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Selected Media Coverage Jan. 7, 2015 – Feb. 25, 2015
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- Sharyl Attkisson Feb. 24: Fact Check: Anne Schuchat's Claim That Vaccine's Can't Cause Brain Damage
- The New American, Alex Newman and Rebecca Terrell, Feb. 23, 2015: Vaccine vs. Virus: Which is the Bigger Threat?
- Education Week, Evie Blad, Feb. 18, 2015: Measles Outbreak Cues New Action on Vaccination Rules. “But even the bill’s supporters say it faces an uphill battle in the state’s legislature. “The battle lines are clearly drawn,” wrote Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes vaccine mandates, on the organization’s website. “Now Americans have a choice to make: will we stand up and fight to protect our human right to make voluntary decisions about which vaccines we buy and use, or will we permit liability-free drug companies and government health officials to take that freedom from us?”
- Associated Press, Christine Amario, Feb. 16, 2015: Amid Measles Outbreak, Few Rules on Teacher Vaccinations “Barbara Loe Fisher, director of the National Vaccine Information Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit that favors letting parents decide whether to vaccinate, said the discussion on vaccination requirements has started to expand from schoolchildren to certain adult professions. She said her organization has a number of concerns about requiring teacher vaccinations, including safety and job protection for those who cannot or choose not to be immunized. "I think at the end of the day, the most important principle to protect is the right to make an informed voluntary decision, and that includes teachers," she said.”
- Kansas.com. Feb 14, 2015: Kansans' personal experiences color views in vaccination debate: As a parent in private life, and as a part-time employee at the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center, which supports the informed consent of parents to oppose vaccinations, Schrag tells people - if they ask - to take responsibility, do their ..."
- Voice of America, Hashtagvoa. Feb. 10, 2015: Online live debate (at 13 minute mark) Hashtagvoa
- Newsmax TV, Feb. 6, 2015: At 1:30 minutes, online live Debate on America's Forum with Barbara Loe Fisher, Nick Tate, Ellis Henican on vaccine choice.
- Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2015: Debate over vaccine requirements forges strange alliance “Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccination Information Center said she sees no partisan divide. "This has always been a bipartisan issue," said Fisher, whose organization fights vaccine mandates. "The demographic spans the political spectrum." The main difference, she said, is that her side has far less money than the pharmaceutical companies and medical groups that she blames for the push to tighten vaccination requirements.”
- San Diego Union, Chris Nichols, Feb. 4, 2015: Bill would tighten CA vaccination rules; personal choice advocates say move is unjustified “It’s very premature to go into these states and remove the conscientious belief exemptions,” said Barbara Loe Fisher of the Virginia-based National Vaccine Information Center, which advocates for informed-consent protections. “We don’t have enough information to start changing laws.” Fisher said more focus should be placed on the measles vaccine itself, which may no longer be strong enough.
- Bloomberg Business, David Weigel, Feb. 4, 2015: California Democratic Senators Want to End Most Vaccine Exemptions: “The news hit critics of vaccine mandates like a flash-bang grenade. "Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks," said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center. "The conscientious belief exemption is very important. What's so dangerous about this approach, of no non-medical exemptions, or narrow exemptions accepted by the government, is that the makers of vaccines are shielded from liability. It becomes even more important to exercise voluntary, informed consent, because if we change these laws now and take a no-exemption approach, we're going to be forced into a position of taking every government-mandated and not have every recourse in a civil court to hold companies accountable."
- Accuracy in Media, Cliff Kincaid, Feb. 4, 2015: Can You Handle the Truth About Vaccines?
- Denver Post, Electra Draper, Feb. 3, 2015: Colorado kindergarten children have lowest measles vaccination rate in the nation "It's a parent's right to decide what medical procedure and products are used on their children," said Theresa Wrangham of Louisville, executive director of the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center. "If people want to use vaccines, they should have access to them. Vaccines should be safe as possible, but they are not totally 100 percent safe." … Tracy and Wrangham said parents who choose not to use vaccines are often ostracized. Current public discourse over immunizations has reached a cacophony, Wrangham said, and those who decide not immunize are being threatened. "What we are talking about is a very small minority of people who are delaying or not having vaccines," she said, "but it's a very hostile environment."
- USA Today, Mary Jo Perry, Op Ed. Jan. 27, 2015: Let Parents Make Informed Choices: Inflexible Mandates Threaten the Health of Children: "While vaccines are promoted as safe and effective, this is not true for everyone. Vaccine risks are different for each child because we are not all the same, and doctors cannot predict which child will be harmed. Inflexible vaccine mandates threaten the health of those children." [Mary Jo Perry, co-director, Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights] Mary Jo Perry is also NVIC Mississippi Advocacy Director.
- Reuters, Dan Whitcomb. Jan. 24, 2015: Doctors Group Urges Measles Shot As Disneyland Outbreak Spreads: Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a group calling for "informed consent" for parents regarding vaccinations, said the Disneyland outbreak had touched off a "media frenzy." "There's a lot of name-calling going on rather than talking about substantive policy issues," she said.
- Associated Press, Alicia Chang. Jan. 23, 2015: Measles Outbreak Cases Cast Spotlight on Anti-Vaccine Movement: "Barbara Loe Fisher, of the National Vaccine Information Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit that favors letting parents decide whether to vaccinate, said, "I don't think it's wise or responsible to blame" unvaccinated people for the Disney outbreak. She noted that a small number of those stricken had been fully vaccinated."
- Vice.com, John Dyer. Jan. 22, 2015: A Measles Outbreak at Disneyland is Reigniting the Debate About Vaccination
- New York Times, Adam Nagourney & Anny Goodnough. Jan. 21, 2015: Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland Rises, Debate Over Vaccinations Intensifies "It's premature to blame the increase in reports of measles on the unvaccinated when we don't have all the facts yet," said Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a group raising concerns about inoculations. "I do know this: Fifty-seven cases of measles coming out of Disneyland in a country with a population of 317 million people is not a lot of cases. We should all take a deep breath and wait to see and get more information."
- KCRA-TV Sacramento, Brian Heap. Jan. 20, 2015: Study: More East Sac, Roseville Parents Refuse to Vaccinate Kids: "It's not a black or white issue," said Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center. Her group is not anti-vaccine, but advocates for parental choice. Fisher said parents shouldn't be "forced" to vaccinate. She said it's about intelligent people looking at all the information and reaching different decisions."
- LA Times, Rosanne Xia, Rong-Gong Lin II, Jan. 14, 2015: Disneyland, Holiday Travel a Perfect Match for Measles' Spread "I don't think we should have a black-and-white approach and just say it's the fault of the unvaccinated people," said Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center. "You have the right to be fully informed about the benefits and risk of a medical intervention and [to] be able to make a voluntary choice without being harassed, coerced or punished for the choice you make."