June 2017

Why Is Informed Consent to Vaccination A Human Right?

Posted: 6/28/2017 10:49:23 AM | with 9 comments

By Barbara Loe Fisher

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Civil liberties.

They include the legal right to exercise freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief. 1 2

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Protection of autonomy and bodily integrity includes the human right to exercise informed consent to medical risk taking. 3 4 5

What is informed consent?

Informed consent means you have the legal right to be fully and accurately informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention, including a pharmaceutical product, and are free to make a voluntary decision about whether to accept the risk for yourself or your minor child without being coerced or punished for the decision you make. 6 7

Informed consent has guided the ethical practice of medicine since the Doctor’s Trial at Nuremberg after World War II, where the informed consent principle was internationally acknowledged as a human right for individuals participating in scientific research. 8 9 Today, informed consent to medical risk taking also means you have the legal right to be fully and accurately informed by a doctor or medical facility about the benefits and risks of a lab test, surgical procedure, prescription drug or other medical intervention performed on you or your minor child and give your voluntary permission. 10 11

Why is informed consent to vaccine risk taking a human right? 

Vaccines are biological products manufactured by pharmaceutical corporations. Like other pharmaceutical products, vaccines carry a risk of injury or death, which can be greater for some people than others, and often doctors cannot predict who will be harmed. 12 13

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One-size-fits-all vaccine policies and laws, which force you to risk your health or your child’s health without your voluntary, informed consent and with the threat of punishment for declining a vaccine, violate human rights. 14 15

It is important to protect civil liberties, including the freedom to exercise voluntary, informed consent to medical risk taking. Without the legal right to protect autonomy and bodily integrity, without the legal right to freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief, we are no longer free. 16 17

Within NVIC.org, learn more about vaccines, diseases and the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking.

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Vaccine Freedom Marches Across Italy Highlight Global Vaccination Agenda

Posted: 6/26/2017 9:46:00 AM | with 0 comments
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June 2017 saw Italians organize the largest pubic demonstrations against forced vaccination held in Europe since the Victorian era. Tens of thousands of parents, grandparents , children and their families in cities from Verona to Rome marched for “freedom of choice” in opposition to a May 19 decree mandating that school children receive multiple doses of 12 vaccines (up from four vaccines) or be prohibited from attending school. Non-compliant parents could be fined up to $9,700. 

In 2015 the Italian government launched a $785 million National Vaccination Plan that coincided with GlaxoSmithKline’s announcement of a one billion euro investment in Italy over four years. GSK manufacturers and markets eight of the 12 vaccines now mandated by the Italian government.

Italian doctors who dissent from the National Vaccination Plan’s restrictive policies and advocate for voluntary use of vaccines are being targeted for de-licensing. 

Major news outlets in the U.S. and Europe are taking an active role in assisting governments pursuing the global forced vaccination agenda. The New York Times, Scientific American and The Financial Times have all recently made strong statements attacking vaccine hesitancy and vaccine choice, including a call by vaccine developer Dr. Peter Hotez for the U.S. and other governments in developed countries to “snuff out” the anti-vaccine movement.

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Most vaccines are voluntary in all but a few western European countries, and there has been a generally high vaccination rate for DPT, MMR and polio without mandates. A member of the ruling party in the Italian parliament introduced the new bill because vaccination coverage for measles declined from 90 to 85 percent among children between 2011 and 2015. 

Mandatory vaccination goes against at least a dozen European ethical documents protecting autonomy, including the 1947 Nuremberg Code that defined informed consent to medical risk taking as a human right. 

Read the full article Vaccine Freedom Marches Across Italy Highlight Global Vaccination Agenda, including videos of the marches, in The Vaccine Reaction

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It’s the Cytokine Storms We Should Be Worried About

Posted: 6/21/2017 10:00:46 AM | with 0 comments
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Although the CDC states that 95% of people infected with poliovirus display no symptoms or minor symptoms, the disease continues to generate fear and attention. The World Health Organization pledged $1.2 billion to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 2017, and more than $15 billion has been spent on that program since 1988. Eradicating polio is big business, despite the fact that the vast majority of poliovirus infections are relatively harmless.

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock points out that most viruses do not harm the body directly. Rather, the body mounts an inflammatory process to deal with the infection, and for those people whose immune systems are weakened or not functioning correctly, this inflammatory process “overreacts,” causing people to be sick.

The effect of this dysfunctional immune response results in the release of chemicals called cytokines and chemokines, which attract microglia cells to the infection site. The microglia then secrete other destructive chemicals called excitotoxins. This abnormal reaction is called a “cytokine storm.” Dr. Blaylock maintains that this cytokine storm can affect the nervous system and is associated with neurological disorders such as autism. 

The current vaccination policy, in which many vaccines are given close together and over a long period of time, result in the brain’s immune system being constantly activated and exposed to large amounts of the harmful excitotoxins and cytokines which compromise the natural defenses and make people sicker, weaker, and more vulnerable to both infections and chronic disease.

Read the full article, It’s the Cytokine Storms We Should Be Worried About in NVIC’s The Vaccine Reaction. 

Read more about the increasing rates of chronic illness in Sick is the New Normal and A Sick and Unproductive America: The New Norm, the role of inflammation in Inflammation: The Good and the Bad, and polio eradication in Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Polio Eradication by 2018: A Pipe Dream. Read Barbara Loe Fishers’s special report In the Wake of Vaccines on the rise of chronic illness in the wake of vaccines. 

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The Smallpox Vaccine Was No Silver Bullet

Posted: 6/12/2017 5:35:29 PM | with 0 comments
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Vaccine science has not changed much in the 221 years since physician Edward Jenner first injected a healthy 8 year-old boy with cowpox and smallpox, and then revaccinated him 20 more times. Jenner even injected his own 11-month old son at least twice with the virus. When neither contracted smallpox, Jenner concluded that cowpox provided protection from smallpox, and it is on this basis that the entire field of vaccination rests. That Jenner’s son had a bad reaction and showed signs of “mild mental retardation”, and that both boys died of tuberculosis at ages 20 and 21 respectively, is often overlooked.

There remains an inflexible insistence that we accept Jenner’s 18th century science as “settled science” even though there is more than enough 19th, 20th, and 21st century science to question the universal assumption that Jenner got it right. There is an abundance of historical data that shows the smallpox vaccine and laws requiring smallpox vaccination was not the “silver bullet” that many believe was solely responsible for saving the world from smallpox. 

The city of Leisester, England, serves as an example of a highly vaccinated community that suffered a severe outbreak of smallpox, but only succeeded in controlling the disease when they replaced vaccination with a system of containment through rapid notification and voluntary quarantine. The surveillance and containment strategy has proved effective in controlling smallpox outbreaks elsewhere, yet it is almost impossible to budge public health officials and doctors from clinging to the vaccine paradigm, thus leaving us locked into an 18th century mindset.

Read the full article, “The Smallpox Vaccine Was No Silver Bullet” by TVR Editor Marco Cáceres in the NVIC’s online newspaper, The Vaccine Reaction

Learn more about smallpox, the smallpox vaccine, smallpox as a bioweapon, and ethical and legal considerations of forced vaccination in the comprehensive and well-referenced A Special Report on Smallpox and Forced Vaccination: What Every American Needs to Know by Barbara Loe Fisher.

Learn more about adverse events reported to VAERS in connection with smallpox vaccines, and to access NVIC special reports related to smallpox.

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Hesitant Parents Pressured by Doctors

Posted: 6/6/2017 5:32:36 PM | with 0 comments
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A recent article in the journal Pediatrics reports that increasing numbers of parents are questioning or refusing vaccines, or requesting an alternative schedule for their children. Overall, fewer parents are specifically focused on fears of autism, and instead are expressing increased broader concerns about the potential effects on the immune system and long-term well-being, lack of adequate vaccine safety studies, and informed medical consent issues. Some 83% of all parents in 2013 are reported to express some hesitancy, up from 75% in 2006.

This increase in “vaccine hesitancy” has spawned a host of articles in the medical literature about how to “fix” the problem, with strategies targeted to the degree of hesitancy and education, and commitment to questioning. When gentle persuasion and carefully scripted education are not enough to change the minds of “misinformed” or “confused” parents, more aggressive tactics such as “presumptive delivery,” a “strategy of inconvenience,” fear, guilt, and denial of medical care have been used. Holding the unvaccinated responsible for costs of care when others contract illness for which there is a vaccine, or charging them higher insurance premiums, have also been proposed. Some have even suggested offering candy or lottery drawings as a bribe for convincing the truly intractable, which offers a telling glimpse into the way people who question vaccine safety are viewed by public health officials and the medical community. 

Read the full article, “Tactics Doctors Use to Pressure Hesitant Parents to Vaccinate” by NVIC staff writer Kate Raines in the NVIC’s online newspaper, The Vaccine Reaction

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