Thought this event might be of interest to my readers…
The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD, is hosting a free panel discussion about the recent controversial findings about the link between vaccines and autism on Wednesday, April 7 at noon. This event will present a history of the issue and provide insight about how the anti-vaccine movement has changed the field of public health.
Symposium Previews Discussions of New Vaccines Class Coming to USG in 2011
Speakers: Arthur Allen, author of VACCINE; Dr. Carol Plotsky, Pediatrician; Mark Hodge, Immunization and Refugee Programs, Montgomery County
Following the recent retraction of a controversial paper published in the Lancet that drew a link between vaccines and autism and helped fuel a backlash against immunization of children, the Universities at Shady Grove Committee for Inter-professional and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies will hold a free, public discussion on the topic.
Arthur Allen, author of VACCINE, will present a general history and background on the issue. Pediatrician Dr.Carol Plotsky will discuss how the anti-vaccine movement has affected the field of pediatrics and what information parents and guardians are looking for when they make decisions regarding immunizations.
Finally, Mark Hodge of Montgomery County’s Immunization and Refugee Programs will discuss what the anti-vaccine movement has meant to the field of public health and how the county dealt with a small Measles outbreak last year. Measles is preventable through the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. This free, symposium is being held as the University of Maryland, College Park, Biological Sciences and Public Health Sciences programs and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Pharmacy program at USG, are partnering to develop a new class on vaccines. The new class is expected to be available in 2011.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
12 noon-1 p.m.
Universities at Shady Grove-Bldg II Multi-Purpose Room
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Md. 20850
About The Universities at Shady Grove:
The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering
top-quality college degree programs. USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of nine leading public universities in Maryland offering more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County. Established in 2000, USG serves more than 3,600 full- and part-time students. Participating USG partners include: Bowie State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and University of Maryland University College. More information on all of the undergraduate and graduate programs is available at www.shadygrove.umd.edu.