GRCC hosts MSU pediatrician’s presentation on immunizations

Oct. 10, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An award-winning pediatrician will tackle misconceptions about immunizations during a free lecture at Grand Rapids Community College.

B. Keith English, chair of Michigan State University's pediatrics and human development department, will present "Millions of Lives Saved: the Incredible Impact of Immunizations" at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in GRCC's Calkins Science Center auditorium, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE. His presentation is free, but RSVPs are requested online or by calling (616) 234-2667. He is available for media interviews at the event.

Bob Leunk, an associate professor teaching microbiology in GRCC's biological sciences department, said the information in the lecture is timely as flu shot season gets underway -- and as states, schools and employers re-examine immunization policies.

"There are so many voices providing information about vaccines today -- internet blogs, patient groups, celebrity testimonials, pharmacists, parents and more," Leunk said. "Dr. English brings the wisdom and experience of the practicing medical professional into this conversation and explains the scientific evidence relating to immunizations."

English led the community response for the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic in Memphis while at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Among his awards, he was named "Pediatrician of the Year" by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Tennessee chapter. 

The Your Health lecture series is a collaboration of GRCC, MSU's College of Human Medicine and Spectrum Health.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.