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In the Wake of Wakefield: The Vaccine-Autism Controversy

From the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (June 29, 2020)
Presented by Rebekah Martin, PhD
This presentation will walk through the findings of Andrew Wakefield’s infamous publication in The Lancet, which attempted to link the MMR vaccine and autism. This session will also explore circumstances surrounding the article’s publication as well as its impact on society and medicine. Basic immunology and vaccine design will also be discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the principle of immunization and list types of vaccine
  2. Describe the controversies associated with the Wakefield paper
  3. Discuss vaccine safety and efficacy

CE ACCREDITATION
This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Immunology will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

LEVEL OF INSTRUCTION
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.