At the Vaccine Conference

I’m in Reston, Virginia right now, here to attend the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination put on by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). The conference is being held from Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th, 2009. Monday, October 5th, is a group lobbying day on Capitol Hill. The day includes a congressional briefing on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and time for conference participants to visit their own state legislators to discuss vaccine safety issues.

I always love visiting the DC area, probably because I’ve come here mostly to attend vaccine conferences or congressional hearings on vaccines. I knew that the conference would give me the impetus I wanted to get my blog started because I’m eager to share all of the fabulous information I will be learning during the next three days. It will also be an opportunity for me to solicit great articles for 2010.

I intend to keep you posted on the exciting presentations from the conference. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing George Annas on “Informed Consent,” Vicky Debold on “Vaccinated and Unvaccinated: Measuring Outcomes” and Andy Wakefield on “Vaccines and Inflammation.” I’ll especially watch out for any information to help you quell the swine flu hysteria.

I’ll be giving the opening speech Friday morning on “The New Health Journalism: Challenging the Status Quo” and will post my talk online later that day.

On Friday evening, I’ll be the moderator for the “Mother & Child Panel” with Amy Lansky, Stephen Marini and Jeanne Ohm. What a lineup! On Saturday, I have the honor to moderate Bob Sears, who will talk on “The Alternative Vaccine Schedule’ and Larry Palevsky on “Getting Sick to Stay Well.” And Sunday, I’ll be thrilled to moderate Joe Mercola’s talk, “Take Control of Your Health.” I can’t wait to meet him.

And, Saturday night, I will receive the Courage in Journalism award from NVIC. I cried when I read Barbara Loe Fisher’s email letting me know. She wrote, “I would like to present you with the NVIC’s Courage in Journalism award in recognition of your many years of leadership in framing the paradigm shift that is occurring in child health toward achieving wellness without constant use of multiple vaccines or drugs.”

More on all this soon. Stay tuned.

Peggy O’Mara  (101 Posts)

Peggy O’Mara founded in 1995 and is currently its editor-in chief. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has lectured and conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four.

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22 thoughts on “At the Vaccine Conference”

  1. Thank you Peggy for posting information from the conference and a BIG Congratulations on your Award.

    Well Deserved Indeed.


    Holistic Mom, MDCVC

  2. Congratulations Peggy on receiving their award…I’m a long-time fan of yours and I agree…you deserve it COMPLETELY! Enjoy!

  3. How Wonderful Peggy! It’s been over 32 years since I first started reading Mothering magazine and I am happy to hear that you and many others named above are still at the core of informing and shifting the conventional child health and child rearing paradigm. Thanks and blessings for all you have done over these many years. I will look forward to hearing your conclusions from this latest convention.


  4. My husband (a chiropractor) is there this weekend, and I am so jealous! Sounds like it’s going to be a wonderful conference!

    Congratulations on the award, Peggy!!


  5. I wanted so badly to be there, but could not make it this year. I’m so glad you are going to help keep us updated – I also can’t wait to get the audio from the conference from NVIC’s website. Congratulations on your award – well deserved!

  6. Congratulations Peggy on the well deserved award!!!!! I am so excited that you are going to be keeping us up to date on what is going on at the conference. I would have LOVED to attend!! I also wanted to add, that as a young mother at age 22, your magazine completely helped to change my life, health, my family’s health, and my understanding of what it means to be a mother. Thank you so much for your hard work, and God bless you!!!

  7. I can just see you with the tears in your eyes when Barbara told you. A warm hug from me for you. What a wonderful tribute to you for all the work you have done for children and their parents over the many years. May you receive many, many more such accolades.

    Love you!

  8. Congratulations, Peggy! I hope you have a great time at the conference, and I can’t wait to hear all the information you’ll be coming back with!

  9. Congratulations, Peggy! What a wonderful recognition. I wish I could be there to see you receive your award tonight. Please know we are here, cheering you on! I’m so happy to see your blog come to fruition. Can’t wait to read your updates!

    With gratitude,


  10. Congratulations Peggy! I am so excited about your award. You have done so much for so many of us, I am thrilled you are being recognized by such an organization.

    I hope to read more about the conference when you return!


  11. Peggy I am so excited and proud that you have received such an honor! I know that this conference will prove to be an inspiring one & only wish I could be there to take it all in!! Can’t wait to read your updates!


  12. Peggy, I read on Dr. Mercola’s site that you were going to be at the conference, and I was like, YES! Now everyone will know about Mothering! Way to go Peggy!

  13. Congratulations, Peggy! I can think of no one more deserving of the award. You are changing the world, one family at a time.

    Wish I could hear your speech! Maybe someone will post a transcript. 😉

  14. Congratulations on your award Peggy and thank you so much for everything you have done over the years! I love Mothering and MDC and don’t know how I would have survived parenting without them, swimming outside of the mainstream is tough and having your voice as one of reason echoing in my ear, has helped me stay the course many many times.

    Again, Congratulations!


  15. Thank you so much! My talk is now online. You can find it on the homepage under Editor’s Picks. It’s entitled “The New Health Journalism: Challenging the Status Quo.

  16. Congratulations, Peggy! “Courage in Journalism” is a simple way to describe a very daring feat: the use of the media to challenge, inform, support, clarify, question, investigate, and inspire. Going against the current is never easy, frequently frustrating, sometimes disappointing. It is an effort undertaken only by those with clear minds and a will to change the lives of people you may never meet.

    Congratulations again… this award is hard-earned and much deserved!

  17. Peggy, it was so wonderful meeting you again at this conference! Your talk on the new health journalism was very powerful and truly inspiring. Congratulations on your award. I can’t imagine a better person for this Courage in Journalism award. You’ve been my inspiration for a long time.

    This was such an important historic event and I feel blessed to have been there. It was very emotional for me – at times I sat there in tears realizing the enormity of this public health tragedy and feeling the commitment and sacrifice of many of the speakers. I’ll be blogging about it at Healthy Child as well.

    Again, thanks so much for a wonderful speech!

    Jane Sheppard

    Healthy Child

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