March 26, 2014
Medical historian Mark A. Largent, of Michigan State University, will be talking about “The Vaccine Debate in Modern America,” Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam/Springer Center on the MacMurray campus.
Dr. Largent, the author of Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America, will discuss why many parents continue to be haunted by anxieties about vaccines, despite assurances from the vast majority of health care professionals.
Since 1990, the number of mandated vaccines has increased dramatically. Along with the increase in number has come a growing wave of concern among parents about the unintended side effects of vaccines. Despite assurances from every mainstream scientific and medical institution, nearly 40 percent of American parents report that they delay or refuse at least one recommended vaccine for their children.
The debates obscure a constellation of concerns held by many parents, including anxiety about the number of vaccines required; unhappiness about the rigorous schedule of vaccines during well-baby visits; and fear of potential side effects, some of them serious and even life-threatening.
Dr. Largent’s talk will disentangle some of the competing claims, open the controversy for critical reflection, and provide recommendations for moving forward.
His talk is the next and final presentation in the 2013-14 MacMurray Speakers Series, “Diversity in the Heartland.” The Putnam/Springer Center is at the southeast corner of State and Clay streets on the MacMurray campus in Jacksonville.
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