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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.
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- WND May 13, 2015. Federal Bill Requires ALL Public School Students To Be Vaccinated: No exemptions for conscience or religion. A Florida Democrat in Congress is proposing legislation that would require all public-school students in America to be vaccinated, preventing parents with religious or other objections from opting out their children. The plan by U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is the Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015. It bans federal health-service grants if states don't "demonstrate" that all students are submitting to the treatment... NVIC Executive Director Theresa Wrangham wrote [about the federal adult immunization plan] that adults would be "informed of the recommended adult schedule at every possible opportunity" such as "work, school, church and other community gathers." Tracking databases, she noted, "will be used to identify non-compliers."
- Jessica Boehm, Cronkite News, May 8, 2015. Vaccine injury fund tops $3.5 billion, as patients fight for payment: "Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center said the Bruesewitz decision [U.S. Supreme Court, 2011] took away any ability for an individual to hold a vaccine manufacturer accountable. "Nobody who develops the vaccine, who markets and profits from the vaccine, who regulates the vaccine, who makes policy for it, who promotes it, who gives it, is accountable in a civil court of law," Fisher said... "The only people who are accountable or responsible at the end of the day are the people who get the vaccines and the parents of children who get the vaccines," Fisher said."
- Jessica Boehm, Cronkite News, May 8, 2015. Critics say vaccine injury fund has strayed from original purpose: "It was supposed to be an "expedited, less-traumatic, less-expensive alternative to the lawsuit," resulting in the most "generous federal compensation possible," said Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center. It's no longer an alternative, Fisher said, and it's a lengthy and challenging process - that often ends without compensation...."We feel that it has not been implemented the way it should have been and we're very, very concerned that today a majority of the compensations that are awarded are awarded to adults," Fisher said."
- T. Rees Shapiro, Washington Post, Apr. 21, 2015. Amid debate about vaccines, polio remembered as a scourge defeated: "One of the country's staunchest critics of vaccines, Barbara Loe Fisher, was among those children who decades ago received the polio vaccine at her parents' behest. Her father had survived a bout of polio, and his right leg was permanently weakened."We were taken into the auditorium and vaccinated. That's just what was done," Fisher said, noting that her mother was a nurse. "I know that my mom did what she thought was right." Fisher said she believes that it is up to parents to decide whether they want their children to be inoculated, and she began speaking out against vaccination after her 2-year-old son had an adverse reaction to a DPT shot, intended to protect children from diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. "Everybody who looks at this issue has got personal experiences," Fisher said. "It certainly is true that the parents back then were wanting a vaccine that would protect their children."
- Tim Kenneally, The Wrap, April 20, 2015. Elmo Vaccination Video Blasted by Watchdog Groups: "Advocacy groups lashed out on Monday after a video featuring "Sesame Street" favorite Elmo extolling the benefits of vaccines hit the web. In the video, Elmo, at the doctor's office and nervous about receiving a shot, is greeted by U.S. surgeon general Vivek Murthy, who explains the importance of vaccinations... "It is inappropriate for the federal government to market pharmaceutical products directly to very young children who have no concept of risk. Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that, like all pharmaceuticals, carry a risk of reactions that can lead to injury or death and parents are legally responsible for making informed decisions for minor children about medical interventions that can cause harm," Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, told The Wrap in a statement. The non-profit charitable organization, which was founded in 1982, seeks "to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and protect the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk-taking." The NVIC also "advocates for the inclusion of flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions in all US vaccine policies and laws."
- CBS (Denver), Apr. 15, 2015. Opting Out of Vaccination Requires More Paperwork for Colorado Parents: Parents in Colorado who don't want their children immunized will have to complete paperwork every year as opposed to just once, under new state rules. The state Board of Health passed the changes Wednesday. Nearly five percent of parents in Colorado choose not to get all the recommended vaccinations... The new rules also require schools and daycares to report their immunization rates each year. That information will be available to the public. "Because a minority of parents have chosen not to vaccinate children we're going to harass them? Is that the kind of society we're living in? What medical procedure are we going to harass people about in the future?" asked National Vaccine Information Center spokeswoman Theresa Wrangtham."
- PRESS RELEASE: Business Wire, April 14, 2015. No Forced Vaccination Message Sponsored by National Vaccine Information Center in NYC Times Square, Philadelphia and New Jersey
- Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News Apr. 13, 2015. New York parents who oppose vaccines for kids may be required to seek proof they were warned by doctor: "A Queens state senator, Democrat Michael Gianaris is set to introduce a bill that would require parents who don't want to vaccinate their kids to prove they've been counseled by a physician. But a national group supportive of giving parents the choice whether to vaccinate their children fears the legislation would lead to doctors trying to intimidate parents into vaccinating their kids... Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, said vaccines affect kids in different ways and the decision whether to immunize best rests with the parents. "Parents shouldn't be put in the position of being harassed and punished for not following a doctor's orders or made to feel like they're bad parents when they are trying to be good parents," Fisher said."
- Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Apr. 10, 2015. How Colorado Parents Opt Out of Immunizations Could Soon Change: Parents might have to work a little harder to opt their children out of required immunizations if the State Board of Health approves a set of policy changes on Wednesday. Currently, parents can submit a "personal belief" or religious exemption form just once during their child's K-12 schooling. If the new rules pass, parents would have to submit those exemption forms annually. The rule changes also include a provision for a new public database of immunization and exemption rates for all Colorado schools and childcare facilities....Opponents of the frequency rule also worry that it amounts to government interference in carefully considered health care decisions. "We believe it should, like any other medical decision, rest in the hands of the people who are taking the risk," said Theresa Wrangham, executive director of the National Vaccine Information Center, a group opposed to vaccination mandates."
- Alex Newman, The New American Apr. 9, 2015. Obama Administration Plotting Adult Vaccination Mandates: Executive Director Theresa Wrangham with the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) urged citizens to fight back immediately. "The NAIP makes it clear that in the future, all American adults will be informed of the recommended adult schedule at every possible opportunity outside the healthcare provider domain," explained Wrangham at the NVIC, a non-profit organization that supports informed consent and individual liberty. "You will be encouraged to comply with the adult schedule not only by your healthcare provider, but also via community-based partnerships to ensure that you have the opportunity to roll up your sleeve at work, school, church and other community gatherings." The vaccine tracking databases being developed and already in existence, she added, "will be used to identify non-compliers." While the NVIC supports access to vaccines for anyone who wants them, there "is a difference between awareness, access, recommendations and mandates," said Wrangham."
- Tracy Seipel, San Jose Mercury News Apr. 8, 2015. Vaccine exemptions: California SB277 against opt-outs advances in 6-2 Senate Health Committee vote: "Unswayed by a relentless parade of opposition, a key Senate panel on Wednesday passed a bill that would strengthen California's vaccination requirements, capping an emotional hearing that marked the beginning of a battle over what has become Sacramento's most contentious issue this year. For more than 11/2 hours, an extraordinary wave of parents and children from across the state crept one by one to a microphone to implore the Senate Health Committee to kill the legislation they insist violates parents' rights and puts their children at risk..."Steve M. Rubin, a Portola Valley resident who is the director of vaccine research analytics for the National Vaccine Information Center, which advocates a parent's right to decide, said federal vaccine injury reports the NVIC collects suggest that "there is not a single vaccine that is safe for everyone."