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Ethics Colloquium to Focus on Vaccinations

Henderson, Tenn. - Apr 16, 2015

Freed-Hardeman University’s Department of Biological, Physical and Human Sciences will host an ethics colloquium Thursday, April 30, at 6:00pm in Ayers Auditorium. Dr. Vicki Baselski from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will discuss the current controversy regarding vaccinations.

Baselski is a clinical medical technology scientist. A member of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, she holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. A former employee of the CDC, she is now a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UTHSC.

Growing numbers of parents in recent years have skipped or delayed recommended vaccinations for their children, a trend that has led to a resurgence of measles. More than 100 people in 15 states were diagnosed with measles in January. Ninety-two percent of those cases were related to an outbreak that began before Christmas at Disneyland in California, making this a very timely topic. However, Freed-Hardeman had scheduled the colloquium prior to that occurrence, according to Dwina Willis, who coordinated the event.

The public is invited to attend the discussion.