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Philosophical Exemption Under Attack in Vermont

By NVIC Staff
Published January 18, 2012 in Government

NVIC Issues Call to Action to Defend Informed Consent Rights

There is a serious threat to the philosophical exemption to vaccination in Vermont. Two bills (S.199 and H. 527) backed by 15 legislators in the Vermont state House and Senate propose to eliminate the philosophical exemption to vaccination for children attending school or college.

Vermont – The Healthiest State!

Vermont is one of 18 states in the U.S. that allows a philosophical, personal or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination. Vermont is ranked first as the “healthiest” state, according to America’s Health Rankings and has a low infectious disease rate. States that currently have a philosophical/conscientious belief exemption are: CA, ID, WA, MI, UT, AZ, MN, WI, OH, CO, NM, ND, OK, TX, AR, LA, ME and VT.
“We know that the Pharma/Medical Trade Association lobby is planning to mount an all-out effort this year to persuade state legislators to strip philosophical/conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination from state public health laws. NVIC is calling on all concerned citizens and organizations in the state of Vermont – and every state – to get involved and take action to protect the right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination in America,” said NVIC co-founder and president, Barbara Loe Fisher.

Free NVIC Advocacy Portal Connects People & Legislators

NVIC’s free, online Advocacy Portal informs citizens in real-time about legislative attacks on vaccine exemptions and puts Portal users in immediate contact with their own legislators with a touch of a keypad or cell phone screen. Portal users receive Action Alerts notifying them of bills threatening vaccine exemptions moving in their states, as well as tips on how to talk to legislators and be pro-active in making sure elected officials understand their concerns. The Portal was designed with this personalized approach because a personal letter, email, phone call or visit from a constituent is taken more seriously by a legislator and is the most effective way to get their attention.

Protect Your Informed Consent Rights!

“It just takes minutes of your time to send letters, emails, and phone calls to your state legislators so you can protect your informed consent rights,” said NVIC State Advocacy Director, Dawn Richardson, who designed and manages the unique online online communications network. “It can have a big impact on whether you will be able to make vaccine choices in your state. We have to go all-out this year because those trying to take exemptions away are politically powerful and have unlimited financial resources.”
Nationwide, there are about 20,000 users of the NVIC Advocacy Portal, which protects the privacy of users. The Portal was launched in November 2010 in response to aggressive, well-funded attempts by Pharma lobbyists to get Gardasil and other newly licensed vaccines added to state mandates, as well as to counter attacks by Pharma-funded medical trade organizations, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, lobbying to take away philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccination.

Medical Exemptions Refused, Children Put At Risk

The philosophical/conscientious belief exemption is especially important to preserve for families with histories of vaccine reactions, severe allergies and immune or brain disorders. Few doctors will write a medical exemption in America today because they must adhere to very narrow federal (CDC) guidelines defining what constitutes a medical reason to avoid vaccination rather than being allowed to make individual professional determinations about how to protect their patient’s health.
CDC’s one-size-fits-all recommendations for children to use 69 doses of 16 vaccines fail to recognize or respect increased individual susceptibility to vaccine adverse responses for genetic and other biological reasons. Individual susceptibility was acknowledged by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the 2011 report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality. The IOM found that, out of 158 serious brain and immune system disorders reportedly associated with eight different commonly used vaccines, there were either no studies or too few methodologically sound studies to make a causation determination either way for 135 (85%) of them.
NVIC continues to get many reports that sick and disabled children and adult health care workers with histories of vaccine reactions are being forced to get re-vaccinated because doctors refuse to write medical exemptions. Some of these reports on posted on NVIC’s Vaccine Freedom Wall.

Pharma/Medical Lobby Moving Fast

Last year, the wealthy Pharma/Medical Trade lobby persuaded state legislators in Washington state to pass a law requiring parents to obtain the signature of an M.D. or other state designated health care professional in order to file a philosophical or religious belief exemption to vaccination. The same politically powerful lobby persuaded legislators in California to pass a law allowing children as young as 12 years old to be vaccinated with Gardasil and hepatitis B vaccines and all future vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases, without the knowledge or informed consent of their parents.

Pharma and Doctors Have No Liability
What many legislators may not know is that vaccine manufacturers, as well as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other vaccine administrators, are completely shielded by Congress from civil liability when children or adults injured or die after vaccination. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court said that pharmaceutical corporations have no liability even if they could have made a safer vaccine.

Register Now For NVIC Advocacy Portal
Registering to use NVIC’s Advocacy Portal is quick, easy and free! To become a user, click here and take action to protect vaccine freedom in your state. To learn more, read a summary of NVIC Advocacy Portal activities in 2011 and plans for 2012. 


NVIC Defends Health Worker’s Informed Consent Rights - Federal Committee Recommends Forced Flu Vaccination

In a strongly worded statement, NVIC’s president and executive director outlined reasons for opposing draft recommendations by a National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) subcommittee that would allow employers to force U.S. health care workers to get annual flu shots without their voluntary, informed consent or be fired: “NVIC does not support these recommendations or any coercive government or employment policy, which condones the use of harassment and threat of denial of employment or job dismissal as a club to force health care workers with medical, religious or conscientious belief objections to get annual flu shots.”
Influenza Vaccine Not Most Effective, Safe Flu Prevention Method
NVIC’s statement to NVAC contains referenced information about the lack of scientific evidence that influenza vaccine is the most effective and safe way to prevent influenza, including in medical settings. NVIC also pointed out that a majority of polled subcommittee members personally supported either no influenza vaccine requirements or the inclusion of medical, religious and philosophical exemptions.

Read NVIC’s statement opposing flu shot mandates for health care workers with live links to referenced information.
If you have been harassed or threatened for making independent vaccine choices, consider posting a report on NVIC’s Vaccine Freedom Wall.
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Author David Lender drew from his 25-year experience on Wall Street and the knowledge of his wife, Manette Loudon, who was a director/producer for the 2008 documentary film, Vaccine Nation. Lender lists NVIC in the book’s Acknowledgements as among the information sources he relied upon for facts to anchor points made by the novel’s characters about why vaccines and vaccine policies are not nearly safe enough. In a recent online interview David talks about his reasons for writing a page-turning thriller that is both thought-provoking and fun to read.
Dr. Oz Interviews Dr. Mercola & Agree to Disagree - In a free-ranging interview that featured topics including the safety and effectiveness of statins, anti-depressants, tanning beds and flu shots, on his Jan. 4 ABC-TV show Dr. Mehmet Oz introduced Dr. Joseph Mercola as one of America’s “most controversial” doctors. Dr. Mercola, who founded one of the largest health websites on the internet and urges people to “take control” of their health, talks about how high levels of vitamin D are essential to staying well and why the influenza vaccine is not the most effective or safe way to prevent the flu. Since 2008, Mercola.com and NVIC have partnered to publish written and video information about health and vaccination for the public.
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5 Responses to "Philosophical Exemption Under Attack in Vermont"
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Laurie DeGrave
Posted: 1/21/2012 4:06:28 PM
Dear State of Vermont, Protect the rights of your citizens to make vaccine and food related decisions for themselves. No person has the right to infringe on another persons body or personal choice to choose NO TO VACCINES! Don't let BIG PHARMA sell you out too!
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/22/2012 4:40:56 PM
We need to take our country back.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/27/2012 9:26:43 AM
The statement in the article about the Pharma/Medical Lobby in relation to Vermont - well now factor in that Vermont has of May 2011 passed Universal Single Payer Health Care Insurance - now they just have to figure out how to pay for it all... Now the same folks pushing Universal Single Payer Health Care for all - are wanting to take away from our choice to vaccinate or not... That's progressive/liberalism for you...
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Posted: 2/23/2012 3:21:30 PM
NO STATE SHOULD HAVE THE UNFETTERED RIGHT TO INFLICT ITSELF UPON ITS CITIZENS. Period. Tyranny by any other name is still as hostile to human freedom as any emperor, khan, dictator or fuhrer!
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Posted: 3/4/2012 10:16:07 AM
I think a person's right to refuse vaccines ENDS when it infringes on another parent's right to keep their child safe. There are MANY immunocompromised children who can't get childhood vaccines like MMR and are at risk for serious illness from their normal peers whose parents choose not to vaccinate. "Normal" kids will probably be fine....they are "free riders" who benefit from the fact that most parents do vaccinate so there isn't much measles around....but there is no way to protect kids who are immunosuppressed from liver or kidney transplants or receiving chemo from their peers' parents' choices
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