Viruses, Vaccines & Immunology – Cafe Scientifique

Last cafe for 2019

Guest Speaker: Dr Helen Petousis-Harris 
Vaccines have saved more lives than almost any other public health intervention and played a significant role in reducing health inequalities. Over the past twenty years, the number of diseases now preventable has exploded and the pipeline for new vaccines is bursting with potential solutions to current and future pestilence such as pandemic flu, Zika and Disease X.
However, despite the scientific and public health progress, in 2019 the WHO listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten threats to public health, and despite our advances in biomedical science there are some vaccine needs that elude us (i.e. universal flu, HIV and gonorrhoea).In the Science Heroes list of ‘who’s saved the most lives’, vaccinologists such as Jenner and Hilleman are a feature.
This talk will touch on the achievements in disease control since smallpox and what new vaccines will hit the shelves in the next year and the next decade with examples of the scientific advances that facilitated this. There are challenges we face such as the next pandemic and rising antimicrobial resistance, are we prepared? We also face an increasing backlash against science, with vaccines a major casualty. Using some of the most popular myths about vaccines as an example the way the scientific method, fact, and logic are abused will be illustrated.

Please register  HERE but there is no need to print your ticket.

Doors open at 6:30 for a 7pm start.

$2 door fee covers the venue hire and nibbles.

Date: Monday Nov 25th 2019
Time: 7pm -9pm
Venue: Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club Inc, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga
Cost: $2 door fee

Register HERE.

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris is a Vaccinologist,  Auckland Univrsity Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and the Director of the Vaccine Datalink and REsearch Group. Since 1998 she has been involved in immunisation-related research in New Zealand including clinical, social science, epidemiological and health systems. 

Her research interests include vaccine effectiveness and vaccine safety. She is a member of the World Health Organization Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) and the International Brighton Collaboration Science Board”.