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Vaccine Talk with Kenneth Alexander, MD

Vegan Chicago is excited to offer you the third installment of our popular idea-challenging speaker series where we bring in the experts to speak on their area of study. This time we dip into our local pool of talent and bring you Dr. Kenneth Alexander* who is a nationally known pediatric infectious diseases clinician and researcher to speak on the subject of vaccines.

Whether you are young or old, with or without children, vaccines have a major influence upon your life and those around you. People often follow a vegan lifestyle to reduce suffering and vaccines can certainly have an impact on this goal. There's also some anti-vaccine baloney infecting the vegan community so we must immunize ourselves against this contagious junk information. Please join us and nourish your brain with healthy science-based information which Dr. Alexander will be generously providing. Bring questions!

The cost of this event is 100% free to our members and seating is limited. The entire event will be around 90 minutes and start promptly at 11am so please arrive early to get situated. Doors open at 10am.

*Dr. Alexander is Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Chicago. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. His research interests include transcription and replication control of human papillomaviruses, innate immune responses to papillomavirus infections, papillomavirus antiviral therapy, and promotion of HPV vaccination in medically underserved communities. Dr. Alexander has a wife and two young adult daughters.

If you're not planning on attending the event but would like to share some thoughts on the topic please limit your comments to this discussion thread:

PRE-TALK: Vaccine Talk

All others are welcome to do the same of course.

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  • Dave D.

    The recording of this vaccine talk was posted as a podcast here:

    January 25, 2013

  • Christina

    Thank you for bringing in someone who knows the facts to help people make an informed decision. There is a lot of misinformation out there.

    3 · October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All the discussion below, and the posts on the message board (, have ignited my interest in this topic. Now I'm definitely attending!

    2 · October 19, 2012

  • Nessie

    They are trying out eggless vaccines now. And the nasal sprays only uses 1/100th of the egg in the shots.

    3 · October 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this but, sounds interesting. And, vaccines are unethical for several reasons one includes the fact that chicken embryos, calves serum, and other animal by products are used in the production of making vaccines.

    October 16, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Sorry you can't make it Katlyn. As for the ethical concerns, animals are involved in just about every aspect of our daily lives regardless of how vegan anybody should strive to be. It is up to the individual to decide how to put their personal ethics into action. The way we do that is to be informed with good information. Dr. Alexander will provide this and every attendee can decide for themselves how vaccines fit into their ethical equation.

      2 · October 16, 2012

  • Gary C.

    I have an appointment later on Saturday. How long will the presentation last? Thanks.

    October 15, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Good question Gary. The event will probably wrap up around 12:30. I've updated the event description.

      October 15, 2012

  • Dave D.

    Hello! For those who RSVPed yes you might have gotten notifications from a spam account about the topic of vaccines. The account was created specifically to troll us which gives you an idea of the type of baloney that's out there for which we at Vegan Chicago fight. We hope that you continue to you stick in there with us. For more discussion please see the thread posted on our message board.
    We appreciate your patience, thanks!

    1 · October 14, 2012

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