NFID and Suburban Hospital to Host Invisible Threat Screening & Panel Discussion

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The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with Suburban Hospital and Kaiser Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, will screen the nationally acclaimed documentary "Invisible Threat" on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the hospital auditorium, located at 8600 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. The eye-opening film focuses on understanding the science of vaccination and the fear and misperceptions leading parents around the country to skip immunizations.

Invisible Threat
The film focuses on understanding the science of vaccination and the fear and misperceptions leading parents around the country to skip immunizations.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with Suburban Hospital and Kaiser Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, will screen the nationally acclaimed documentary "Invisible Threat" on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the hospital auditorium, located at 8600 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. The eye-opening film focuses on understanding the science of vaccination and the fear and misperceptions leading parents around the country to skip immunizations.

The film was produced by a group of high school students from Carlsbad High School in California. They set out to produce a documentary on the human immune system and uncovered a social controversy they didn’t know existed but which affects communities across the United States.

The 40-minute documentary will be followed by a discussion with leading national and local vaccine experts including William Schaffner, MD, past-president, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Suburban Hospital experts Leila Hall, MD, and Rita Toner, RN, MSN, CIC; and Peter Kadlecik, MD, chief of Infectious Disease, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group.

The documentary has received praise from more than 50 organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins University, calling the documentary "powerful," "fast-paced," "well-balanced,” and “impeccably produced."

Invisible Threat chronicles the dangers of not vaccinating, as the students interview families, physicians, and experts about the benefits of vaccination. The documentary was sponsored by unrestricted grants from various California Rotary Clubs. Screenings are being held across the country to spark a movement to educate students and parents about the science of immunization and dangers of under-vaccinated communities.

The film trailer is available to view at http://vimeo.com/64521691. Space is limited; registration is free. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via online registration at: http://events.suburbanhospital.org/event/special-events/invisible-threat-screening.

About NFID
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. For more information, visit nfid.org.

About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and Northwest DC for more than 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with major health care organizations like the neighboring National Institutes of Health. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit suburbanhospital.org.

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