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September Skeptics in the Pub!

Those of you who went to Dragon*Con must have seen the posters and stickers for the "Hug Me, I'm Vaccinated" campaign and the free vaccination clinic. Come to Manuel's, and meet the man who made it all possible! Dr. William Atkinson is a Medical Epidemiologist in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked for CDC for 23 years, with most of this time spent in immunization-related activities. His current principle responsibility is the development of technical and training materials for immunization providers- he teaches doctors and nurses how and when to give vaccines. He practiced his skepticism in solitude for more than 20 years. This all changed after a chance encounter with Maria Walters at his first Amazing Meeting in July 2010. Bill will be discussing the “Hug Me, I’m Vaccinated” promotion – how and why it started, and it’s first big project: a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination clinic at Dragon*Con 2010. Come see Angels and Enchanters (and Maria and DJ and Matt and a host of others) get protected from pertussis! PLEASE NOTE: As you know, space is at a premium. If there are people on the waiting list by Sept 15, I will start dropping people off the Maybe list to allow them in.

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  • Shayna

    It was very good. The speaker was very engaging: the topic could have been pretty boring but he kept me interested the whole time.

    September 20, 2010

  • Marc M.

    Dr. Atkinson's talk about whooping cough and the pertussis booster vaccine was timely, interesting and informative!

    September 19, 2010

  • Allison B.

    Dr. Atkinson's presentation was interesting, moving, and well-supported by the science. Thanks to Maria Walters & Dr. Atkinson for organizing the wildly successful vaccination clinic at this year's DragonCon, and to the Skepchicks for launching the "Hug me, I'm vaccinated!" campaign!

    September 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first time and I enjoyed it. The information about whooping cough vaccination was great. Only problem was the annoying PA system during dinner.

    September 19, 2010

  • Mike C

    It was my first time. I had a good time there. It was good talking to other like-minded people.

    September 19, 2010

  • Angie M.

    Really wish I could come but am working that night!

    September 11, 2010

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