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Vaccine Awareness Week 2017

Learn About the Need to Protect Voluntary Vaccine Decision-Making in America

Click the video above to watch an interview with NVIC Advocacy Director Dawn Richardson and Barbara Loe Fisher discussing the grassroots fight to save vaccine freedom of choice and offering tips on how in 2018 you can help educate your legislators in your state.

This week from November 5-11, 2017 Mercola.com and the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) are co-sponsoring the Eighth Annual Vaccine Awareness Week (VAW), a week dedicated to raising awareness about vaccines and informed consent rights. With all the uncertainty surrounding the risks and failures of vaccines, it's critical to protect your legal right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone stand up and fight to protect flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions and expand informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws.

During this week, Dr. Joseph Mercola will double match your donations up to $100,000 to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit charity advocating for vaccine safety and protection of the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking, including vaccine risk taking.

NVIC's mission since 1982 has been to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defend your legal right to exercise informed consent to vaccination. You can also donate directly to NVIC by CLICKING HERE to help support our mission and join the vaccine freedom of choice movement today!

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Vaccine Awareness Week Links & Details

Please pass this information on to your family and friends. Revisit this webpage during Vaccine Awareness Week (VAW) Nov. 5-11, 2017 for release of live links to video interviews, commentaries, articles and a special NVIC legislative action report that will be provided on the following days in the schedule below.

Video Interview with Dr. Joe Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher about what is at stake in America's Vaccine Culture War.

Click here to view the VAW Nov. 5 featured interview and referenced article. 

In a wide-ranging 40 minute video interview, Dr. Joe Mercola and NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher talk about stepped-up attacks by the Pharma-Medical Trade-Public Health lobby on the medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions in U.S. vaccine laws. Giving their perspective from years of experience as a holistic health physician pioneer and a longtime consumer advocate championing informed consent rights, they frame the controversy about vaccine safety and freedom of choice in a broader way and explain why it is so important to understand what is at stake in America's Vaccine Culture War. 


Video Commentary "From Nuremberg to California: Why Informed Consent Matters in the 21st Century" by Barbara Loe Fisher

Click here to view the VAW Nov. 7 video and referenced commentary.

In this illustrated video and referenced written commentary, NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher defends autonomy and calls for rejection of utilitarianism as the foundation of public health law and the adoption of a more compassionate ethic by physicians. An insightful analysis of the history of philosophy that has impacted cultural values, beliefs and vaccine laws in the U.S., this powerful defense of freedom of thought, speech, conscience, and religious belief is an valuable education tool for vaccine choice advocates.


During Vaccine Awareness Week, National Vaccine Information Center Reports No Loss of Vaccine Exemptions in US Since 2015

Click here to view the VAW Nov. 8 Press Release

BusinessWire - During the Eighth Annual Vaccine Awareness Week co-sponsored by the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and Dr. Joseph Mercola, today NVIC is releasing a 2015-2017 Vaccine Legislative Action Report detailing the successful grassroots advocacy effort in the U.S. to protect medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions in state vaccine laws. Through the online NVIC Advocacy Portal, NVIC closely monitored legislation in all 50 states and analyzed and issued positions on 454 vaccine-related bills introduced in state legislatures between 2015 and 2017.

No state has eliminated vaccine exemptions since 2015, when California repealed the personal belief exemption and Vermont took away the philosophical exemption for children to attend school. Commenting on the fact that state legislatures are rejecting the erosion of informed consent protections in vaccine laws, NVIC Director of Advocacy Dawn Richardson said, “What happened in California in 2015 woke parents up and we heard from families who said, ‘this is not happening to my child, not in my state,’ and they fought back. The attack on vaccine exemptions has escalated the public conversation about vaccine laws to a level we have never seen before.” Read the rest of NVIC's press release here.


NVIC's New 2015-2017 Vaccine Legislative Action Report and Video Interview

Click here to view the VAW Nov. 8 video and referenced report.

A new eye-opening NVIC Vaccine Legislative Action Report 2015-2017 by the NVIC Advocacy Team analyzes in detail what happened in state legislatures between 2015 and 2017 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland in 2015 led to a frenzied attack on vaccine exemptions in the U.S. by medical trade and special interest groups associated with pharmaceutical companies and federal health agencies. Celebrate how the line was held in most states on vaccine exemptions. Learn about what happened in California, Vermont and your state.

Watch a video interview with NVIC Advocacy Director Dawn Richardson and Barbara Loe Fisher discussing the grassroots fight to save vaccine freedom of choice and offering tips on how in 2018 you can help educate your legislators in your state and defend medical and personal belief vaccine exemptions for yourself and your children using the online NVIC Advocacy Portal.


Influenza Vaccine Update 2017-2018 Flu Season

Click here to view the VAW Nov. 9 2017-2018 flu vaccine update

A referenced article by Dr. Mercola that reviews flu shot risks, the historic failure of influenza vaccines to prevent type A and B influenza, and the types of vaccines being promoted for widespread use in the U.S. this year.


Free Viewing of "The Greater Good" Documentary

Click here to view the VAW Nov. 11-17, 2017 FREE viewing of the Greater Good

Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, Mercola.com is offering a free online viewing of “The Greater Good”, an award winning documentary highlighting the lives of three families affected by vaccine injuries and deaths and featuring interviews with doctors presenting views on both sides of the contentious debate about vaccine risks and whether people, especially parents of minor children, should have the right to decline government recommended vaccines. This iconic 2011 film was the first to examine the major scientific, legal and ethical issues about vaccine policy and law and put into context the grassroots vaccine safety and informed consent movement launched in the U.S. in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children.

 

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The federal government makes national vaccine policy but vaccine laws are made by the states. Learn about your state's vaccine laws and exemptions.

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