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Monday, 21 May 2018 14:26

Prevent What’s Preventable: Vaccine Preventable Diseases with Cherise Rohr-Allegrini

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Rohr Allegrini

Cherise Rohr-Allegrini is the program director at the Immunization Partnership, whose goal is to improve vaccination rates in San Antonio and across Texas.

Every year millions of people suffer and die from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Immunization Partnership strives to increase vaccination rates through education and advocacy.

Dr. Rohr-Allegrini talks about how the success of vaccines has ironically contributed to the rise of the anti-vax movement, how the way scientists talk about vaccines is important to increase vaccination rates, the autism-vaccine controversy, the tantalizing approach of polio eradication, and her background in studying vector-borne diseases in developing countries.

The MicroCase for listeners to solve is about Sandy Sanchez, the pregnant bird-watching game warden who becomes sick with a mysterious illness that may threaten her baby.


  • Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, M.P.H., Ph.D. (The Immunization Partnership)
  • Jesus Romo (UTSA)

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Last modified on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:16
Karl Klose

Karl Klose, Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas San Antonio, the Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), and host of microTalk. He oversees the research on infectious diseases that is carried out in his laboratory by undergraduate, Masters’, and Ph.D. students, as well as research staff. He also teaches microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students.

Karl is enthusiastic about enlightening people to the fascinating world of microbes.  He has given two TED talks on antibiotic resistance. He has been a visiting professor in Kolkata India and Valparaiso Chile.  He has spent the past two years visiting ASM branch meetings through the Distinguished Lecturer program.  You can find Karl on Twitter and you can find STCEID on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.