Vaccine Recommendations: Science, Success & Myths
Thursday October 24, 2019 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
This seminar will consider vaccination as an effective public health infection control approach for protection of both the general population and health care professionals. Emphasis will focus on the most recent updated information pertaining to vaccines used in the prevention of adult infectious disease, especially those with increased occupational health care risks. Discussion concerning recent public health vaccine recommendations, such as those targeting shingles and human papilloma viruses (HPV) will also be included. The rationale and classification of available vaccines and emerging technologies will be discussed in order to provide participants appropriate scientific and clinical evidence, which can be useful when considering the necessity for their own protection, as well as protection of the general public and individuals diagnosed with immune compromising conditions and diseases. In addition, important information will be presented concerning public misperceptions against vaccines. These continue to result in disease outbreaks and threaten global success against vaccine-preventable infections.
John A. Molinari, PhD. Dr. Molinari is Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he served for 32 years as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. After leaving the University, he was Director of Infection Control for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2009 to 2017. He has published over 500 scientific articles, reports, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. He has served as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and regional hospitals. Dr. Molinari also was Chairman of the State of Michigan Governor’s Risk Reduction and AIDS Policy Commission. In addition, he was the Infection Control section editor for The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of the American Dental Association, and contributed a monthly column for Dental Economics. He also served as a member of the Michigan Board of Dentistry. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Molinari was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan Dental Association, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and was a recipient of the ADA Golden Apple Award.