This week NOVA released a new special on the spread of preventable diseases due to vaccines. This is one of the topics we discussed in last year’s One Book program on World War Z. Public health was one of our themes, so I thought I’d share this along with one of the panel discussions from last year. The videos are posted below.
NOVA: Vaccines–Calling the Shots
Program Description: “Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. NOVA’s “Vaccines—Calling the Shots” takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.”
The Truth about Vaccinations and Herd Immunity
Event Description: The Internet is full of information and misinformation around the safety of vaccines. The medical community does not debate vaccine safety, but a vocal communities keep the debate alive. How safe are vaccines? What information is available to make decisions about vaccine safety? This faculty panel will discuss some of the issues and present valuable information. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.