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How have vaccines changed the history of humankind? Counter-narratives from history can be helpful in combatting misconceptions about immunization. Stories about the world before vaccines help capture our imagination, and remind us that vaccines are modern miracles that are essential to our health. This presentation will describe how immunization has changed human history, the stories we tell and what we value, and will reflect on the implications for communication about vaccines.
Presenter: Dr. Natasha Crowcroft
Natasha Crowcroft provides leadership for Applied Immunization Research, a cross-organizational scientific initiative, at Public Health Ontario. She was formerly the Chief of Infectious Diseases (2012-15) and Scientific Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology (2008-2012) at PHO. She has published over 150 articles and has international experience working at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr. Crowcroft was a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) from 2008-2013. She received her medical qualifications and Masters of Science from the University of London and Doctorate in Medicine (medical PhD) from the University of Cambridge.
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