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EP 833 The War Against Disease

Summary: Polio, measles and other diseases are quickly prevented with just a shot; however, vaccines weren't always so accessible.
Air Date: 4/11/17
Duration: 22:36
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Meredith Wadman, MD
Meredith-WadmanMeredith Wadman has covered biomedical research politics from Washington for 20 years. She is a reporter at Science and has written for Nature, Fortune, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

A graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she began medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed her medical degree as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.
EP 833 The War Against Disease
 In today's world, it's easy to take vaccines for granted.

Polio, measles and other diseases are quickly prevented with just a shot; however, vaccines weren't always so accessible.

In her book, The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics and the Human Cost of Defeating Disease, Meredith Wadman explores how the vaccine against rubella was developed in the 1960s and how that research helped pave the way for billions of people to be protected from other deadly illnesses.

She discusses the political controversy that surrounded the vaccine's creation and connects it to today's health issues such as the spread of the Zika virus and the rise of the anti-vaccination movement.
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