Vaccines-where are we and how did we get there? April 16th Cafe Scientifique

Café Scientifique, LCC’s science discussion group, meets monthly for informal discussions on controversial and/or timely scientific topics.  Meetings take place at Schuler Books in Eastwood Towne Center.

April’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 pm Dr. Thomas Deits will lead the discussion entitled “Vaccines-where are we and how did we get there?”

To learn more about this month’s topic, check out these Library resources:

Frontline: The Vaccine War

This episode from the television program, Frontline, investigates whether vaccinations have lead to greater rates of autism and ADHD or greatly improved public health. The program tells the story of advocates from both sides of the vaccination debate.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Vaccine Topic Guide

The Opposing Viewpoints database offers topic guides on a variety of controversial issues.  The vaccines topic guides offer articles and opinion pieces from newspapers, scholarly journals, credible websites and audio and visual material.

Should Vaccinations be Mandatory? ed. Noel Merino 

This book from the At Issue series offers a selection of essays from different authors.  The authors come from various backgrounds and offer pro and con arguments for mandatory vaccination programs. This short book offers an easy-to-read overview of the vaccination debate.

The Vaccine Controversy:  the history, use and safety of vaccines by Kurt Link

This e-book offers an in-depth look at controversies that have surrounded vaccination programs from their creation.  Most chapters focus on the history and issues that surround a single type of vaccine. 

Vaccine: the debate in modern America by Mark A. Largent

This book covers the positives and negatives of vaccinations given to young children. Largent, a professor at Michigan State University, gives a history of the debate and speaks to the concerns of both health professionals and parents.