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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA, United States
The Great Vaccine Debate
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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For more than two centuries, vaccines have protected us against many of humankind’s deadliest diseases, prevented global epidemics, and saved countless lives. Yet in recent years a debate has sprung up on the safety of vaccination, causing some parents to forgo vaccinating their children. This has led to the return of some diseases, such as whooping cough and measles, as we begin to lose our “herd” immunity. Hear the real scoop from a panel of vaccine scientists from The Wistar Institute, medical ethicists, and Mark Largent, Ph.D., author of Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America.
Speakers: Mark Largent, Ph.D., Michigan State University, author of Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America.; Hildegund C.J. Ertl, M.D., Director of The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center; Paul Offit, M.D., Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Jason L. Schwartz, M.B.E., A.M., associate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics.