February, 2015

NEW! Toolkit – use this information to advocate for your rights.

Legislative Update:

  • February Update, WGDR radio. (~ 2/16/2015~)
  • The science is not settled.  (~
  • Pandemic Preparedness – is it about health? (ACLU, 2008 ~)


Action Needed:

– Oppose H98/S53 “Reportable Disease Registries and Data“(…more)

– Amend S9, – crime of “failure to protect” (…more)

– Oppose H.212, Repeal of philosophical & religious exemptions (…more)

Read Bill Text:

  • Which is Greater Threat, Measles or Measles Vaccine? by Jeffrey Dach, M.D. (…more)
  • Is Discussing the Safety of Vaccines the Third Rail of Pediatrics?
    by Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D. (…more)
  • What is the Philosophical Exemption? (…more)
  • Freedom of Conscience. (more)

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“Vaccine choice” is not about political affiliation, or economic status.

It is an issue of civil rights and of parental rights.

Will you protect the human right to informed consent in medical risk taking…?

 (click HERE for information on how to have your concerns be heard by lawmakers…)

2/8/2015: March of Dimes, AAP, VAHHS, Building Bright Futures Representative call for repeal of philosophical vaccine exemptions in Vermont…click here for more.

2/7/2015 – Greg Dobbs: In defense of parents who don’t vaccinate (Denver Post)


Studies Show that Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease (Weston A. Price Foundation).

Protecting the Immunocompromised: (see page 113 – Johns Hopkins Medicine recommends avoiding the recently vaccinated).

Spotlight on measles 2010: Excretion of vaccine strain measles virus in urine and pharyngeal secretions of a child with vaccine associated febrile rash illness, Croatia, March 2010

“We describe excretion of measles vaccine strain Schwarz in a child who developed a febrile rash illness eight days after primary immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella. Throat swabs and urine specimens were collected on the fifth and sixth day of illness, respectively. Genotyping demonstrated measles vaccine strain Schwarz (genotype A). If measles and rubella were not under enhanced surveillance in Croatia, the case would have been either misreported as rubella or not recognised at all.”

<>Do Vaccines Promote Health?<> –  (our questions start at 17:22 – link to VPR). 


January, 2015

When a measles vaccine fails to protect, who should be blamed? (read more…)

Want to help protect your right to informed consent in Vermont? Sign up here for updates.

Protect your right to informed medical decision making.

Central to the right of informed consent is the right to decline consent. In practicality with current vaccination laws, this translates into the right to exercise vaccine exemptions when state laws call for mandatory vaccines. Vermont law grants parents the right to exercise both religious and philosophical objections.

We are the individual human Voices for Vaccine Choice in Vermont. We are active community members and a vital part of the Vermont economy – the young families and future of vermont.

We are not “anti-vaxxers.”

There is no “Anti-Vaccination Movement” (read more). However, despite S199/Act 157 (2012), vaccine risk information offered to Vermont parents continues to be truncated and downplayed. When parents have questions and concerns about the health effects of vaccines, they are uniformly told: “the benefits far outweigh the risks”.  However, vaccines can and do cause unexpected side effects.

Do Vaccines Promote Health?

Public health officials aggressively market “routine” baby vaccines and insist they are safe and effective. However, an alarming “new normal” of chronic illness has more and more parents choosing to opt out of some – or all – of the many vaccines purchased and mandated for their children by the state. Bearing witness to the staggering rise in cases of children with allergies, asthma, eczema, ADHD, autism and other chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders, parents are asking: Do vaccines really promote long-term health?

We seek to protect informed consent by providing educational forums and by sharing published, peer-reviewed scientific information and news about the health effects and health outcomes of vaccination. Today’s doctors are not trained to recognize vaccine reactions; children and families suffer as a result.

1/22/2015: India – “There are several cases of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) like this, but they don’t get reported.” – AhmedabadMirror/ download .pdf

1/18/2015: Flu vaccine paradox adds to public health debate: “Canadian problem” an example of odd effects of prior vaccinationCBC News


1/7/2015: Opening Day in the VT Legislature (read more…)

1/7/2015: “She was healthy. She had a flu shot,” said Amber McCarthy, Ayzlee’s mother. “The whole thing is so unreal.” ‘Healthy’ Iowa 3-year-old dies from flu (Des Moines Register)

– This year, Vermont taxpayers will buy $13,411,296 worth of vaccines from the CDC through KidsVax, paying $352,290 in fees (report). Insurance companies will be billed for these costs, which will in turn be put into the health insurance rates in the form of an assessment.

– Record Number Of Whooping Cough Cases In San Diego County Despite Immunization… Over 80% of victims were up to date on their DTaP / TDaP shots (KBPS.)… in Vermont, 90% of victims had been vaccinated (VTDigger.)

– Government Accountability Office Issues Report on Vaccine Injury Compensation: “Most Claims Took Years…” (read the full report).

– Green Mountain Care Board to vote on Data privacy. Meeting is Thurs., 1-8-2015 at 11 am (read more).

Maine, 1-2-2015: “Which vaccines a parent gives to their child and when those vaccines are given is their prerogative as a parent. We can’t assume a parent is ignorant simply because they choose to vaccinate their children on a different schedule than the template laid out by the CDC. – Maine Rep. Deborah Sanderson.

New Hampshire, 1-4-2015: Advocates call for opt-out. Years in the making, N.H. immunization registry hits snag during rulemaking (Concord Monitor).

Last in health, Mississippi strives to add conscious belief vaccine exemption (HB 130).

Flu Shot or Not?

Are you considering whether you should get a flu shot or not? Have you recently been made to feel guilty about not “taking the protection”?


(Note: this is not medical advice, but a compilation of information and opinion written by citizens for health choice.)


There are multiple types of flu shots and methods of administration, and ingredients differ.

A table with some of the ingredients is below, to get you started on your research.
Source: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm094045.htm

When viral proteins are injected into the body, the immune system learns to recognize them (sensitization) and then on subsequent exposure to the proteins it begins to attack them (elicitation). Unfortunately, any other proteins injected with the vaccine are treated the same way. Once sensitized to the injected protein, future exposure to the protein elicits an attack known as an allergic reaction. References are below:

Smith-Norowitz TA, Wong D, Kusonruksa M, Norowitz KB, Joks R, Durkin HG, Bluth MH. Long Term Persistence of IgE Anti-Influenza Virus Antibodies in Pediatric and Adult Serum Post Vaccination with Influenza Virus Vaccine. Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(3):239-244. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.239. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v08p0239.htm

More details and references are here: http://foodallergycauses.wordpress.com/category/food-allergy-causes/

Intranasal vaccines apply spray close to your olfactory nerve that is millimeters away from your brain. There have been previous cases of adventitious agents in a vaccine and given that we can only test for what we know there may remains a risk of unintentional contamination of the vaccine by viruses/bacteria/amoeba/prion/etc.

Intradermal: skin cells/proteins may be torn by the needle and injected along with the vaccine.
If your body develops an allergy to these skin proteins, you can develop immune system related skin disorders such as eczema.

Intramuscular: skin and muscle cells/proteins may be torn by the needle and injected along with the vaccine. If your body develops an allergy to these muscle proteins (one of which is tropomyosin), you can develop immune system disorders as the immune system attacks any tissue containing tropomyosin. Tropomyosin is present in the brain and the intestines. So disorders can include autism, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
and of course seafood allergy.

Polysorbate 80 contains vegetable oils. Depending on the type of vegetable oil used, it can cause the development of allergies to various food items – food allergies.

Ovalbumin in vaccines can cause the development of allergy to egg.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen but your body creates a small amount of it too.

Mercury is a well known toxin for which there is no safe amount.

Triton X-100 can damage cells.

HA is the viral protein. The “active ingredient” of a flu vaccine.

Insect proteins when injected into the body can cause the development of allergy to those insect proteins.
Flublok uses cells from the Fall Armyworm, a type of moth larvae. If you develop an allergy to such an insect protein, it may be very difficult to avoid exposure. Avoiding exposure to egg for a patient with egg allergies is difficult enough. How would one avoid exposure to a moth/larvae protein?

Flucelvax contains dog kidney cell proteins. If you develop an allergy to dog kidney cell protein, your immune system might start attacking your own similar kidney cells. An autoimmune kidney disorder will result.

Also the dog kidney cells used to make the vaccine are highly tumorigenic. The cells are supposed to be all killed. But even the tumorigenic DNA residue in the vaccine is considered dangerous and is therefore limited by the FDA to 10 nanogram. Is that low enough?

Trivalent vaccines contain three viral strains and quadrivalent contain four viral strains.

If you want to perform some probability calculations, flu vaccines work 60% of the time per the CDC.

Recent science tells us that the flu may become a lot more deadly to those who have been repeatedly vaccinated.

In the old days before vaccines, you had no choice but to suffer the flu if you caught it.
Modern medicine gives you the choice as to whether you wish to intentionally expose your body, despite the fact that the long-term consequences of repeated influenza vaccination are unknown.


1) Standard Trivalent vaccine protects against three strains of the flu virus ( two type A’s and one Type B) and comes in two forms. Multidose vial which uses thimerisol as a preservative and single dose vial which does not. There is no real difference here since thimerisol has been conclusively shown not to cause autism as some tried to claim. Doctors often prefer the mutidose vial because its less expensive and since vaccines are a major cost to most practices ( and one we often lose money on).

2) Quadravalent vaccine protects again 4 strains of the flu ( Two A and Two B) and there for may offer more protection in some seasons. It is more expensive and may not be available everywhere so if its not available its best to get the Trivalent since the difference is not critical.

3) Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine – Unlike other flu vaccines this is a live attenuated virus vaccine so there is a small but not zero chance that immune compromised individuals could catch the flu if they got this vaccine. This is the preferred vaccine for children age 2-8 yrs old but is not approved for anyone under 2 yrs old or over 50 yrs old. It may offer slightly better protection than the standard trivalent vaccine

4) FluBlok – This is another trivalent vaccine approved for patients 18-49 yrs old. This vaccine is manufatured using a new technique which does not require the use of eggs so it is a good alternative for patients who are allergic to eggs.

5) High Dose Vaccine – This vaccine uses a higher dose fo the antigens to produce greater immunity It is useful in older patients since they do not respond as well to vaccines. It seems to increase protection by about 25%


Wakefield et al, and Scientific Rigor

December 15, 2014 by Shawn Siegel

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, praised and still soundly supported by the parents of the Lancet kids, is characterized as a fraud in the mainstream, virtually solely on the basis of the case series published in, and subsequently retracted from, the Lancet, but the science of the paper – the validity of the data collected and conclusions drawn – was never in question. Indeed, it was praised by Richard Horton, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, both in interviews and in his testimony at the General Medical Council hearing.

This is from the online Huffington Post article linked below, authored by journalist Sally Beck:

“[Horton made comments] in an interview with me for The Observer newspaper, and in a written email to an epidemiologist seeking clarification on whether the science in the Wakefield study held up. [He] was quick to confirm that the science in the paper, which looked at whether 12 autistic children also suffered bowel disease, was good.

“He reiterated his statement in his evidence to the GMC, ‘There was no question in my mind that subject to external peer review and editor debate, we should publish this work,’ he said. ‘The description of what seemed to be a new syndrome and its relations to possible environmental triggers was original and would certainly have interested our readers.'”

And the following is an excerpt from a document I received from Martin Walker, who edited the books, Silenced Witnesses, numbers 1 and 2, which are the stories of the parents of the Lancet kids. Martin attended the full GMC hearing – this is his description of Horton’s testimony, corroborating and expanding on the comments in the Huffington Post article:

“According to Horton, his enquiry into Deer’s allegations left him sure that at least one of the most serious was completely fictitious. From that point onwards, in real life and in the hearing, Horton gave impeccable evidence for the defence. In fact he rose to a level of praise for Dr Wakefield the like of which I have only previously heard from parents.

“When Horton moved to talking about the paper published in the Lancet, it became clear that he had the highest regard for the method which the ‘case series’ used and the way in which it was presented. If the prosecution was expecting him to say that the paper was full of poor science, they must have been surprised when he said the absolute opposite.

“Horton said that the Lancet paper was an excellent example of a ‘case series’. That this was a standard and entirely reputable way of reporting on a possible new syndrome. He said unequivocally that the science reported in the 1998 Lancet paper ‘still stands’ and that he ‘wished, wished, wished’ that the clock could be turned back and the paper be considered in the light it was first presented, without everything that followed.”

The headlines blasted around the world vilifying Dr. Wakefield should instead have been trumpeting the success enjoyed by the team of doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London, the families of the kids who participated, and certainly the children themselves, when the treatments for their inflamed bowels resulted in amelioration of their symptoms of autism; when kids who hadn’t been able to sleep through the night for months began getting a full night’s sleep; when kids who hadn’t spoken for months – or longer – again began speaking, and speaking with language usage commensurate with their age at the time, not at the age at which they’d stopped speaking!, demonstrating continued mental growth despite the outward appearance of absence; and when kids who’d lost emotional connection with their families once again began recognizing and bonding with their parents and siblings.

Priorities, folks – priorities.




December, 2014

“Since fiscal year 1999, HHS has added six vaccines to the vaccine injury table, but it has not added covered injuries associated with these vaccines to the table. This means that while individuals may file VICP claims for these vaccines, each petitioner must demonstrate that the vaccine that was administered caused the alleged injury. HHS is considering adding covered injuries associated with these vaccines; but as of September 2014, it had not published any final rules to do so.

The balance of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund, managed by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) increased from $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2009 to nearly $3.3 billion at the end of fiscal year 2013 as the trust fund’s income (from net revenues from vaccine excise taxes and interest on investments) outpaced its disbursements to HHS, USCFC, and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which represents HHS in VICP proceedings. VICP compensation, funded by the trust fund, increased from less than $126 million in each of fiscal years 1999 to 2009 to over $254 million in fiscal year 2013.”

  • US DHHS Decree: Immunity under U.S. law against legal claims related to the manufacturing, testing, development, distribution and administration of three experimental Ebola vaccines (Yahoo Finance)
  • CDC announces to doctors that the current flu vaccine may not protect against today’s predominately circulating H3N2 influenza virus (CBS This Morning)
  • Dec 4, 2014: European agency clears Novartis vaccine in Italy scare (France 24)
  • Novartis flu vaccine on hold in Italy after suspicious deaths (CIDRAP)
  • Study: Epidemic of complicated mumps in previously vaccinated young adults in the South-West of France (Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, December 2014)
  • Study, Tdap vaccination during pregnancy: small but statistically significant increased risk of chorioamnionitis (1-Medscape, 2-Dr. Halvorsen)
  • Petitions Received for Vaccine Injury Compensation Program  (Federal Register)

Latest News

  • 11/28/2014: Novartis flu vaccine suspended in Italy after deaths: Swiss drugmaker stresses that “no causal link” has been discovered between vaccine and deaths (Telegraph, UK)
  • Pathogen evolution and the immunological niche (Annuals of the NY Academy of Science, 2014)
  • Lawsuits claiming Merck lied about mumps vaccine efficacy headed to trial (read more…)
  • 11/16/2014: AP IMPACT: ‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting
  • Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Enhances Colonization of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Mice http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/1/e01040-13.full (this is an animal study on the flu vaccine which is now recommended to all babies and children.)
  • 11/18/2014: New study strongly suggests hepatitis B vaccination in ‪‎France‬ sparked a wave of new cases of MS <!–more–>
  • Why is vaccine choice so important? Download our brochure, here.

View  Video Collection – View List of Recommended Books

  • What Kind of Life is a Lifetime of Vaccines? (Read more).
  • Post-MMR “Febrile seizures represent a serious adverse event…” (Nature Genetics, 2014)
  • Example of major differences in opinion between those who support choice based on the science, and those who support mandatory vaccination for MMR, DTaP, IPV, HIB, PCV, HepB, ChickenPox, and anything new the Vermont CDC plans to add (meningitis, HPV): Vermont parents are required to read the Dept. of Health’s vaccine education document before “opting out” of any one of the 30 vaccines they will be asked to get to attend preschool (see VT schedule up to 18 months). Here is one coalition parent’s annotated version of the education document.
  • Costly chronic disease in children is exploding. Pre-Order your video of Explore the Facts Lecture.
  • Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV) – San Diego Protest on 11-01-2014 
  • Concerned Vermonter Responds to Brattleboro Reformer
  • CDC wants VT children to have 49 vaccines before kindergarten.
  • Read the Vermont-reported injuries/hospitalizations from last 5 years here.
  • Vaccine Ingredients and Manufacturer Information via www.procon.org
  • Anaphylaxis to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines among children with cow’s milk allergy (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology).
  • Drug Makers Seek Indemnity for Ebola Vaccines (London South East).
  • “The public and the media need to be more skeptical of industry claims and be wary of hype that over promises.” – (from: Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System” by Doctors Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice).
  • Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease (British Medical Journal).
  • Is Enterovirus D68 Behind The Mysterious Paralysis In Children? (www.NCPR.org).
  • At the end of 2013, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the US government, including 140 deaths (www.Medalerts.org).

September, 2014

  • Congressional Briefing on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (attended by staffer of Peter Welch).
  • Vermont’s Gubernatorial candidates support parental authority on vaccine decisions, unless uninformed on the issue… (VPR, listen from 1:16:50-1:18:05).
  • 9/24 Fearless Parent Radio ~Are Vaccines Safe? ~  Barbara Loe Fisher with Larry Palevsky, MD (LISTEN)
  • Environmental Health 2014: “Among the suspected toxins surveyed, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, aluminum adjuvants, and the herbicide glyphosate have increasing trends that correlate positively to the rise in autism.”
  • Timeline of events on CDC Whistleblower Dr. W. Thompson from healthchoice.org
  • Parents who believe that vaccines induced autism in their children launch massive video campaign (more).
  • Explore the Pro’s and Con’s of Vaccination at Procon.org.
  • Statement of William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Senior CDC Scientist, Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of  Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism (via his attorneys –link).
  • Maine Voices: Breakdown in accountability at heart of decline in vaccinations (Portland Press Herald).

Explore the Facts


Lecture: Important Facets of Infant Immunity – Sat., October 18

* 4 CEU credits pending

Join us on Saturday, October 18th from 1-5 pm, in the Great Room at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on Lake Champlain, to explore the facts and take fresh look at the science on how we can we keep our infants and children safe and healthy.

Chronic disease is skyrocketing in children & adults. We are witnessing an epidemic of allergies, asthma, eczema, autism, ADHD and other chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders. Parents want to know:

  • How do vaccinations affect the infant immune system?
  • What are the long-term health implications and unexpected consequences of universal vaccination?
  • Do vaccines promote health?

Thanks to generous donations, we are able to offer free admission. DETAILS:


Suzanne Humphries, M.D.

– Recent scientific publications on the development of fetal and infant immune systems will be reviewed, including:

  • Connections between the immune system and nervous system.
  • Aluminum and infant immunity as related to vaccination.
  • The importance of inflammatory pathway regulation.
  • Developmental windows and impact of breastfeeding, nutrition, vaccination and other medical choices.


Ginger Taylor, M.S.

– Considerations for parents and consumers.

Vermont Doctors: Lynn Madsen, M.D. | Bradley Rauch, D.C. | Sandy Reider, M.D. | Bill Warnock, N.D. 

– Q&A, Doctors’ and Parents’ panel.

Free childcare, refreshments and appetizers.

Made possible due to generous donations from those who support vaccine choice and health choice.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014  (1-5 pm) – Burlington, VT

The Great Room, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center | Limited Seating – Pre-register HERE |

Invite your friends, lawmakers and healthcare providers (or we can send an invite for you – click here)

suzanne-headshot-2-217x300Suzanne Humphries, M.D. earned her BA in physics from Rutgers University and after running a research biochemistry lab, she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1993. Dr. Humphries is board certified in Nephrology. She has 3 years experience as an associate professor (teaching students, residents and fellows) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and 11 years experience in conventional practice in Nephrology and Internal Medicine at Easter Maine Medical Center, also teaching medical students and medical residents. After witnessing unexpected health effects of vaccination on her kidney patients, she began to ask questions and research the history and science of vaccine effectiveness and safety. She left conventional medicine to research the many problems with mainstream medical theory and co-authored (with Roman Bystrianyk) the book, Dissolving Illusions: Diseases, Vaccines and the Forgotten History, which paints a historic portrait with quotes from the pages of long overlooked medical journals, books, newspapers, and other sources to reveal a startling history that has been disregardedRead more about her transition from hospitalist to independent practitioner here.
gingerGinger Taylor, M.S.
 holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in child development and an MS in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration if adolescent and family therapy. She is media director for HealthChoice.org and co-author and contributing editor of, Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, which makes the argument that informed consent in vaccination is a fundamental human right. Ms. Taylor served on the steering committee for the 2009 Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism Conference to educate medical professionals on the current state of the research and treatment of Autism. She is the founder of Greater Brunswick Special Families, and the mother of a child who regressed into autism following the simultaneous administration of the DTaP, Hepatitis B, Polio, HIB and Pneumo vaccines.VERMONT DOCTORS:Lynn Madsen, M.D. earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2003 and she practices family medicine in Townshend, VT. Bradley Rauch, D.C. earned his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1980 from the New York  Chiropractic College and has been a practicing chiropractor for 32 years. He was a founding member of the New York Chiropractic Council, taught technique at New York Chiropractic and is currently a partner in 3 offices in the Dominican Republic after selling his practice in 2009. Dr. Rauch lives in Stowe, Vermont with his wife Michelle and 4 children.

Sandy Reider, M.D. has been a physician in Vermont for 43 years. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in 1971 and has a general practice in Lyndonville, Vermont.

Bill Warnock, N.D. received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr College of Medicine and his BS in Botany from the University of Washington. Dr. Warnock is a family practitioner in Shelburne, Vermont with expertise in treating childhood illnesses, obesity, and chronic debilitating diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, and chronic fatigue, as well as preventive health. When he set up his practice in 1985, he was the first Naturopathic Doctor in Vermont. He served as president of the Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians for many years, and now serves on the Executive Committee for Vermont Blueprint for Health.


August, 2014

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