Debating immunizations and vaccines

Myths and stories abound surrounding the hot topic of immunizations.

If you are looking to debunk some of the myths and try and understand the science of immunization, the presentation, Getting to the Point of Immunizations – Understanding the Evidence and Science Behind Vaccine, is an excellent opportunity.

This free community-focused event will be held Thursday, Apr. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Lethbridge's 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness, room PE250.

The evening is focused on providing health-care providers and the public with evidence-based information around the importance of immunizations.

Speakers from both Alberta Health Services and the University of Lethbridge will discuss topics such as:

- Immunizations and populations: The impact of vaccines

- The science of immunity - Effectiveness of vaccines, natural disease vs. vaccines, types of immunity, effects of disease vs. side effects of vaccine

- Breaking down the chemistry of vaccine

- Seeing both sides - Alternative perspectives

- The art of critical thinking - How to make an informed decision, risk assessment, evaluating evidence

- Mumps Measles Rubella (MMR) – Safe and effective

Participants will be invited to ask questions and engage in discussion with the speakers panel following the presentations.

Individuals representing groups with alternative views on this issue have been invited to participate but to date have not responded. In the interest of fairness, a number of common questions will be addressed relating to alternative views of vaccinations.

This event is free of charge and no registration is required.