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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Tue

    Oxford Science Cafe

    6:00 pmVia Zoom (connection details will follow!)

    Dr. Wayne Gray
    Department of Biology
    University of Mississippi

    Understanding Vaccines: Preventing Diseases from Smallpox to COVID-19

    These days everyone is talking about vaccines and hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine. At this month’s science café, we’ll address several questions concerning vaccines: How do they work to prevent disease? How safe are vaccines and why do some people have concerns about vaccines? What is herd immunity? What are the various types of vaccines? We’ll review the history of vaccines and discuss several of the more than 20 vaccines that are now routinely given to children and adults. Finally, we’ll examine the current COVID-19 vaccines and consider their effectiveness and safety. Issues regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution will be discussed.

    January 19, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
    Via Zoom (connection details will follow!)