UHealth Sponsors Showing of Film about Immunization and Community Health

A free screening of “Invisible Threat,” a documentary film about immunization and its effect on community health, will be held Thursday, August 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the 8th floor auditorium of the Mailman Center for Child Development, 1601 NW 12th Avenue. The film, which is presented in English with Spanish subtitles, is 40 minutes long. The screening will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and discussion. Sponsors of the event are UHealth, the Miami-Dade County Health Department and FIDEC (Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries). RSVP: 305-854-0075.

“Vaccination is super-important for children,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, who also chairs the Miami-Dade County Immunization Coalition. “Studies show that if you vaccinate children, there are tremendous benefits to the rest of the community, as well. That includes all the people the child comes in contact with — other kids, teachers, parents and grandparents — whose immune systems may already be compromised by poor health and may not be able to fight off infectious diseases.”

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