National Museum of American History Honors Dr. Hilleman’s Legacy
Have vaccines been so effective that Americans have forgotten the dangers of diseases such as measles, smallpox, and polio?
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, will explore how history and collective memory inform our decisions about vaccination today.
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, stay for a special chance to get an up-close look at vaccine-related objects from the National collections. The event is free; registration is required. Space is limited. Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, October 6 at: http://americanhistory.si.edu/rsvp/hilleman-screening or (202) 633-3651.
The Antibody Initiative was made possible through the generous support of Genentech.