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Combating Vaccine Extremism in America

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published December 01, 2015 in Rights & Ethics

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2016 will be my 34th year as a vaccine safety and human rights activist.1 For more than 20 years I have been warning that the day would come when vaccine extremists and profiteers would move to legally force Americans to buy and use all government mandated vaccines and punish those who refuse.23 Still, it was a shock to see it happen in California this year,4 even as I know that preparations are being made by vaccine extremists to attack the religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions in more states next year.5 6

But knowing and predicting what will happen is very different from watching it actually happen.

Born in Minnesota to a mother, who was a nurse, and a father, who fought on the beach at Anzio and then re-enlisted in the Army after returning from World War II,7 I was raised with a deep respect for the values and beliefs upon which this Republic was founded and for the natural rights and principles of democratic government outlined in the U.S. Constitution.8 Like so many others who are grateful for freedom of thought and religion in this country, my abiding faith in a Creator of the natural order sustains me during my life’s journey and I believe Americans will not give up the natural rights and cultural values that define who we are as a nation without a fight.

f-report-card.jpgEarlier this year, when vaccine extremists and profiteers used a few cases of measles at Disneyland to attack freedom of speech, thought, religious belief and assembly,9 my heart sank. It was painful to watch good people be demonized for simply criticizing poorly tested vaccines and inhumane one-size-fits-all vaccine policies.10 11 Then, when dozens of pharmaceutical and medical industry-backed bills were introduced in multiple states to eliminate religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions so citizens could be tracked, discriminated against, segregated and punished for making vaccine choices that do not conform with government policy, I held my breath.

What would the people do? Would they bow down and cower before their oppressors, or would they stand up and defend their natural rights and civil liberties?

In a remarkable display of outrage, common sense and courage, we witnessed mothers, fathers and grandparents from every walk of life in California show up by the thousands to testify in legislative hearings and hold rallies in Sacramento opposing a forced vaccination law that was rammed through the legislature, despite the biggest public protests in that state Capitol since the Viet Nam war.1213  The same thing happened in Vermont, where industry lobbyists strong armed enough legislators to eliminate the philosophical belief vaccine exemption despite overwhelming public opposition,14 even as spirited citizen action in Texas and nine other states was successful in blocking the passage of bills stripping away personal belief vaccine exemptions.15

handshake.jpgRecently, I attended several FDA vaccine advisory committee meetings where I watched vaccine extremists and profiteers hijack the vaccine licensing process so future vaccines targeting seniors and pregnant women can be fast tracked to licensure without first proving safety and effectiveness.16 17 There were only a few of us in that room representing the general public to voice opposition to exploitation of the most vulnerable among us.

I felt sick to my stomach as I realized the foxes were not only guarding the chicken coop, they were in the coop having a feast because they were sure that nobody would stop them.

Why are we seeing this unprecedented gutting of informed consent rights and vaccine licensing standards in America? One big reason is that during the past three decades, while the majority of us have been struggling to get an education and work two jobs to pay rent or a mortgage and put food on the table for our children, Congress has directed federal health agencies to create a business partnership with the pharmaceutical industry.18 Politicians have given vaccine extremists and profiteers the money and power to do whatever they want to do to the people, without any legal accountability for their actions,19 20 21 including forcing us to buy and use dozens of doses of vaccines or be denied a school education, medical care and employment.22 23

Now we are facing the biggest public health disaster in our nation’s history as 1 highly vaccinated child in 45 develops autism in America today;24 1 in 6 has learning disabilities; 25  1 in 9 has asthma;26 1 in 10 has ADHD;27 1 in 12 suffers with depression;28 29 1 in 400 become diabetic30 and millions more struggle with other kinds of immune and brain disorders marked by chronic inflammation in the brain and body.3132 33 34   So many of our children's brains and bodies are on fire, a fire stoked by a poorly tested federal vaccine schedule that starts in the womb and on the first day of birth,35 36 and artificially manipulates the immune response to induce inflammation that may never resolve.

We must combat vaccine extremism in America. We cannot afford to allow this failing public health report card, which has gotten worse with every new vaccine added to the government mandated list, to go unchallenged any longer.

wake-up-clock-(1).jpgIt is going to take a lot of muscle and money to turn this sinking ship around before we all drown. Waking people up is the first step. Getting engaged and voting at the polls to elect men and women with integrity to defend our freedoms, and un-electing those who threaten our freedom, is the second step.

And while we are waking up, engaging and going to the polls, it is also critical to financially support charities uncorrupted by industry and government money that are speaking truth, fighting against extremism and defending freedom. NVIC is one of those charities.

NVIC has been here since 1982 providing accurate, referenced vaccine information to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths and help you educate your family and friends. We have been standing up to vaccine extremists37 and empowering Americans with information they can use to protect the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices.38

So, while NVIC may be a small charity, we are mighty in spirit. We are here every day, year after year, monitoring and reporting on vaccine science, policy, law and ethics; educating, counseling, and encouraging everyone to fight against vaccine extremism.

Please remember the work we do at the National Vaccine Information Center and make NVIC one of your favorite charities. NVIC has been a beacon in the night, a flag on the hill for many, many years. But we cannot continue to be that for families across this country or expand our mission to reach more people without your financial support.

Every dollar you give makes a difference in someone’s life.

Please send NVIC a gift today and ask your friends and family to do the same. Go to NVIC.org and make a tax-deductible donation in memory of someone whose life has been forever changed by a vaccine reaction, or honor someone you love and want to stay healthy.

Please help NVIC combat vaccine extremism in America.

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


1 NVIC. About Us Bios: Barbara Loe Fisher. NVIC.org 2015.

3 Fisher BL.Statement on Immunization Tracking Systems and Privacy. National Vaccine Advisory Committee May 14, 1998.

5 Infectious Diseases in Children. Elimination of vaccine exemptions serves children's best interests. Healio Nov. 23, 2015.

6 Hodges JG, Campos-Outcalt D. Legally Limiting Lies About Vaccines. Jurist Nov. 17, 2015.

7 Hutchinson Leader. Obituary for Robert James Loe . Crow River Media Nov. 12, 2014.

8 U.S. Constitution. Bill of Rights.

10 Fisher BL. The Vaccine Culture War in America: Are You Ready? NVIC Newsletter Mar. 8, 2015.

11 Fisher BL. Blackmail and the Medical Vaccine Exemption . NVIC Newsletter May 18, 2015.

12 Fisher BL. We Will Not Give Up Our Human Rights for Our Civil Rights . Rally and Testimony in Sacramento, CA June 9, 2015.

15 Richardson D. The Fallout from California SB277: What Happens Next? NVIC Newsletter Aug. 5, 2015.

16 Fisher BL. Public Comment Opposing FDA Fast Track Licensure of MF59 Adjuvanted Influenza Vaccine . FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting, Silver Spring, MD Sept. 15, 2015, and NVIC Businesswire Press Release Sept. 16, 2015.

17 Fisher BL. Public Comment Opposing FDA Fast Track Licensure of New Vaccines Targeting Pregnant Women . FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting, Silver Spring, MD Nov. 17, 2015.

23 Fisher BL. Despite High Vaccination Rates, CDC Calls for Shaming Schools . The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 2, 2015 and Parents Deserve to Know More Than School Vaccination Rates . NVIC Newsletter Sept. 9, 2015.

27 Kounang N.ADHD diagnoses rise to 11% of kids. CNN Nov.22, 2013

28 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Survey reveals adolescent females are twice as likely as adolescent males to suffer a major depressive episode . SAMHSA May 13, 2008.

29 National Alliance on Mental Illness. Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents. May 2014.

30 American Diabetes Association.U.S. Diabetes Statistics: Under 20 Years of Age. American Diabetes Association Feb. 12, 2014.

32 American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Growing Number of Autoimmune Disease Cases Reported . AARDA Press Release June 21, 2012.

33 Jackson KD, Howie LD, Akinabami LJ. Trends in Allergic Conditions Among Children: United States, 1997-2011 . NCHS Data brief May 2013; 121.

34 Silverberg JI, Joks R, Durkin HG. Allergic disease is associated with epilepsy in childhood: a population based study . Allergy 2014; 69(10: 1428.

37 NVIC.org. Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall featuring testimonials by Americans who have been bullied, threatened, discriminated against and punished by vaccine extremists for attempting to make educated, voluntary vaccine decisions for themselves or their children.

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22 Responses to "Combating Vaccine Extremism in America"
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David Weiner
Posted: 12/2/2015 11:51:12 AM
We need to combat vaccine extremism with our brand of extremism. The government vaccine program is rotten to the core. It cannot be reformed, fixed, improved. It must be ended completely. No more government vaccine mandates. No more government vaccine research. No more government review of vaccine research done by private parties. No more government vaccine propaganda or promotion. No more government funding for people to be vaccinated. No more government protection against liability. I will conclude with these words of American Founder Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense: Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is a species of vice.
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 2:18:29 PM
I commend you for all that you've done through the years -- remarkable. I can't say enough about your strength, perseverance, energy and knowledge. But I have found that a positive vision -- seeing what it is whatever one is working towards -- is the best vision to have; a "pro" vision, rather than "con" or "fight-type" vision. (For example, whenever I see something like "fight cancer" or "run/walk for cancer...", or "fight...", I'd rather see "run/walk for good health" ...for freedom...for smiles and joy, for...; sending positive energy out to the world, so people can envision positive results through healthy ways of living; giving people something to think about -- that there are other ways to be healthy and strengthen our immune system (healthy eating, exercise...and so on); just like years ago when seniors now were perfectly healthy without drugs and vaccines. Know that everything you've worked towards is making a difference and in the end there is democracy and freedom of choice to maintain one's health as they choose. We the people are bigger than they are.
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Carol Jackson
Posted: 12/2/2015 3:45:28 PM
Thank you for reminding me that NVIC is a charity. I was having a hard time thinking of any charity I felt really supported by deepest beliefs. NVIC is definitely one that does. Thank you for all you do to educate everyone about vaccine abuse.
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Joel Chudnow
Posted: 12/2/2015 3:57:05 PM
Control by power, greed and ego must end! Reductionist thinking systems must end. We are part of a whole planet and we all must seek a higher a greater good. Thank you.
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 3:59:01 PM
Where can I find information about 1. The dangers of immunization to pets Ans 2. The laws that enforce these immunization campaigns? Thank you. You are doing a terrific job. I just wish there was less emphasus on emotions and on "libertarian freedoms" but more on facts and official pseudoscience. Perhaps you should learn from the Left rather then the ultra Right. Editors note: You can find the State Immunization laws here: http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements.aspx A great source for all things Pets is: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/dr-karen-becker.aspx
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 5:35:44 PM
As Sheila noted, a drive for enhancing non-specific immunity is most important, starting with the way we think, the way we move our bodies, what we eat, who we hang out with, what we read and watch, how we organize our stuff, where we live, taking tonic herbs, bodywork, and so on. It is detrimental to expose our bodies by injection (or any other route) with multiples of antigens, significantly more than we would be exposed to naturally, overwhelming our immune systems by over-stimulation, even with the intention of boosting our specific (antibody based) immunity to handle every threat we could possibly encounter (kind of like the NSA collecting everything to the point that they cannot use it; it's too much!). It is also detrimental to concomitantly absorb toxic substances into our bodies which inhibit the body's ability to function and depresses the immune system, as mercury is known to do (and there are more, many not acknowledged). Our lawmakers are NOT educated in medicine, by and far, and have no business regulating the specifics of medical care based on donations and perks from Corporate Medicine lobbyists. MD's should do some expansive research of their own to discover for themselves (as some have) that there are other options more viable to prevent illness without concomitantly causing it. Thank you for trying to stop this madness!
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 5:54:08 PM
This is the time for civil disobedience. I, for one, will refuse to the end to be injected with anything that is mandated by government, or doctor, or anyone else. It is time that we stand firm on the principle that an individual OWNS jurisdiction over his/her body. PERIOD. Owning a person's body is defined as being enslaved" or "slavery". If tens of hundreds of thousands of people were determined to stand firm and refuse any mandatory vaccines or medications, it becomes a stand off between government oppression and citizens' rights. It is time to stand firm - and mean "NO WAY". There is no other choice.
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Ricky Barnes
Posted: 12/2/2015 7:23:26 PM
Thanks again Barb! And thanks for you help in my film 50CentsADose.com. And thanks to all in this conversation!
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 7:25:44 PM
Agree we have to stand firm on personal rights, especially when information such as the vaccine ingredients/excipients are in plain site at the CDC: search for 'vaccine excipients'. By the way, is there any reliable data on the number of parents seeking guardianship when a child turns 18 years old? This statistic must be skyrocketing and should be presented along with the other metrics.
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David Weiner
Posted: 12/2/2015 7:31:25 PM
Ron Paul, the foremost champion of liberty of our time, and a great advocate of health freedom, was sometimes called "Dr. No" by his opponents, as a result of his commitment to voting against unconstitutional legislation while serving in congress. He did not care for this label and stated that his mission was a very positive one, in favor of the Constitution, individual liberty, the free market, and so forth. I agree 100% with his take. Opposition to the coercive, fraudulent, government-managed vaccine program is NOT a negative agenda. It opens the door to employing all of the positive avenues for achieving strong immunity and good health that Sheila describes above. We need the freedom to pursue healthy living without the government boot on our necks.
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 9:44:56 PM
Thank you for all that you do Barbara! You are a tireless advocate for the vaccine injured and those that don't understand the danger of vaccines. Nobody should ever have the right to tell you what you will or won't inject into your body. I, too, felt sick to my stomach when the bill passed in CA. It was unbelievable to watch it unfold. Also unbelievable how many people are still in the dark about the damage vaccines can do. I pray that everyone will open their eyes. You are a hero!
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/2/2015 10:45:04 PM
How could anything be more important than standing up for the health of children on the day they are born and while they are developing? When we know there is no safe nor effective vaccine, and certainly no reason to inject them into babies developing their own natural immunity in their first years of life, how can we not be diligently getting this brutal practice to cease? Why are neurotoxins injected with each vaccine, with accumulative results, when Cuba has developed a freeze dried vaccine from viruses grown in lettuce that do not require any adjuvants or questionable preservatives? If ever there was a call to resist the medical system, their schools, their jobs, their fake food, money, taxes,politics, adnd pollution of life on our planet, this is it!
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/3/2015 2:10:30 AM
We are suppose to have freedom of choice and forcing us to have vaccinations is a crime against our freedom and is done mainly by lobbying of drug companies for their greed to fatten their profits
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/3/2015 11:47:46 AM
You are such an incredible, wise, strong, brave and courageous woman. You are a role model, a hero. Thank you, thank you so much for what you do. We will make a donation every year and Will spread the word.
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/3/2015 7:12:18 PM
There is an old saying that if you tell a lie loud enough and long enough that people will believe it. The vaccine lie has been told loudly for the past two generations and now those in these younger age groups believe there is not choice, but to vaccinate. They believe their good doctors would not have them do anything that could be bad for them. Thank you Barbara for your tireless work to tell the truth about vaccines. As I write this five of my grand children are down with the chicken pox. Life is tough for them, but they will get life time immunity and not risk more dangerous adult chicken pox. As a chiropractor who has practiced for 41 years, I regret that our profession which when I first started was vocal about these issues, is now, for the most part, silent. I will continue to do what I can for this effort by speaking up and writing my elected representatives.
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/3/2015 10:48:36 PM
Thank you so much for doing what you do. If only America could understand what you have done and are continuing to do for the rights of all Americans. I just finished watching Trace Amounts on FMTV and would recommend this documentary highly. I makes me so sad to see our little ones being poisoned and left ruined for life and the masses being brainwashed. No one can tell me that we live in an enlightened society. I just don't see it. Sheep. Especially in the college town I live in. Sheep. This is an up hill battle. How many more will die or be sick for life before we say no more?
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John D. Slonina
Posted: 12/4/2015 12:45:37 AM
Just saying: I'm old enough to remember the culture of the medical community and political people of the early 1970s on. There was a culture in Western New York, that if a doctor said anything about a vaccination causing a reaction (now termed an "Event"), the doctor would mysteriously lose their license to practice medicine in New York State. Wow, corrupt or what. A politician my parents grew up with, went to grammar school with, and said at one meeting: "This is how we do business now". Didn't know what that meant back then, but I do now as proven by Dr. Pan from California taking money to push mandatory vacc. If it was safe and proven so, why would they push for mandatory vacc? A friend of mine (who was the Mayor of a small town in New York Southern Tier, always said: "Follow the money" and "If you had a government mandated profit of billions per year, would you let it go for a few nameless faces?" Problem is, I would. I was old enough to remember my vaccine episode (Sept 1970, I was 5 years old). The "culture" back then was deny, deny, deny. And if that didn't work, lie. My wife's eldest child had over 30 seizures from the DPT (later found in hospital records), but at the time, she was told she was a nervous new mother and her dog just scared him. How many others are told the same lies? In 1970, the doctors said there was nothing wrong when my mother told the intake nurse that I had progressive pain in, and progressing up my forearms, less use of my hands over the previous weeks, and greater difficulty in breathing since the MMR booster. By late September, I was in an oxygen tent, great birthday present for a five year old! In about 1996, almost verbatim to what my mother told the intake nurse was published a type of GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) in Cambridge University Press, but my mother didn't use specific scientific & medical terms, she was just smart as a tack. You are NOT going to mandate and subject me again to such torture! In 1998 I started to have seizures of an undetermined source. After extensive testing, it was determined I have demyelination of the nerves in my brain from a severe "something in my childhood".
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/5/2015 1:50:38 AM
Thank You for staying the course! I was born at home and grew up without vaccines (I am 28), never had an ear infection, was never sick, no allergies, no asthma, and the same is true for my siblings. I am appalled by the blind following so many are doing - so many question the safety of things they eat - yet to question a vaccine is seen as insane! I was just recently bullied at my GYNO's office for not being "immune" to Rubella. I was made to feel that I was "lucky" to get herd immunity from others who are vaccinated, yet upon doing research, my chance of even contracting Rubella BEFORE the vaccine was .17 percent! I feel as if a small group of us see the light, and we can see this tyranny taking place, and no one cares to listen. the only thing that is true, is the more people who are injured or killed from vaccines, the more people will see the light, and that is a sad reality. Never stop questioning, always search for the truth.
Commenter Name
Posted: 12/9/2015 12:00:40 AM
Thank you for your work. I share your website address and mission with everyone I can. As a nurse I am required to have flu vaccinations in order to have a job. Of course, I am opposed to this, however, I have to work. I feel trapped. I feel very sorry about the damage being done to children as well as all of the people who have to take vaccinations of any sort. I am afraid that the flu vaccine is only the beginning for nurses. I am afraid that other vaccinations will become mandatory for nurses too, for example, the shingles vaccine looks likely to be added, if not, then something else. I am afraid that vaccinations will become mandatory for Anyone to get a job.
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just a mom
Posted: 1/16/2016 4:59:05 PM
You might be interested to know that one of the extreme vaccine pushers favorite troll has been outed. Dorit's darling and friend to Andy Lazurs and frequent poster on Orac and the other skeptic blogs, the real identity of Annabel Evangeline (fake name used on FB and other sites) is ALSO Whomingwillow on Babycenter and known as teacozy on mothering. Not sure if you want this on your comments or for your own use? Need any more details, I'll gladly supply!
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/29/2016 7:33:12 AM
Dear Barbara, this was the very first time I heard your talk. The brilliant indeed, but before all, the brave one. I'm from Serbia where we're facing the same struggle in terms of vaccinations being forced upon our children by our government. It seems to me it is worse than experiments done by Dr. Josef Mengele during the WWII. We will NEVER give up.
Commenter Name
Posted: 5/31/2016 7:45:07 PM
Thank you for everything you do, Barbara! Your work and dedication makes me believe in humanity again. Great collection of resources by the way! Bookmarked

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