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NVIC Calls for Vaccine Policy & Law Reform To Protect Human and Civil Rights

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published May 18, 2014 in Government

No matter who you are or where you live, it is difficult to be part of a minority. It takes courage to follow your conscience. It takes courage to stand up and speak out for what you know is right when you are being targeted and sanctioned by those who claim it is their right to bully and shun you for who you are or what you believe.
This is especially true for those speaking out and standing up for the right to make informed, voluntary choices about using vaccines, a pharmaceutical product that carries a risk of harm and failure that can be greater for some than others. 1 2 3

Informed Consent to Medical Risk-Taking: A Human Right
The freedom to make voluntary decisions about what you are willing to risk your life or the life of your child for is a human and civil right.
It is a human right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to medical risk taking,4 5 6 including taking risks with pharmaceutical products like vaccines. In America, parents of minor children have the legal right and responsibility to make medical risk decisions for their children.7 8 9

Freedom of Thought, Speech & Belief: A Civil Right

Under the U.S. Constitution, Americans are guaranteed the civil right to exercise freedom of thought, speech and belief.10 11 12 The right to dissent and petition the government for redress of grievances and hold beliefs that may differ from ones held by the majority is protected because our nation’s founders understood that minorities must be protected from oppression by the majority.13

Targeted, Bullied, Shunned and Sanctioned

In America today, some citizens are being discriminated against and persecuted for following their conscience and making vaccine choices that do not conform with federal health policy. They are being targeted, bullied, shunned and sanctioned. 14 15 Doctors 16 and politically powerful special interest groups 17 18 19 20 associated with private drug companies 21 and medical trade associations22 have joined with government health officials23 24 and lobbying state legislators to eliminate or severely restrict the legal right to exercise informed consent to vaccine risk taking.25 26 27

Laws Passed Restricting Non-Medical Exemptions

In the past three years, laws have been passed in the states of Washington,28 California29 and Oregon30 requiring parents filing non-medical exemptions to either undergo state mandated vaccine “education” or beg for signatures from pediatricians already refusing to provide medical care to children who do not get all 69 doses of 16 federally recommended vaccines right on schedule.31

Colorado Preserves Personal Belief Exemption

But this year in Colorado, concerned citizens turned out in force to publicly object to similar attempts by professional lobbyists to restrict vaccine informed consent rights.32 On May 2, 2014 the Colorado legislature became the first to vote to preserve the personal belief exemption to vaccination without modification.33

NVIC’s Pro-Vaccine Choice Message in Times Square

The same day that legislators in Colorado voted to affirm freedom of conscience in America, a pro-education, pro-vaccine choice message sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Center was up on the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square celebrating freedom of speech.34 The message is simple: “Vaccinations? Know the risks and failures: Your Health. Your Family. Your Choice.” That 24-hour message in the heart of Broadway on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York City is going to stay there through mid-July.

NVIC Publishes Vaccine Law Reform Guide

Today, the National Vaccine Information Center is launching a national campaign to secure vaccine safety and informed consent protections in state vaccine policies and laws. We have published a fully referenced guide for legislators and the public called Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law and you can view or download it for free online on NVIC.org.35 I wrote this Guide and it is anchored with more than 240 references and explains in detail why laws should be passed in every state to maximize vaccine safety for those choosing to use vaccines while protecting the legal right to get an education, hold a job, receive health insurance and medical care, enter a hospital or nursing home and function in society without being forced to get every government recommended vaccine.
These legal rights are important to preserve because, first, we are not all the same.36 37 We do not all respond the same way to drugs or vaccines just like we do not all respond the same way to infectious diseases.38

High Vaccination Rates and Vaccine Failures

Public health officials admit that for more than 30 years, the U.S. has had a 95% plus vaccination rate among children entering kindergarten for at least seven vaccines, including pertussis.39 40 Now, public health officials admit that children and adults can be fully vaccinated and still get infected with and transmit B. pertussis whooping cough to others without even knowing it.4142 There have been recent reported outbreaks of mumps and measles among fully vaccinated children and adults and the influenza vaccine has a less than 60 percent rate of effectiveness in most years.43 44 45 46 47

Pharma Shielded from Civil Liability

At the same time, the federal government has paid out nearly $3 billion dollars to victims of vaccine injury since Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.48 That law banned most vaccine injury lawsuits against drug companies selling vaccines and doctors giving them49 and, in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court went one step further and gave vaccine manufacturers a complete product liability shield – even when vaccines could have been made safer!50 This sealed a cruel fate for the two out of three vaccine victims denied compensation under the federal vaccine injury compensation program.51 Now drug companies can fast track and market new vaccines52 that may be more reactive and less effective than they should be because there is no legal accountability for anyone who develops, regulates, markets, gives and promotes vaccine use.

Individual Susceptibility = Unequal Vaccine Risk Burden  

During the past three decades, the Institute of Medicine has published a series of reports pointing out the large gaps in vaccine safety science,53 54 confirming that some people are genetically, biologically and environmentally more susceptible to suffering brain inflammation and other types of serious vaccine reactions but doctors often do not know who will be injured or die from vaccination.55 56 It has become very clear that one-size-fits-all vaccine policies place a disproportionate and unequal risk burden on those more vulnerable to vaccine harm.57
Have you or your child already discovered you are a member of that vulnerable minority who is at increased risk for vaccine injury- or do you have a relative or friend who is?
If so, then you understand why a law that compels everyone to use a pharmaceutical product which carries an unpredictable and greater risk of injury or death for a minority of vulnerable individuals – most of whom do not even know who they are – is not humane. There is nothing moral or just about a government policy that facilitates a de facto selection of certain individuals for sacrifice in the name of the public health.

Every Life Is Important

Every life is important and it is time for all Americans to stand up, speak out and take action to defend our human and civil rights when it comes to vaccine risk taking. Join with NVIC and help us secure vaccine safety informing, reporting and informed consent provisions in all vaccine policies and laws to protect both those  who choose to use every government recommended vaccine and those who don’t.
Please read the guide to Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law. Check out the referenced version and share it with your family, friends, community leaders and state legislators. Sign up to become a user of the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal that will inform you about vaccine legislation moving in your state.
What you choose to do, what we all choose to do right now will determine what kind of America we leave to our children and grandchildren. Because if the state can tag, track down and force individuals against their will to be injected with biological products of known and unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
It’s your health. Your family. Your choice. 


1 Institute of Medicine Committee to Study New Research on Vaccines. DPT Vaccine & Chronic Nervous System Dysfunction: A New Analysis. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press 1994. 
2 Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality. Evaluating Biological Mechanisms for Adverse Events, Increased Susceptibility. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2012.
3 Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources Services Administration. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Report
4 Nir E. Informed Consent. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Sept. 21, 2011.
5 Grodin MA, Annas GJ. Legacies of Nuremberg – Medical Ethics and Human Rights. JAMA 1996; 276(20): 1682-1683
7 Klicka CJ. Decisions of the United States Supreme Court Upholding Parental Rights as “Fundamental.” Home School Legal Defense Association Oct. 27, 2003.
9 Diekema DS. Ethics in Medicine: Parental Decision Making. University of Washington School of Medicine 2014.
11 The Free Dictionary. Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. West’s Encyclopedia of American Law 2008.
12 Erler EJ. The Fourteenth Amendment and the Protection of Minority Rights. Brigham Young University Law Review 1987.
13 Bill of Rights Institute. Majority Rule versus Minority Rights
16 Fagone J. Will This Doctor Hurt Your Baby? Philadelphia Magazine May 27, 2009.
17 Attkisson S. How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders? CBS News July 26, 2008.
20 Lucas G. Vaccination effort, ‘religious exemption’ at odds. Capitol Weekly Feb. 11, 2014.
21 Associated Press/Fox News. Merck Lobbies for HPV Vaccine to Become Law. Jan. 30, 2007.
22 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Rejects ‘Personal Belief’ Immunization Exemptions. AAFP News May 4, 2011.
23 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Immunization Resource Guide. 2013.
24 Association of Immunization Managers (AIM). Position Statement on Personal Belief Exemptions from State Vaccination Mandates. Jan. 21, 2014.
26 KQED (NPR) Radio. New Efforts Put Pressure on Parents to Vaccinate Kids. Forum with Michael Krasny Aug. 22, 2013.
27 Bryson D, McKay B. States Weigh Tougher Rules for Allowing Exemptions. Wall Street Journal Jan. 5, 2014.
30 Gray CD. Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Vaccine Exemptions. The Lund Report June 7, 2013.
31 Wang S. More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers. Wall Street Journal Feb. 15, 2012.
34 NVIC Know the Risks Education Campaign. NY Times Square. May 2014.
36 Scheibel AB. Embryological Development of the Human Brain. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 1997.
37 Morgan XC, Segata N, Huttenhower C. Biodiversity and Functional Genomics. Trends in Genetics 2013; 29(1): 51-58.
38 Lemaire D, Barbosa T, Rihet P. Coping with genetic diversity: the contribution of pathogen and human genomics to modern vaccinology. Braz J Med Biol Res 2012; 45(5): 376-385.  
39 Hinman AR, Orenstein WA Schuchat A. Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Immunization and MMWR 1961-2011. MMWR 2011; 60(04): 49-57.
43 Cortese MM, Jordan HT, Aaron TC et al. Mumps Vaccine Performance among University Students During a Mumps OutbreakClin Infect Dis 2008; 46(8): 1172-1180. 
44 Rosario F. Mumps Outbreak at Fordham.New York Post Feb. 21, 2014.  
45 CCTV News. Measles among vaccinated kids raises questions. The Canadian Press Oct. 20, 2011.
46 Ohmit SE, Petrie JG, Malosh RE, et al. Influenza Effectiveness in the Community and the Household. Clinical Infectious Diseases  Feb. 14, 2013.
48 Health Resources Services Administration. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Report.  
50 Supreme Court of the United States. Bruesewitz v. Wyeth. Feb. 11, 2011.
51 Health Resources Services Administration. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Report.  
53 Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Committee. Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines: Afterward on Research Needs. Washington, DC. The National Academies Press. 1991.
54 Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Committee. Adverse Events Association with Childhood Vaccines: Evidence Bearing on Causality: Need for Research and Surveillance. Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press 1994. Also see Reference # 1.
55 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. 
56   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 and Review of Scientific Findings. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2013.

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14 Responses to "NVIC Calls for Vaccine Policy & Law Reform To Protect Human and Civil Rights "
Commenter Name
Posted: 5/21/2014 11:13:10 AM
At the very least, every person should have the right to refuse any medical procedure that they feel may compromise their health.
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Kathy Sincere
Posted: 5/21/2014 9:54:34 PM
Here's a great comment I've read on several vaccine websites - so very true: "Since a repeal of the draft in 1970, mandatory vaccination remains the only law that requires a citizen to risk his life for his country."
Commenter Name
Posted: 5/22/2014 9:08:11 AM
I have been personally affected by this socialist agenda to force vaccinations on us. I do believe that it IS a civil right and God given, to CHOOSE for yourself and your children. God save us from those who do not care what the ramifications are..
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Michael Morningstar
Posted: 5/23/2014 2:29:14 PM
We deserve the right to say no to vaccinations. This is America where we have the right to make our own choices regarding health and well being. Mandatory vaccination and strong arming citizens to prevent them from making informed consent and personal decisions is a crime and a travesty. Thankfully the NVIC is helping to keep us informed and protected. We are not getting diseases as a result of a lack of vaccinations. We are getting disease due to a lack of affordable/proper healthcare, immune function, active lifestyle, nutrition, protection for toxic chemicals, quality foods without GMO and pesticides and wellnees programs. Pharmaceuticals have now become the dangerous Goliath causing harm and death at a n alarming rate.
Commenter Name
Posted: 5/27/2014 9:20:17 AM
After watching my healthy daughter become disabled after Gardasil (2 doses) I see the need to push back against government, medical and state bullying. Vaccines are not proven safe yet big Pharma and doctors pro-establishment pressure their beliefs on everyone, including those who have been injured previously by vaccines and medical procedures. More research by qualified, independent groups needs to be implemented to finding safer ways to protect our children. The harassment by government and the medical community must be stopped. No two people are alike - no vaccine is one size fits all! Free speech, freedom in beliefs, freedom to choose what's best for each one - that is America!
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E Mckinney
Posted: 6/13/2014 8:00:38 AM
We select qualified professionals to make these decision's for the good of the general public . Allowing individuals the right to opt out of vaccination's is "dangerous" . Far more children will be harmed by the uninformed than any vaccine will . Lets keep the law as is and strickly enforce them !! Who do you think you are to ignore the law ? Obama ??
Commenter Name
Posted: 6/14/2014 5:41:44 PM
I hope you have deep pockets, E McKinney, because you are now paying for the life-long care of the children and adults injured by vaccines. Did you read about the nurse's aide in PA who just won $11 million for her permanent disability caused by the useless 'flu vaccine? Look in the mirror to see who is footing that bill. Thank you NVIC for being the voice of the healthy (and growing) minority.
Commenter Name
Posted: 10/28/2014 10:28:55 PM
I just wanted to add,as a socialist that I am opposed to and reject the false and absurd idea that mandatory vaccinations are part of a socialist agenda. They are rather in the realm of and belong to the fascist reality in which we live in the U.S., that is,.....the marriage of corporate power and their co-benefactors the government agencies and congress. Mussolini called it "Corporatism".
Commenter Name
Posted: 11/11/2014 2:42:46 PM
I need help. I am a Nurse who is being threatened with the loss of my job if I do not take the flu-vaccine. I do not want to take it. It makes me very sick. Can any one help me. I need my job. i also need my Life.
Commenter Name
Posted: 1/4/2015 5:57:45 PM
My daughter lost her job at hospital for refusing shot....my son is on a work program there and no mention of it...something's wrong here
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/24/2015 10:21:50 PM
Why do the hyperlinks on this page not work? Editors note: At the bottom of the article is a line : Click to View and Access References It is highlighted in blue. Just click and they all roll out Erica.
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Posted: 4/5/2015 6:02:06 PM
Our elected representatives are failing us. I fear that the young adults in this country do not realizing the dangerous significance of loosing our individual rights . We should have the right to decide for ourselves and our children what our personal medical needs are; whether it be alopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine or other alternative types of medicine, vaccinations in part or not at all. We should have the right to decide. PAY ATTENTION...your lives depend on it.
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/8/2020 12:20:26 PM
I think that the only way things will change is when the government no longer wants to foot the bill for all the people they’ve maimed and killed and now have to support for the rest of their lives.
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Noway Jose
Posted: 12/28/2020 11:43:22 AM
We all reserve the right at all times to decide for ourselves regarding anything related to our bodies and there is nothing others can do about it legally. Wars are started when others push their way of thinking onto others by whatever force they have chosen. We will fight for our right to be free and pity the clowns who think otherwise because we did not arrive on this planet by their permission so they don't get that say so.
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