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Dr. Ackerman - I think the "town hall" on pediatrics topics is a great idea. It would be very beneficial to get more information than can be explained at a normal well-baby visit. I would attend - depending on the time of day it was held! As a new mom of a 4 month old - I want to be at home no later than 6:30 pm so I can start the bedtime process! I would even attend something on a lunch break from work before coming to something at 7 p.m. or later. However, if the panel was streaming online and could handle "tweet-in" questions, that could be beneficial too and would provide more flexibility for parents.

Either way, I think it would also be great if the video of the event/panel could be available online later - so even if a parent had to miss the live event, they could get the info at a later date.

Personally, I would not want to hear from other parents as much as I would from providers and scientists. I would want data backed up by research and/or experience at an event like this to make it worth my attendance. I can go on the internet to get other parent's opinions. The exception would be if a parent had an exceptional case to share about a particular topic - and was speaking about their personal experience to correlate with the other panelists.

I don't have any specific questions about vaccinations - but would be interested in just hearing the local data/information.

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