Addressing Parents' Concerns about Vaccines*
Free, live webinar - Wednesday, March 9, 2011
12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Time
*This event is at maximum capacity. You may register to be put on the wait list and will be notified before the event if we receive cancellations. This webinar will be archived and put on this website for future viewing.
Gary S. Marshall, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Despite unprecedented success in the elimination and control of infectious diseases through vaccination, practitioners find themselves challenged to justify universal vaccine programs to parents. As diseases have disappeared from the public's eye, adverse events related to vaccines have taken on more importance.
Many parents, fearing that vaccines are dangerous or unnecessary, are refusing to have their children vaccinated, or are demanding tailor-made schedules and prioritization of vaccinations.
The lecture is centered on 10 truths about vaccination, explores some of the myths and truths surrounding vaccines and provides the audience with a framework with which to understand the current dilemma and address parents’ concerns.
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:
- Explain the importance of immunizations in public health
- Describe the concepts of “Antivaccinationism,” including origins, characteristic claims, and methods for dissemination of misinformation
- Describe ten truths about vaccines and immunization programs
- Describe examples of heuristic (speculative) thinking about vaccination and strategies to address this