CONTACT: RITA LIDDELL
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 19, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on infant, childhood immunizations
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stanley Perlman, M.D, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor
of pediatrics, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion
on infant and childhood immunizations with a nationwide audience from 4 to
5 p.m. (CST) Thursday, April 20.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
home page under "Upcoming Events."
When a baby is born, it usually has immunity to certain diseases as a result
of antibodies that have passed through the placenta from the mother to the
unborn child. During the first year, however, this immunity wears off. Immunization
is an artificial way of creating immunity to certain diseases, by using relatively
harmless antigens that come from or are similar to the chemical components
of microorganisms that cause the diseases.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami School of
Medicine, Perlman completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in
infectious disease at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Perlman is a member of the American Society of Virology, the American Society
of Microbiology, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Pediatric
Infectious Disease Society. His clinical expertise is in infectious diseases,
immunodeficiency and HIV.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue
from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an increasing
trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet.
According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm
that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide
Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects
that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.