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SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Vaccine "Hesitancy": Is vaccinating your child a good idea? The facts vs the truth

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

Art Reingold, Professor, School of Public Health

Public Health, School of

Arthur Reingold, MD  is Professor of Epidemiology and Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the SPH at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty in 1987, he worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) for eight years as a medical epidemiologist on diverse infectious diseases, including Legionnaires’ Disease, staphylococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome, and epidemic meningococcal meningitis in west Africa and Nepal. In addition, he has studied vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases for the past 30 years, and has served on diverse national and international advisory committees related to  vaccines and vaccine policy, including CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices(ACIP), as well as various IOM committees. 

Professor Reingold will discuss the current challenges to ensuring high levels of vaccine coverage and optimal prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases, in the US and other countries. These challenges include concerns among parents about the safety of childhood immunizations and the current vaccination schedule and assertions that various vaccines, singly or in the aggregate, cause autism or diverse other conditions. He will also discuss what is known about obstacles to addressing such concerns and the impact of both vaccine “hesitancy” on the population-level risk of vaccine preventable diseases and of policies/approaches to assuring high levels of vaccine coverage.

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