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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 and can be accessed by entering through the 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 and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with 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.

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