The Modern American Vaccine Debate 4/24

April 23, 2012 Project Director

Deadly Choices by Paul Offit, MDThe History of Vaccines invites you to attend The Wistar Institute Authors Series program “The Modern American Vaccine Debate.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 pm at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. It is presented as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Panelists include Paul Offit, MD, Mark Largent, PhD, Hildegund Ertl, MD, and Jason Schwartz, MBE.

The event is free, but registration is required. Please register here. We hope to see you there – the History of Vaccines will be exhibiting at the event.

Offit and Largent will discuss their books on contemporary vaccine politics. Schwartz, an associate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, will address ethical issues relating to contemporary vaccination issues, and Ertl, director of the Wistar Institute, will moderate.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

About the Speakers

Renowned researcher and rotavirus vaccine developer Paul Offit vigorously challenges the anti-vaccine movement in the book he will discuss, 2010’s Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccination Movement Threatens Us All. Offit traces one of the most powerful citizen activist movements in history—a movement that, despite recent epidemics and deaths, continues to grow. Deadly Choices is the story of anti-vaccine activity in America—its origins, leaders, influences, and impact. It is soon to be released in paperback.

Offit is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of five books, including Autism’s False Prophets and Vaccinated. Offit is an advisor to The History of Vaccines.

Largent’s book, Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press this summer. It traces parents' concerns about the potential harmful side effects of vaccines from the 1990s to today, traversing the alleged but scientifically dismissed link between vaccines and autism. He is associate professor of history at Michigan State University, where he focuses on the role of scientists and physicians in American public policy.