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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.
- Letter: Vaccination Education Bill Borders on State Coercion - A Colorado resident defends the personal belief exemption: "My guess is that the goal of this bill and the required 'education' is to coerce parents to vaccinate. There are many witnesses to this tactic already. Parents report being harassed, belittled and even dismissed as patients for refusing to be dictated to by their physician. Parents should have the right to raise their children without a 'permission slip' from a doctor who is under pressure to force vaccinations on the public." The Pueblo Chieftain. March 23, 2014.
- Immunization Bill Vote Debated - A live TV debate on the Colorado NBC affiliate on House Bill 1288 to restrict personal belief vaccine exemptions featuring Robyn Charron, of Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice, and Sundari Kraft, of Voices for Vaccines/Vaccinate for Healthy Schools. Robyn said, "The purpose of this bill is to eventually remove the vaccine exemption entirely...The Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice is opposed to this bill because it infringes on our civil liberties. These are our children. It is our choice whether or not to vaccinate, to make all medical decisions for our children." News 9-TV. March 21, 2014.
- House Panel in Colorado Passes Contentious Vaccination Bill - The bipartisan vote came after a hearing of more than six hours, a session that got increasingly passionate and heated as the evening wore on [and] drew a crowd comparable in size to those that showed up for recent hearings on testing and standards and on guns in schools. Vaccination has become controversial in recent years for some parents, who believe shots are triggers for a variety of illnesses...There were stark contrasts among the 45 witnesses who testified, with businesslike panels of doctors, childcare professionals, educators and parents supporting the bill. A much larger cast of opponents, many of whom identified themselves just as mothers or fathers, told sobering and emotional stories of their children's severe reactions to shots, of autism, of disabilities and even of death...Most of the opponents arrived at the witness table with stacks of reports and other paperwork for the committee." Chalkbeat Colorado - March 13, 2014.
- Researchers Track Polio-Like Illness in Kids - Over the last two years, as many as 20 children in California have developed a sudden-onset polio-like illness with respiratory symptoms that has left them with permanent paralysis in one or more limbs and breathing difficulties. All of the children had received polio vaccinations. In several of the children, there was evidence of infection with enterovirus-68, which is from the same family as poliovirus. A pediatric neurologist said, "In the past decade, newly identified strains of enterovirus have been linked to polio-like outbreaks among children in Asia and Australia" and added that there is "the possibility of an emerging infectious polio-like syndrome in California." Stanford School of Medicine. March 10, 2014.
- Painless Flu Vaccine Patch Coming Soon - A self-administered flu vaccine patch is expected to enter clinical trials in spring 2014 and manufacturers are hoping it will increase the numbers of people willing to get vaccinated. In a pre-trial study of 100 volunteers in Atlanta, researchers using simulations of vaccination compared acceptability of the patch versus traditional needles and found that a significant percentage of people preferred the patch option. "Our dream is that each year there would be flu vaccine patches available in stores or sent by mail for people to self-administer," said a Georgia Institute of Technology professor. "People could take them home and apply them to the whole family." Futurity.org. February 27, 2014
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