Vaccinate or not? Mason interactive science discussion

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Provided by George Mason University

Mason’s free discussion series, Galileo’s Science Café, will take place at 7:00 p. m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Science and Technology Campus.

Topic: What is herd immunity? Individual decisions to vaccinate impact the entire community

 Presenter: Dr. Paul Delamater, Assistant Professor of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University

 Opening Remarks: Dietlinde Doyle, Public Health Nurse, Virginia Department of Health

Parental concerns about vaccine safety have led to increases in the refusal or delay of childhood vaccination throughout the United States. Learn from a scientific expert how geographic information is being used to analyze and understand how individual decisions to vaccinate impact community-level vaccination coverage, the herd immunity effect, and outbreak of devastating diseases.

There will be live demos where you can test out your geoinformation mapping skills.

Location: Hylton Performing Arts Center (10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA)

Time: 7:00 p. m.-8:30 p. m.

Powered by: Novant Health UVA Health System, ATCC, Prince William County Department of Economic Development, and George Mason University

RSVP to attend for free:

Refreshments provided by Mum Mum’s Taste of Thai.

For more information, please contact Amy J. Adams, (703) 993-2672 or

About George Mason University: George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls 35,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility.


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