The TTUHSC El Paso Office of Global Health Perspectives Film Series will feature the documentary “The Vaccine War” on July 10th from 12:00-1:00 pm in room MEB 1110.
The film examines the emotionally charged debate over medical risks vs. benefits and a parent’s right to make choices about her child vs. a community’s common good.
Public Health scientists and clinicians tout vaccines as one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But for many ordinary Americans, vaccines have become controversial. Young parents are concerned at the sheer number of shots—some twenty-six inoculations for fourteen different diseases by age six. In communities like Ashland, Oregon, up to one-third of parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids at all. And some advocacy groups, like Generation Rescue, argue that vaccines are no longer a public health miracle but a scourge; they view vaccines as responsible for alarming rises in certain disorders, including ADHD and autism. This is the vaccine war: On one side sits scientific medicine and the public health establishment; on the other a populist coalition of parents, celebrities, politicians and activists. It’s a war that increasingly takes place on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter, to win the hearts and minds of the public.