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Vaccination: an ounce of prevention saves a ton of lives

By Dr. Brian Yablon, Epidemiologist, AK Division of Public Health. Designed to help the body create immune memory to fight off disease-causing microorganisms, vaccines prevent myriad diseases--influenza, whooping cough, mumps, measles, hepatitis, polio, and others many of us have never seen firsthand. The World Health Organization estimates that vaccination saves between 2 and 3 million lives every year, and prevents many more illnesses and long-term disabilities. But keeping vaccination rates high requires sustained commitment, coordination of resources, and maintaining demand for vaccines among parents in the community. Gaps in vaccination coverage put everyone at risk of infectious diseases, especially the most vulnerable. Dr. Yablon will discuss these issues, walk us through some basic vaccine science and explain why routine childhood vaccination is worth more than its weight in gold.

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    February 9, 2014

  • Tap R.

    it was really informative and thought provoking...the speaker was a good choice

    February 9, 2014

  • Tap R.

    We are really looking forward to this months lecture!

    February 8, 2014

  • Anchorage Science P.

    Sorry to hear that, hopefully next time.

    February 5, 2014

  • Kelly Brian R.

    Darn it, I just realized I had a conflict. I was looking forwards to this meetup and hopefully will try to make the next one.

    1 · February 3, 2014

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    A former member

    Hi Kelly, thanks for joining. We don't have anything specific to recommend for study. But it is a good idea to read up on the subject before the event, the more you know the better chance you will have at winning the trivia contest and receiving three drink tokens. It is a lecture format with plenty of time at the end for Q&A with the presenter.

    January 16, 2014

  • Kelly Brian R.

    I've been looking for a group like this and I'm looking forward to the meeting. Is there any recommended journal articles, books, or blogs that we can read before the presentation? Is it a lecture format or is it more of a presentation with moderated discussion?

    1 · January 16, 2014

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