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A9 Vaccines, Shots and Diseases, Oh My!

Description: Vaccines in the 1960's and 70's were hailed as a medical break-through that would save countless lives and alleviate worldwide suffering. In 2000, endemic measles was eliminated from the US; however, in 2015 a new outbreak of measles hit the U.S. with at least 100 infections. This course will address several important questions: What is a vaccine? How does it protect us from an infectious disease? Why am I protected for a lifetime against mumps while I need an influenza vaccine every year? Why have the attitudes about the vaccination of children shifted from the general acceptance of the 1960's to the current, 'anti-vax' opposition that exists today?

Suggested Reading: Arthur Allen. Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver, W. W. Norton & Company, Reprint edition (May 17, 2008) ISBN-10: 0393331563, ISBN-13: 978-0393331561.

Instructor: Robyn Puffenbarger earned her Ph.D. in molecular immunology at the Medical College of Virginia. In 2001, she joined the faculty at Bridgewater College where she teaches genetics, bioethics, ornithology and biochemistry.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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