Lunch & Learn - When Science and Society Clash: Vaccinations and Public Health

Vaccines are one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century. However, the public now rarely witnesses the serious effects of vaccine-preventable diseases because immunization programs have been so successful, making them question whether vaccinations are still necessary. Misguided safety concerns and the anti-vaccination movement have led to less people getting vaccinated …

Sydney Tancowny - 18 October 2019

Vaccines are one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century. However, the public now rarely witnesses the serious effects of vaccine-preventable diseases because immunization programs have been so successful, making them question whether vaccinations are still necessary. Misguided safety concerns and the anti-vaccination movement have led to less people getting vaccinated and causing the re-emergence of measles and whooping cough in Canada. This panel will explore the nature of vaccines, common myths, new and emerging vaccines and discuss how to stay informed in a time of "fake news" and information overload.

Panel participants:

Sheryl Gares, Associate Professor of Biology

Rebecca Purc-Stephenson, Associate Professor of Psychology


Tuesday, November 26
12:00 pm
Mayer Family Community Hall, Lougheed Centre
Register: rsvp.augustana@ualberta.ca | 780-679-1626
FREE event
$5 lunch available upon registration. Students EAT FREE but must register.