What You NEED To Know About #Measles and Other VPD’s (S3E2)

S3E2 My guest today is Dr. Tara Smith. She’s an expert in vaccine-preventable and infectious diseases. We discuss the facts about VPD’s like Measles, Whooping Cough and Flu. These are very serious conditions that can be fatal, especially to the immunocompromised, those with HIV/AIDS, cancer patients on chemotherapy, the very old and the very young.

Many people are more afraid of the vaccine than the diseases they prevent. Dr. Smith sheds some light on just how serious these VPD’s can really be and why you should be taking them seriously.

Bio for Dr. Tara Smith:

Dr. Tara Smith

Dr. Smith is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Kent State University College of Public Health, which she joined in August 2013. An Ohio native, she previously spent 9 years in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where she directed the College’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and attained the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. While at Iowa, she also obtained a Certificate in Agricultural Safety and Health. She completed post-doctoral training in molecular epidemiology at the University of Michigan prior to beginning her professorship at the University of Iowa. She obtained her PhD at the University of Toledo, investigating the pathogenesis of the Group A Streptococcus, and her B.S. in Biology from Yale University

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You can find Dr. Tara Smith:

Website: http://www.taracsmith.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aetiology

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad

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