Join us for this engaging public lecture by Arthur Reingold. He
is Professor and Head, Division of Epidemiology, and the Edward
Penhoet Distinguished Chair of Global Health and Infectious
Diseases, Emeritus at the Berkeley School of Public Health,
University of California.
Dr Reingold's current research interests include prevention of
transmission of HIV in developing countries, the intersection of
the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics, malaria in Uganda,
emerging and re-emerging infections in the US and globally, sexual
transmission of hepatitis C virus, vaccine-preventable diseases,
and respiratory infections in childhood.
Routine immunisation of children has led to remarkable declines in
numerous infectious diseases that previously caused widespread
morbidity and mortality in countries around the world.
At the same time, the resultant declines in incidence of and
mortality from these diseases have made them far less threatening
to the average parent, while fear of diverse conditions allegedly
caused by vaccines and vaccination has increased, coinciding with
declining trust in authority and authority figures.
Public health agencies and health providers struggle with how best
to respond, choosing from among options that range from
acquiescing to parental demands to not give or to delay giving
vaccinations; "firing"/barring patients from clinical practices;
providing financial or other inducements to vaccinate; barring
unvaccinated children from daycare centres or schools; and imposing
diverse other punitive measures that are seen by many as infringing
on the rights of parents.
At a time, when misinformation concerning vaccines and vaccination
is widely available on the internet and when available evidence
suggests that provision of scientifically accurate information to
"vaccine hesitant" parents may not suffice to change their minds,
there is no "one size fits all" solution.
In this upcoming lecture, Professor Reingold will provide a
wide-ranging discussion of these topics and summarise
aspects of the global experience in promoting immunisation and
reducing or combatting "vaccine hesitancy."
Date: 14 February 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-007
Ground floor, Building 505,FMHS
To RSVP, please email with the
subject "Professor Arthur Reingold" by 1 February.