NVIC Vaccine News

Take Action in 2017 to Protect Vaccine Freedom of Choice

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published February 08, 2017 in Rights & Ethics

In 2015 and 2016, NVIC monitored over 200 vaccine-related bills introduced in more than 40 state legislatures, including 31 bills in 21 states that tried to restrict of eliminate vaccine exemptions. With tens of thousands of Americans actively using the online NVIC Advocacy Portal, NVIC led a grassroots effort of concerned citizens and supportive parental rights and health freedom groups to educate legislators with well-referenced information about diseases and vaccines. 1 2 Forced vaccination bills were defeated in 29 out of 31 states, including in Virginia, where NVIC is headquartered. 3 4 5 6

By February 2017, vaccine legislation had been introduced in 30 states that threaten vaccine freedom of choice, including bills in eight states to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions in Arkansas (withdrawn), Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. 7


It is a human right to exercise freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief. 8 9

But, when it comes to vaccination, those basic human freedoms are being taken away in America, one state at a time.

In 2015, California became the first state in the 21st Century to eliminate the legal right of mothers and fathers, on behalf of their minor children, to exercise freedom of thought, conscience, religious belief and the human right to informed consent to vaccine risk taking. 10

Now, like children in West Virginia and Mississippi, children in California have no voice and have no choice. 11 12 The only way a child can get a school education in California, is to receive multiple doses of ten vaccines or for parents to find a medical doctor or state designated medical worker to write a medical vaccine exemption. 13 14

But obtaining a medical exemption to vaccination in America today is almost impossible. 15 That is because, under narrow federal government guidelines, 99.99 percent of children do not quality for it. 16 17 18 Many doctors, who write a medical vaccine exemption to protect a child’s health, are persecuted and punished by physicians inside and outside of government for exercising professional judgment and conscience. 19

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Today, public health officials believe that all children must be treated the same and get 69 doses of 16 vaccines – no exceptions and no questions asked – even though children are not all the same. 20 Some children are genetically, biologically and environmentally more susceptible to being harmed by inflexible vaccine laws, especially when doctors cannot accurately predict which child will be brain damaged or die from vaccination. 21 22

In 2015 and 2016, there were over 200 vaccine bills introduced in more than half of the state legislatures proposing to:

  • add more vaccine mandates; 23 24
  • restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions; 25 26
  • track the vaccine status of children and adults; 27 and
  • fire health care and day care workers for refusing to get an annual flu shot or other vaccines. 28

In 2017, the human right to exercise informed consent to medical risk taking will be under attack in Texas, Arkansas, New York, Oklahoma and many other states. 29

Your state could be the next on that list.

Think globally, but act locally. Learn how to protect informed consent rights in your state by joining with experienced vaccine informed consent advocates at the National Vaccine Information Center.

Become a user of the free NVIC Advocacy Portal, an online communications network that will keep you up to date on important vaccine legislation moving in your state and on Capitol Hill, too. With one click, you will be put in direct electronic contact with you own legislators so you can educate them and take action to defend flexible vaccine exemptions in public health laws.

At www.NVICAdvocacy.org, join our grassroots team of informed consent advocates in every state. Stand up today for your right to know and freedom to make educated vaccine decisions for yourself and your children.

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


1 Richardson D. The Stand Against Forced Vaccination Across the States and the NVIC Advocacy Portal. NVIC Newsletter Jan. 19, 2016.

2 Wrangham T. NVIC’s 2016 Update on State Vaccine Bills – Advocacy in Action. NVIC Newsletter Apr. 27, 2016.

3 Fisher BL. Testimony in Virginia legislature defending freedom of religion and conscience. Joint Commission on Health Care Subcommittee on Healthy Living Health Services. General Assembly Building, Richmond, VA. Aug. 3, 2016.

4 Demeira K. Child vaccination debate surges during Va’s legislature’s Joint Commission meeting. Richmond Times Dispatch Aug. 3, 2016.

5 Fisher BL, Pebsworth V. Analysis of Proposed Legislative Policy Options on School Vaccinations in the Commonwealth of Virginia. NVIC Oct. 16, 2016.

6 Demeira K. Va. commission recommends not changing state's immunization exclusion guideline. Richmond Times Dispatch Nov. 9, 2016.

7 Richardson D. NVIC Tracking 103 Vaccine Bills in 30 States. NVIC Newsletter Feb. 9, 2017.

8 United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dec. 10, 1948.

9 Fisher BL. Defending the Religious Exemption to Vaccination. NVIC Newsletter June 28, 2016.

10 NVIC. National Vaccine Information Center Says New California Law Threatens Human and Civil Rights in America. BusinessWire July 1, 2015.

11 NVIC. State Law and Vaccine Requirements.

12 Adams JM. What schools and parents need to know about the new vaccine law. EdSource July 1, 2015.

13 Fox News LA. California Law: No Vaccinations, No Public School. August 15, 2016. 

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

15 Salmon DA, Haley NA. Keeping the M in Medical Exemptions: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Children. J Infect Dis 2012; 206(7): 987-988.

16 CDC. Chart of Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Childhood Vaccines and Conditions Commonly Misperceived as Contraindications to Vaccination.

17 CDC. Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger, United States, 2017. Figure 3: Vaccines that might be indicated for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger based on medical indications. Jan. 1, 2016.

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

19 Perkes C. Dr. Bob Sears faces medical board discipline in recommendation not to vaccinate. Orange County Register Sept. 8, 2016.

20 CDC. Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Age 18 Years or Younger, United States, 2017. Jan. 1, 2017.

21 Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality: Evaluating Biological Mechanisms of Adverse Events: Increased Susceptibility.  Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2012. 

22 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. Conclusions About Scientific Findings (Pg. 11). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2013.

23 Blain G. Cuomo signs bill to require meningitis shots at schools. New York Daily News Oct. 28, 2015.

24 Mercer B. South Dakota to require meningitis vaccinations. Grand Forks Herald Feb. 18, 2016.

25 McCullum A. Shumlin signs bill removing vaccine exemption. Burlington Free Press May 28, 2015.

26 Pashman MB. Rauner toughens requirements for religious exemption on vaccines. Chicago Tribune Aug. 18, 2015. 

27 Brooks D. N.H. is last state in the country to create a registry of people’s immunizations. Concord Monitor May 27, 2016.

28 Lin RG, Xia R. Vaccines required for daycare workers under new California law. Los Angeles Times Oct. 13, 2015.

29 NVIC Advocacy Portal.

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6 Responses to "Take Action in 2017 to Protect Vaccine Freedom of Choice"
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/13/2017 4:20:55 PM
Thanks for standing up for the rights of parents and children!
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Mary Tocco-Hovind
Posted: 2/13/2017 4:46:29 PM
The time is NOW to get active and stop legislation that under-minds parental rights. We have the ear of the president for the first time in history, let us all do our part by sharing, educating and responding to these bills.
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/14/2017 2:50:22 PM
We all need to come together and oppose these bills. Protect our rights before they take away everything! Thanks NVIC!!
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/25/2017 9:36:14 PM
What a fantastic effort! Will there be updates regarding Australia also/worldwide? Hi Tamara. Our State Advocacy Program, as the name implies, deals with legislative action in the 50 United States. Each state in the U.S. has different vaccine laws and different ways the state legislatures run. It is a lot and it keeps our team very busy. If we are fortunate enough to perfect this system and fix all the vaccine laws here, maybe someday we could expand internationally! That would be something!
Commenter Name
Posted: 4/10/2017 4:11:21 PM
Thank you for standing up to defend our right to choose what is injected into our and our children's bodies. The risk or injury or reaction can vary for each individual and the final risk isn't know until after the vaccine is administered. It should be our right to decide what we want to risk.
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engagement rings
Posted: 2/28/2019 11:29:42 PM
The current issue that we are facing is not about the exemption of vaccines, it is those groups that are protesting against these vaccines. These people are pushing our nation into a very vulnerable state and this has to be changed at any cost.

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