WA & NJ Families Stand Up For Vaccine Choices

Posted: 3/23/2011 9:29:04 PM | with 10 comments

by Barbara Loe Fisher

The online Advocacy Portal launched by the National Vaccine Information Center in November 2010 is helping Americans organize and fight to protect the integrity of the medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination in state health laws. In two states -  Washington and New Jersey –  well heeled and politically influential medical trade organizations promoting forced vaccination, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), have joined with government health officials and pharmaceutical companies to put the squeeze on state legislators to take away or severely limit the ability of citizens to make voluntary vaccine choices.

The Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org is a unique interactive online education and communication tool created by Dawn Richardson, NVIC’s director of advocacy, and is provided as a free public service for all Americans to keep up to date and learn how to counteract coordinated, serious attacks on state vaccine exemptions. In the past several months, NVIC has worked with families using the Advocacy Portal in both states to help them voice legitimate concerns about medical personnel inside and outside of government, who are aggressively taking steps to force all citizens to use an ever-increasing number of vaccines.
WASHINGTON:  Nearly 100 Try to Testify on March 9

On Feb. 13, 2011 NVIC sounded an alarm
that legislation was being rammed through the Washington state legislature that would require parents to get a doctor, nurse or other designated medical personnel to sign a religious or philosophical belief exemption to vaccination for their child stating that the parents have been fully informed about the benefits and risks of vaccination.

Bill Will Force Families Into “Medical Homes” & Block Vaccine Choices

The Senate bill (SB5005), which was introduced by state Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33rd District) and has 11 sponsors, and the House bill (HB1015), which was introduced by state Rep. Barbara Bailey (R-10th District) and has 16 sponsors, enjoys the strong backing of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Washington State Nurses Association, state public health officials and other trade organizations representing medical personnel, who are seeking to force families into “medical homes” and reduce the numbers of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the state of Washington.

Nearly 100 Came to Olympia To Object & Testify

After quickly organizing Washington state residents signed up as users of the Advocacy Portal, Dawn Richardson scheduled an educational webinar to help families in Washington prepare to give testimony at a hearing on the Senate version of the bill in the House Health and Wellness Committee. On March 9, nearly 100 mothers, fathers, and grandparents, babies and children came from all over the state to Olympia to send a clear message to legislators that they did not want to be required to get a medical worker’s signature in order to file and receive a non-medical religious or philosophical exemption to vaccination.

Rep. Eileen Cody, RN Cuts Off Oral Testimony

Some 65 citizens, many wearing “No SB5005” stickers on their shoulders, signed in to give prepared testimony opposing the legislation. However, the Committee chair and bill sponsor, Rep. Eileen Cody, RN (D-34th District), without advance warning abruptly cut off the testimony after only representatives from NVIC, the Christian Homeschool Network and a handful of parents had testified.

After Rep. Cody barred further testimony by Washington state constituents, who had come a long way to participate in the democratic process, families gathered outside and vowed to fight on. Many of the parents and principled health professionals showing up to defend the right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination walked directly to the offices of their representatives to protest the injustice while others, who had traveled a long way with small children, had to head home.

Powerful Written Testimony Tells the Story

Here are excerpts of written testimony submitted to the Committee after the March 9 hearing, where so many were turned away and prevented from giving oral testimony:

“Thank you for reading my views on SB5005/HB1015. Last week I was present at the hearing about the bill that touched the sensibilities of a swatch of backgrounds of people: men, women, teens and children. Even though it was not convenient to wait in the crowded hearing room with fidgety infants and toddlers, waiting to give testimony and be heard, they did. Even when it became evident so few would be allowed to give testimony against the bill to the Committee, they still waited and patiently showed opposition.

“Parents are used to waiting but, mostly, they want to be heard. Parents love their children and want the best for them. Parents need to be respected by the state without interference by the state to make conscientious health care decisions in their child’s best interests….while most states don’t place restrictions on obtaining religious or philosophical exemptions, some states required religious or philosophical exemption forms to be notarized before being submitted. NO state requires a medical practitioner’s signature to validate a religious or philosophical exemption, only to validate a medical exemption.”

Naturopathic Doctor Worried About Reprisals

A Naturopathic doctor wrote: “PLEASE oppose SB5005…With most MD’s being unthinkingly pro-immunization, a requirement to get their physician to approve of an exemption will make it well-nigh impossible for many people to have a choice in whether their infants will be immunized, making it a de-facto forced immunization program. This is a social justice issue and will especially affect low-income people. Additionally, it will predictably lead to reprisals against the physicians who DO approve exemptions for their patients.”

Parent of Vaccine Injury Child Reported for Child Neglect

A parent of a vaccine injured child wrote “As a parent of a child, who suffered an adverse reaction to a series of vaccinations and won a settlement from the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Program, I am concerned about SB2005 and HB1015 being passed into law and violating our First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment….do not let some doctor, who will only see [a] child for 15 minutes impose their will and make decisions for our [children],,,,despite my having extensive medical records from six doctors running tests over a course of almost two and a half years and determining my son’s medical problems were vaccine-related, I was turned into Child Protective Services for neglect on the grounds I was not meeting my son’s medical needs…..I can only imagine the horror SB5005 and HB1015 would unleash on parents who attempt to make an educated decision about their child’s health….As life continued for my vaccine injured son, I received repeated phone calls from the schools he attended insisting he be caught up on the vaccine schedules they wished to impose. They were not interested in the MEDICAL WAIVER in his file! I urge you not to take away our right to informed consent.”

Public Health Dentist Says ”Do No Harm”

A public health dentist wrote” “I support health education….if the Department of Health wants health education, they can do it without legislation. The intent of SB5005 and HB1015 is to set up a road block rather than health education and informed consent for good parental decisions and ownership of the decision. Good scientists are humble and do not create obstacles for informed consent and patient rights with freedom of choice….we must be cautious and do no harm…health education can be done without strong-arming the public and causing them additional expense.”

Mom Paralyzed by OPV Harassed For Protecting Her Child

A mother, who received federal vaccine injury compensation after she was paralyzed by vaccine strain polio following the vaccination of her 11 week old daughter with live oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 1993, describes her daughter’s vaccine reactions and harassment by angry doctors insisting she ignore those reactions and keep vaccinating:

“I continued her vaccinations through the Health Department because I was tired of the doctors’ opinions. A doctor told me not to come back because of my opinion of giving her vaccinations slowly over time and not by the schedule…by her third DPT shot, her fevers would be 105 degrees…also it happened with her first MMR shot. I signed the personal exemption, which is my right as a mother and under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Without a personal exemption to use, we would have been in trouble because no doctor would have signed it with just high fevers as a reaction. I was not waiting until she was in a hospital like I was! I did not make my decisions based on convenience. It took years of thoughtful research and for anyone to think differently is insulting and absurd. This bill basically eliminates the religious and personal exemption by requiring a medical practitioner’s signature. I personally never met a doctor that would sign!”

AAPS: Medical Practitioners Afraid of Sanctions

The executive director of the Association for American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) wrote, “Parents have the right to decline immunizations, just as they have the right to decline other medical interventions. We support the philosophical and religious exemption….Forcing parents to obtain a medical practitioner’s signature places a significant burden on their ability to exercise their rights. There is always a cost and a significant inconvenience. It may actually be difficult to find a medical practitioner, who is willing to sign a statement owing to fears, justified or otherwise, of liability or of sanctions by a licensure board.”

Nurse Told Parent She Could Go to Jail for Not Vaccinating Child

An holistic health care provider wrote “I have had parents crying in my office after being coerced by their pediatrician to vaccinate when they had made up their minds not to and the child has had a serious and permanent reaction to a vaccine. Children are injured and sometimes killed by vaccines. Who steps up and assumes responsibility? Not the pediatrician and not the pharmaceutical companies. The parents are stuck with the financial responsibility….the medical provider is not going to give a true informed consent discussion as they are sometimes less informed than the parents. I had an employee told by a nurse that she could go to jail for not vaccinating her child. This is not an isolated incident; I hear these stories all the time. Leave it alone. Just vote no!”

CLICK HERE to watch a video of the March 9 House hearing.

WA Parents Come Back to Testify Again on March 17

Another hearing on the legislation was held a week later, on March 17, in the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee chaired by one of the bill’s sponsors Karen Keiser (D-33rd District). This time, two pre-set panels were created to represent those in support of and those opposed to the bill. Those testifying in support of the bill included the same alliance of medical trade associations representing medical workers administering vaccines and aggressively promoting mandatory vaccination: American Academy of Pediatrics; state nurses associations, and state public health officials.

Father of Child Who Died After Hep B Vaccination: Follow the Money

Michael Belkin, whose infant daughter, Lyla Rose, died in 1998 within 16 hours of being given a hepatitis B vaccination, was allowed to give oral testimony. He pointed out to the committee that there is “another side” to the story and that vaccines carry the risk of brain inflammation (encephalitis) and there are commercial interests involved in support of vaccine mandates.

“I’d like to read you the definition of a vaccine adverse reaction from the largest selling medical textbook in America, the Merck Manual: ‘Encephalitis can occur in the following ways….a virus or a vaccine triggers a reaction that makes the immune system attack brain tissue, an autoimmune reaction.’ So the truth of the matter is, there are risks to vaccination.

Behind all these doctors, there is an American Academy of Pediatrics and there is a pharmaceutical industry, which is losing patent protection on 125 billion dollars of blockbuster drugs, such as Lipitor. They plan to grow the vaccine business, which is a 25 billion dollar business. There are 140 new vaccines in development and they want to use YOU as their marketing department. Think about it  - are any of you in business or have you been in business - if you could use the government to require people to buy your products?

“This bill for me personally would be such a terrible intrusion – to have to listen to some doctor’s propaganda about how great vaccines are when I have been to every CDC and FDA and Institute of Medicine meeting and I have seen the process. The process for vaccine safety is fundamentally broken and these doctors would rather kick me out of their office than sign the form. If you do not vaccinate, they will tell you to get out of their practice. That is the real world. It’s not that you just go to a doctor and they will sign this form. They will not sign this form – flat out – they will kick you out of their practice.”

Educated Mother of Three: Bill is Insulting and Degrading

A college graduate, former corporate manager and full time mother of three, talked about her vaccine injured daughter suffering with a severe neurological disorder. She defended her educated decision not to vaccinate her children and explained why the bill would violate her parental rights to protect her children from harm:

Since [my daughter’s] diagnosis, I have made it my mission to educate myself to the “nth” degree about vaccination. This bill insinuates that parents, who vaccinate, are somehow more informed than parents who don’t when, in reality, this could not be further from the truth. I am not ignorant. I did not come to the decision to not vaccinate my children flippantly, lazily or out of convenience. My decision came from years of research, thoughtful consideration of the data I found, asking hard questions and making solid choices for the welfare of my children.

This bill implies that I am reckless, irresponsible and uninformed when, in fact, it is the complete opposite. This insinuation is insulting and degrading. It is more likely that those who choose not to vaccinate are more informed about the ingredients, the dangers, the side effects and the impact on society than those who do vaccinate.

“I do not take my kids for well child check-ups. If they are well, there is no need to take them in. But this bill requires me to pay to go to a medical practitioner and have him or her review the risks, of which I am already thoroughly aware, only to possibly have him or her not sign the form at all. This puts the practitioner in the place to be judge and jury over my parental rights and gives him or her the final say as to whether my religious or philosophical beliefs are, indeed, valid. This is absolutely, unequivocally morally wrong and violates our First Amendment.

“Let me tell you, I am a cancer survivor. At the age of two, I was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer. My parents researched, asked the hard questions and educated themselves about the best possible decision to make for their daughter. They thought outside the box, much like I do today. They denied chemotherapy and radiation and put me on a strict vitamin and nutrition program. They did not go with what the doctors told them to do and here I am – 30 years later – and still cancer free.

“I tell you this story not only because this bill is a vaccine issue, but because it is a parental rights issue. I demand of you to respect and protect the same rights that my parents had 30 years ago. I vehemently urge you to oppose this bill and uphold my rights and the rights of others to make the informed, conscientious decisions we deem right for our children.”

CLICK HERE to listen to the audio podcast of the March 17 House hearing.

CLICK HERE to read a media report about the bill.

ACTION NEEDED: Sign up for the Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org and find out how you can IMMEDIATELY contact your WA state representatives to protect your right to make voluntary vaccine choices.

NEW JERSEY: Parents Pack Hearing Room on March 7
On March 7, 2011, in a standing-room only NJ Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee meeting, a bill (A243) to allow New Jersey residents to exercise conscientious belief exemption to vaccination was debated before a hostile physician/attorney committee chairman,  Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. (D-7th District).More than 40 parents showed up to testify in support of the bill.

Dr. Conaway Cuts off Parents & Bill Sponsor
However, Dr. Conaway only allowed testimony of 1 ½ minutes per person and, according to first hand reports, “was very rude in cutting people off,” including cutting off the testimony of the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk (R-39th District). Assemblywoman Vandervalk was former chair of the Health Committee.

Big Pharma Owns New Jersey
NVIC has worked with parents in New Jersey since the 1980’s to educate residents about vaccine safety and informed consent issues. The New Jersey conscientious belief exemption legislation, which was first introduced in the mid-1990’s, has been gaining more support in a state where pharmaceutical companies like Merck, Sanofi Aventis, Novartis, Pfizer, and American Cyanamid have a stronghold.
Dr. Deborah Ginsburg testified in support of the bill and was quoted as saying she was “very concerned about the trends that point towards a reduction of parental rights when it comes to mandatory vaccination” while Dr. Conaway adamantly maintained that allowing a conscientious belief exemption “was a recipe for chaos.” There are currently 18 states that allow a philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

Dr. Conaway Refuses to Allow a Vote
Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination in 1999 and an NVIC Advocacy Portal leader for New Jersey, testified at the hearing.  “I hear from parents daily and they are frustrated. They feel pressured and bullied….This bill has been sitting in this committee for over seven years. It is time to move this forward and permit a vote in the full Assembly.”
Dr. Conaway refused to allow the health committee to take a vote and the conscientious belief exemption bill, which has five primary sponsors and 18 co-sponsors, remains stuck in the committee.  CLICK HERE to listen to the audio podcast of the hearing.

Religious Exemption Under Attack in NJ
In a NJ Senate Health Committee meeting on March 14, a bill (S2625) sponsored by two state Senators -  Loretta Weinberg (D-37th District) and Joseph Vitale (D-19th District) - was debated that would require parents to write a statement “explaining how the administration of the vaccine conflicts with the bona fide religious tenets or practices of the student.” An identical bill (A3836) has also been introduced in the Assembly by Dr. Conaway, who is the sole sponsor of the bill in the Assembly.

Bill Violates NJ Constitution
The bill language directly contradicts Article 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, which states that “No person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshipping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience.”

Again, parents showed up to testify – this time against an unconstitutional bill that violates First Amendment rights and opens the door for discrimination and harassment of parents by school and other government officials, who will act as religious inquisitors and sit in judgment of the religious beliefs of fellow citizens. Senator Weinberg was quoted as saying “The overall aim of this bill is to get children immunized.” The Executive Director of the NJ American Academy of Pediatrics said that it is a public health issue when a parent chooses not to vaccinate, putting all of society at risk.

Attorney Claudine Liss questioned the constitutionality of the legislative language if the words “bona fide” remain in the bill. Sue Collins agreed that the language would open the door for lawsuits against the state.

The committee voted 6 to 1 with one abstention to approve the bill and it is headed for a Senate floor vote. Afterwards, Sue Collins told families, “This is going to be a battle and it is going to be long and we must remain diligent and involved. Nothing is more important than our right to protect our children.”

CLICK HERE to listen to the audio podcast of the March 14 meeting.

ACTION NEEDED: Sign up for the Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org and stay up to date on where these bills are in the NJ state legislative process and how you can work with YOUR state legislators to protect your right to make vaccine choices

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NVIC & Mercola.com on Times Square!

Posted: 3/23/2011 8:17:17 PM | with 18 comments

A 15-second public service message featuring the National Vaccine Information Center is being shown on the CBS JumboTron on Times Square through April 28. Made possible by support from Mercola.com, the message is shown every hour for 18 hours a day on the 20 by 26-foot full color big screen located on 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues near Broadway and the NY Port Authority and directly beneath where the crystal ball drops at midnight on Times Square every NewYear’s Eve.

The 15 second spot includes the logos of NVIC and Mercola.com and a photo of a Mom with her baby. It begins with the message Vaccines: Know the Risks and ends with the message Vaccination: Your Health. Your Family. Your Choice with the statue of liberty in the background.

Every day, more than 1.5 million people and 60,000 cars pass through Times Square, which is know as the “Gateway to New York” and “where the world meets America.”  Click Here to see the 15-second Times Square message.

In November 2011, NVIC and Mercola.com co-sponsored the first annual “Vaccine Awareness Week” to raise awareness about the need for informed, voluntary vaccine decisionmaking in America.

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New Vaccine Documentary World
Premieres in Dallas

Posted: 3/23/2011 8:15:30 PM | with 11 comments

The World Premiere of a new feature documentary on vaccination, “The Greater Good,” will be held at the Dallas Film Festival on April 2-3, 2011. The 82-minute movie has been produced by award winning film directors, editors, animators and photographers and has been nominated by the Dallas Film Festival for the Silver Heart Award and the Target Documentary Competition. The film will also be screened at Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson on April 12; at Lincoln Center in New York City in May and at Autism One in Chicago on May 26.

Bringing the Bigger Picture Into Focus

    The storyline for “The Greater Good” movie centers on three families, whose lives have been changed by vaccine reactions, and features interviews with pediatricians, public health officials, scientists, consumer activists, attorneys and vaccine developers. NVIC’s work and perspective on vaccine safety and informed consent issues is included in the film. In a statement of purpose, film producers Leslie Manookin Bradshaw, Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro, said “These days, vaccination ranks alongside religion and politics as one of those subjects “not to discuss around the Thanksgiving table.” The Greater Good aims to change that. The film takes a step back from the recent divisiveness, discusses the issue's complexity and nuances, and brings the bigger picture into focus. We strive to create a safe space to bring rational and reasonable ideas back to this important discussion.”

Coping With Vaccine Injury & Death

   A portrait of what a Gardasil vaccine injury looks like is brought into sharp focus in the story of pain and courage told by 16 year old Gabi Swank and her Mom, Shannon Schrag in Kansas. The tragedy of losing a baby daughter after several rounds of vaccinations is described by Dr. Stephanie Christner and her husband, Danny, in Oklahoma as they plea for more physician and parent education. The reality of what it is like to raise a vaccine injured son with autism becomes clear when MyLinda and Fred King talk about their hopes and fears in Portland.

   Also appearing in the film are Norman Baylor, PhD, MS; Kevin Conway, JD; Barbara Loe Fisher; Renee Gentry, JD; John Green, MD; Diane Harper, MD, MPH, MS; Paul Offit, MD; Walter Orenstein, MD; Lawrence Palevsky, MD; Robert Sears, MD; Christopher Shaw, MD; Clifford Shoemaker, JD and Melinda Wharton, MD.

Dallas Film Festival Tickets

 “The Greater Good” will be screened at the Dallas Film Festival at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas in Theatre 7 at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and in Theater 6 at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Advance tickets for the Saturday screening are sold out but $10 tickets are still available for the Sunday evening screening.

On Sunday at Noon, there will be a special panel roundtable discussion on a proposed Texas state bill mandating meningitis vaccine for all college students in Theater 7 of the Angelika Film Center. The panel includes pediatricians Lawrence Palevsky, MD and Bob Sears, MD; Dawn Richardson and Rebecca Rex, co-founders of  the Texas-based Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education  (PROVE); and moderator Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC co-founder & president. Admission is free with no tickets and seating limited to first come, first serve.

Arizona International Film Festival

 “The Greater Good” will be screened at the Arizona International Film Festival on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Screening Room, 127 East Congress St, Tucson. For more information about the Arizona Film Festival, click here.

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No Pharma Liability? No Vaccine Mandates.

Posted: 3/2/2011 9:43:19 PM | with 32 comments

by Barbara Loe Fisher

On February 22, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court shielded drug companies from all liability for harm caused by vaccines mandated by government when companies could have made a safer vaccine.  1

From now on, drug companies selling vaccines in America will not be held accountable by a jury of our peers in a court of law if those vaccines brain damage us but could have been made less toxic. 2 

If you get paralyzed by a flu shot or your child has a serious reaction to a vaccine required for school and becomes learning disabled, epileptic, autistic, asthmatic, diabetic or mentally retarded, you are on your own. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

From now on – unless we stand up and draw the line on vaccine mandates - the government can legally use police powers to force every American to get hundreds of vaccinations or be punished while those, who are hurt by vaccination, can be more easily swept under the rug and left to fend for themselves.  17, 18, 19&, 20

Big Pharma Blackmailed Congress in 1982

To understand how this happened, we have to turn the clock back to 1982. That is when four big drug companies (Merck, Wyeth, Lederle, Connaught) blackmailed Congress by threatening to stop selling vaccines in America unless a law was passed giving them complete immunity from prosecution. 21

The pharmaceutical industry knew they were in big trouble because the old, crude whooping cough vaccine in the DPT shot was causing brain inflammation and death in many children; 22 the live oral polio vaccine was crippling children and adults with vaccine strain polio; 23  and Americans were filing lawsuits to hold drug companies responsible for the safety of their products. 

Supreme Court Allows Seat Belt Injury Lawsuits

On February 23, 2011, one day after the Supreme Court blocked lawsuits against drug companies for failing to make vaccines safer, they cleared the way for lawsuits against car manufacturers for failing to make seat belts safer. 24

Civil Liability Is A Consumer Protection

Civil liability is a consumer protection. In the past, civil liability has protected us from wealthy tobacco corporations selling cigarettes that were once endorsed by doctors and the U.S. government. 25, 26 Civil liability has protected us from defective cars and toys and food and drugs that have passed federal licensing and safety standards. 27, 28, 29, 30

Civil liability put pressure on drug companies to develop and license a less toxic pertussis vaccine in 1996. 31  Civil liability put pressure on federal health agencies to replace use of a contaminated, neurotoxic polio vaccine that can paralyze people with one that cannot. 32

Parents in 1980’s Opposed Total Liability Shield

Thirty years ago the wealthiest and most powerful industry lobbying on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures – the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry  - tried very hard to get total liability protection for every vaccine that government regulates, recommends and mandates. 

The only difference is that three decades ago, government officials were ordering doctors to give children 23 doses of 7 vaccines and, today, that direct order is up to 70 doses of 16 vaccines.  33, 34

The parent co-founders of the National Vaccine Information Center worked with Congress back in the early 1980’s and we refused to support any legislation that would legally let the pharmaceutical industry completely off the hook. 35

1986 Law: Pharma Liability Was The Safety Net

Parents successfully argued that, if Congress was going to give drug companies partial liability protection through the creation of a federal vaccine injury compensation alternative to a lawsuit, then language had to be written into the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that protected a citizen’s right to sue drug companies when federal compensation was denied, or the company had the technological ability to make a vaccine less toxic but refused to do it.  36

Continued civil liability was the safety net for American consumers in that law. Continued civil liability was the leverage that gave some financial incentive for drug companies to make vaccines safer and gave some political incentive for  government officials to award federal compensation to the vaccine injured.  37 

Supreme Court Wrote Pharma A Blank Check

Now, six activist Supreme Court judges have ripped the liability safety net from the U.S. mass vaccination system and written Big Pharma a blank check by deliberately ignoring the language and legislative history of the 1986 Vaccine Injury Act. Only Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, in an accurate and brilliant dissenting opinion, stood up for the people. 38

Every American Pays Surcharge on Every Vaccination

Now it will be much easier for employees in government health agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice and the Vaccine Court to deny vaccine victims federal compensation, which 308 million Americans pay for through a surcharge on each one of the annual flu shots and the dozens of doses of vaccines public health officials say we all should get. 39

There is $3 billion dollars waiting to be awarded in the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund, which has already been raided by federal agencies dragging vaccine victims through years of litigation and looking for ways to deny vaccine risks. 40

130 vaccinations from birth to death

The Supreme Court has now given Pharma and evangelistic doctors a green light to lobby legislators to require every American, who lives to be 78 years old, to get more than 130 doses of government recommended vaccines starting on the day of birth through the last year of life. 41

Hundreds of New Vaccines In Development

That does not include use of any of the hundreds of new vaccines now being developed by drug companies with government approval that will be required in the future - whether those vaccines are necessary or not; whether the vaccines work or not; whether the vaccines are dangerous or not and whether the people want to use the vaccines or not. 42, 43

This is not public health. This is exploitation of a captive people by a  pharmaceutical industry seeking unlimited profits and by doctors in positions of authority, who have never seen a vaccine they did not want to mandate. 

It is a drug company stockholder’s dream, a health care consumer’s worst nightmare and a prescription for tyranny. 

Americans Forced to Get More Vaccines Than Anyone in World

Americans are required by law to use more vaccines than any other nation in the world. In no other country - not in Canada, 44, the United Kingdom, 45 Australia, 46 New Zealand, 47 the Netherlands, 48 Germany, 49 Japan 50 or in any other country are citizens subjected to mandatory use of dozens of doses of vaccines under the threat of being denied a public education and health insurance and employment. 51 52 53

There is no other word for this but tyranny.

Vaccines Are Phamaceutical Products 

Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry a risk of injury or death, a risk that can be greater for some than others. If a vaccine is effective, then those choosing to use that vaccine will have nothing to fear from those who make another health care choice. If a vaccine is not effective, then consumers are being asked to take two risks:  a risk they will be harmed and a risk the vaccine will not work at all. 

That is not a product that should be legally required, especially when doctors cannot predict ahead of time who will be harmed by a vaccine and there is no civil liability for the company selling it, the person giving it or the government official mandating it.

No liability?

No accountability?  

No mandates.

Stand Up for Health Freedom

If corporations are in business to make money; if doctors can make mistakes; if judges can get it wrong; if what is considered scientific truth today can turn out to be not true tomorrow; and if nobody is held accountable in the civil justice system for vaccines that could have been made safer, then now is the time for all Americans to stand up for health freedom in this great nation of ours. 

There is no freedom more fundamental than the human right to be free to decide what risks we are wiling to take with our lives or our children’s lives.

Join NVIC: Help Us Help You

Please join with the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, the largest, oldest and most experienced vaccine safety and informed consent watchdog in America. 

Help us help you stand up for your right to know and freedom to choose which vaccines that you consider necessary, safe and effective enough to use.

Help us defend every American’s right to seek justice in a civil court of law when vaccines cause harm - or do not work - so that reactive and ineffective vaccines are forced off the market.

Protect Vaccine Exemptions in Your State

Vaccine laws are state laws. Sign up for our free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org that will teach you how to participate effectively in the democratic legislative process and defend vaccine exemptions in your state laws. Educate your elected representatives about why it is so important to include strong consumer protections and informed consent rights in all public health laws.

Donate $10 and NVIC Receives $30 to Defend Freedom

Please make a donation – large or small – to NVIC. Because for every dollar you donate by March 31, 2011 THREE dollars will be donated to NVIC by a courageous and compassionate American, who has pledged to expand national public education and state based advocacy programs. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of building an effective, well-organized nationwide campaign to take back our freedom to make voluntary vaccination choices.

We Cannot Be Afraid

There is no time to waste. If we don’t learn from history, we will repeat it. We cannot be afraid to empower ourselves as a free people and make our democracy work. 

We can win back the freedom we have lost and take control of our health and the future of America. We can do it if we are as brave as those freedom-loving men and women, who founded America two centuries ago.

Be the one to stand up today to make sure that your children and grandchildren and all Americans will not live under tyranny tomorrow.

No forced vaccination.  

Not in America.

To watch a 90 second video PSA on this topic, click here.



1 Supreme Court of the United States. Russell Bruesewitz et al v. Wyeth et al. No. 09-152. Argued October 12, 2010 – Decided February 22, 2011. 

2 Business Wire. NVIC Press Release: National Vaccine Information Center Cites “Betrayal of Consumers by U.S. Supreme Court Giving Total Liabilty Shield to Big Pharma. February 23, 2011.

3 Alderslade R, Bellman MH et al. The National Childhood Encephalopathy Study: a report on 1000 cases of serious neurological disorders in infants and young children from the NCES research team. In: Whooping Cough: Reports from the Committee on the Safety of Medicines and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Department of Health and Social Security, London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office 1981. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1981; May 16; 282(6276):1595-9.

4  Cody CL, Baraff L, Cherry JD et al. Nature and rates of adverse reactions associated with DTP and DT immunizations in infants and children. Pediatrics 1981; 68(5): 650-60.

5 Coulter HL, Fisher BL. DPT: A Shot in the Dark. 1985. 

6 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (PL99-660).

7 Institute of Medicine. Adverse Effects of Pertussis & Rubella Vaccines. 1991. 

8 Institute of Medicine. Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines: Evidence Bearing on Causality. 1994.

9 Institute of Medicine. DPT Vaccine & Chronic Nervous System Dysfunction:  A New Analysis. 1994.

10 The Economist. Plagued by Cures. November 20, 1997. 

11 Enriquez R, Addington W et al. The relationship between vaccine refusal and self-report of atopic disease in children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005 Apr;115(4):737-44. 

12 McDonald KL, Hug SL et al. Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with reduced risk of asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):626-31. Epub 2008 Jan 18.

13 Classen JB. Risk of vaccine induced diabetes in children with a family history of type 1 diabetes.The Open Pediatric Medical Journal 2008; 2:7-10. 

14 Haber P, DeStefano F et al. 2004. Guillain-Barre syndrome following influenza vaccination. Journal of the American Medical Association.

15 Fisher BL. Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic. National Vaccine Information Center 2008. 

16 Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). 1990 - January 25, 2011: 358,599 vaccine adverse events reported. 

17Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11(1905. LSU Law Center.

18 Fisher BL. Smallpox & Forced Vaccination: What Every American Needs to Know. National Vaccine Information Center 2001. 

19 ACLU. 2009. NYCLU Urges Public Education and Voluntary Vaccine for H1N1 Flu, Warns Vaccine Mandate Violates Privacy Rights. Testimony by Donna Lieberman.

20 Fisher BL. Forcing Flu Shots on Healthcare Workers: Who Is Next? September 29, 2010.

21 See Reference # 5.

22 See References # 3, 5, 6, 9

23 See Reference # 8

24 Supreme Court of the United States. Williamson et al v. Maza Motor of America, Inc. et al. No. 08-1314.  Argued November 3, 2010 – Decided February 23, 2011. 

25 Time Magazine. Photo Archive: Your Doctor Wants You to Smoke.

26 Verkuil P. A Leadership Case of Tobacco Use and Regulation. Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. University of Pennsylvania. 1998. 

27 Consumer Watch.com. Lawsuits: Car Steering Defect

28 Injury Board. Mattel Settles Claim Over 2007 Toy Recalls. 

29 Injury Board, LawWiki. Contaminated Food Products. 

30 Voreocos D, Johnson A. Merck Paid 3,468 Death Claims to Resolve Vioxx Suits. Bloomberg News. July 27, 2010.

31 The Pharma Letter. First Acellular DTP Vaccine Licensed for Infants in U.S.August 12, 1996.

32 Rock A. The Lethal Dangers of the Multi-Billion Dollar Vaccine Business. CNN Money. December 1, 1996.

33 FDA Consumer. Kids Vaccination Schedule Changed. Jan. 1986.

34 U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  2011 Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedules.

35 See References # 5 

36 See Reference #6

37 Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Department of Health & Human Resources.  HRSA.

38 See Reference # 1

39 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Trust Fund.

40 U.S. Department of Treasury (Public Debt). Vaccine Injury Compensation Reports.

41 U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 2011 Adult Immunization Schedule.

42 Drug Discovery & Development. Vaccine Market A Refuge for Big Pharma. January 13, 2011.

43 National Institutes of Health. Clinical Trials – New Vaccines (1,067). Accessed March 2, 2011.

44  Vaccination Schedule – Canada  and Vaccine Risk Awareness Network (VRAN – Canada’s Vaccine Exemptions

45 Vaccination Schedule – United Kingdom.

46 Vaccination Schedule – Australia 

47 Vaccination Schedule – New Zealand and informed choice in New Zealand

48 Vaccination Schedule – Netherlands

49 Vaccination Schedule – Germany 

50 Vaccination Schedule - Japan

51 CNN. Vaccinations or Jail: County’s Threat to Parents. November 15, 2007.  

52 See References # 18, 19, 20

53 National Vaccine Information Center. Cry For Vaccine Freedom Wall. 

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