The last in a 4 part series of lectures by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Professor Dr. Alan Scott was held today. This lecture focused on the history vaccines and their role in developing immunity and reducing diseases that once killed and crippled millions of people. An examination of polio and chicken pox and the impact of vaccinations on their eradication was a central part of the talk. There was also discussion about the anti-vaccine movement and the risk it poses especially to health-vulnerable individuals who are protected by the “herd immunity” from others who are physically able to get vaccines. This was a terrific series for the students by a leading professor in the field and we were very fortunate to have Dr. Scott at the school. We are looking forward to his return next year.
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