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.