Anti-Vaccine Instructor Takes Leave From Course

February 10, 2015

A Canadian instructor under fire for teaching anti-vaccine views that clash with science has asked for and been granted a leave from the health class she was teaching, The Globe and Mail reported. Queen's University, in Ontario, has faced intense scrutiny and criticism over the teachings of Melody Torcolacci, who has declined to respond to questions from the press. Students have shared PowerPoints and class notes indicating that they were being taught to doubt that vaccines are effective. Students have complained in the past, but the issue has received increased attention amid the current measles outbreak in the United States. The university has said that it is investigating the matter.

Amid all the attention to the issue at Queen's, Richard Reznick, dean of health sciences, published a blog post in which he described how medical, nursing and other health students are taught that vaccines are safe and effective, and that they are valuable in promoting health.


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