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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: NVIC Calls for Repeal of 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act during 2015 Vaccine Awareness Week - “The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act is a failed experiment in tort reform and should be repealed so vaccine manufacturers are held fully accountable in a civil court of law for product safety,” said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. NVIC co-founder and vice president Kathi Williams, added, “In good faith, parents of vaccine injured children worked with Congress on the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. Today, most children getting government mandated vaccines are denied vaccine injury compensation and the vaccine safety informing, reporting, recording and research provisions that NVIC secured in the law are not being enforced. The system is broken beyond repair.”
- NVIC PRESS RELEASE: NVIC Questions FDA Fast Tracking of Squalene Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine: During the Sept. 15, 2015 meeting of the FDA's advisory committee on vaccines, Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), the committee voted to fast-track licensure of the MF59 adjuvanted Fluad influenza vaccine. "Why does Fluad need to be fast tracked to licensure for the elderly without additional evidence? There is public concern that fast tracking Fluad is really about fast tracking MF59 to licensure so it can be added to lots of new vaccines targeting infants, pregnant women and every American without adequate evidence for safety or effectiveness.” stated NVIC's President and Cofounder, Barbara Loe Fisher. September 16, 2015.
- NVIC PRESS RELEASE: 21st Century Cures Act Eliminates Good Vaccine Safety Science: This proposed legislation is sailing through Congress and would provide people with life threatening conditions access to experimental drugs that may cure their condition. However, it will also negatively impact vaccine safety research. "Congress should not be greasing the skids to license experimental vaccines that government will recommend and legally require healthy children and adults to use. It is a prescription for disaster.” stated NVIC's President and Cofounder, Barbara Loe Fisher. July 22, 2015.
- NVIC PRESS RELEASE: New California Law Threatens Human and Civil Rights in America. Following the June 29, 2015 enactment by Governor Jerry Brown of a California law eliminating the legal right for parents enrolling children in school to exercise vaccine exemptions for religious and conscientious beliefs, the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is urging citizens in every state to act to protect the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking in America. In violation of the California Constitution, the new law denies children the civil right to a school education unless they prove they have gotten multiple doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines or a medical doctor grants a medical vaccine exemption. July 1, 2015.
Click News & Media Coverage Archives to read additional media reports from earlier in the year.
- The Royals have the chicken pox. Here's what we know. Two Kansas City Royals players have recently been diagnosed with chickenpox and quarantined, although the viral shedding of the virus cannot be ruled out due to recent vaccination of a team member. This article stated that “only 10 percent of Americans reach the age of 15 without ever contracting chicken pox, according to the National Vaccine Information Center.” SB Nation -Royals Review. Sep. 2, 2015.
- Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Ohio? Information about Ohio’s school vaccine requirements are the focus of this article, which states, “according to the National Vaccine Information Center, a child who attends public schools can be exempted from taking vaccines for medical, religious, and philosophical reasons as long as the a parent of guardian provides the school administration with a written statement parents alongside a waiver form.” This article also features polls on forced chemotherapy and vaccination that are open to the public’s participation. Newsmax. Aug. 31, 2015.
- District 219 starts school year under new state vaccination mandate. This article on the new state vaccine mandate in Illinois requiring all sixth and 12th graders to receive a meningococcal vaccine stated “the vaccine, known under the scientific name meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), can prevent four types of meningococcal disease, and is about 58 percent effective within two to five years after the shot is administered, according to information from the National Vaccine Information Center.” Chicago Tribune. Aug. 31, 2015.
- As kids go back to school, states look to encourage vaccinations. This article makes the point that, while vaccination rates remain high, “pockets” of unvaccinated continue to raise concern for the spread of infectious disease. However, another perspective was provided by NVIC, about the need for more vaccine risks awareness. “Those risks are real, says Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, which advocates that people be able to decline mandatory vaccines based on their philosophical or personal beliefs. Fisher testified before the California legislature against the new state law. “Some people are more susceptible than others to injury or death from vaccines,” Fisher says. “But it’s not clear who is at higher risk.” This article also links to NVIC’s Informed Consent webpage. CNN. Aug. 31, 2015.
- Ohio vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella among highest in nation, CDC says. With a vaccination rate of 95.6 for children ages 19 to 35 months, this article reported that Ohio improved their vaccination rates by addressing issues associated with lack of transportation and use of multiple vaccine providers and increasing education available to the public. The article noted the widespread attack on non-medical vaccine exemptions and linked to NVIC’s Advocacy Portal as a resource and stated, “As of March, the Virginia-based National Vaccine Information Center, which tracks such legislation nationwide, listed 110 such bills and actions pending in 36 states.” cleveland.com. Aug. 27, 2015.
- The children of our vaccination nation. Reviewing the backlash and controversy surrounding vaccine exemptions and passage of California SB277 that eliminated the personal belief exemption, this article shares with readers the personal story of a family’s experience with a severe vaccine reaction and discusses parental rights. NVIC’s California state law webpage is used in this article to highlight recent events: “The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website states that, “On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 277 [indicating] personal and religious belief exemptions will not be allowed in California, effective July 1, 2016.” The article added that “a recent newsletter sent by the NVIC indicated that California “stood alone in the minority” of mandating vaccinations, and denying religious or personal exemptions. California is currently one of 11 states that has required vaccinations for children.” San Francisco News. Aug. 27, 2015.
- How do state rules affect vaccine exemption numbers? As states consider vaccine exemption restrictions, vaccine risks must be acknowledged. "Those risks are real, says Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a group that advocates that people be able to decline mandatory vaccines based on their philosophical or personal beliefs. Fisher testified before the California State Assembly against the new law, which takes effect next July." MedCity News. Aug. 25, 2015.
- The Vaccine Debate: Should We Vaccinate Our Children? NVIC's state webpage for Montana was used as a resource in this Montana report about school vaccine requirements. The report stated "According to the National Vaccine Information Center, there are certain required vaccines K-12 students in Montana must have before walking through the school doors this year." Montana KULR 8 News. Aug 20, 2015.
- Public Health Groups Push for Vaccines, While Others Inform. As Ohio pediatricians promote back to school vaccines, NVIC's Barbara Loe Fisher states "It's a myth that if follow all the government recommended vaccines that you are going to be fully protected." While Loe Fisher said Ohio is a model state for exemptions, she warns that the pharmaceutical lobby will keep trying to chip away at those opt out measures. "You're going to see that lobby go into every state - including Ohio - and try to take away the religious and conscience exemptions leaving only a medical exemption in place," StateImpact Ohio NPR. Aug. 12, 2015.
- Secular Group Takes on Oregon's Religious Vaccine Exemptions. Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center said religious exemptions are a constitutional issue. "If we do not have non-medical exemptions that allow us to exercise our freedom to have religious beliefs, have conscientious beliefs with regard to using a pharmaceutical product like a vaccine ...then we are not really free," she said. Oregon Public Radio, Aug. 4, 2015.
- California Law Mandates for School Aged Children, No Belief Exemptions. Opponents of the bill, including parents of vaccine-injured children and those worried about safety, insist there has been inadequate consideration of the harmful effects of vaccines."All vaccines carry a risk of death and serious injury or disease," said Barbara Loe Fisher of the Sterling, Va.-based National Vaccine Information Center. "Doctors cannot tell who is going to be affected." National Catholic Register, Aug. 1, 2015.
- Vaccination Rate High Among Children in Tennessee, Georgia. Barbara Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, said parents should not be told whether or not they need to vaccinate their kids. The center advocates for increased exemptions, believing it is important for parents to have the right and ability to choose whether their children are vaccinated. "These vaccines do carry the risk of injury and death," Fisher said, " and science has not defined who is or who is not at risk from the vaccinations." Fisher believes the current medical exemptions in Tennessee and Georgia are too narrow, and leave out numerous conditions and reasons that a child shouldn't be vaccinated. She said every state should offer a philosophical or conscientious exemption so parents can decide what is best for their children. Times Free Press (TN), Aug. 1, 2015.