Independent Research Requires Independent Funding

For vaccines to achieve their potential, independent research is needed to help make them more trustworthy. Independent research requires independent funding.

Imagine that you have the power to eliminate deadly diseases from the planet. Imagine the satisfaction of having supported the movement that made polio, yellow fever, a thing of the past.

This is your chance. Right now we are at a crucial turning point. We have the power to do something we have never had before.

But without better safety testing and accurate communication of risks the elimination of disease with vaccines will remain a dream. Fear of adverse effects will keep people from using vaccines and will keep these deadly viruses alive.

The only way to overcome the fear that threatens to undermine vaccine implementation is good information. That is, unbiased, independent, scientifically well founded information.

Brighton is a critical part of this movement. We are the world's largest network of vaccine safety experts. Our aim is to develop the science needed to inform health authorities to confidently make the best possible decisions regarding vaccines. We must be independently funded and thus depend on public health research grants and donations such as yours.

One Donor's Perspective

"Everyday I watch the news on television and over the internet and hear about one catastrophe after another, both big and small, local and global. It seems overwhelming for me to help in the face of such complex and large problems. These situations typically seem either so far away, or huge, or both.

One night, watching a news program about the latest pandemic, the H1N1 Virus, I decided that I was not going to be powerless any longer.

I wanted to help and I wanted my assistance to count. I decided to invest my resources in vaccines. Vaccines are powerful levers that can change the complexion of world health. For a relatively small amount of funds so much can be done. It gave me hope.

So I got online and looked into non-profit groups dedicated to vaccines. That is how 
I learned about the Brighton Collaboration. This organization immediately intrigued me. A group of volunteers from every facet of immunology coming together to make sure vaccines were safe seemed to be a good place to invest my money. It turns out that one of the biggest obstacles to successful vaccine programs is not in the developing of vaccines or of their distribution, but the legitimate concern about whether they are safe or not.

This made sense to me. I know that one of the main variables in someone’s recovery from illness is the patient’s trust in the doctor. It turns out that this is even more the case with vaccines.

I happily recommend you give to the Brighton Collaboration if you, like me, would like to make a difference.

DB, Las Cruces, NM, USA