July, 2011 - As most people within the skeptical community know, next week The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 will be coming to Las Vegas. It will probably be the biggest gathering of skeptics ever, and the lineup of speakers and workshops promises to be quite illuminating and informative. Something else which will be taking place at TAM9 is a vaccine clinic, held in conjunction with the JREF, Skepchick, and the Women Thinking Free Foundation as part of the WTFF Hug Me, I'm Vaccinated! campaign; this will be very similar to the highly successful clinic held at Dragon*Con last year. The clinic will be giving away free vaccinations for TDaP (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) to anyone who wishes to receive one – so if you're at TAM9 and you're not sure you have had your vaccinations updated, come on by te clinic!
The clinic will be held on Saturday, July 16 in the Balboa room at the South Point Casino and Hotel from 9am – 3:30pm.We look forward to seeing you there!
In addition, even though these vaccines are free for those obtaining them, they still cost money, so we are looking for donations to help us facilitate future clinics. If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause, just click below!(for a first-hand account of what catching pertussis is like, check out Mickey's story on Skepchick.)
Jamie Bernstein, our bad ass ninja friend and VP/Skeptical Ninja of the Women Thinking Free Foundation, attended the Autism One conference this weekend. She went in hoping to gain information on what the anti-vaccine movement is up to, excitedly/dreading talks from Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy… she went out at the hands of three security guards and four police officers. And she was kind enough to blog it for all of us… it’s not only an amazing story, but it’s also the very first Skepchick-Friendly Atheist Blog Crossover Event! Check out Part One on Skepchick, and Part Two on Friendly Atheist.
We’d like to say that we are super proud of Jamie for having the courage to attend this event, and for her composure and grace under fire. We're honored than we can call Jamie and Ken our friends. Thank you, both of you, for doing the work you do, and for taking the risks you take.
September, 2010 - Skepchick.org and the Women Thinking Free Foundation encouraged individuals to protect the ones they love by vaccinating themselves against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is an infectious disease that can be passed from adults to infants, who can experience serious and sometimes fatal symptoms. Dragon*Con, an annual convention held in downtown Atlanta, brings together more than 30,000 people from around the world, many of whom have not received a Tdap vaccination. Nearby at the PeachTree Center Mall, the Hug Me! Campaign launched with a free vaccine clinic on Saturday (September 4) and Sunday (September 5) at the International Blvd entrance. Cobb & Douglas Public Health staff were available to administer the vaccine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which provided an opportunity for Dragon*Con attendees as well as the general public to receive a Tdap vaccination to protect themselves as well as their close contacts. All persons in and around the PeachTree Center Mall area on September 4th and 5th were invited to take advantage of the opportunity.
September, 2010 - Awesome and gorgeous Surly-Ramics will be available in Atlanta during Dragon*Con! Visit Skepchick fan table outside the Skeptrack room September 3rd-6th, and a percentage of profits will be donated to the Women Thinking Free Foundation to help fund projects like our free vaccine clinic and excellent lectures!
August, 2010 - Hooray! The Hug Me! Campaign got a shout-out from an awesome blog! And as much as we love going crazy with our vaccine clinic, you can help without going crazy. Contributor Joseph Albietz writes: "It doesn’t take access to a TV show or a Herculean effort to coordinate a vaccine drive to make a difference. It doesn’t even require a confrontation. You have more influence over the people in your life than any public health official or blog will ever have. Just speak up, let people know you got your kids vaccinated today, let them know you got vaccinated!"