JABBED: a public forum on love, fear and vaccines

Bulletins, jabbed, Science Communicators

Public forum Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Diseases that were largely eradicated forty years ago are returning. Across the world children are getting sick and dying from preventable conditions because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots.

Yet the stories of vaccine reactions are frightening, with cases of people being damaged, even killed, by vaccines. How do we decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the real risks?

  • Why are Melbourne babies getting whooping cough?
  • Why are measles epidemics appearing in Europe?
  • Why does vaccination remain so controversial?
  • While more than 90% of Australians support vaccination, why are many of us delaying or refusing vaccines?
  • What’s going wrong with the community conversation about vaccination?

Explore these issues and more at a public forum with Sonya Pemberton, the producer of JABBED, a documentary premiering on SBS TV on Sunday 26 May 2013.

Jabbed, made by 2012 Emmy Award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker Sonya Pemberton, travels the globe to look at the real science behind vaccinations, tracks real epidemics, and investigates the real cost of opting out.”

At the forum Sonya will discuss why she made JABBED and how it has changed her view of vaccination and the conversations we need to have.

Then she’ll join a conversation with:

  • Melbourne paediatric neuroscientist Ingrid Scheffer who discovered why a form of epilepsy (Dravet syndrome) is sometimes associated with vaccination
  • Immunologist Sir Gustav Nossal
  • And Sydney researcher Julie Leask who is studying community attitudes to vaccination,

Wednesday 5 June
Refreshments, 5pm-6pm
Presentation, 6pm-7pm

The Spot Basement Theatre
Business & Economics, Bldg 110, 198 Berkeley St (corner of Pelham St)
The University of Melbourne, Carlton VIC 3053