In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Elena Conis, author of the book Vaccine Nation, America's Changing Relationship with Immunization. Dr. Conis will describe her interest in this topic and why she decided to write the book. She will discuss how the history of vaccination in the USA (particularly from the 1960s and onward) ties into the prevailing culture, societal beliefs and movements, political initiatives, an evolving body of epidemiological and scientific research, and biotechnological breakthroughs. She'll describe how and why the American public's views on vaccination changed over time, as well as shifts in regulatory power when it comes to things like mandates. She'll discuss anti-vaccination sentiment and vaccine skepticism, when and why they spiked in the population, and how they impacted political and scientific agendas and vice versa.
Dr. Conis is a writer, historian of medicine, and an associate professor at the graduate school of journalism in the department of history at the University of California, Berkley. Previously she was a professor of history at Emory University and an award-winning health columnist for the Los Angeles Times. You can learn more about her here and order her book Vaccine Nation here.
You can contact Dr. Eeks at bloomingwellness.com.
Follow Dr. Eeks on Instagram here.
Or Facebook here.
Subcribe to her newsletter here.
Thanks for listening! :)