US Government Will Focus on
Marketing HPV Vaccine in 2019
by Theresa Wrangham
After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approved Merck's HPV-9 Gardasil vaccine for use in adults age 27 to 45 in 2018, the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is evaluating whether to expand their current HPV vaccine recommendation to include this new age group.
ACIP's current recommendation is that boys and girls ages nine through 15 should get two-doses of HPV-9. The "catch-up" vaccine schedule is a three- dose series for females above age 15 through age 27 and males above 15 years of age to 21 years of age, if not previously vaccinated with HPV vaccine.
CDC to Step Up HPV Vaccine Marketing Strategies.
Should ACIP expand their recommendations for use of HPV-9 vaccine in the newly approved age group, the CDC won't be alone in the push to increase the use of the HPV vaccine by children and adults in the U.S. The federal government's focus on increasing the use recommendations for the HPV vaccine may result in a renewed effort by state legislators to introduce legislation in many states to mandate HPV vaccine for school entry."
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Bills in 30 States To Expand, Restrict or
Eliminate Vaccine Informed Consent Rights
Parents and their children line up at a Feb. 8, 2019 legislative hearing in Washington state to oppose a vaccine bill eliminating personal belief exemption
As of Feb. 18, 2019, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is monitoring more than 100 bills filed in 30 states proposing to expand, restrict or eliminate vaccine informed consent rights. In the last 48 hours, the NVIC Advocacy Portal team issued Action Alerts for vaccine bills introduced in the states of Connecticut, Nevada and Florida that threaten voluntary vaccine decision making, and also issued Action Alerts for the states of Oregon and Arizona that expand the ability to make informed voluntary decisions about vaccination. Additional bills may be filed during the next few weeks and more Action Alerts will be sent to registered users of the Portal.
Watch parents testify at the 2 p.m. hearing in Arizona today, Feb. 19, on a bill to add religious exemption to vaccination for school children.
NVIC Supports 50 Good Bills
Washington, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Oregon and Colorado are among the states that have either introduced bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions or there have been confirmed reports that similar legislation is under consideration. However, there are also a number of bills proposing to expand vaccine informed consent rights, including in Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. As of Feb. 18, NVIC has indicated support for 50 of the more than 100 vaccine-related bills introduced so far this legislative session.
The NVIC Advocacy Portal was launched in 2010 to inform the public about proposed vaccine-related bills and to email Action Alerts to registered Portal users and put them in direct electronic contact with their own legislators. Sign up to be a registered user of the NVIC Advocacy Portal today.
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NVIC Responds to Attack on Vaccine Exemptions with "No Forced Vaccination"
Message In NYC Times Square
by Barbara Loe Fisher
In what appears to be another well-orchestrated campaign to pressure state legislators to remove all personal belief vaccine exemptions in the U.S. and further restrict already narrow medical exemptions to vaccination, forced vaccination proponents are whipping up irrational fear to justify attacking human rights, including freedom of thought, speech, religious belief and conscience.
During this time of discrimination and oppression, NVIC is back up
in Times Square with NVIC's "Vaccinations: Know the Risks and Failures" and "No Forced Vaccination" animated digital message. Displayed on a giant 56 foot by 29 foot electronic screen in the heart of New York City's Times Square Plaza at 1500 Broadway (where the ball drops on New Year's Eve), NVIC's 10-second spot celebrating the human right to freedom of thought and conscience will be up through April 2019.
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NVIC In The News
Northwest Measles Outbreak Revives Debate Over Vaccine Laws. "The National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes mandatory vaccination laws, said it opposed that bill and the current one. Another anti-vaccination group, Informed Choice Washington, had its members at the statehouse on Thursday trying to dissuade lawmakers. "People are feeling extremely oppressed and feeling like they can't make an educated decision," said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the group (sic) [NVIC]. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions." Associated Press/Seattle Times Feb. 1, 2019.
Oregon lawmaker wants to end non-medical exemptions to school vaccine requirement. Theresa Wrangham, executive director of the National Vaccine Information Center, opposes Greenlick's proposal. "You're talking about a minority of parents who exercise their human rights to make medical risk-taking decisions voluntarily. Vaccination is a risk-taking decision," Wrangham told a KATU reporter. "It's my contention that this is a human right because it carries a risk of injury or death. You have to allow people to make that choice." KATU2 Feb. 11, 2019.
A state-by-state guide to vaccine exemptions in the U.S. According to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), Washington is one of 17 states that allow for philosophical exemption from vaccines, which are granted to individuals who hold conscientious objections to one or more shots... the following map breaks down vaccine exemption rules across the U.S., using data from NVIC." Insider Feb. 12, 2019.
Outbreak Is Bringing Vaccine Exemptions Into Spotlight. The other side: Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center often labeled as anti-vaccination, tells Axios that 100 cases of measles in a population of 320 million "is not a public health emergency." "It should not be used to justify eliminating the legal right to exercise informed consent to vaccination, which is protected by the inclusion of flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions in public health laws," she says. Axios Feb. 14, 2019.
Anti-vaxxers: admitting that vaccinology is an imperfect science may be a better way to defeat skeptics. "Other groups, like the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), declare that its mission is to promote informed consent. The NVIC says it offers neutral, evidence-based information about vaccines, but its website has many stories about vaccine-damaged children and the "harassment" of parents for making "informed vaccine choices." The Conversation Feb. 15, 2019.
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You can take NVIC's information with you and listen to commentaries on vaccine science, policy, law and informed consent at home, when exercising, commuting in your car or anywhere you have a cell phone or other electronic device that plays podcasts. The length of podcasts range from a few minutes to 75 minutes and the text of podcasts with references can be read on NVIC.org. Download NVIC commentaries on podcast here.