Achieving High Levels of Childhood Immunisation: What are the Options When the "Truth" Differs from the "Facts" Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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
Time: 5.30-6.30pm
Venue:   Lecture Theatre 505-007
Ground floor, Building 505,FMHS

To RSVP, please email with the subject "Professor Arthur Reingold" by 1 February.