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Science Café – The Importance of Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Science Café – The Importance of Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

August 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
2450 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Immunizations are one of medicine’s greatest tools. Unlike many treatments which are given after a person is sick, immunizations prevent disease. Some diseases that previously caused frequent childhood death or disability, such as diphtheria or paralytic polio, are now virtually unheard-of in countries with high immunization rates. On-the-other-hand, when immunization rates are low, diseases may reappear in the population. Vaccines work by training the immune system to recognize an infection without making the vaccinated person sick. After vaccination, a child has memory immune cells that are ready to eliminate a germ and prevent spread to other people. Unfortunately, a product of a successful immunization program is a lack of community awareness of the serious diseases that were prevented. Our aim today is to discuss how vaccines work, address vaccine myths, and describe the infections that have been made rare by immunizations.

Join us on August 27th, and you will…

  • Be part of a discussion about childhood vaccination and related research
  • Learn about research findings and how they relate to your health
  • Find answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask

Dinner will be served.

Presented by CTSI in collaboration with…

About the Session Leaders

Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Joe Barbieri, PhD, is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been a faculty member at MCW since 1986.  Dr. Barbieri received his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1980 and completed training in microbial toxin research at UCLA and Harvard Medical School.  Microbes produce toxins that can harm us; but toxins can also be inactivated to produce vaccines to prevent these diseases.   His research focuses on the study of toxin action, how these molecules harm our cells and studies how toxins can enter and move within our cells.  His work has been translated to engineer vaccines against bacterial pathogens that cause diseases like pertussis and botulism.

Anna H. Huppler, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Anna Huppler, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has been a faculty member in the division of infectious diseases since 2014.  Dr. Huppler received her medical degree from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, in 2006 and completed infectious diseases training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2013.  Her clinical work focuses on the care of children with serious or unusual infections.  This work inspires her passion for immunizations since many infections are preventable with vaccines.  She has a special interest in the care of children with compromised immune systems.  Her research area of interest is the immune control of fungal infections.  She investigates how a healthy immune system prevents illnesses due to yeasts.

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