& Tuesday, October 25,at 11:00 p.m.
Immunizations help protect us from disease. Without them, our immune systems could break down and we would eventually die. This series of programs give us an in-depth overview of immunization, how it began and how their presence has been beneficial to us, despite some controversy over their safety.
A History of Protection: Vaccines and the Battle Against Disease—This module focuses on the history of vaccinations and how immunizations have changed the way we live. Immunizations have eliminated some diseases and increased our life spans by about 30 years. The module includes information about the development and introduction of the polio vaccine in the US and includes an interview with polio survivor Jan Nichols whose brother died of the disease.
Adolescent Immunization Challenges—This module addresses the vaccine decisions adolescents are facing today, mainly HPV and meningitis outbreaks, and immunization against those diseases. We also highlight the accessibility to those vaccines through VFC and overcoming parental objections. The modules include an interview with meningitis survivor Abby World.
Early Childhood Immunizations—This module spotlights the vaccines given during the first few years of life. We address autism fears versus the scientific evidence as well as the accessibility to those vaccines through VFC. The module includes an interview with Lori Hopps whose daughter is permanently disabled due to pneumococcal disease.
We’re In It Together: Herd Immunity and Our Mobile Society—This module examines the effect of immunizations on a global and mobile society and the lack of education among younger generations about the widespread damage of vaccine-preventable diseases. It features stories of widespread outbreak and containment and pulls in state-specific epidemiology data. The module includes an interview with Rodney Throgmorton whose infant daughter died from pertussis.
Complete the Coverage: Florida SHOTS and the Vaccines for Children Program—This module educates the audience about the ways that Florida SHOTS safeguards shot records and can be used as a tool by medical professionals to promote healthy immunization levels. It also addresses the availability and importance of the Vaccines for Children program as a tool to ensure all children are appropriately immunized.
Vaccine Safety: The Truth Behind the Fiction—Recently, the safety of vaccines has been in the spotlight. This module examines the safety of vaccines and the low occurrence of most adverse events, in comparison to the risks and fears. It also covers surveillance programs in place to monitor vaccine safety.
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