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A History Of Hope And Skepticism With Vaccinations

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FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Moderna Inc. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

COVID-19 vaccinations are under the microscope – inspiring hope and a possible end to the pandemic, but the rapid production and approval of multiple vaccines can raise concerns from the public.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Bernice Hausman for a history of vaccination in U.S. and how public health experts of today, and the past, effectively made a case for vaccination in the face of skepticism, denial and fear.

Hausman is the author of “Anti-Vax Reframing the Vaccination Controversy” and chair of the Department of Humanities at the Penn State University College of Medicine

Later in the show, anthropologist Emily Wentzell of the University of Iowa will talk about what she has learned from interviewing people who volunteered to participate in a COVID-19 vaccination study.


· Bernice Hausman, author, chair of the Department of Humanities, Penn State University College of Medicine

· Emily Wentzell, associate professor of Anthropology, director of the CLAS International Studies Program, University of Iowa

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Dennis Reese was the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio
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