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Screening of Documentary "Hilleman: A Man's Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children" and Talkback

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"Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children" Film Screening and Talkback 


On April 18, 2017, the OSS hosted a screening of the documentary, "Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children", which was followed by a talkback conversation with Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Don Mitchell, the film's director.

The film was sponsored by the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an original component of the Vaccine Makers Project (VMP), a project that is committed to public education about vaccine science via scientifically supported, historically accurate and emotionally compelling content.

To purchase the film, to learn more about the educational materials produced by the VMP, or to host a screening of the documentary in your city, please visit the Hilleman website.


About the film:

One of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, and no one knows his name.  This documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children.  From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.  Responsible for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, he is credited with saving more than eight million lives every year.  Now through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare archival footage, and 3-D animation, this film puts a human face to vaccine science.

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