Orac has some information about an anti-vax briefing that we are passing on. It’s important to keep on top of these things.
Murmurs have been rumbling in the antivaccine underground that there would be another hearing this year around the same time. It turns out that it’s probably been delayed until December, thanks to the government shutdown in October, but it is apparently still on. In fact, I’m getting notices and seeing what the antivaccinationists are saying about it, and it appears that there will be a Congressional briefing tomorrow in preparation for the hearing:
Mary Holland and Rolf Hazlehurst will be featured Thursday at a Congressional briefing at noon in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2203. The event will serve as a preview for the House reform committee hearing next month on the vaccine injury “court,” which Congress created in 1986 and now, for the first time, is taking a look at what it hath wrought. It isn’t pretty. Staffers will get a look at the new video on the court’s dysfunctional functioning, narrated by Rob Schneider, and an even newer one on Gardasil’s damaging but widely dismissed effects on so many young women. Hope to see you there if you’re in town. — Dan Olmsted.
Age of Autism site spouts crap like “vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe””. Complete BS. That’s why they have a Web of Trust rating of POOR. They are promoting misinformation and DISinformation. It’s a travesty that people like this can bend the ear of Congresspersons over the medical community. If you are in DC area and can attend this meeting, I know its short notice, but that would be awesome to have a reasonable person in attendance. Also, contact your congressperson to let them know that this is a ridiculous attack on one of the greatest inventions humans have devised to save lives.
UPDATE (7-Nov-2013) Here is how it went.
As you can see, Mary Holland’s goal is nothing less than the dismantling of the NVICP and the Vaccine Court. She must not be allowed to succeed. I’ll be keeping an eye on developments between now and December 4. I hope you will do the same and be sure to contact your legislators to educate them about Holland’s intent and to urge them to support the NVICP.