Do your research on vaccines

To the Editor:

Vaccination. It is a growing issue. Even with 49 vaccine doses recommended for little children before they start first grade, the recommendations don’t stop there.

We all are reading about the vaccine injured and vaccine failures. There are many concerns, and review of the science and the data and public discussion of vaccine policy is long overdue.

There are some who believe that every vaccine is a good and necessary vaccine and others who understand that vaccines, like any pharmaceutical product, will have risks and benefits. Never is medicine a “one-size-fits-all” proposition, including vaccination. If vaccines are administered to everyone without medical evaluation as to need or risks, there will be those who are needlessly sickened, disabled or die from these products. The smart consumer will ask the questions, read the facts and evidence and make an informed decision.

The public should know about the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a national nonprofit founded in 1982. NVIC launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America and is the oldest and largest consumer-led organization advocating for the institution of vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the public health system. The National Vaccine Information Center is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic in medicine.

You will find this clearinghouse of information and resources at www.nvic.org. Here you will be able to access information about vaccine history, ingredients, a link to the CDC, manufacturer’s information, requirements and exemptions, federal and state laws, information about vaccine injuries and more.

You may have seen recent programming on Bedford Community TV about vaccines. Kathy Benuck has interviewed two people on this topic and one of those shows recently played. Kathy has always been a stickler for balance and fairness on both sides of an issue so I’m not sure why the show she taped with me has not played. I am a New Hampshire director of Advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and in my volunteer role, I work to bring facts and information to the public about vaccines and vaccine policy and your rights under the law.

The show we taped is informative and worth watching. You may find it at

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYb1BorzcY4&feature=share&list=UUWZ70tvB_j622u8gwu7C12Q.

LAURA CONDON

NH Director of Advocacy for NVIC

Bedford