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Are You Concerned About Vaccine Safety Research? Take Action Now!

Posted Mar 13 2009 12:00am

Action alert2 TAKE ACTION NOW – Submit your comments at the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting on March 16th!

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) is holding their next stakeholder meeting this coming Monday, March 16th and is seeking public input into the scientific research agenda (HERE) being developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Immunization Safety Office (ISO).   The meeting will address the CDC’s draft research agenda and broader issues regarding the national vaccine safety program. 

Members of the autism community were represented in a writing group meeting last month in Salt Lake City to identify gaps in research and prioritization criteria.  The group has published a draft joint statement (HERE),  draft documents on Gaps in the Research Agenda (HERE) and Criteria for Assessing ISO Research (HERE) addressing questions around vaccination of special populations, specific diseases which might be caused by vaccines, and the health effects of vaccination practices.  They also acknowledged the public’s strong desire to study total health outcomes as they relate to the full vaccination schedule, recommending that an independent expert panel be convened to review the feasibility of researching  vaccinated vs. unvaccinated populations. 

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