Video - Pertussis Vaccine Reaction Leads to Developmental Delays

Posted: 10/31/2011 2:26:42 PM | with 16 comments
This is the moving story of a young girl, who suffered brain inflammation and permanent brain dysfunction after a reaction to the DTaP vaccine. She was given DTaP together with six other vaccines at 15 months old. 

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Video - Flu Vaccine Reaction Leaves Former Nurse a Quadriplegic

Posted: 10/31/2011 2:22:20 PM | with 23 comments
This is the heartbreaking story of a former professor of nursing at a Connecticut university. She and her daughter, Katie, talk about what happened to their lives after a Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) complication of a routine flu shot led to strokes and ended in complete paralysis for this once active, vibrant mother and grandmother.

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Posted: 10/31/2011 12:50:45 PM | with 3 comments
NVIC and Publish New Videos & Articles
For the second year, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and are teaming up to co-sponsor Vaccine Awareness Week (Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2011) to raise public awareness about the urgent need for those operating the mass vaccination system in the U.S. to make vaccine safety and informed consent protections a much higher priority. 
Click here to watch our one minute video promoting this extraordinary event. 
Never-before-seen video profiles of two victims of vaccine injury and their families produced by NVIC will be featured. The two families, who are interviewed by Barbara Loe Fisher in their homes, talk about a wide range of concerns that many Americans are facing when they try to make vaccination decisions.
Flu Vaccine Reaction Leaves Former Nurse a Quadriplegic
The first vaccine injury profile video was featured yesterday in an article on influenza vaccine released in the newsletter. It is the heartbreaking story of a former professor of nursing at a Connecticut university. She and her daughter, Katie, talk about what happened to their lives after a Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) complication of a routine flu shot led to strokes and ended in complete paralysis for this once active, vibrant mother and grandmother.
Pertussis Vaccine Reaction Leads to Developmental Delays
The second vaccine injury profile video, which will be included in an article on pertussis vaccine published on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the newsletter, is the moving story of a young girl, who suffered brain inflammation and permanent brain dysfunction after a reaction to the DTaP vaccine. She was given DTaP together with six other vaccines at 15 months old.
Interviews with this Houston family reveal a three-generation history of vaccine reactions. They continue to struggle today to make vaccine choices in a climate of prejudice and stubborn denial of their increased biological susceptibility to vaccine reactions, which makes one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination
policies so dangerous for them. 
New Award Winning Film Premieres Online 
On Sunday, October 30, the groundbreaking documentary, THE GREATER GOOD, which focuses on the science, policy, economics, law and politics of vaccination premiered online at and can be viewed online for free through Nov. 5. You can purchase DVD copies of the movie to show your family and friends for only $10 for a limited time while supplies last.
Click THE GREATER GOOD to view movie online until November 5th. Click purchase a copy to receive your copy of THE GREATER GOOD movie.  
Voices of Vaccine Injured, Advocates, Doctors & Scientists
THE GREATER GOOD movie features the perspectives of families with children, who have been injured or died from childhood vaccinations, along with pro-informed consent advocates, including Barbara Loe Fisher; pediatricians Lawrence Palevsky, M.D. and Bob Sears, M.D.; Stephanie Christner, D.O., whose infant daughter died after a series of vaccinations in Oklahoma; Gabi Swank, who suffered a severe reaction to a series of Gardasil shots in Kansas; and the King family in Oregon, whose now-teenage son suffered regressive autism after childhood vaccinations.
Vaccine researchers, including Chris Shaw, Ph.D. and Diane Harper, M.D., PhD, discuss gaps in the vaccine safety science. The film also includes the perspectives of prominent pro-mandatory vaccination proponents, who are associated with vaccine manufacturers, the American Academy of Pediatrics and federal health agencies.
Film’s LA Premiere: “What is Being Said is Staggering”
THE GREATER GOOD was first shown at the Dallas Film Festival last spring and, since then, has received the Amsterdam Cinematic Vision Award and the Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Festival Koroni Award from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama.
At the LA premiere last week, a reviewer in the LA Weekly said, “What’s being said is staggering, especially if you don’t know much about the science and politics behind vaccines” and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times commented, ”Deftly examined….provocative….film is an effective eye-opener.”
Film’s NYC Premiere in November
THE GREATER GOOD film is part of the November 2011 New York’s Documentary Festival. There will be a special screening of the film co-sponsored by NVIC at the International Film Center on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. (check NVIC’s Facebook page for more details closer to the event).
NVIC Educates on Delta Air Lines in November 

During the month of November, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) will have a 3-minute video on flu prevention included as part of in-flight programming call "Lifestyle365" aboard Delta Air Lines. The video features NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher urging viewers to become informed about influenza and how to stay well during the flu season.

To view the video, which will be seen by travelers on Delta, please go to YouTube.
CBS “The Doctors: Which Side Are You On?”
On Monday, October 17, CBS-TV “The Doctors” featured a segment that included a debate between “The Doctors” on whether or not pediatricians should deny medical care to unvaccinated children. The six minute segment has been divided into three parts on "The Doctors" website. Please click the hyperlinks provided below to view the segment.  
Click Scott Goldstein, M.D. to view a pediatrician from Chicago who turns parents away from his practice for exercising their medical informed consent rights. This link also shows the first part of “The Doctors” panel debate on kicking parents out of a practice for vaccine refusal. (Part 1 – About 1.75 minutes)
Click Barbara Loe Fisher to view NVIC’s comments on informed consent to vaccination and “The Doctors” continued debate (Part 2 – About 1.5 minutes). (changed “here” to your name – better traffic for us this way and is becoming more the norm)
Click CDC’s Dr. Melinda Wharton to view the comments she made on the vaccine schedule recommended by the CDC. (Part 3 - About 1 minute) See notes above on change.
NVIC Debuts New Website Homepage and Navigation 
Take a look at NVIC’s new, updated website homepage that makes information easier to access. “We are continuing to update the content and make the navigation of as streamlined as possible for visitors to NVIC’s website. Stay tuned for more improved and new features in 2012,” said Theresa Wrangham, NVIC’s Executive Director.
If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for NVIC’s free on-line Advocacy Portal and learn how to take action to protect vaccine exemptions, which are under attack by the Pharma/Medical lobby, in your state.
If you have been threatened, thrown out of a doctor’s office, denied health insurance, employment or the right to get an education because you tried to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination, share your experience with others on NVIC’s Vaccine Freedom Wall.

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The Good & Bad News

Posted: 10/17/2011 11:30:44 AM | with 1 comments
Breaking News:

Today (Oct. 17) on "The Doctors: "Barbara Loe Fisher will appear on "The Doctors" (CBS-TV) in a segment entitled "Which Side Are You On?" The segment will feature a discussion about doctors declining to treat patients, who do not follow doctor's orders, including pediatrician's dismissing families from their practices if parents refuse one or more vaccines for their children or want to use an "alternative" vaccination schedule. Includes a lively debate among "The Doctors" and health advocate Jillian Michaels about which side they are on in the tug of war between doctors and parents about what should be done when parents and doctors disagree about vaccination.
Oct. 17-20 in Los Angeles: The LA premiere of the powerful, groundbreaking vaccine documentary, THE GREATER GOOD, will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. with Q&A with filmmakers and special guests after screenings at the Laemmie Sunset 5 Theater, 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA. 301-478-3836.

Click here for tickets.
 Click here for directions/parking information. 
Scroll down this webpage to read more about THE GREATER GOOD film and movie reviews.

Oct. 25 in Newport Beach, CA: Barbara Loe Fisher will give a presentation "Show Us the Science & Give Us the Choice" on the science, policy and politics of vaccination from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the historic Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA.

$20 donation to NVIC to support NVIC's public education, advocacy and research programs. Tickets at the door or call Life4Lunch: 949-836-0918.

The event's co-sponsor, Billy DeMoss, D.C., said "The most exciting presentation on the subject of vaccine safety and human rights I have ever heard!"

Oct. 30 - Nov. 5: Vaccine Awareness Week (VAW) co-sponsored by NVIC and will include new online vaccine articles, video interviews, video profiles of the vaccine injured and an exciting, exclusive offer to become educated about the science, policy and politics of vaccination. Stay tuned for more about VAW to be posted on NVIC's Facebook page and in upcoming NVIC Vaccine E-newsletters.
October 2011: The Good & Bad News

The last half of 2011 brought good news and bad news for the vaccine safety and informed consent movement. The good news is that more Americans than ever before know that vaccines are not safe and effective for everyone and even the scientific community are beginning to acknowledge that fact. 

The bad news is that the wealthy and powerful Pharma/Medical lobby is in the process of persuading state legislators - despite strong opposition from parents and enlightened health care professionals - to force vaccination and strip parents of the legal right to make medical decisions, including vaccination decisions, for their children. Big drug corporations and medical trade associations are behind the unprecedented assault on informed consent rights in America.

What happened in the last half of 2011 is the final wake-up call for Americans, who are, day by day, losing their right to make voluntary vaccination choices for themselves and their children.

CA Governor Betrays Parents & Endangers Children
In a national press release on Oct. 10, NVIC criticized California Governor Jerry Brown for bowing to pressure from the pharmaceutical and medical trade lobby when he signed a controversial bill (AB499) into law that allows 12 year old children to be vaccinated without the knowledge or consent of their parents. The new law allows minor children as young as 12 years old to be given Gardasil and hepatitis B vaccine, as well as future vaccines sexually transmitted diseases without the informed consent of their parents. 

NVIC Director of Advocacy, Dawn Richardson, who designed NVIC's online Advocacy Portal, worked with families in California to provide Governor Brown and the public with information about why the legislation violated parents' long held legal right to make medical decisions for their minor children. "Big Pharma lobbyists have been working behind the scenes in California, Washington and other states to take away parental rights and vaccine exemptions," she said, "and we expect they will go into other states in 2012 so it is important for everyone to sign up for the Advocacy Portal and help NVIC take a stand in those states." 

The new CA law is a violation of vaccine safety provisions in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that mandated doctors and all vaccine providers give parents vaccine benefit and risk information before vaccination. It is estimated that it will cost the state of California millions of dollars to implement the new law.

Studies Show Majority of Americans Troubled by Vaccine Safety Questions
More than 30% of Americans living in households with children under age 18 express concern about vaccine safety, according to a recent Thomson Reuters-NPR Health Poll and more than 25% of all Americans are concerned about the value and safety of vaccines. 

In a study published in Pediatrics (November), it is reported that about 13 percent of American parents have skipped one or more vaccines for their children or delayed giving them vaccines due to concerns about safety. About 2 percent of parents refused all vaccines for their children.

IOM Report Acknowledges Individual Susceptibility

On Oct. 25, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines published their report "Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality after a three-year review of scientific evidence in existing medical literature about the adverse effects of eight vaccines given to children and adults: MMR, DTaP, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, varicella, pneumococcal, influenza, and meningococcal. 

The most startling conclusion is that the IOM Committee found too few methodologically sound studies in the medical literature to come to a conclusion about whether more than 100 serious brain and immune system problems reported after vaccination, such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, lupus, stroke, SIDS, autism and asthma, were or were not caused by one or more of the vaccines they studied.

The IOM acknowledged that "Both epidemiologic and mechanistic research suggest that most individuals, who experience an adverse reaction to vaccines, have pre-existing susceptibility."

To read NVIC's statement on the IOM Report, click here. 

To read the entire IOM Report online, click here.

THE GREATER GOOD Film Examines Vaccine Safety

Since its first public showing at the Dallas Film Festival on April 2, 2011, the new documentary film exploring both sides of the vaccine safety debate - THE GREATER GOOD - has generated a buzz in the film community and among vaccine educated families. The film has won the 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival Cinematic Vision Award and the Koroni Award, 2011 Sidewalk Moving Pictures Film Festival. Now, the long awaited national premiere of the movie is continuing this week (see schedule above) in Los Angeles and will premiere in New York City in November (more details posted on NVIC's Facebook page). 

The movie reviews are coming in:
“Deftly examined…provocative… film is an effective eye-opener.”  -  Los Angeles Times
“What’s being said is staggering, especially if you don’t know too much about the science and politics behind vaccines.” -  LA Weekly
“A new documentary about childhood immunizations, THE GREATER GOOD, could intensify debate around the potential dangers of vaccines.” - Wall Street Journal
“THE GREATER GOOD is a fascinating exploration of how vaccines are produced and regulated.” -  Pegasus News

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