workshop, and committee meetings; and individuals representing organizations with a special interest in the committee's task.
Additional information sources included the reference lists of the articles obtained by the committee and staff. The procedures for obtaining abstracts and subsequent pertinent articles was the same as that described above. Particular attention was paid to citations in review articles, in books and reports with extensive reference lists (e.g., DPT: A Shot in the Dark [Coulter and Fisher, 1985, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich] and Vaccine Supply and Innovation [Institute of Medicine, 1985, Washington, DC: National Academy Press]) and in papers submitted by presenters at the committee's public meeting on January 10, 1990, and its workshop on May 14, 1990 (see boxes).
The committee held a public meeting, Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines, on January 10, 1990, in Washington, D.C. Notices of the meeting were sent to more than 800 people. Fifteen individuals made presentations at the public meeting (see box), which was attended by approximately 150 people.
The committee held a workshop, Possible Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines, on May 14, 1990, in Washington, D.C. Approximately 100 people attended. Eleven invited speakers made presentations at the workshop (see box).
On May 15, 1990, the committee heard a presentation from Jeanette Wilkins, Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedics, University of Southern California School of Medicine, entitled "Is Pertussis Whole-Cell Vaccine a Direct Toxin?" Dr. Wilkins followed up her presentation by sending the committee an extensive bibliography of citations on pertussis vaccine and its possible adverse effects.