Parents Will Fund The Research

Well, the vaccine conference is over, at least for me. There is one last panel tonight on vaccines and political action, but it’s time for me to rest and to catch you up on this amazing event. I had originally intended to blog everyday, but the conference schedule has literally been non-stop and this is the first chance I’ve had to organize my thoughts.

The conference presentations were uniformly excellent, the material diverse and far reaching and the attendees inspired and activated. There is no doubt in my mind that we have reached a critical mass. It is just a matter of time before we resuscitate the informed consent doctrine in the US. Perhaps it is the fear of mandatory vaccines for swine flu that finally will tip the point.

In the spirit of The Seven Traits of Highly Effective People, I want to “start with the end in sight.” I will tell you about the end of the conference and then go back to the beginning. Over the next two weeks, I will blog about what I’ve learned from the sessions.

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), made her closing remarks joyfully today. Just yesterday, Dawn Richardson, president of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE), suggested that since the government was unwilling to fund research into comparing health outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated children, we do it ourselves.

Barbara offered that NVIC would immediately begin to take donations to fund such a scientific study, to be conducted by independent, credentialed researchers and published in an important medical journal. In just the last 24 hours of this conference, NVIC has raised $110,000 for this study and will issue a press release regarding it tomorrow, Monday 5 October 2009. This is an historic moment.

I would suggest that you go immediately to the NVIC website and sign up for their newsletter so that you can receive the press release. While you’re at it, make a donation to NVIC. Family membership is just $25. Their mostly volunteer staff has been doing so much for all of us since 1982 and they operate on a budget of less than $300,000 a year. Barbara said that if they had more funding for the organization, they could:

Mount a national advertising campaign.

Offer a 24 hour a day national vaccine reaction reporting hotline.

Create statewide legal and medical networks.

Coordinate state leaders working for state exemptions.

Dawn Richardson from Texas, who suggested that parents do the study, has developed model state language for a medical exemption. She did a session Thursday night on “State Organizing To Get & Protect Vaccine Choices” and I’ve asked her to write an article for us on this topic. Look for it in early 2010. More tomorrow.

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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2 thoughts on “Parents Will Fund The Research”

  1. That is so exciting – I’m a member of both PROVE and NVIC, as vaccine awareness is close to my heart. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of your thoughts, Peggy.

    I would love to get more involved in vaccine education and informed consent in my homestate of MA.

  2. Peggy, it was a pleasure for me and my daughter, Chloe, to meet you at the conference. I missed the call for donations at the conference, but I just read about it from my Yahoo group. I will be calling NVIC to find out how I can make a donation to help fund the research. I think the conference was amazing and congratulate you again on your award. It was also great to see other parents with their children and mom-to-be attending the conference.

    Even though times are a bit tough, I will continue to support Mothering magazine, NVIC and other organizations that help increase vaccine awareness.

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