Barbara Loe Fisher, vaccine safety advocate since the early 1980s, has a re-cap of an important meeting that took place on Capitol Hill on Friday, April 11th, on her blog, Vaccine Awakening. I am glad to know that lawmakers are opening their doors once more to hear from parents of injured children, as well as other Americans concerned about the "crisis of trust" in the vaccination schedule. Like, Barbara, though, I hope it "was not just an old day dressed up in new clothes."
I hope to make some calls to Capitol Hill this week to find out a little more about how we, as concerned parents, can lobby our elected officials (remember, they work for us!) to take this very seriously.
Some thought-provoking quotes:
"SafeMinds board member Jim Moody, JD, commented that a lack of credible scientific studies demonstrating vaccine safety makes the application of one-size-fits-all vaccine policies on the entire child population an uncontrolled 'scientific experiment.'"
"Attorney Patty Healy, who was a former biotech scientist and is NVIC's Director of Counseling, told the Committee that when she became a new Mom eight years ago, she looked at the science for vaccine proof of safety and found it so lacking in substance that she made the difficult decision not to vaccinate her daughter."
"Young parents today, who trusted doctors to give them good advice about how to keep their children well, do not understand why their children are never well when they have been given twice as many vaccines as children in previous generations received. They want a full-scale, transparent scientific investigation into all potential environmental causes of autism and other chronic immune and brain disorders conducted by extra-mural researchers who are not connected to vaccine makers and policymakers with a bias toward existing policy."
Read the whole post here.