Are vaccinations controversial? And what does that even mean when the vast majority of physicians are troubled by the so-called anti-vaccination movement. There is little doubt that the administration of antigenic material (aka vaccines) to stimulate an individual's immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a pathogen is responsible for the worldwide eradicaiton of smallpox and the diminution of polio, measles and tetanus. So... what's the controversy about?
On Tuesday, September 16th at 7pm at Hendershot's Coffee Bar, the Athens Science Cafe presents "Immunize This! The Challenges of Vaccine Communications," led by Grady College professor Glen Nowak. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the event is free and open to the public. Athens Science Cafe is supported by the UGA President's Venture Fund, UGA Office of Academic Programs, UGA Science Library, UGA Public Service and Outreach, and UGA Biological Sciences. The Franklin College fully supports public discussions of science and/or any other topic where campus expertise can broaden confidence and understanding.
In the service of learning more about vaccines prior to next week's science cafe the NOVA special, "Vaccines -- Calling the Shots," premieres in the U.S. on Wednesday, September 10th at 9pm. Dr. Nowak was involved as a technical advisor in the production of this documentary. Check it out, get up to speed, come to Hendershot's and be a part of the discussion.