Summer Schedule: CDC Public Meeting On Meningococcal Vaccine Policy

Posted: 6/29/2011 1:48:27 PM | with 1 comments
The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) next stop in their public engagement meetings on meningococcal vaccine policy options is Seattle, Washington on July 12th followed by meetings in Chicago on July 21 and Denver on July 25. The CDC is seeking public feedback on a proposal to give a series of meningococcal shots to babies under one year old. 
 
NVIC is questioning the safety, effectiveness and cost of the proposed expansion of meningococcal vaccine use in children. The proposal would add three to four doses of meningococcal vaccine in infancy to the already recommended doses at 11-12 years of age and for all college freshmen. Currently, the CDC recommends 48 doses of 14 vaccines for children from day of birth to age six with more than half of the doses given before 12 months of age.
 
NVIC Questions Proposed Policy, Opposes Mandates
 
NVIC attended a CDC vaccine stakeholder meeting on May 25 in Washington, D.C. and expressed concern that almost all universal use vaccine recommendations by CDC are turned into legal mandates at the state level.  NVIC opposes mandated use of meningococcal vaccine and supports the ethical principle of voluntary, informed consent to use of meningococcal vaccine and all vaccines. 
 
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that occurs rarely in the United States. Out of the U.S. population of 308 million people, meningococcal disease is estimated to affect between 1400 and 3000 American children and adults (.05-1.1 per 100,000) every year. Click here to learn more about the meningococcal vaccine and disease. 
 
July Meeting Schedule and Registration Information 
 
NVIC has obtained registration information for ALL meetings. We strongly encourage the public to attend these meetings and voice their opinion about expanding the recommended use of meningococcal vaccine to infants and the mandates that will surely follow such recommendations. 
 
Attendees are requested to stay for the full day. Those who pre-register and attend the full meeting are eligible to receive $75.00 from The Keystone Center, the meeting facilitator.
 
Meeting Date &
Location
Registration Information Meeting Location
Tuesday
July 12
Seattle, WA

Time:
 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Online Registration:
Phone: 1-866-276-7083
Fax: 970-262-0152
 
Shoreline Conference Center
Shoreline Room
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
Thursday
July 21
Chicago, IL
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Online Registration:
Phone: 1-866-276-7083
Fax: 970-262-0152
Event Flyer
Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare
5615 North Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL
 
Monday
July 25
Denver, CO
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Online Registration:
Phone: 1-866-276-7083
Fax: 970-262-0152
Event Flyer
Children's Hospital Colorado
Mt Yale Conference Room
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
 


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Vaccines & Liberty: Let Freedom Ring

Posted: 6/29/2011 1:01:24 PM | with 10 comments


by Barbara Loe Fisher
 
My country, ’tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing:

Land where my fathers died,

Land of the pilgrims’ pride,

From every mountain side,

Let freedom ring.1  
 
What is liberty?
 
Webster’s Dictionary defines Liberty as “the quality or state of being free,” which means:2 
  • “Freedom from physical restraint;”
  • “Freedom from arbitrary or despotic control;”
  • “The positive enjoyment of various social, political or economic rights and privileges;” and
  • “The power of choice.”
What is tyranny?
 
Tyranny is defined as “oppressive power” and “especially, oppressive power exerted by government;”3  
  • “The office, authority and administration of a tyrant;”
  • “A rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force;” or
  • “An oppressive, harsh or unjust act.”
The courageous men and women, who founded the United States of America and declared independence from tyranny on July 4, 1776, were escaping from the oppression of iron-fisted monarchies. They risked their lives to establish a nation that celebrates liberty, where citizens would be free from persecution for their religious beliefs and would not be under the thumb of an elitist aristocracy.
 
In the first sentence of the U.S. Constitution, the founders of our nation pledged “to establish justice” and “to secure the Blessings of Liberty” for all citizens.4 If democracy is government by the people through elected representatives and majority rule, liberty is defined in the Declaration of Independence5 and the U.S. Constitution as a natural right belonging to everyone that should never be taken away by the majority.
 
Natural rights, which are known today as human or moral rights, are individual liberties that belong to all humans no matter where they live.6  The right to privacy and free expression in speech and press were defined in the Bill of Rights7 as individual liberties, which limit the power of government and prevent abuse of individuals and minorities.
 
Today, there is no greater threat to liberty in America than the government enforced use of pharmaceutical products, such as vaccines, sold by corporations for profit that can both harm individuals8, 9 and can fail to work at all.10, 11 Our natural right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is being violated when government health officials enlist doctors and politicians to track down and coerce us into injecting ourselves and our children with biological products that carry significant health risks for some without our voluntary, informed consent. 1213 
 
When Americans are threatened with loss of economic and societal privileges, such as being denied a public education, denied medical care, denied health insurance and denied the right to hold a job if we don’t get every dose of every government mandated vaccine, there is no other word for this but tyranny.14, 15  
 
The “community immunity” club being used today to take away civil liberties in the name of the greater good, conveniently fails to make a distinction between diseases. Hepatitis B is not polio and chickenpox is not smallpox but vaccine laws requiring mass use of dozens of doses of new vaccines treat all infectious diseases and vaccines the same way.
 
The large gaps in scientific knowledge about the damage that repeated vaccination from day of birth throughout life could be doing to our brains and immune systems has turned current vaccine laws into a forced, uncontrolled  scientific experiment on the American population.16 17, 18 
 
The fact that some of us are at greater risk for having our health crippled or losing our lives to vaccines because of genetic and biological risk factors we inherited makes one-size-fits-all vaccine laws “cruel and inhuman in the last degree.”19 
 
The fact that government operated electronic vaccine tracking systems are collecting medical data on us and sharing it with industry and vaccine developers without our informed consent, is a violation of our privacy.20 
 
The fact that scores of new genetically engineered vaccines are being brought to market21, 22,23, 24 by a wealthy pharmaceutical industry25  shielded from civil liability26  is a corporate stockholder's dream and a health care consumer’s worst nightmare.
 
The founders of our country could not have imagined this day would come in America when violation of the most important liberty, the right to self determination and the freedom to choose what we are willing to risk our lives or our children’s lives for, would be taken away from us.
 
For if the State can tag, track down and force individuals to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the State can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
 
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence said “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”27 
 
Albert Einstein, one of the world’s greatest scientists, echoed Jefferson’s defense of individual liberty, urging us to “Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.”28  A philosopher and humanitarian, Einstein insightfully observed that “Force always attracts men of low morality.”29  

On this July 4th, I am celebrating the spirit, courage and common sense of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. They knew that individual liberties were the heart and soul of a democracy because individual liberties protect the people from governmental abuse of power.
 
Are you ready to stand up for the right to follow your conscience and choose the kind of preventive health options you want for yourself and your children, including the freedom to choose to use every government recommended vaccine, some vaccines, or no vaccines at all?
 
Sign up for NVIC’s free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org and learn how you can protect health liberty in your state. Become a donor supporter of NVIC and protect the human rights of all Americans. 30  
References:

1 My Country, Tis’ of Thee. Song sheet. (Author: Samuel Francis Smith, July 1831). Duke University Library Collection.
2 Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Definition of Liberty
3 Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Definition of Tyranny
4 United States Constitution. September 17, 1787. U.S. National Archives.
5 The Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776. U.S. National Archives.
6 Fagan A. Human Rights. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. July 5, 2005.
7 The Bill of Rights. March 4, 1789. Ratified as Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, December 15, 1791. U.S. National Archives. 
8 Coulter HL, Fisher BL. DPT: A Shot in the Dark. 1985: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
9 Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Report.
11 WABC-TV (NY). Whooping Cough Outbreak on Long Island. June 22, 2011.
13 NVIC. Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall. Public reports of harassment by medical personnel for attempting to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination. 
15 Fisher BL. Forcing Flu Shots on Health Care Workers: Who Is Next? NVIC. September 29, 2010.
17 Fisher BL, Wrangham TK. NVIC Comments on Draft Recommendations on the Federal Vaccine Safety System. National Vaccine Advisory Committee.  June 6, 2011. 
18 Fisher BL. In Memoriam: Infant Deaths & Vaccination. NVIC. May 24, 2011. 
19 Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11(1905). LSU Law Center. See # 84.  
24 U.S. National Institutes of Health. Vaccine Clinical Trials. 
25 Healthcare Finance. Global Vaccine Market Now Exceeds $20B. August 13, 2010.
27 American History Central, Encyclopedia of American History. Thomas Jefferson  
30 Support NVIC: Stand Up and Be Counted. Click here to make a donation. 
 

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CDC Will Hold Public Meetings in Four Cities On Meningococcal Vaccine Policy

Posted: 6/8/2011 7:32:20 AM | with 3 comments
 
On June 15, 2011 in Concord, New Hampshire, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will engage the public for their feedback on a meningococcal vaccine policy proposal that would add more doses of meningococcal vaccine to the infant child vaccination schedule.
 
CDC is asking questions about options for expanded meningococcal vaccine use, including whether the vaccine should be made available for all who voluntarily want to use it; whether recommendations should target those most at risk; or whether vaccine use should be made mandatory for all infants and children.
 
July Meetings In Seattle, Chicago, Denver
Public engagement meetings will also be held in Seattle (early July date TBD); Chicago, Illinois (July 21); and Denver, Colorado (July 25).
 
June 15 Meeting in Concord, NH Requires Registration
 
The meeting in Concord, NH will take place June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
 
Vaccine Stakeholder Meeting Held in D.C. on May 25
 
CDC held a vaccine stakeholder meeting on May 25 in Washington, D.C. , which was attended by federal and state health officials, representatives from non-governmental medical trade associations, non-profit health advocacy organizations (including NVIC), vaccine manufacturers and organizations representing state legislators and others.
 
Many different perspectives were voiced about whether it would be a good idea to add more doses of meningococcal vaccine to the routine childhood schedule.
 
NVIC Questions Proposed Policy, Opposes Mandates
 
NVIC is very concerned about the safety, effectiveness and cost of the proposed universal use recommendations for infants to get three to four doses of meningococcal vaccine in infancy, in addition to the already recommended dose for children at 11-12 years of age and the dose recommended for all college freshman.
 
Most vaccine universal use recommendations by CDC are turned into legal mandates at the state level. NVIC opposes mandated use of meningococcal vaccine and supports the ethical principle of voluntary, informed consent to use of meningococcal vaccine and all vaccines.  Click here to learn more about the meningococcal vaccine and disease.
 
Register NOW for Meeting in Concord, NH
 
The June 15 meeting in Concord, NH from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free and open to the public. No childcare is available. Space is limited. Registration is required for participation and you must be able to attend the meeting for the entire day.
 
To register online, visit http://keystone.org/registration/concord. To register by phone, call 1-866-276-7083 or by fax at 970-262-0152.  Participants registering online and attending the full meeting are eligible to receive $75.
 
Stay Tuned to NVIC
 
NVIC will publish more information as it becomes available about the July meetings in Seattle, Chicago, and Denver.

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Upcoming Public Engagement on Vaccine Safety

Posted: 6/7/2011 10:54:59 PM | with 6 comments
June 13-15 Meetings in D.C. Examine Vaccine Safety System 
 
On June 13-15, 2011, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) will meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss recommendations and options for improving the nation’s vaccine safety system. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has written and submitted comments supporting independent vaccine safety oversight and is represented on an Advocacy Panel discussion during a June 13 Vaccine Stakeholder meeting.  Click here to view NVIC's panel statement.
 
The public can listen to the three days of open meetings via teleconference and offer comments during public comment time June 14-15.
 
Vaccine Stakeholders Weigh In
 
Draft recommendations for improving the vaccine safety system have been developed by the Vaccine Safety Working Group (VSWG) of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The purpose of the June 13 stakeholder meeting is to ask various stakeholders – advocacy groups, organized medicine, pharmaceutical industry, public health, others – for comments regarding the VSWG’s draft report and recommendations.
 
The NVAC will discuss the recommendations and stakeholder feedback on June 14.
 
Your Voice is Needed – Register Now!
 
The members of the NVAC and health officials at DHHS need to hear from you! This is your opportunity to communicate why and how you want the vaccine safety system to work better.
 
NVIC Calls for Independent Vaccine Safety Oversight
 
For several decades, NVIC has called for an independent oversight agency outside of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that is solely responsible for monitoring vaccine safety. NVIC maintains that an independent safety oversight mechanism, similar to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) responsible for investigating plane crashes, is our nation’s best hope for enhancing transparency, accountability and the quality of vaccine safety research and monitoring to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths. Currently, DHHS agencies are responsible for vaccine development, licensing, regulation, policymaking, and promotion, as well as vaccine safety.
 
How to Register for the Teleconference
 
While there is no opportunity for the public to comment during the June 13th stakeholder meeting, the public can listen to the meeting and make public comment during the NVAC meetings on June 14-15. The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) has published the agendas for the stakeholders meeting and the regularly scheduled NVAC meeting and reports that there are still openings for the public to register to join the NVAC meeting via teleconference.

To register for the teleconference, email NVPO@hhs.gov or call 202-690-5566 and provide name, organization and e-mail address. You must also register for the webinar and public comment by June 10th.
 
Click here to read NVIC’s written comments.
 
NVIC Advocates for Vaccine Safety Since 1982
 
NVIC co-founders worked with Congress to institute historic vaccine informing, recording and reporting provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. However, many of the Act’s important vaccine safety provisions  have not been properly implemented or enforced.
 
NVIC’s Director of Government Relations, Tawny Buck, who is the mother of a DPT injured daughter, is the consumer member of NVAC and co-chair of the VSWG. NVIC has provided well-informed consumer members to serve on vaccine advisory committees since 1988 and has participated in public engagement initiatives with government since 1995.
 
In 2009 and 2010, Tawny Buck and NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher and NVIC Director of Research and Patient Safety, Vicky Debold, RN, PhD, attended two stakeholder meetings of the VSWG to discuss vaccine safety research priorities and vaccine safety improvements.
 


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