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2017

October 14, 2017: Woodstock Mother Refuses to Sign Vaccine Exemption Forms – by Rob Wolfe, Valley News– (see also Wolfe’s follow-up story here)

October 12, 2017: the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice signed on in support of the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) request for critical vaccine safety information from the HHS Secretary. The full letter (37 pages) is available HERE.

July 24, 2017; Back to School, Navigating Vaccine Choices and Holding State Agencies Accountable – By Theresa Wrangham, NVIC Executive Director

June 21, 2017: The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. (Associated Press)

June 20, 2017:  Local Lawmaker, Doctor Injected Into Vaccination Controversy. (Caledonian Record

June 20, 2017:  NEK Families Question Use Of Childhood Vaccines. (Caledonian Record)

May 23, 2017: Natural health seminar sparks vaccine debate. (True North Reports)

May 20, 2017:  Debate over vaccines takes center stage in Stowe. (WCAX)

2016

Committee Mobilizes to Defend Vaccine Exemptions in Texas

2015

VPR 2/4/2015 Proposed Legislation Would Remove Philosophical Exemption For Vaccinations
http://digital.vpr.net/…/proposed-legislation-would-remove-…

AP 2/4/2015 Some VT lawmakers eye new debate on childhood immunizations https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/27398/20150204/some-vt-lawmakers-eye-new-debate-on-childhood-immunizations

NECN 2/4/2015 Measles Cases Prompt Closer Look at Vaccine Exemptions http://www.necn.com/…/Measles-Cases-Prompt-Closer-Look-at-V…

VPR 2/4/2015 – Gov. Shumlin says, “Leave it Alone” http://digital.vpr.net/…/leave-it-alone-shumlin-weighs-phil…

WAMC 2/5/2015 http://wamc.org/post/some-vermont-lawmakers-reconsider-vaccine-philosophical-exemption

WCAX 2/5/2015
“We spend so much time in this state talking about the right to know, the right to know what we put into our bodies, the right to choose. This is one of those issues, as well,” said Jennifer Stella of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice.
http://www.wcax.com/…/new-debate-over-vermonts-vaccine-exem…

NECN 2/5/2015
“The vast majority of parents do vaccinate, but for the parents that are selectively vaccinating or even delaying, they need this exemption in order to proceed on any other schedule other than the CDC’s schedule at this time,” Stella said. http://www.necn.com/…/Push-Growing-to-Roll-Back-Vaccine-Exe…

BFP 2/5/2015
The vaccine industry may not succeed in their efforts to split VT communities over this issue. This article focusses on Lake Champlain Waldorf School and shows that community if more important than medical politics. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/…/vermont-scho…/22945035/

VPO 2/5/2015
Branding us as “the right” http://thevpo.org/…/action-needed-on-vaccines-and-were-not…/

BFP 2/6/2015
“House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, wants to understand the impact of the state’s current educational efforts around vaccines before considering the removal of the philosophical exemption.”http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/…/doctors-shum…/22952865/

2/6/2015 MCV

“A health department spokesperson said in 2014 the department spent “$21,000 on a broadcast and online campaign to promote the HPV cancer prevention vaccine,” and “74,000 on social media and online advertising for OK to Ask childhood immunization promotion.” The department says “OK to Ask” is not a pro-vaccine website but “a research-based communications campaign to educate and equip Vermont parents with factual and up-to-date information about the benefits and risks of vaccination.” Meanwhile the National Vaccine Information Center, a pro-choice vaccination organization, spent $2,460 in Vermont last year on CCTA bus signs.
http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/…/4…/7abHtNC85U-ARhCyRbME7w

4/27/2015: “With the public focused on the lobbyist-driven California Senate Bill 277 (SB-277), the Vermont Senate quietly eliminated vaccine exemptions” – Jeffrey Jaxen http://www.jeffereyjaxen.com/blog/as-public-celebrates-vermont-gmo-labeling-state-removes-vaccine-exemption

4/29/2015: Vermont Politicians Cut Parents Out of the Democractic Process (NVIC report) http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/April-2015/democratic-process-sidelined-in-vaccine-exemption.aspx

2012

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During Vaccine Awareness Week, National Vaccine Information …

Business Wire (press release)Nov 8, 2017
During the 2017 legislative session, NVIC reported on 184 vaccine bills filed in 42 states, including bills to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions, mandate more vaccines for children and adults, and enroll children in electronic vaccine tracking systems without their parent’s informed consent. Out of 116 bills that NVIC …

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Woodstock Mom Signs Vaccine Forms

Valley NewsOct 17, 2017
Vermont statute requires public health officials to create rules to govern how immunization takes place around the state. Those regulations say parents must either keep their school-aged children up to date on shots or obtain a valid religious or medical exemption. If parents don’t comply, their children can be kept from …

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Mother Refuses to Sign ‘Inaccurate’ Vaccine Exemption Forms

Valley NewsOct 13, 2017
Titled “Parent Education Required for Completion of Vermont’s Religious Exemption Form,” the document prepared by the Vermont Department of Health explains … She also is a member of the activist group Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice, which in the wake of her dispute with the state has filed a petition with state …

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Vermont’s rules on vaccines for school met with parents’ support and …

PBS NewsHourSep 26, 2017
But some parents who believe vaccines should be a personal choice are pushing back. Special … PBS special correspondent Lisa Stark of our partner Education Week reports from Vermont about the vaccine fight there. … Vermont, like every state, requires vaccines to attend school, but, like all states, allows exemptions.

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How a ‘group of mad moms in minivans’ injected themselves into …

The Texas ObserverAug 8, 2017
In 2015, Jackie Schlegel, a coffee-fueled mother of three, launched Texans for Vaccine Choice with what she later described as “a group of mad moms in minivans.” Angry over a bill that would’ve made it harder for parents to opt their kids out of vaccinations, Schlegel and other mothers plotted their revenge. Their target: bill …

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How the Texas Legislature Reached a Dangerous Stalemate on …

The Texas ObserverJun 21, 2017
The matter was pressing, they said, because more and more parents were opting their kids out of vaccinations using a “reasons of conscience” exemption created by the Legislature in 2003. Without action, recent high-profile outbreaks of mumps and measles in Texas would only grow worse. But Texans for Vaccine Choice …