Which Vaccination Exemptions Are Allowed by Ohio?
Information about Ohio’s school vaccine requirements are the focus of this article, which states, “according to the National Vaccine Information Center, a child who attends public schools can be exempted from taking vaccines for medical, religious, and philosophical reasons as long as the a parent of guardian provides the school administration with a written statement parents alongside a waiver form.” This article also features polls on forced chemotherapy and vaccination that are open to the public’s participation. Newsmax
. Aug. 31, 2015.
District 219 starts school year under new state vaccination mandate.
This article on the new state vaccine mandate in Illinois requiring all sixth and 12th graders to receive a meningococcal vaccine stated “the vaccine, known under the scientific name meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), can prevent four types of meningococcal disease, and is about 58 percent effective within two to five years after the shot is administered, according to information from the National Vaccine Information Center.” Chicago Tribune
. Aug. 31, 2015.
As kids go back to school, states look to encourage vaccinations.
This article makes the point that, while vaccination rates remain high, “pockets” of unvaccinated continue to raise concern for the spread of infectious disease. However, another perspective was provided by NVIC, about the need for more vaccine risks awareness. “Those risks are real, says Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, which advocates that people be able to decline mandatory vaccines based on their philosophical or personal beliefs. Fisher testified before the California legislature against the new state law. “Some people are more susceptible than others to injury or death from vaccines,” Fisher says. “But it’s not clear who is at higher risk.” This article also links to NVIC’s Informed Consent
. Aug. 31, 2015.
Ohio vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella among highest in nation, CDC says. With a vaccination rate of 95.6 for children ages 19 to 35 months, this article reported that Ohio improved their vaccination rates by addressing issues associated with lack of transportation and use of multiple vaccine providers and increasing education available to the public. The article noted the widespread attack on non-medical vaccine exemptions and linked to NVIC’s Advocacy Portal as a resource and stated, “As of March, the Virginia-based National Vaccine Information Center, which tracks such legislation nationwide, listed 110 such bills and actions pending in 36 states.” cleveland.com
. Aug. 27, 2015.
The children of our vaccination nation.
Reviewing the backlash and controversy surrounding vaccine exemptions and passage of California SB277 that eliminated the personal belief exemption, this article shares with readers the personal story of a family’s experience with a severe vaccine reaction and discusses parental rights. NVIC’s California state law webpage is used in this article to highlight recent events: “The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website states that, “On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 277 [indicating] personal and religious belief exemptions will not be allowed in California, effective July 1, 2016.” The article added that “a recent newsletter sent by the NVIC indicated that California “stood alone in the minority” of mandating vaccinations, and denying religious or personal exemptions. California is currently one of 11 states that has required vaccinations for children.” San Francisco News
. Aug. 27, 2015.
How do state rules affect vaccine exemption numbers?
As states consider vaccine exemption restrictions, vaccine risks must be acknowledged. "Those risks are real, says Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a group that advocates that people be able to decline mandatory vaccines based on their philosophical or personal beliefs. Fisher testified before the California State Assembly against the new law, which takes effect next July." MedCity News
. Aug. 25, 2015.
The Vaccine Debate: Should We Vaccinate Our Children?
NVIC's state webpage for Montana was used as a resource in this Montana report about school vaccine requirements. The report stated "According to the National Vaccine Information Center, there are certain required vaccines K-12 students in Montana must have before walking through the school doors this year." Montana KULR 8 News
. Aug 20, 2015.
Public Health Groups Push for Vaccines, While Others Inform.
As Ohio pediatricians promote back to school vaccines, NVIC's Barbara Loe Fisher states "It's a myth that if follow all the government recommended vaccines that you are going to be fully protected." While Loe Fisher said Ohio is a model state for exemptions, she warns that the pharmaceutical lobby will keep trying to chip away at those opt out measures. "You're going to see that lobby go into every state - including Ohio - and try to take away the religious and conscience exemptions leaving only a medical exemption in place," StateImpact Ohio NPR
. Aug. 12, 2015.
Secular Group Takes on Oregon's Religious Vaccine Exemptions
. Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center said religious exemptions are a constitutional issue. "If we do not have non-medical exemptions that allow us to exercise our freedom to have religious beliefs, have conscientious beliefs with regard to using a pharmaceutical product like a vaccine ...then we are not really free," she said. Oregon Public Radio
, Aug. 4, 2015.
California Law Mandates for School Aged Children, No Belief Exemptions
. Opponents of the bill, including parents of vaccine-injured children and those worried about safety, insist there has been inadequate consideration of the harmful effects of vaccines."All vaccines carry a risk of death and serious injury or disease," said Barbara Loe Fisher of the Sterling, Va.-based National Vaccine Information Center. "Doctors cannot tell who is going to be affected." National Catholic Register
, Aug. 1, 2015.
Vaccination Rate High Among Children in Tennessee, Georgia
. Barbara Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, said parents should not be told whether or not they need to vaccinate their kids. The center advocates for increased exemptions, believing it is important for parents to have the right and ability to choose whether their children are vaccinated. "These vaccines do carry the risk of injury and death," Fisher said, " and science has not defined who is or who is not at risk from the vaccinations." Fisher believes the current medical exemptions in Tennessee and Georgia are too narrow, and leave out numerous conditions and reasons that a child shouldn't be vaccinated. She said every state should offer a philosophical or conscientious exemption so parents can decide what is best for their children. Times Free Press (TN)
, Aug. 1, 2015.