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Vaccinations: HUMC Symposium Debates Public Health, Parents' Rights

Paul Offit, M.D.
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HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Biomedical Ethics Committee at Hackensack University Medical Center is presenting its 19th Biomedical Ethics Symposium on Monday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. The topic: “Vaccination Vexation: Public Health, Personal Choice and Parental Rights.”

Rather than debating the merits of vaccines, the focus of the symposium will be the ethical issues raised by the controversy about childhood vaccinations.

Topics will include competing interests; rights and responsibilities; public health and policy; and the best interests of society.

The event takes place at the Hekemian Conference Center Auditorium, 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack.

The keynote speakers are Paul A. Offit, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Maurice R. Hilleman professor of Vaccinology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

The symposium is free and open to healthcare professionals, educators, parents, and other interested members of the public.

Registration is required.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Devon Peters at (551) 995-3463 or

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