To vax or not to vax: Mainers debate going under the needle

A measles vaccine is seen at a clinic in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2015.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A measles vaccine is seen at a clinic in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

We’re teaming up with our media partners at WGME Channel 13 for a town hall debate tomorrow night about vaccination. I’ll be on hand to ask a question or two of of the panel. My money’s on a lively debate.

The panelists are:

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, VP for clinical affairs at the University of New England and former director of the Maine CDC

Dr. Kevin Flanigan, medical director of the MaineCare program

Ginger Taylor, Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice

Dr. Meryl Nass, Mount Desert Island Hospital

Mills, as you might imagine, is solidly pro-vaccine. I’d guess Flanigan is too, but I’m looking forward to his comments because I’ve never heard him speak about vaccination. His voice has been more prominent in the debate over prescribing of opiates through MaineCare and the governor’s proposal to cut state funding for methadone treatment.

Taylor and Nass are speaking as vaccine skeptics.

Moderating the discussion will be Mark Hyman, host of Behind the Headlines.

Sign up to be part of the audience on WGME’s website. A few seats remain open.

Catch the 90-minute live program on Wednesday at 7:30 pm on WGME or bangordailynews.com. (Most of the town hall will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 12 from 11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on CBS 13.)

Join the discussion by posting comments and questions to WGME’s Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #YourVoiceYourFuture. WGME anchor Jana Barnello will monitor social media and present online questions to the panel.

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.