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Scientist Ronan Carroll to discuss vaccines at Oct. 3 Science Café

From staff reports | Sep 25, 2018
Ronan Carroll.
Ronan Carroll. Photo credit: Ohio University.

Flu season is upon us again, which means it’s vaccination time.  Last year was a high-severity flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Overall hospitalization rates were among the highest ever recorded, with 180 confirmed pediatric deaths from influenza.  Approximately 80 percent of those deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination.

Widespread reports in the media suggesting that the influenza vaccine was not effective against last year’s flu is reigniting decades-old controversies regarding vaccines, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial. 

At his Science Café presentation, “Vaccine Denial: Facts and Fiction,” Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Ronan Carroll will discuss these issues and answer some common questions about vaccines. What are the facts? Where does the vaccine controversy come from? Should you get vaccinated this year? According to Carroll and the CDC, the answer is definitely “yes.”

Come to Carroll’s Science Café at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Baker Center Front Room, to learn about vaccines and the facts you need to know.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag

For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the event, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe   and   http://livestream.com/ohiocas.