HILLEMAN at National Museum of American History


Have vaccines been so effective that Americans have forgotten the dangers of diseases such as measles, smallpox, and polio?

The National Museum of American History presented Hilleman’s Vaccines: Remembering Why We Immunize Monday, October 16, 6:30-9:00 PM.

The vaccines of Dr. Maurice Hilleman changed American history – yet few of us now know his name. Hilleman – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children considers how the threat of infectious disease in America drove both scientists and citizens to prioritize vaccine initiatives. A panel discussion after the screening, moderated by Jon Hamilton of NPR, explored how history and collective memory inform our decisions about vaccination today.

Panelists included:

Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Kristen Ehresmann, MPH, RN, Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, Minnesota Department of Health

Paul Offit, MD, professor of pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Alexandra M. Lord, PhD, Chair of the Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History

After the film, attendees had the opportunity to get an up-close look at vaccine-related objects from the National collections.

The Antibody Initiative was made possible through the generous support of Genentech.



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