Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

March 05, 2013 11:00 ET

Medical Experts Outraged Over Anti-Vaccination Event at Simon Fraser

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2013) - 'Vaccine Summit: Vancouver 2013', to be hosted at Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre (Vancouver) campus is billed as a "transparent discussion about vaccines", but according to medical experts it is just a platform for anti-vaccine activists to spread dangerous misinformation which could harm the public. Even SFU's Faculty of Health Sciences was disturbed that the university would associate itself with such an event and described it as "anti-science and contrary to good public health practice".

An open letter to the SFU president calls for SFU to repudiate an anti-vaccination conference. The letter was co-signed by the Centre for Inquiry (CFI) Vancouver, Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism, and a number of Vancouver-area medical experts.

CFI Vancouver's Ethan Clow thinks that isn't enough: "Simon Fraser University needs to make a clear public statement about the overwhelming medical evidence in support of vaccination, and disavowing the message of the Vaccine Resistance Movement," he said. "The university made a mistake, and needs to fix that mistake through science-based public outreach and education about vaccination."

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