Today, Monday, April 20th at 1:00 pm EST, the IOM Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines will hold its first meeting where representatives from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will discuss the official “Charge” and the public will have an opportunity to participate and issue a comment at the end of the meeting.
Call-In Instructions: Please dial 1-800-508-7891 and the room number *1979783* to enter the meeting. (Please note that the * star key is required before and after the room number. All phone lines will be muted during the meeting, but individual lines will be opened for the public comment session.)
IMPORTANT: If you are participating via conference call and would like to speak during the public comment period, please send an e-mail with "PUBLIC COMMENT" in the subject line and your name and the phone number you are calling from in the body of the message to the project e-mail at email@example.com. The committee chair will alert individuals when it is their turn to speak and the conference call moderator will temporarily unmute the phone line so the committee and those on the call can hear the comment. (More information on the agenda HERE)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has contracted with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to review the epidemiological, clinical, and biological evidence regarding adverse health events associated with specific vaccines covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The vaccines to be reviewed are varicella zoster vaccine, influenza vaccines, hepatitis B vaccine, and human papillomavirus vaccine. Other vaccines could be added if additional funding is secured. The committee will author a consensus report with conclusions on the evidence bearing on causality and the evidence regarding the biological mechanisms that underlie specific theories for how a specific vaccine is related to a specific adverse event.
It is extremely important to understand the importance of this Committee and the impact that any consensus report could have in regards to cases in Vaccine Court. In an effort to communicate our concerns to the IOM, I wrote an open letter to Drs. Fineberg and Salerno (HERE) and asked the community to submit comments to the IOM website (HERE).
In a follow up call with Dr. Kathleen Stratton on Friday, I was told they received many comments from the public in regards to our call to action! Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate and GR will be implementing a more “formalized” call to action process in the coming weeks as we organize a grassroots network of warriors!
Kelli Ann Davis is the D.C. Political Liaison for Generation Rescue