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Why does Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions Single out Autism?

Targeted Why is autism the only diagnosis singled out for a breakout session at the  9th Annual Conference on Immunizations and Health Coalitions ? Not cancer. Not juvenile diabetes. Not ADHD. Not bi-polar. Not muscular dystrophy. Just autism.  Is it because the autism community has questioned vaccine safety? Is this why Alison Singer of Autism Science Foundation is presenting at this conference? You may recall the Dr. Paul Offit, vaccine expert and patent holder is with ASF as well. See schedule below:


2010 NCIHC SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
 
7:30am - 5:30pm

Registration
9:00am -12:00pm  Pre-conference Workshops
 
 
·   Coalition Maintenance and Tune-Up
Frances Dunn Butterfoss, PhD

·   Utilizing the Media to Promote Your
Message
Amy A. Pisani, MS
 
2:00pm - 3:30pm

 Welcoming Remarks and Opening Plenary
 
·   National Current and Future Climate for
 Immunizations
  –   Challenges and Success
  Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)
 
 
3:30pm - 4:00pm

Break
Visit Exhibitors and Poster Session
4:00pm - 5:15pm

 Concurrent Sessions
 
·  Government Agencies and Coalitions:
  Roles, Conflicts of Interest and
  Opportunities
 
·  Strategic Planning, Programmatic Using
  Logic Models
 
·    Autism


·   Non-traditional Partnerships:  How to Create
   Win-Win Relationships


· Provider Trainings


5:30pm - 7:00pm

 Reception
Visit Exhibitors and Poster Session
 
   
Thursday, May 27, 2010
 
 
7:30am - 5:00pm
 Registration
 
7:30am - 9:00am  Continental Breakfast
Visit Exhibitors and Poster Session
 
9:00am - 10:00am Plenary Speaker
 
 
· An Immunization Expert’s Experience with
    Coalitions and the Media
    Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
 
 
10:00am - 10:30am Break
Visit Exhibitors and Poster Session


10:30am - 11:45am  Concurrent Sessions
 
· Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
 
· Strategies to Reach the Hard to Reach
  Population


· Coalition Media Relations
 
· Coalitions Working with Schools


· Starting a Coalition
 


12:00pm - 2:00pm
 Lunch
Visit Exhibitors and Poster Session
 
2:00pm - 3:15pm
 Concurrent Sessions
 
· Coalition Effectiveness and Efficiency


· H1N1 Update


· Vaccines and Science


· Addressing Disparities in Health Outcomes


· Working with Faith Communities


 
 
3:15pm - 3:45pm  Break


3:45pm - 5:00pm Plenary Speaker
 
 
·     Technology and “E-Tools”
  Trish Parnell 


 
Friday, May 28, 2010
 
 
7:30am - 12:30pm Registration
 
 
7:30am - 9:00am Continental Breakfast
 
9:00am - 10:15am Concurrent Sessions
 
· Coalition Fundraising in Lean Times
 
· Collaboration Between Health Coalitions:
  Working Together and Sharing Agendas


· Using Technology


· How to Use Volunteers
 
· Communicating with Parents
 


10:15am - 10:45am Break
 
 
10:45am - 11:45am: 
 Plenary Speaker
 
 
· Social Marketing of Our Issues
  Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH
 
 
11:45am - 12:00pm: 
 Closing Remarks and Adjourn
 
 
 


 

Click on a link below for more information about the NCIHC conference. 

Conference Registration
Pre-Conference Sessions
Conference Sessions
Hotel Information
Registration Fees
Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities




 


 
 

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n

I want to see the studies that prove these vaccines are safe in the combination they are giving our kids!!!!!!!!!!!! also why are our kids toxic poisoned.........

Kelli Ann Davis

Alan,

Question:

Why should *WE* (translation: heartbroken-burned-out,trying-to-heal-our-injured-children-while-taking-care-of-the-rest-of-our-family-working-full-time-employees-who-are-researching-in-our-spare-time-advocate-parents) have to FUND any science proving the "harm" of any government "mandated", government pushed, government protected vaccine?

THE LAW IS FOR *THEM* (translation: the-pharma-industry-who-is-raking-billions-off-of-untested-vaccines-and-who-use-children-as-guinea-pigs-under-the-full-protection-of-the-government) to prove SAFETY before pumping the *CRAP* (translation: mercury, aluminum, pig viruses, aborted fetal cells, etc) into vulnerable babies.

Bottom Line: You got it *back asswards* (translation: get-a-clue-and-don't-let-the-door-hit-ya-on-the-way-out)

Garbo

"we shouldn't be buying his books - that's us working for *him* - he should be working for *us*"

Who exactly is this "*us*" you speak of, kemosabe? US?! I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Last I checked, he IS working for us. "US" is the people with vaccine injured children who want to know the truth.

Which *us* were YOU talking about? I think maybe you got off at the wrong exit of the information superhighway.

Autism Grandma

Re Post by Garbo: "Tell your social network manipulation breakout session friends that we aren't going away, we won't be ignored, we can't be mau-maued, and we won't be appeased by anything but the transparent truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help us God."

Yes, and just like Superman we want "TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY".

Garbo, any relation to Greta Garbo? I am thinking of one of her movies where she shares your persona of brutal honesty, and I LOVE IT!!!

Too bad there is no brutal honesty in the Pro Vaccine camp...only brutal DIShonesty.

Anna

Lisa,

Let me explain you the real issue: many (if not most) of the parents with autistic children (like me) will never trust you or any group that promotes vaccination. You see, the fact that you also promote that pharmaceutical companies never be liable for problems with vaccines means that you are taking any responsibility away from them. Pharmaceutical companies have absolutely no reason to ensure that vaccines are safe and since they are also completely immoral, the fact that they are destroying the lives of 1% of children and their families is not an issue for them. And then you want to ensure that kids are forced to receive vaccination whether it is without parents knowledge or consent. I do not believe that you have any interest in autism. And I don't want you or anyone like you within miles of my family...

Mark Blaxill

Alan,
Your pedantic lectures on the scientific method are getting quite tiresome. You really need to stop insulting our readers. What you seem quite incapable of grasping is that the funding of important studies requires MONEY and then access to JOURNALS. Both of these are political exercises and the obstacles to the dissemination of objective evidence are large. Wakefield has already been involved in designing and conducting studies in primates that provide conclusive evidence of hard to children. What we need is not a 10th grade science lecture, we need an advanced seminar on power and politics in a scientific world dominated by the medical industry.

That's why we need to support a man like Andy who honors the true spirit of science. And we will.

Garbo


"VaccineXpress, led by Dr. Alan K. Roberts, a recognized expert in the field of travel medicine and renowned spokesman on vaccine-related subject matter, is the leading provider of adult vaccines to individuals and corporate employees in the State of Florida. We specialize in the prevention of travel-related and vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Both GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have recently recognized VaccineXpress at Sunshine Medical Center as largest private purchaser of vaccines in Florida."

If I were making my living from giving people vaccines, I'd want them to be really, really, really safe, otherwise I'd feel tremendously guilty and would worry that the lack of safety would cause people to turn away from them entirely. Perhaps if the largest customers were to demand safer vaccines, the corporations would listen.

Alan Roberts

"We want the raw data, not the sliced, diced, manipulated bunkum that dances around masquerading as sufficient study. We want clinical, not epidemiologic research. We want answers, not lip service."

Then, quite simply why aren't you doing this research? Why can't the AoA (and perhaps other communities concerned about this phenomena) community come up with a design for a study that meets their collective criteria...and start taking donations toward a fund to get it done.

All due respect to Mr. Wakefield and what he has sacrificed for his beliefs but we shouldn't be buying his books - that's us working for *him* - he should be working for *us* promoting this study, looking for funding.

Likewise with Mr. Carry and Ms. McCarthy. Fund the (real) science!

Garbo

Chicago Area Immunization Campaign is related to the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition. Which is a member of the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition. Which is sponsored by, among others: Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, sanofi pasteur, Johnson & Johnson, the CDC and the National Partnership for Immunization.

http://www.hmhb.org/portfolio_description.html#sponsors

There doesn't appear to be anything on their website about autism (1 in 91 births), though they do manage to cover PKU (1 in 15,000 U.S. births) and progeria (1 in 4-8 million).

They also have sections on rotavirus (Merck-sponsored pamphlet available!), HPV (answering the burning question "Why is the HPV vaccine such a breakthrough for women's health?"), the importance of adult vaccination ("Enderlein's story highlights the potential repercussions that can come from a choice not to vaccinate a child. When individuals are immunized, they not only protect themselves from disease but they also protect their family and friends. Mary-Clayton Enderlein talks about the impact that contact with an unvaccinated child had on her family."), and influenza (head of National Partnership for Immunization, pushing flu vaccines).

Oh, and another sponsor is Horizon Milk, so I'm guessing they won't be having anything on casein-free diets any time soon, either...

Garbo

Lisa:
"want to decrease preventable diseases in our communities, by PROMOTING safe, effective and timely immunizations."

PROMOTING VACCINES. Your agenda.

Completely at cross purposes with the agenda of this autism community, that wants to decrease preventable autism and other chronic disorders by promoting safe avoidance of ineffective and dangerous vaccines.

If y'all are REALLY so concerned with vaccine safety, how about joining us in demanding that the VSD and VAERS be opened to all researchers? How about gathering your coalition to perform a large vaxed vs. unvaxed study of all health outcomes, with no exclusions for low birthweight or mito disorder or any other conditions -- just like the vaccines are administered? How about an in vivo study of the synergistic toxicity of aluminum and mercury? How about addressing the lunacy of ERVs and ERV replication-potentiating live viruses being injected at the same time? How about forking over the $400 per chip to find out what contaminants are in all those vaccines, like pig, monkey and cow viruses and allergen-causing stray proteins from undisclosed "trade secret" adjuvant ingredients?

Tell your social network manipulation breakout session friends that we aren't going away, we won't be ignored, we can't be mau-maued, and we won't be appeased by anything but the transparent truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help us God. We want the raw data, not the sliced, diced, manipulated bunkum that dances around masquerading as sufficient study. We want clinical, not epidemiologic research. We want answers, not lip service.

If your "coalition" folks genuinely want answers no matter how inevitably inconvenient or damaging to the vaccine program, then great and welcome to the war. If not, you are part of the problem and will be treated as such.

Managing Editor

H1N1 is a contagious illness for which there is a vaccine. Autism is not.

Harry H.

Lisa, if you are truely interested in decreasing "... preventable diseases in our communities, by promoting safe, effective and timely immunizations." And if you actually believe what you say, "If vaccine safety is questioned, we as advocates want to address the issue head on." then you must advocate for and conduct a vaccinated vs non-vaccinated study. To not do so is immoral and unethical.

The history of vaccines is littered with countless examples of vaccine damaged children and adults. That fact is indisputable.

To continue to push more and more vaccines on a developing immune system and not expect some level of repercussions is scientifically irresponsible. Contrary to some who believe they have the answers, the science is not in yet. Our understanding of the human body is far from complete and to assume otherwise is ignorant, and arrogant.

Alan Roberts

"Why is autism the only diagnosis singled out for a breakout session at the 9th Annual Conference on Immunizations and Health Coalitions?"

Aside from the fact that there's plenty of concern - rightly or wrongly about autism wrt vaccines that statement isn't even factually correct H1N1 has a breakout session.

"Not cancer. Not juvenile diabetes. Not ADHD. Not bi-polar. Not muscular dystrophy."

Why would you expect those to appear there?

Mark Blaxill

Lisa,
How can you argue you are tackling the controversy head on when you only invite the people who agree with you? There are rising numbers of educated, informed and concerned citizens who don't share the views of your attendees and don't share your interpretation of the evidence. Inviting Eric Courchesne is hardly an outreach to the autism community. He's part of the old guard of orthodox autism scientists and part of the problem.

If you're serious about vaccine safety, you need to deal head on with the critique. I don't see any evidence of that level of openness in your approach.

Thank you, however, for coming to Age of Autism to respond to the comment. These issues need civil, open and honest discussion. the obstacles to that, unfortunately, are not on our side of the debate.

Managing Editor Kim Stagliano for Ms. Kritz

Liz, Dr. Wakefield is in Chicago - invite him to speak and debate Alison Singer and then we would be happy to share that news. Alison Singer works for a man who profits from vaccines and whose career is predicated on their safety. He has taken on the autism community and closed the door on safety. Please, an honest invitation to Dr. Wakefield or any of the myriad scientists and physicians who are gathering in Chicago would go far in terms of easing parental mistrust and stress. We're suggested honest diaglog. Ms. Singer is not an expert in the field. We can have a toxicologist on your doorstep in hours as well. Contact me at KimStagliano@gmail.com if you'd like to proceed.

Lisa Kritz, MSW, MBA

The reaason that this conference is having a session on autism is precisely because some people in the autism community have questioned this link.

People attending this conference are from coalitions around the country that want to decrease preventable diseases in our communities, by promoting safe, effective and timely immunizations. If vaccine safety is questioned, we as advocates want to address the issue head on. This is why we are having a session on autism. To become up-to-date on the most recent research.

Alison Singer is not being paid to make this appearance. Additionally, Dr. Eric Courchesne from the University of California-San Diego will be joining us. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on autism.

We recognize that autism is a terrible disease and join you in wanting to have the cause identified. However, as has been communicated in the media, no large scale studies have duplicated the findings of Dr. Wakefield--and now we see the problems associated with his study.

I think it is important to recognize that we do not differ on several topics. We support autism research, we want vaccines to be safe and we want parents well informed.

Lisa Kritz
Director, Chicago Area Immunization Campaign

DAN FAN

Who is paying Alison Singer to do this??????

If the ASF, then the nonprofit status of her organization should be challenged. Pushing vaccines has nothing to do with an autism charity.

She has already posted on ASF's Past Events - AND DELETED - the announcement of her appearance with Offit at an April conference in Atlanta on immunizations.

The public has a right to know who is funding these trips if her organization is entitled to nonprofit status with the U.S. government.

And if ASF is not funding the trips, then who is?

julie

I wish I lived near this so I could go and make a scene.

Why are THEY associating autism and vaccines? Is this some covert admission? Too bizarre.

sarah

Ana - I'm with you. Vaccines should be administered in your family doctor office - period. See this: vaccines are being administered at a Mcdonald's in TX http://vactruth.com/2010/05/19/free-vaccination-shots-offered-by-mcdonalds/

Schools, Walmart, drive-thru clinics...'They' would have us believe those little vials are candy. No medical setting necessary.

AnaB

Coalition For WOrking With Schools - see now that just creeps me out! Is it going to get to the point that I have to be afraid to send my son, who has encephalopathy and a medical waiver against further vaccination, to school for concern over vaccination "mistakes". He would guess regress and lose the skills and abilities he spent an inordinate amount of time and money learning. This is the sort of thing that give me nightmares. NO VACCINES IN SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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