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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.
Selected Interviews & Releases
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- 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.
- Doctors Push to Eliminate Most Child Vaccine Exemptions. That point of view faces stiff opposition from organizations that oppose mandatory vaccinations. The National Vaccine Information Center points out that medical exemptions are hard to come by. It says that in 2014, all 50 states allowed a medical vaccine exemption; 48 states allowed a religious vaccine exemption, and 17 states allowed a philosophical, conscientious, or personal belief exemption. Consumer Affairs, July 30, 3015.
- NM Bill to End Immunization Exemptions Killed. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) informs parents. "Medical exemptions are also allowed." NVIC urged parents to firmly stand up and take action against multiple bills in state legislatures aimed at removing immunization exemptions, maintaining that parents must retain the choice when it comes to protecting their family's health and safety. OneNewsNow.com, July 28, 2015.
- Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Montana? The National Vaccine Information Center website includes a comprehensive guide to Montana vaccination exemptions. That website noted that the state's religious exemption includes sincerely held personal religious beliefs and is not limited to established traditional religion. The law also says that anyone who falsely claims a religious exemption is subject to penalty. Newsmax, July 26, 2015.
- 21st Century Cures Act risks public health."The 21st Century Cures Act is a drug company stockholder's dream and a consumer's worst nightmare," Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC co-founder and president, said. "Making experimental drugs quickly available for the sick and dying, who voluntarily choose to use them, is one thing but 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." Vaccine News Daily, July 23, 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.
- Jim Schneider Interviews Barbara Loe Fisher about mandatory vaccination laws in America. Jim Schneider, VCY America Radio, July 7, 2015.
- Pastor Kevin Boling Interviews Barbara Loe Fisher about California SB 277 and forced vaccination in America. Pastor Kevin Boling, Knowing the Truth Radio, July 2, 2015.
- California ends vaccine exemptions on grounds of belief - will other states follow? "Opponents see the bill as an attack on parents' rights in particular and on freedom in general. In testimony before the California State Assembly's Committee on Health on 9 June, Barbara Loe Fisher, cofounder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, argued that vaccine mandates ran roughshod over patients' right to informed consent. "This bill is not about measles or pertussis. It is about taking power away from mothers and fathers to make medical risk decisions for their minor children and handing it over to doctors," she said." Michael McCarthy, British Medical Journal, July 2, 2015.
- California vaccine bill battle erupts into all-out political war. The opposition's best argument may be whether people can be required "to give up the human right to informed consent to medical risk-taking in order to exercise a civil right to an education," said Barbara Loe Fisher, head of the National Vaccine Information Center. "This is a very dangerous precedent to set, and I think people aren't looking at the bigger picture," Ms. Fisher said. "And I think it's important to look at the bigger picture. This is not a good precedent to set, because it's a slippery slope. Freedoms are taken away incrementally." Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, July 2, 2015.
- NVIC PRESS RELEASE: New California Law Threatens Human and Civil Rights in America. Enhanced Online News, July 1, 2015.
- From death threats to holocaust warning, California vaccine bill an extraordinary fight. "The Virginia-based National Vaccine Information Center, which tracks legislation nationwide, began informing people about the bill through an online portal. Many of them had gotten involved through the AB 2109 fight, said NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher, estimating its California membership in the thousands: "We knew (2109) was the first step toward" SB 277, she said."
Jeremy B. White, Sacramento Bee, June 30, 2015.
- Paul Preston Interviews Barbara Loe Fisher on Agenda 21 Radio (at 02:00) about California SB 277 and the impact of forced vaccination laws in the states. Paul Preston, American Exceptionalism News Network, June 28, 2015.
- Clayton Morris Interviews Barbara Loe Fisher and Suzanne Kaseta, MD about reported measles cases and forced vaccination laws like California SB 277 that violate human, civil and parental rights. Clayton Morris, Fox & Friends, Fox-TV, June 27, 2015.
- Mark Dice interviews Barbara Loe Fisher on The Alex Jones Radio Show (at 49:48) about California SB 277 and the threat to civil liberties and human rights in in America. Mark Dice, Prison Planet TV, June 26, 2015.