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Tompkins County Immunization Coalition to Screen Hilleman, an Award-winning Documentary

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is credited with saving over 8 million lives a year, yet no one knows his name. The Tompkins County Immunization Coalition together with Ithaca is Immunized will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film HILLEMAN: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children at Cinemopolis, 120 E. Green St, Ithaca on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 7pm-9:00pm. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice R. 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, develop the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and invent the first-ever vaccine against a human cancer. Now through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare archival footage, and 3-D animations, this film puts a human face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion session with local physicians, an immunology expert, and vaccination advocates. Parking for Cinemapolis is located in the Green Street Garage. Cinemapolis is accessible via TCAT public transportation. Refreshments will be served.