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Welcome to our press room! We hope that you find the background information about NVIC helpful, as well as the recent news posted here and links to our news archives. To contact our organization regarding interviews or speaking engagements, please call us at 703-938-0342.  

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.

Current News and Press Releases
  • 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.” Associated Press, Christine Amario, Feb. 16, 2015
  • Parents of Vaccine Injured Children Speak Out. Yahoo Parenting, Beth Greenfield, Feb. 16, 2015
  • New poll touts support for removing philosophical exemption.Vermont Press Bureau, Neal Goswami, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • Some chiropractors turn their backs on vaccines.While Handt never tells his patients whether to vaccinate, he steers them toward the National Vaccine Information Center, run by anti-vaccine activist Barbara Loe Fisher, and Dr. Suzanne Humphries, a nephrologist who questions the need for vaccines. "We try to get information with research behind it," he said. "It's not just someone on a blog posting random stuff." USA Today, Linda Lombroso, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • 15 Myths About Anti-Vaxxers Debunked - Part 1. “Remarkably, many of those concerns by anti-vaccine advocates several centuries ago are little different than many concerns today, such the fear that vaccination will kill babies. In fact, in the U.S., concerns about the MMR are dwarfed by the fears of the DPT vaccine in the 1980s, the same fears that eventually led anti-vaccination advocate Barbara Loe Fisher to found the most influential anti-vaccination organization in the country, the Orwellian-sounding National Vaccine Information Center, in 1982. Wakefield is just one of the latest in a long line of fearmongerers……First, the only part of anti-vaccination sentiment that can be called a “movement” is the tiny handful of organized folks like Fisher and the NVIC, Sherri Tenpenny, Joseph Mercola, Mike Adams of Natural News, and so forth, who peddle outright false information and stir up fears. Then there are the middle managers, mostly parents who have taken up arms with their own little groups, like Sane Vax or the odd Facebook page. But the vast majority of parents who aren’t vaccinating their children are “just minding their own business and trying to decide what’s good for their kids,” according to Yale researcher Dan Kahan, who has studied vaccination attitudes.” Forbes, Tara Haelle, Feb. 17, 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?” Education Week, Evie Blad, Feb. 18, 2015.
  • Steel Magnolias: Tough Mississippi Law Protect Against Measles. “MaryJo Perry is not against immunizations — her own kids are vaccinated — but her group, Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights, wants more of a choice. "We feel like parents should be able to do the research on vaccines and be able to discuss these things with their doctors and they out to have the liberty to have vaccine choice," said Perry, who wants lawmakers to make it easier for doctors to grand exemptions.” NBC-TV Nightly News, Gabe Gutierrez, Feb. 15, 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.” Associated Press, Christine Amario, Feb. 16, 2015
  • As long as there have been vaccines, some people have feared and hated them, historians say: “The situation sat at a low boil until the Disneyland outbreak. It struck a nerve with public health advocates, parents who support vaccination and even comedians. "I've never seen this level of anger at parents who've chosen not to vaccinate their children," [Paul] Offit said. He thinks a large reason is that the outbreak was launched at Disneyland. "It's the Garden of Eden. And what have we done? Brought this virus into the Garden of Eden," he said.” Associated Press, Mike Stobbe, 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 ... Kansas.com. Feb 14, 2015
  • People are entitled to their own views but not their own science. “I’m obviously writing this piece in an over the top attempt to attract attention to a debate that does have merits on both sides: we just seem to only hear from the extremes. Barbara Loe Fisher from the National Vaccine Information Center methodically talked the show through the issue … “Everyone’s life is important and doctors should be partners to the parents.” Fisher is an advocate of “consent and understanding” – advocating education for parents everywhere who may be nervous about the issue. It is important to remember, and Fisher makes it clear, “These companies (drug companies) cannot be held liable in a civil court of law,” which is one of the issues that lends weight to the parent who finds themselves distrustful of either the drug companies or the government.” Voice of America, Cal Perry, Feb. 12, 2015
  • Selective Outrage and Public Health: There are greater dangers than anti-vaxxers. Truthout.org, Alex James, Feb. 12, 2015
  • Measles by Mickey: Debate in USA. Included B-roll showing NVIC.org website and comment by Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center (at 4 minute mark): “The right to exercise a voluntary decision about use of a pharmaceutical product like a vaccine must prevail because the question becomes: If government can force people against their will to get vaccinated today, what other things can government for people to get.” ZDF-TV (Germany), Ausland Journal, Feb. 11, 2015
  • Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot and Vaccine Exemption Ban: Republished referenced commentary first published in Jan. 28 NVIC Newsletter issued by National Vaccine Information Center. Mercola Newsletter, Barbara Loe Fisher, Feb. 10, 2015
  • Hashtagvoa: Online live debate (at 13 minute mark) with Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center and Dr. Georges Benjamin of the APHA. Dr. Benjamin and Barbara agreed that parents should be informed, doctors should be partners with parents in making health care and vaccination decisions for children, nobody should be "demonized" and there needs to be more science. Voice of America, Hashtagvoa. Feb. 10, 2015
  • What Would Jesus Do About Measles? It seems to me that if religion teaches us anything, it’s to care about our children, to keep them safe. Independent of whether one believes in Jesus, or that the four Gospels are an accurate account of what he said and did, you have to be impressed by the figure described. At the time of Jesus, around 4 B.C. to 30 A.D., child abuse was the “crying vice” of the Roman Empire. Infanticide and abandonment were common. Children were property, no different from slaves. But Jesus stood up for children. In Matthew 25:40, he said, “Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of my brethren ye have done it unto me” — a quote that could be emblazoned onto the entranceway of every children’s hospital in the world….. Parents shouldn’t be allowed to martyr their children — or in this case, those with whom their children have come in contact. Religious exemptions to vaccination are a contradiction in terms. In the good name of all religions, they should be eliminated.”
    New York Times, Paul Offit, Op Ed. Feb. 10, 2015
  • Measles in U.S. report. National Vaccine Information website included in this Spanish language report stating that NVIC calls for independent research on vaccine side effects. TeleSUR (Latin America), Francesa Emanuelle, Feb. 10, 2015
  • Interview with Dr. Kavita Patel, Brookings Institution and Johns Hopkins Primary Care Physician. “I disagree with any sort of federal mandate….. A vaccine just like anything else in medicine is a procedure, it’s a personal decision…. We should not have the federal government mandate and force people to get vaccines or any other procedure for that matter.” CNBC-TV, Squawk Box, Feb. 9, 2015
  • Vaccine Experts: It’s time to “nudge” hesitant parents: But experts say hardline approach may backfire. Seattle Times, Joel Aleccia, Feb. 7, 2015
  • Debate on America's Forum with Barbara Loe Fisher, Nick Tate, Ellis Henican on vaccine choice. Newsmax TV, At 1:30 minutes, online live. 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.” Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2015
  • Thousands of NY Children Lack Immunization:  But “Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center based in Sterling, Va., that favors letting parents decide whether to vaccinate, said she didn't think it's wise or responsible to blame unvaccinated people for the Disney outbreak. A small number of those stricken had been fully vaccinated, she said.” Press & Sun Bulletin, Ray Finger & Jeff Platsky, Feb. 6, 2015
  • U.S. measles outbreak prompts vaccine crackdown in New Mexico schools. Reuters, Feb. 6, 2015
  • Measles Outbreak Stirs Controversy Over Vaccinations: Top health leaders have linked the outbreak to children who were not vaccinated for the disease. Dr. Lainna Callentine, who volunteers at clinics for the underserved in Illinois, said it's crucial that parents and their child's pediatrician have an open dialogue about the reasons they are choosing - or not choosing - to vaccinate. "As a pediatrician, my role is to educate and to empower parents to make healthy decisions on behalf of their children," she said. "But I have to respect that a parent has a right, ultimately, to make that decision, and that is not my personal right on their behalf." Public News Service, Feb. 6, 2015
  • Marin County and California's Measles Outbreak: A Look Into the Epi-Center of the Anti-Vaccination Trend: “The U.S. officially declared measles a disease of the past, like smallpox or the bubonic plague, in 2000. Despite vaccines’ efficacy and proven safety, leaders of the anti-vaccination movement have insisted that parents should be able to choose to do what they want with their children. “They’re being pressured to have their kids vaccinated,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a controversial group that has often been cited as anti-vaccine. “Doctors should be partners with patients and parents, not dictating and compelling people against their will.” Choice might soon be off the table for many Californians. Earlier this week, state legislators proposed eliminating personal belief exemptions in the state. The law would prohibit parents from citing religion or personal choice as reasons not to vaccinate their kids before enrolling them in public or even private schools.” International Business Times, Philip Ross, Feb. 6, 2015
  • A look at some vaccine-related legislation in several states. Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2015 
  • Revoke the license of any doctor who opposes vaccination. Washington Post, Arthur Caplan, Feb. 6, 2015
  • Here's the Money Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement: “The National Vaccine Information Center promotes concern about the risks of vaccinations through billboards, the giant Jumbotron display in Times Square and a film on Delta's (DAL) in-flight video network. Some of the money necessary came from the Dwoskin Family Foundation, set up by Alfred and Lisa Claire Dwoskin, which has donated $263,000 over time to the center, according to CNN Money. From 2011 to 2013, the Dwoskins donated $950,000 to the University of British Columbia for research, at least some of which looked at potential links between aluminum in vaccines and neurological disorders. The couple's foundation put money into a film that suggested vaccines cause various childhood illnesses. According to the foundation's website, it "has funded efforts focused on finding the root causes of immune, inflammatory and cognitive disorders in children and older adults." Daily Finance,Erik Sherman, Feb. 6, 2015
  • The Real Culprit in Measles Outbreaks. World Net Daily, Lee Vliet, MD Feb. 5, 2015
  • Doing Harm Accusations Hurled at Anti-Vaccine Proponents  Dr. Mercola is an osteopathic physician on the Quackwatch list of doctors who are considered significantly outside the mainstream in their medical methods and recommendations. Quackwatch is a site that calls itself, “Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud and Intelligent Decisions.” An article lists the FDA orders that Mercola stop making fraudulent claims about his business and his products. Mercola sells health products on his website that claim health benefits not supported by scientific evidence, according to the FDA. The article also lists a number of consumer complaints against Dr. Mercola in the Chicago area, 36 of these in 2013. Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions. Scienceblogs, a site that counters what it considers the anti-science movement in medicine, tells us it is profitable to be against traditional medicine because “quackery sells. Mercola is seen as a leader in the anti-vaccine movement that counters what an article on the site says are scientific facts that validate vaccines as safe. The evidence that Mercola is particularly at the forefront of the anti-vaccine movement, the writer says, are Mercola's contributions to the National Vaccine Information Center that publishes booklets for parents and medical professionals that counter mainstream science. Despite the criticism of Dr. Mercola's methods and products, some consider him a visionary, not a quack, as a Chicago magazine detailed in 2012. His business headquarters are described as sumptuous and include shelves lined with anti-Pharma material and articles that slam traditional medicine, all the while touting products sold by Dr. Mercola's company. Some of these materials cited include:  (“The 13 Amazing Health Benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt”), the marvels of alternative therapies (“Learn How Homeopathy Cured a Boy of Autism”), and his take on medical research, from vaccines (“Your Flu Shot Contains a Dangerous Neurotoxin”) to vitamin D (“The Silver Bullet for Cancer?”). But Quackwatch founder, Dr. Stephen Barrett, counters Dr. Mercola's claims. “The information he’s putting out to the public is extremely misleading and potentially very dangerous. He exaggerates the risks and potential dangers of legitimate science-based medical care, and he promotes a lot of unsubstantiated ideas and sells [certain] products with claims that are misleading.” Many people are drawn to Dr. Mercola's idea of “taking charge of your own health.”Some of these people contend that vaccines cause autism based on research done years ago, published in Lancet, a magazine in Great Britain, and then retracted. Digital Journal, Carol Forsloff, Feb. 5, 2015
  • Media Bias Rears Ugly Head in Vaccine Controversy “But the science is not settled. In regard to the measles outbreak, Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center points out that “there were 644 cases of measles reported in America in 2014, even though 95% of children entering kindergarten have gotten two doses of MMR vaccine, which is also true for 92% of school children ages 13 to 17 years.” She also notes that “less than one percent of children under age three are completely unvaccinated and 92% of them have gotten one or more MMR shots. In some states, the MMR vaccination rate is approaching 100 percent.”….“From January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles,” the CDC reports. Fisher notes that the “measles virus has not been eradicated from the U.S., just like measles has not been eradicated from any other country and emerging scientific evidence suggests it never will be—no matter how many doses of MMR vaccine are mandated for every man, woman and child in the world.” News with Views, Cliff Kincaid, Feb. 5, 2015
  • Anti-vaccine doctor Jack Wolfson goes silent. CNN, Kyung Lah & Ben Brumfield, Feb. 5, 2015
  • California bill would require more vaccinations. Sacramento Bee, Laurel Rosenhall, 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. San Diego Union, Chris Nichols, 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." Bloomberg Business, David Weigel, Feb. 4, 2015
  • A Way Out of the Vaccine Wars: Parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids against diseases like measles put others at risk. But shaming them isn’t the answer. Bloomberg Business, Peter Coy, Feb. 4, 2015
  • Amid measles outbreaks, non-vaccination movement grows. Houston Chronicle, Todd Ackerman,Feb. 4, 2015
  • Remember When Liberal Comedian Bill Maher Was Anti-Vaccine?  In a November 2009 article at The Huffington Post titled “Vaccination: A Conversation Worth Having,” Maher provided insight into what source material had helped shape his vaccine skeptic views. In one passage, Maher cited as “extremely credible” the founder of the group National Vaccine Information Center. “Someone who speaks eloquently about this is Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center,” Maher wrote. “I find her extremely credible, as I do Dr. Russell Blaylock, Dr. Jay Gordon and many others.” Both Blaylock and Gordon oppose most childhood vaccinations. Gordon has made numerous media appearances amid the recent measles outbreak and claims that he signs hundreds of “personal belief exemptions” that allow children to delay or forgo the vaccination. He claims that the risk of being injured by the vaccine is greater than the risk from the illness itself. Though Maher claimed in his article that Fisher does not consider herself to be “anti-vaccine,” many observers consider her and NVIC one of the leading anti-vaccination proponents in the country. The group’s website has frequently championed the work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 study, published in the health website The Lancet, claimed to have discovered a link between childhood vaccines and autism.” Daily Caller, Chuck Ross, Feb. 4, 2015
  • Can You Handle the Truth About Vaccines? “Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) tells me that she has given more than 100 interviews in the last two weeks on the subject of the measles outbreak, but that the media simply will NOT report on the existence of this federal program and the implications for the subject of vaccine safety. “Vaccines are the only pharmaceutical products that government mandates and completely indemnifies,” she notes. She is referring to federal legislation that takes legal responsibility for their actions away from the companies making the vaccines. “I’ve been talking about it in every interview I do and I have been bringing it up. But whenever I talk about liability protection for the companies—that this is the only pharmaceutical product that is mandated by government and indemnified by government—they [the media] don’t want to talk about it,” she said. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program grew out of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. Fisher explains what happened: “The companies threatened Congress that they were going to leave the people without any childhood vaccines if they did not get liability protection. The companies wanted this liability protection and it was mainly for losses at that time for DPT and oral polio vaccine. MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine at that point was a relatively new combination vaccine.” The DPT vaccine had been associated with brain inflammation and brain damage, while polio paralysis can be caused by the vaccine. Fisher explains what the federal protection means for the companies: “Nobody who makes or profits from the sale of the vaccine, nobody who regulates the vaccine, who promotes the vaccine, who votes to mandate the vaccine—nobody is accountable or liable in a civil court of law in front of a jury of our peers when we get hurt because we’ve been told we have to take it, or when the vaccine fails to work.” The commentators who ignore the truth are either lying or so utterly ignorant that they should not be in a position of offering “news” on a national basis. Whatever the case, the public is being denied the facts about decisions affecting the lives of their children. Fortunately, the public can go to sites like www.aim.org and the National Vaccine Information Center for information that is being denied to them. Accuracy in Media, Cliff Kincaid, Feb. 4, 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." Denver Post, Electra Draper, Feb. 3, 2015
  • Sears and Gordon: Should Misleading Vaccine Advice Have Professional Consequences? And what is it they’re both saying that has so many pediatricians and other public health proponents riled up? Each is known for similar ideas about delaying or skipping vaccines altogether. Sears has built his reputation on his book The Vaccine Book, part of the Sears Library by the famous physician family, which provides an “alternative vaccination schedule” lacking any scientific evidence, as Sears readily admits. He has spoken at a conference sponsored by the largest anti-vaccine organization in the country, the National Vaccine Information Center, where fellow speakers included anti-vaccine luminaries such as Joseph Mercola and Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced doctor who fraudulently linked the MMR vaccine to autism and with whom Sears is smiling here. Forbes, Tara Haelle, Feb. 3, 2015
  • Want More Vaccinated Kids? End Religious and Personal Exemptions. New York Times, KJ Dell’Antonia, Op Ed, Feb. 2, 2015
  • Measles Can Kill, And It's Spreading. Sue Parents Who Didn't Vaccinate? Absolutely. Forbes, Dan Diamond, Op Ed. Jan. 28, 2015
  • Jail 'Anti-Vax' Parents (This OpEd was republished by the Washington Post and many other mainstream news sources). USA Today, Alex Berezow, Op Ed. Jan. 28, 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. USA Today, Mary Jo Perry, Op Ed. Jan. 27, 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. Reuters, Dan Whitcomb. Jan. 24, 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." Associated Press, Alicia Chang. Jan. 23, 2015
  • NBC Evening News, Halle Jackson. Jan. 22: "Susan Lawson says she will not immunize her children against measles after she says her daughter had a severe and life threatening reaction to the vaccine. "Does my child's life mean less than a vaccinated child's life? I don't think so." and NBC Evening News, Halle Jackson. Jan. 24: "Some people get measles vaccine and have no problems; other people have complications and severe health problems from use of measles vaccine." [Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center]
  • A Measles Outbreak at Disneyland is Reigniting the Debate About Vaccination: "A vocal critic of vaccinations, National Vaccine Information Center President Barbara Loe Fisher, said she thinks Cherry was being closed-minded. Her son developed brain swelling after a vaccination and now has learning disabilities, she said, adding that doctors and drug makers don't want parents to know about the dangers of vaccinations. "People like to make this a black and white issue," Loe Fisher told VICE News. "We either do it the way the government has outlined or there is something wrong with you. We have a lot of people with adverse reactions to vaccinations." Vice.com, John Dyer. Jan. 22, 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." New York Times, Adam Nagourney & Anny Goodnough. Jan. 21, 2015
  • Could the Disneyland Outbreak Quiet Vaccine Doubters? LA Times, Paul Thornton Op Ed. Jan. 20, 2015
  • Sacramento 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. KCRA-TV Sacramento, Brian Heap. Jan. 20, 2015
  • Anti-Vaccination Charlatans Take Toll on Public Health. San Diego Union Editorial Borad. Jan. 19, 2015.
  • The New Battle Cry: Remember Disneyland! “The director of the National Vaccine Information Center, Barbara Loe Fisher, said just like the others she does not believe what the establishment has to report about the uncommon adverse effect of the vaccine. Fisher noted, “From an informed consumer’s perspective, what I have found are gaps in the vaccine safety science that need to be filled. We do not truly understand the scope of vaccine injury. … We need to give respect to parents who are trying to do the best for their children.” The organization is nonprofit entity which is against forced vaccination.” Empire State Tribune. Jan. 18, 2015
  • Measles Outbreak Fuels Vaccination Debate: “Barbara Loe Fisher, director of the National Vaccine Information Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit group that opposes compulsory immunization, said she and many others distrust establishment claims that vaccination's negative side effects are rare. "From an informed consumer's perspective, what I have found are gaps in the vaccine safety science that need to be filled," Fisher said. "We do not truly understand the scope of vaccine injury. ... We need to give respect to parents who are trying to do the best for their children." San Diego Union, Paul Sisson. Jan. 17, 2015
  • Blame Disneyland Measles Outbreak on Stubborn Anti-Vaccine Stubborness. LA Times Editorial. Jan. 15, 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." LA Times, Jan. 14, 2015
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