Growing distrust over vaccine safety has prompted the U.S. government to give critics an unprecedented say in how research is done for vaccine safety. The first of several meetings will focus on a possible link between vaccines and autism.
While federal health officials have said that the autism link is not the reason for the meetings it was on the top of the list Friday. "A crisis of trust is going to be a crisis of public health," said Dr. Bruce Gellin Head of the NVPO.
Vaccine related questions will be probed including rare side effects of the shingles vaccine and the possible mitochondria link with autism. One question not yet asked will be how many vaccines is safe to give at one time and at what age.