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If You Vaccinate, Ask 8!

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published August 14, 2017 in Rights & Ethics

Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that come with risks that can be greater for some people. 1 2 No vaccine is safe for everyone. 3 4

If you choose to vaccinate, ask 8 questions before you do: 5

  1. Number One: Am I sick right now? Getting vaccinated while sick could increase risks for a vaccine reaction or lower vaccine effectiveness. 6
  2. Number Two: Have I had a bad reaction to a vaccination before? Getting re-vaccinated after a previous vaccine reaction could cause a more serious reaction, injury or death. 7 8
  3. Number Three: Do I have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems? Always review your personal and family medical history when evaluating vaccine benefits and risks. 9 10 11 12
  4. Number Four: Do I know the disease and vaccine risks? Learn about disease and vaccine risks that could be greater for you or your child. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  5. Number Five: Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects? Before you take a risk, find out what it is for each vaccine you or your child will receive. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
  6. Number Six: Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction? Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and where and how to report them. 28 29 30
  7. Number Seven: Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for vaccinations? The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 requires all vaccine providers to record information about vaccines given to you or your child. 31
  8. Number Eight: Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice? Informed consent to medical risk taking, including vaccine risk taking, is a human right. 32 33  34  35

Explore NVIC's Ask 8 Information Kiosk for referenced information and a variety of materials designed to educate you about vaccines, diseases and how to make educated vaccine decisions. You can download posters and brochures to share with others or send an ecard to family and friends. You can also post or read personal vaccination experiences on this website. Click here to learn more and start your journey!

It’s your family. Your health. Your choice.


1 Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality: Evaluating Bioloical Mechanisms of Adverse Events (p. 57-102), Increased Susceptibility (p. 82). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2012.

2 Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies: Summary: Health Outcomes (p. 5-6) and Conclusions About Scientific Findings (p. 11) and Review of Scientific Findings (p. 75-98). Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 2013.

3 Institute of Medicine

4 Health Resources Services Administration. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Data and Statistics.

5 NVIC. If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 (downloadable brochure).

6 CDC. ACIP Contraindications Guidelines for Immunization. Contraindications & Precautions: General Principles. July 12, 2017.

7 CDC. General Recommendations for Immunization: Screening for Contraindications and Precautions to Vaccination. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book) – 13th Edition (2015). Nov. 15, 2016.

8 Wise RP, Iskander S, Pratt RD et al. Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for 7-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. JAMA 2004; 292(14): 1702-1710.

9 Stetler HC, Orenstein WA. History of Convulsions and Use of Pertussis Vaccine. J Pediatr 1985; 107(2): 175-179.

10 Crowe JE. Genetic Predisposition for Adverse Events After Vaccination. J Infect Dis 2007; 196(2): 176-177.

11 Orbach H, Agmon-Levin N, Zandman-Goddard G. Vaccines and Autoimmune Diseases of the Adult. Discovery Magazine Feb. 4, 2010.

12 Zafir Y, Admon-Levin N et al. Autoimmunity following hepatitis B vaccine as part of the spectrum of ‘Autoimmune (Auto-inflammatory) Syndrome induced by Adjuvants (ASIA): analysis of 93 cases. Lupus 2012; 21(2): 146-152.

13 Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Committee. Adverse Events Association with Childhood Vaccines: Evidence Bearing on Causality. Neurologic Disorders. Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 1994.

14 Evans G, Bostrom A, Johnston RB, Fisher BL, Stoto MA, Editors. Risk Communication and Vaccination: Summary of a Workshop. Vaccine Safety Forum, Institute of Medicine: National Academy Press 1997. Pages 21-22.

15 Kwiatkowski D. Susceptibility to Infection. Brit Med J 2000; 321(7268): 1061-1065.

16 Alcais A, Abel L, Casanova JL. Human genetics of infectious diseases: between proof of principle and paradigm. J Clin Invest 2009; 119: 2506-2541.

17 Zimmer C. Tending the Body’s Microbial Garden. The New York Times June 18, 2012.

18 Chung EH. Vaccine allergies. Clin Exp Vaccine Res 2014; 3(1): 50-57.

19 NVIC. Diseases and Vaccines.

20 Zimmerman B, Gold R, Lavi S. Adverse effects of immunization: Is prevention possible? Postgrad Med 1987 82(5): 225-229.

21 Souayah N, Nasar A et al. Guillain-Barre syndrome after vaccination in the United States: a report from the CDC/FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Vaccine 2007; 25(29): 5253-5255.

22 Tunkel AR, Glaser CA et al. The Management of Encephalitis: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of AmericaClin Infect Dis 2008; 47(3): 303-327.

23 Hyunh W, Cordato DJ et al. Post-vaccination encephalomyelitis: literature review and illustrative cases. J Clin Neurosci 2008; 15(12): 1315-1322.

24 Slade BA, Leidel L, Vellozzi C, Woo EJ et al. Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine. JAMA 2009; 302(7): 750-757.

25 Taraki B, Ashok N et al. Hepatitis B vaccination and Associated Oral Manifestations: A Non-Systemic Review of Literature and Case Reports. Ann Med Health Sci 2014; 4(6): 829-836.

26 D’Alo GL, Zorzoli E et al. Frequently asked questions on seven rare adverse events following vaccination. J Pre Med Hyg 2017; 58: E-13-E26.

27 CDC. Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary. Jan 6, 2017.

28 NVIC. Learn How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Vaccine Reactions.

29 NVIC. Diseases and Vaccines.

30 NVIC. Vaccine Reporting Systems: You Have Options.

31 NVIC. National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.

32 Fisher BL. Why Is Informed Consent to Vaccination A Human Right? NVIC Newsletter June 28, 2017.

33 Fisher BL. The Moral Right to Conscientious, Philosophical and Personal Belief Exemption to Vaccination.

34 Fisher BL. Vaccination: Defending Your Right to Know and Freedom to Choose. NVIC Newsletter Nov. 3, 2014.

35 NVIC. Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall.

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11 Responses to "If You Vaccinate, Ask 8!"
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/15/2017 10:42:30 AM
Very Good, but should adjust a bit. #4 and #5 should be combined. Add the new one to keep the "vaccinate - eight" phrase: "Do I know what is in the vaccines, the cell cultures and origins, the chemical components, the preservatives, etc., with respect to persona allergies and religious convictions?"
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Karen Brennan
Posted: 8/15/2017 8:47:34 PM
My son who is heading off to college went to the doctor as on the phone they said they would write a letter waiving him from the meningitis vaccine as he has a bad flare up of the AI condition psoriasis. To note, I am a holistic nutritionist and am helping him. When he got there the doctor instead said " I rather see your psoriasis get worse from the vaccine than you die from meningitis" I know meningitis can be deadly but compare the low odds of getting meningitis versus the very high risk of depression and suicide among those with psoriasis - not to mention what the vaccine will further do to his immune system. Before this he didn't want to go to college b/c he doesn't want people to see his skin, and the doctor was fine knowing he would make it worse. Unbelievable. And no, he refused to write a waiver.
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James F. Pasquini
Posted: 8/16/2017 12:22:58 AM
Karen, I hope you found a new doctor that would write the waiver for your son. It's unbelievable that a doctor - knowing there would be a problem if your son was vaccinated - would rather make your son take such a risk because "he" would rather see your son's psoriasis get worse. Don't forget to get all of your son's medical records from that doctor - especially any that indicate any adverse reaction and/or problems that arose from previous vaccines. I have never had a flu shot in my life, and I got the flu once (about 5 years ago). It didn't "knock me down" like I hear from other people. I was over it in just a couple days. On the other hand, my wife gets the flu shot faithfully every year and every year she gets the flu! The rest of the year she always feels "under the weather." She also goes to the doctor at least once every 3 months. Me? I haven't been to a doctor in years. Messing with your autoimmune system affects your health and life - and sometimes other's lives - for long afterward. Good luck to you and your son.
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Brian Taffe
Posted: 8/16/2017 11:57:17 AM
Sadly, parents and children are no longer free to make this decision in California--we were taken over by vaccine Nazi's.
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/16/2017 3:33:56 PM
Vaccinate? ASK 8. That's GREAT! Once you've thought it out, THE <i>RISK</i> IS UP TO YOU. Avoid retail med promotions--it's all made in Chinamanlandiana, and they don't have to CARE what they sell you.
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Christian Mom
Posted: 8/25/2017 8:35:59 PM
I think it's time to challenge these in court. It is our religious belief that vaccines are against scripture and it's easy to understand why. Our bodies, our families and our animals belong to us. We alone have responsibility and authority about what does and does not go on and into our bodies. This is not allowed under the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, even without it being your religious belief. We've got to band together and say NO to all forced vaccination. Our freedoms are being stripped one by one from these corrupt governments.
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Linda DeLuca
Posted: 12/13/2017 1:34:47 PM
Vaccinations should be a parent's choice, who is educated or informed to certain illnesses in one's environment they live in and the indigenous people and animals who live there. If that changes, than the parent should have the choice to change their mind. If folks move in with diseases not normally in a place, it could contaminate. It takes perseverance and comment to monitor this and should be monitored by the government who is paid to protect us and know who comes and goes in our communities.
Commenter Name
Linda DeLuca
Posted: 12/13/2017 1:36:14 PM
Vaccinations should be a parent's choice, who is educated or informed to certain illnesses in one's environment they live in and the indigenous people and animals who live there. If that changes, than the parent should have the choice to change their mind. If folks move in with diseases not normally in a place, it could contaminate. It takes perseverance and comment to monitor this and should be monitored by the government who is paid to protect us and know who comes and goes in our communities.
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Joetta Davis
Posted: 1/12/2018 11:54:31 AM
If we have the choice to not vaccinate our kids how is it they can’t attend schools without it?Why do people treat us like we are bad parents for the choice we made? I have to write a paper on safety nutrient vaccinations can you help with these questions? Editors note: Here you will be able to access resources that will assist you in making educated vaccine decisions. For example, you can learn about the differences between vaccine requirements that govern being able to attend school or daycare and a federal vaccine recommendation. http://www.nvic.org/vaccine-laws.aspx Also visit: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/October-2017/is-the-childhood-vaccine-schedule-safe.aspx
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Terri Madden
Posted: 3/12/2018 10:42:41 AM
I wrote to my local Christian radio station that regularly airs a CDC-sponsored, pro-vaccine commercials. I did receive a reply that the station is required to air public service announcements ("PSA's"), and this particular commercial happens to be a PSA. I was then invited to provide an opposing PSA. Hence, this message. First, as a Christian, I believe vaccines are evil. One need read no further than Genesis 1:27 to understand that. People are made in God's image; therefore, injecting the DNA/cells of other living creatures and aborted human fetuses necessarily defiles God's masterpiece. Second, the issue of vaccines should not be about efficacy, they should be about SAFETY! Unless or until the CDC and pharmaceutical companies can guarantee 100% SAFETY, they should not be suggested or mandated. This brings me to the point of this message, can NVIC or anyone reading this message provide me with a link for a radio PSA that I can forward to this Christian radio station? It matters not whether it is Christian based or health based - just that I provide a link opposing the CDC PSA!!!!! Please e-mail me at terrimadden@hotmail. Thank you & God Bless you all for the wonderful work you do. Editors note: Hi Terry, I have messaged you on this to get more details on specs for PSA.
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Dawn Owens
Posted: 3/13/2018 9:39:39 PM
My completely healthy 18 year old son who had only received some vaccinations throughout his life developed pneumonia after receiving the meningitis vaccine in order to go to college. Scary.
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