doctor records in your EHR may end up in your state health department’s vaccine registry and can be shared with third parties without your knowledge or informed consent.

Patient Privacy Is Eroding

Health care providers were paid to create EHRs under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH).8 After 2015, health care professionals can be penalized for not implementing EHRs for all patients.9

However, the real danger of the continued erosion of patient privacy posed by EHRs is that EHRs are attractive targets for ransomware,10 11 security breaches,12 and changes to the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that allow disclosure of your personal medical records to the government and other third parties.13 The use of EHRs to leverage vaccine compliance is only the latest example of erosions of medical privacy.

NVIC recommends contacting your health care provider with any concerns you have about how your EHR data or your child’s EHR data is shared so that you can take steps to protect your medical privacy. You may also use the vaccine registry links NVIC provides on its website in the Quick Facts box for each state to learn more about how your state’s vaccine registry operates and whether you have the right to opt-in or opt-out of participating in the registry.

Pregnant Women Reclassified for Research Purposes

2016 NVAC meeting discussions also waded into the possible use of existing maternal research data collected in various research efforts to create a research data repository on pregnant women. The repository would allow records collected with informed consent from pregnant women for use in one research study to be used in a different research studies without the women’s additional consent.

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Another subject involving ethics that was discussed by the NVAC was whether or not to redefine pregnant women as a “scientifically complex population”14 instead of a “vulnerable population,” which is the current definition and provides pregnant women and their fetus special research subject protections.15

Redefining pregnant women in this manner would permit pharmaceutical companies to recruit pregnant women for premarketing clinical research trials. One NVAC member stated concern that pregnant women must be a part of the stakeholder process and allowed input into any redefinition of their status for scientific research purposes. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued an opinion supporting use of the new definition by arguing that pregnant women have the ability to render informed consent and protect themselves and, therefore, are not a “vulnerable” population.16

NVIC stressed to the committee during public comment that use of previously collected data for repository purposes without the express permission of the research subject was unethical, a violation of privacy and does require specific advance informed consent. NVIC also affirmed the right of pregnant women to ultimately decide their participation in any scientific research.17

More Vaccines on the Horizon for Pregnant Women

During 2016, the ACIP was advised of efficacy problems with Phase III clinical trials for the Novavax respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine. The Novavax Phase III trial showed little to no protection in seniors and the company is refocusing development of the vaccine for use in pregnant women.18 There are numerous RSV vaccines under development19 and it seems likely that an RSV vaccine candidate will be licensed in at some point in the near future.

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RSV infects most children before their second birthday, with the primary symptoms of RSV resembling those of the common cold, and most RSV infections resolve without complications. However, for a small percentage of children, RSV can cause bronchiolitis and be life-threatening. Those at greater risk of severe infection are premature infants, children born with heart or lung disease, babies with weakened immune systems and children under eight weeks of age.20

Safety Data on Maternal Tdap Vaccination Is Limited

Information on the safety of Tdap vaccine use in pregnant women was also presented to the ACIP. The CDC recommends that all pregnant women receive a booster dose of Tdap vaccine in the third trimester of every pregnancy and this is an off-label recommendation, due to the fact that Tdap was never approved by the FDA for use in pregnant women.21 Although the government maintains that no significant health problems have been proven to be associated with use of Tdap by pregnant women, accurately detecting adverse outcomes is compromised by the lack of valid comparative data on pregnancy outcomes in women who do not get Tdap during pregnancy.22

The NVAC also solicited public comment on the draft report and draft recommendations for overcoming barriers to vaccine uptake and identifying opportunities for developing maternal immunizations.23 The report failed to recognize ethical issues and lack of pre-licensure clinical data on vaccine safety and effectiveness in promoting vaccination of pregnant women. Instead the report focused on how to increase Tdap and influenza vaccine uptake among pregnant women.

NVIC submitted written public comment for consideration by the NVAC, which was critical of maternal vaccination promotion in the absence of baseline data. NVIC’s public comment also was critical of the NVAC’s support of metrics that compel health care providers to vaccinate pregnant women according to federal vaccine policy rather than acknowledging a professional obligation to respect an individual’s informed consent rights, values and beliefs, medical history and individual susceptibilities that increase risks for vaccine harm.24

ACIP Withdraws Live Nasal Flu Vaccine Recommendation

Based on the CDC’s finding that the live attenuated (nasal) influenza vaccine (LAIV) has not been effective for the past three years, the ACIP voted against recommending use of LAIV for the 2016-2017 flu season. The CDC estimated LAIV effectiveness to be about three percent and concluded that there was no protection provided by LAIV.25 

ACIP affirmed the current recommendations for use of inactivated, injectable influenza vaccine.

HPV Vaccine Schedule Reduced to Two Doses

Several past ACIP meetings have involved discussions of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine effectiveness data that suggests giving two doses is as effective as giving the originally recommended three doses.

The ACIP voted during their October 2016 meeting to approve a two-dose HPV vaccine schedule for adolescents, which is reflected in the CDC’s 2017 recommended childhood vaccine schedule.26

Flu Shot Injury Petition Meets Uphill Battle

During the ACCV’s June 2016 meeting, the committee heard a rare petition request from the public to add more influenza vaccine injuries to the Vaccine Injury Table (VIT).27 For many of the requested additions, the vaccine injuries were either already a part of the VIT, or are soon to be added. However, for the remaining petitioned conditions of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and myelitis/transverse myelitis (TM) federal officials advised the ACCV that there was a lack of science supporting influenza vaccine as a cause for these conditions and the ACCV voted against adding these conditions to the VIT.28

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In a public comment to ACCV, NVIC noted that information provided to the committee for this petition did not include historical data on influenza vaccine injury awards made in the VICP associated with multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis. Similar VICP historical data information was provided to the ACCV when considering adding Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) to the VIT for influenza vaccine, which prompted federal officials and the ACCV to make a policy decision to include GBS as an influenza vaccine injury on the VIT.29

NVIC requested that as a matter of transparency, future discussions of public VIT petitions should include similar historical data on VICP award information and supporting testimony/science that was submitted by plaintiff’s attorneys.

Vaccine Injury Compensation Flat Compared to Increase in Claims Awarded

During the December 2015 ACCV meeting, the US Department of Justice reported that a successful VICP petitioner had initiated an appeal of their original vaccine injury compensation award from the VICP. The purpose of the appeal was to increase the amount of the original compensation awarded to adequately to meet the financial needs of the vaccine injured individual.30

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As revealed by the federally commissioned Altarum report provided to ACCV in 2009,31 a significant number VICP petitioners who have received compensation have voiced similar concerns relating to VICP compensation awards being inadequate to cover the costs to care for a vaccine injured person. The Altarum report also noted that no mechanism was in place to measure satisfaction with the VICP and recommended the creation of an ongoing process for evaluating satisfaction.

During the June 2016 ACCV meeting, it was reported that greater numbers of petitions were being processed through the VICP in a shorter amount of time, while the overall payout amount from the trust fund remains about the same as previous years with fewer cases processed. ACCV Commissioner Kraus, a vaccine injury attorney, expressed concern that this trend may indicate a rush to settle petitions, which may result in inadequate compensation to the vaccine injured.

During public comment, NVIC echoed Commissioner Kraus' concerns and renewed its request to the ACCV to revisit the recommendations made by the Altarum report to create a process that would measure VICP petitioner satisfaction. Such an effort could identify why petitioners are dissatisfied and potentially provide incentive to the VICP to take steps to assure that adequate compensation is awarded to vaccine injured victims.32

How to Learn About Federal Advisory Committees

All of these federal vaccine advisory committees accept public comment and most will accept comments live over the phone. Recommendations from these committees often translate into state legislation to mandate vaccines and/or restrict vaccine exemptions. You can learn more about these committees and when they meet, as well as read NVIC’s public comments here. NVIC encourages the public to engage with these committees.

Change Depends on You Taking Action at the Local Level

Information provided in federal vaccine advisory committee meetings can be used when action is needed to defend informed consent rights, including protection of vaccine exemptions. If you haven’t already registered to be a user of NVIC’s Advocacy Portal, register today so you can stay up-to-date on important vaccine bills moving in your state (or on Capitol Hill) and receive email alerts on critical actions that need to be taken.

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Your participation will help NVIC help you preserve your ability to voluntarily accept, delay, or decline vaccines for yourself or your minor child without being sanctioned and you will learn what you can do to protect your personal vaccine information from being shared with third parties, including local, state and federal agencies.

If you don’t know who your elected representatives are at the state and federal level and have not contacted them, we encourage you to take time to get to know your legislators and build a relationship with them. Having these relationships and educating your state legislators on the importance of securing and protecting flexible vaccine exemptions is critical to defending vaccine freedom of choice in America.

Please do not wait for legislation to be introduced in your state before developing this relationship. Consider going to your legislator’s morning coffee sessions and town hall meetings, or make an appointment to have a personal conversation. Share your vaccine safety and informed consent concerns and why it is important to you that they uphold the human right to informed consent to voluntarily accept, delay, or decline one or more vaccinations for yourself or your child.

Not sure where to start? NVIC’s Reforming Vaccine Policy & Law: A Guide was designed for this reason. It is a well referenced vaccine information resource and a good starting point for your conversation.

It’s your health, your family, and your choice - choose to participate!

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Getting A Flu Shot: No Guarantee It Will Work

Posted: 2/21/2017 3:12:43 PM | with 3 comments

By Barbara Loe Fisher

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Like a lot of people, in January when I suddenly developed a high fever (101 F), body aches, fatigue, nasal congestion and cough, I thought for sure it was influenza, which I had not experienced for decades. Turns out, according to a recently released CDC report, in the 2016-2017 flu season the odds are only about one in 10 that flu like illness symptoms are, in fact, caused by type A or B influenza.

On February 17, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control published an update on influenza activity in the U.S. for four months between Oct. 2, 2016 and Feb. 4, 2017.1 The new news is the CDC found that over the past four months: 

  • Influenza A (H3N2) viruses accounted for the vast majority of all public health lab confirmed influenza cases;
  • Out of nearly 393,000 respiratory illness lab specimens tested in the U.S., only about 38,000 cases – or 10 percent - were positive for type A or B influenza;
  • Persons over age 65 accounted for more than 60 percent of lab confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations;
  • About 6,800 hospitalized cases of lab confirmed influenza have been reported so far and it is estimated that about 95 percent had at least one high risk medical condition, such as heart disease; metabolic disorder or obesity, with more than half of the children hospitalized also suffering with asthma, chronic lung disease or a neurological disorder;
  • About 5 to 8 percent of all U.S. deaths reported over the past four months have been attributed to pneumonia or influenza, with 20 reported pediatric deaths associated with type A or B influenza;
  • The influenza strains included in this year’s flu vaccine are closely matched to the most prevalent influenza strains reported to be circulating in the U.S. Out of 484 different influenza viruses the CDC tested, 96 to 100 percent of influenza A viruses and 91 to 100 percent of influenza B viruses were antigenically similar to components of the 2016/2017 influenza vaccine.
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CDC: This Year’s Flu Shot Only 43 Percent Effective Against Most Prevalent Strain

The old news is that, even when this year’s seasonal flu shot contains the same influenza strains that are circulating - like in most years2 - it is less than 50 percent effective across all age groups in preventing a trip to the doctor’s office for lab confirmed influenza. The vaccine is only 43 percent effective in preventing influenza A (H3N2), the most prevalent strain this year.

How many people following doctors’ orders and rolling up their sleeves to get an annual flu shot this year understand it has a 57 percent failure rate for the most common influenza strain circulating? That is like telling someone to buy a car with seat belts that fail 57 percent of the time!

But, beyond that, how many people understand that only 10 percent of all flu-like illness out there this year is actually influenza?

There are no guarantees in life. That goes for vaccination, too.

Vaccines Often Fail to Prevent Infection and Transmission

While many people believe that getting vaccinated guarantees you won’t get sick or make anyone else sick, vaccines do not always work as well as we have been taught to believe they do.3

Take influenza vaccines, for example. Influenza is a viral infection that causes type A or B influenza, which can have serious pneumonia complications for some people, like the elderly.4

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Doctors routinely give annual flu shots to children and adults, including pregnant women.5 6 7 And in many states, health care and day care workers are required to get an annual flu shot or they are fired from their jobs.8 9 10

But public health officials admit that influenza vaccines fail to prevent influenza more than half the time.11 And in some years, flu shots do not prevent influenza at all because they don’t contain the influenza strains that are making people sick.12

Plus, you can get a flu shot and still get infected with influenza but only have minor symptoms or no symptoms at all.13 Even if you have been vaccinated, you can be a silent carrier of influenza and infect other people without even knowing it.

This is something to keep in mind when you are in a doctor’s office or hospital, where all employees have been vaccinated and assume they are protected, but where influenza could still be circulating among the staff.

Most Flu Like Illness Not Influenza

But perhaps the biggest misconception of all is that during the flu season, every time you get a fever, headache, sore throat, cough, and a tired, achy feeling all over, you probably have influenza that could have been prevented with a flu shot.

The truth is that, when doctors get suspected cases of influenza tested in labs, more than 70 percent of the time it is not type A or B influenza but another virus or bacteria causing a respiratory flu-like illness that is mistaken for influenza.14 15

When beliefs about vaccine effectiveness are not grounded in truth, they can put you, your family and people you know at risk.

Whether you have been vaccinated or not, if you have even mild symptoms of being sick, stay away from close contact with infants, pregnant women and people who are immune compromised until you are well.

Learn More About Vaccines and Diseases

At NVIC.org, learn more about vaccines, diseases and the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking.

Empower yourself today with well-referenced information that can help you make educated decisions about vaccination.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.



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Take Action in 2017 to Protect Vaccine Freedom of Choice

Posted: 2/8/2017 5:07:17 PM | with 5 comments

By Barbara Loe Fisher

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In 2015 and 2016, NVIC monitored over 200 vaccine-related bills introduced in more than 40 state legislatures, including 31 bills in 21 states that tried to restrict of eliminate vaccine exemptions. With tens of thousands of Americans actively using the online NVIC Advocacy Portal, NVIC led a grassroots effort of concerned citizens and supportive parental rights and health freedom groups to educate legislators with well-referenced information about diseases and vaccines. 1 2 Forced vaccination bills were defeated in 29 out of 31 states, including in Virginia, where NVIC is headquartered. 3 4 5 6

By February 2017, vaccine legislation had been introduced in 30 states that threaten vaccine freedom of choice, including bills in eight states to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions in Arkansas (withdrawn), Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. 7

Freedom.

It is a human right to exercise freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief. 8 9

But, when it comes to vaccination, those basic human freedoms are being taken away in America, one state at a time.

In 2015, California became the first state in the 21st Century to eliminate the legal right of mothers and fathers, on behalf of their minor children, to exercise freedom of thought, conscience, religious belief and the human right to informed consent to vaccine risk taking. 10

Now, like children in West Virginia and Mississippi, children in California have no voice and have no choice. 11 12 The only way a child can get a school education in California, is to receive multiple doses of ten vaccines or for parents to find a medical doctor or state designated medical worker to write a medical vaccine exemption. 13 14

But obtaining a medical exemption to vaccination in America today is almost impossible. 15 That is because, under narrow federal government guidelines, 99.99 percent of children do not quality for it. 16 17 18 Many doctors, who write a medical vaccine exemption to protect a child’s health, are persecuted and punished by physicians inside and outside of government for exercising professional judgment and conscience. 19

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Today, public health officials believe that all children must be treated the same and get 69 doses of 16 vaccines – no exceptions and no questions asked – even though children are not all the same. 20 Some children are genetically, biologically and environmentally more susceptible to being harmed by inflexible vaccine laws, especially when doctors cannot accurately predict which child will be brain damaged or die from vaccination. 21 22

In 2015 and 2016, there were over 200 vaccine bills introduced in more than half of the state legislatures proposing to:

  • add more vaccine mandates; 23 24
  • restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions; 25 26
  • track the vaccine status of children and adults; 27 and
  • fire health care and day care workers for refusing to get an annual flu shot or other vaccines. 28

In 2017, the human right to exercise informed consent to medical risk taking will be under attack in Texas, Arkansas, New York, Oklahoma and many other states. 29

Your state could be the next on that list.

Think globally, but act locally. Learn how to protect informed consent rights in your state by joining with experienced vaccine informed consent advocates at the National Vaccine Information Center.

Become a user of the free NVIC Advocacy Portal, an online communications network that will keep you up to date on important vaccine legislation moving in your state and on Capitol Hill, too. With one click, you will be put in direct electronic contact with you own legislators so you can educate them and take action to defend flexible vaccine exemptions in public health laws.

At www.NVICAdvocacy.org, join our grassroots team of informed consent advocates in every state. Stand up today for your right to know and freedom to make educated vaccine decisions for yourself and your children.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.

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NVIC Tracking 103 Vaccine Bills in 30 States

Posted: 2/8/2017 2:41:36 PM | with 0 comments

by Dawn Richardson

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We are in the second month of 2017 and NVIC has been busy because your state legislators have been busy. More than 100 new bills have been filed and that can affect your rights if you live in one of the following 30 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia (withdrawn) and Washington.

Bills to Eliminate or Expand Vaccine Exemptions

The NVIC Advocacy Portal has issued priority OPPOSITION statements for eight states where legislators have introduced bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions: Arkansas (withdrawn), Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. We have issued priority SUPPORT statements for states where legislators have introduced bills to add or expand vaccine exemptions: Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi (died), New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas.

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Bills to Electronically Track Vaccination Status, Add Vaccine Mandates

NVIC is also tracking bills that will eliminate opt-in consent mechanisms or expand electronic vaccine tracking systems monitoring the vaccination status of all citizens, which need to be opposed, in Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, New York and Texas.

There are dozens of other bills filed that need your immediate action, such as proposed new meningococcal vaccine mandates in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine and Oregon, and other vaccine mandates for adults and children, as well bills that would publicly post the numbers of vaccine exemptions in schools.

Use NVIC Advocacy Portal to Take Action in Your State

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You can log into www.NVICAdvocacy.org for more detailed information about bills pending in your state, including links to the bills so you can read them yourself. We are analyzing bills and updating them daily to the NVIC Advocacy Portal so please log in often to check for the latest updates.

By becoming a registered user of the NVIC Advocacy Portal, you can take advantage of this unique state legislation information resource to stay up to date on what is happening in your state. You will also be put into direct electronic contact with your own state (and federal) legislators.

We can make a difference and protect vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights if we provide legislators with accurate information and take effective action. If you are not already, please sign up to become a registered user of the free online Advocacy Portal today and join with thousands of others in your state who are working to protect vaccine freedom of choice.


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