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BRIEF BACKGROUND: The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a national charitable, non-profit organization founded in 1982 dedicated to reducing vaccine injury and deaths through public education. We support the availability of all preventive health care options, including vaccines, and the right of consumers to make educated, voluntary health care choices. NVIC also promotes and funds research to evaluate vaccine safety and effectiveness, as well as to identify factors which place individuals at high risk for suffering vaccine reactions; and monitors vaccine research, development, regulation, policy-making and legislation. NVIC has long been recognized as the leading consumer voice on vaccine safety concerns. To learn more about our mission and accomplishments, please visit our About Us page.

NVIC Recent Press Releases

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  • NVIC PRESS RELEASE: National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Calls 21st Century Cures Act “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and Urges Presidential Veto to Protect Public Health
    “Instead of building a firewall between industry and government to protect the public health and safety, Congress has allowed the pharmaceutical industry to further co-opt the federal vaccine licensing and policymaking process,” said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. “The 21st Century Cures Act is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and should be vetoed by the President.”
  • NVIC PRESS RELEASE: National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Renews Call for End to Product Liability Shield for Vaccine Manufacturers During 2016 Vaccine Awareness Week
    “Drug companies should be liable in civil court for vaccine injuries and deaths and so should anyone giving vaccines to people being denied the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking,” said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. NVIC co-founder and vice president Kathi Williams said, “Thirty years ago Congress promised parents that vaccine injured children would be compensated fairly and generously. Not only has that promise been broken, there is an attack on vaccine freedom of choice because nobody is legally accountable for the safety of vaccines.”
  • NVIC PRESS RELEASE: National Vaccine Information Center Calls U.S. Proposal to Apprehend and Involuntarily Quarantine Travelers for Rashes and Cough A "Violation of Civil Liberties"
    A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM): Control of Communicable Diseases was published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Aug. 15, 2016 to amend the federal public health law to allow health officials to take into custody and involuntarily quarantine travelers, who have symptoms of or have been exposed to someone with symptoms common to measles, chickenpox and a wide range of other communicable diseases. If the NPRM becomes law, it will affect American and non-American travelers entering the U.S. or traveling between states, particularly on commercial airlines and ships. The CDC is proposing to enlist commercial airline and other public transportation personnel to step up surveillance on and report “unwell” passengers with rashes, cough, diarrhea and other symptoms of illness. Read the NPRM and join over 1,500 individual who have made public comments about the CDC's attempt to gain police powers by adding your public comment here by October 14, 2016.

Selected Interviews

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  • Society has Reached Tipping Point: Vaccine Reactions, Autism, Disabilities w/Barbara Loe Fisher
    Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-founder and President of the National Vaccine Information Center, joins the program with Sarah Westall to dive deep into the vaccine issue. This in-depth interview discusses the private/pubic partnership between industry and government, increasing vaccine reactions, and the need for consumers to be more savvy about the risks and benefits of vaccines. SarahWestall.com. Apr. 3, 2017.
  • Missouri Bill Would Ban Mercury Vaccines; First Step to Nullify Federal Policy in Practice
    As the FDA downplays the concerns related to thimerosal and mercury in vaccines, whistle-blowers are singing a different tune. The National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit watchdog organization, reports that the threat is still alarming - especially pertaining to infants: "Most infants are still routinely given Thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine even though there are Thimerosal-free and vaccines with trace amounts of Thimerosal. Infants receiving a Thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine are dosed at 6 months with 12.5 mcg of ethyl mercury and at 7 months with an additional 12.5 mcg. Adult Thimerosal-containing vaccines contain roughly 25mcg." The Tenth Amendment Center. Jan. 31, 2017.
  • Texas Doctor Sounding Alarm About Potential Measles Outbreak
    Now State Representative Donna Howard is proposing a bill that would require parents to talk with their pediatrician before they can opt out of vaccines....Dawn Richardson is not buying it." So now she's saying because you're making a different choice than what I think you're uneducated, that's really presumptuous and very arrogant," Richardson said. Richardson is the director of advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center. She fought for the conscientious and religious exemption in Texas 2003. Now she is getting ready to fight State Rep. Howard's bill as well. "It's wrong," Richardson said. "They need to stop bullying and harassing these families and propagating fear about them." She says parents have the right to question the safety of vaccines. "Pharmaceutical products are known to cause injury and death and that includes vaccines and people should be respected to make these choices," Richardson said. CBS-Austin. Jan. 26, 2017.
  • Virginia House subcommittee tosses immunization mandate bill
    "Opponents of the bill came out in force [and] argued that cases of meningococcal disease are so rare that they do not require a mandate. Steve Martin with the National Vaccine Information Center argued that Wisconsin, Colorado and New Hampshire do not have mandates, yet still have vaccination rates above the national average. Vicky Pebsworth, volunteer director of research and patient safety with the group, told the subcommittee that invasive meningococcal disease has naturally declined after peaking in the 1990s. "The disease is not easily transmitted in schools or other public settings," Pebsworth said. Richmond Times Dispatch. Jan. 25, 2017.
  • Bill would put school vaccine requirements in the hands of the Legislature
    The bill debated Tuesday, HB 361, would prevent the addition of vaccines for "non-communicable diseases" to the mandated school and child-care list. Although this bill does not mention any specific disease, speakers said it targets hepatitis B, which is transmitted through contact with some bodily fluids such as blood. It was unclear Tuesday whether hepatitis B would be defined as noncommunicable under current state definitions. "It is not communicable in a classroom setting," said Laura Condon, state director of advocacy for the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center. Concord Monitor. Jan. 25, 2017.
  • Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic
    "We welcome any serious effort to look at the science that has been done and the science that needs to be done," said Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center. "There hasn't been enough science done to rule out an association between vaccines and autism. "Fisher said vaccine skeptics have been "subjected to a fair amount of marginalization" in recent years, and she hopes any potential move by Trump would restore their credibility. "There's no question it's been a very difficult decade in terms of anyone who asks about vaccine safety science or the gaps in knowledge about vaccine safety," she said. "I hope that we can return to a more civil conversation and people being more open-minded and wanting to know more about the science" Health Day. Jan. 11, 2017.
  • Whole Mother Show
    Midwife Pat Jones interviewed Barbara Loe Fisher about herd immunity, pertussis, influenza and hepatitis B vaccine, the child vaccine schedule and the chronic disease and disability epidemic. KPFT Radio (Houston) and WholeMother.com. Jan. 8, 2017.

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