Vaccines – Do we need them now that infectious disease is under control? Tuesday 1st July, 7:30 for 8:00 pm
with Professor Mark Fielder, Kingston University. This meeting is held jointly with the Society for Applied Microbiology.
These days we rarely see child and adult deaths from infectious diseases on a routine basis and, on the whole, we enjoy good health - in part because vaccination programmes are so effective. Mass vaccination programmes have rid the world of smallpox and virtually eradicated polio. They are a huge success story.
In recent years some parents had become fearful about having their children immunised, either because they did not trust the big drug companies or because they had been misled by headlines surrounding discredited research into measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Professor Fielder will explain why he thinks that vaccines are more important than ever as other treatments such as antibiotics begin to fail.
Professor Mark Fielder is in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Kingston.