Vaccine Webinar Series

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Vaccine Webinar Series

Nov 29-, 2011 - 10 AM,

With the promise of vaccines against HIV and malaria, as well as fears produced by discredited autism theories and questions surrounding new HPV immunizations, vaccines are in the headlines.

This series was created to help journalists understand the issues, identify stories of importance for their audience, and offer reporting resources for print, broadcast and online professionals. The series was hosted by Peg Willingham, a well-known authority on vaccines and Executive Director of the UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign. 

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Using the HPV vaccine as a jumping-off point, David Curry clarifies how vaccines work, how they differ from each other and what's reasonable to expect from a new vaccine. Why, for example, have we been able to wipe out smallpox, but not HIV? In the first of our three-part webinar series, we lay the groundwork for understanding the exquisite science and persistent challenges of vaccine development. We also share with each registrant a robust list of online resources.

Special guest: David Curry, Executive Director, Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy, University of Pennsylvania

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Vaccine Controversies
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Declining U.S. and European vaccine rates reflect the distrust of small groups of people, from activists to tribal leaders, who fear that vaccines may harm them and their children. There is no science to support them. But in our fast-paced media world, an ignorant presidential candidate can falsely link an approved vaccine with causing mental retardation, immediately shifting the conversation to proving a negative. As vaccination rates fall, disease rates can increase – as has been seen in affluent America and poverty-stricken northern Nigeria. What do responsible journalists need to know? How do they separate fact from fiction? Where do they find accurate information?

Special guest: Science writer Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: A true story of medicine, science and fear

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Vaccine Research
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We discuss the costs associated with research and the difficulty of safe manufacturing. Why are vaccine facilities so difficult to establish? Why are some diseases ignored? What new vaccines are in the pipeline, and how does the threat of bio-terrorism affect the nation’s vaccine agenda? 

Special guest: Dr. Marc LaForce, Global Program Leader, Meningitis Vaccine Project, PATH

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Resources

  • Online Vaccine Resources [download]
    David Curry [read bio]
    Executive Director, Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy
  • Understanding Vaccines [download]
    David Curry [read bio]
    Executive Director, Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy
  • Understanding Vaccines [download]
    David Curry [read bio]
    Executive Director, Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy
    Peg Willingham [read bio]
    Executive Director, UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign
  • Vaccine Controversies [download]
    Seth Mnookin [read bio]
    Journalist, author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
    Peg Willingham [read bio]
    Executive Director, UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign
  • Vaccine Controversies [download]
    Seth Mnookin [read bio]
    Journalist, author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
    Peg Willingham [read bio]
    Executive Director, UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign
  • Vaccine Research [download]
    Marc LaForce [read bio]
    Global Program Leader, Meningitis Vaccine Project, PATH
    Peg Willingham [read bio]
    Executive Director, UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign
  • Vaccine Research [download]
    Marc LaForce [read bio]
    Global Program Leader, Meningitis Vaccine Project, PATH
    Peg Willingham [read bio]
    Executive Director, UN Foundation Shot@Life Campaign

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