Monthly Archives: April 2016
The McCall Immunization Coalition and the McCall Library present the award winning movie, Contagion, a realistic medical thriller rated PG-13. Following the film, State of Idaho epidemiologist—Dr. Christine Hahn will discuss the importance of vaccinations and response to the issues raised in the movie.
Contagion, the movie describes a fictional influenza pandemic: the origin of the virus, the human toll, the response of the public health agencies, and the various reactions of people to a public health emergency. The film is a reasonable prediction of what would occur in the event of a moderately lethal influenza pandemic. Contagion is a 2011 American medical thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Ehle. The plot of Contagion documents the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites, attempts by medical researchers and public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the loss of social order in a pandemic, and finally the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread.
After the movie Dr. Hahn will look at the movie from a scientific basis. Dr. Hahn comes with a wealth of knowledge as the state’s lead expert on infective diseases. She has served with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and has years of training on infectious diseases.
This event is sponsored by the McCall Immunization Committee and the McCall Public Library as part of National Immunization Week, April 16-23, 2016. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.