Romina Libster: The power of herd immunity
Romina Libster - Medical researcher
Dr. Romina Libster investigates influenza and other respiratory viruses, searching for ways to most effectively keep viruses from spreading. Full bio
I had to see as a pediatrician was Sol,
of a severe respiratory infection.
a patient worsen so fast.
she was connected to a respirator
and after a quite distressing catharsis,
came to mind,
baby be so unfortunate?"
something about it?"
killed millions of people per year.
remember the polio epidemic
available against polio.
They were going crazy.
with caustic lime.
as if that could do something.
thousands of people died.
with very significant neurological damage.
my generation was lucky
as terrible as this.
of the 20th century's public health.
that have most reduced mortality,
such as smallpox from the planet
something must be done.
if not all of us here today,
at some point in our life.
we should receive after adolescence.
who we are protecting
beyond protecting ourselves?
of a particular disease,
has ever had contact with the disease.
nor been vaccinated against measles.
appears in this city
from person to person,
throughout the community.
of the population
the measles, which means
survived, and developed natural defenses;
immunized against measles.
appears in this city,
that much from person to person.
to pay attention to something.
of the disease
the people in this community
coming in contact with the disease,
within a community receive
by vaccinated people,
on this herd immunity
in infographics are not just hypothetical.
and nephews, our children,
to receive their first shots.
that lowers their defenses.
allergic to a particular vaccine.
the expected effect,
are always 100 percent effective.
almost exclusively on herd immunity
of the population be vaccinated.
that the vaccine generates.
in a vaccinated community
to spread more freely
of this disease within the community.
at some point controlled may reappear.
and is still happening.
published an article
mumps and rubella,
and stopped vaccinating their children.
fell below this threshold.
in many cities in the world --
within the medical community.
if this was actually true.
and autism at the population level,
had incorrect claims.
the article in 2010.
for not getting vaccinated
can have potential adverse effects.
than possible complications.
we want to heal fast.
when we have an infection,
when we have high blood pressure,
and we want to heal fast.
to think of preventing diseases,
when we are healthy?
when affected by an illness,
in Argentina and worldwide.
began to come to light,
were entering the winter season.
ran into pharmacies to buy alcohol gel.
in pharmacies to get a vaccine,
if it was the right vaccine
against this new virus.
my fellowship at the Infant Foundation,
for a prepaid medicine company.
my shift at 8 a.m.,
of 50 scheduled visits.
people didn't know what to do.
that I was examining.
what we were used to seeing in winter,
to my fellowship mentor,
the same from a colleague,
of pregnant women
what was happening.
we took the car
in Buenos Aires Province,
for cases of the new influenza virus.
it was crowded.
in NASA-like bio-safety suits.
didn't breathe for two hours.
reaching out to pediatricians
and in Buenos Aires Province.
in contact with our children,
this new H1N1 virus had
hospitalized by this virus.
got more seriously ill:
less than one year old;
with chronic pulmonary diseases.
for getting the influenza vaccine,
which the pandemic not yet reached.
H1N1 virus became available,
of the at-risk groups vaccinated,
of individual responsibility,
not only am I protecting myself,
her first vaccine against whooping cough.
had been vaccinated.
About the speaker:Romina Libster - Medical researcher
Dr. Romina Libster investigates influenza and other respiratory viruses, searching for ways to most effectively keep viruses from spreading.
Why you should listen
Dr. Romina Libster is a staff scientist and assistant investigator at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Doctor of Medicine, with High Honors from the University Of Buenos Aires School Of Medicine in 2004. She then completed her pediatric internship and residency at the “Pedro de Elizalde” Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2004-2008. Upon completion of this training she began her Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Fundación INFANT in Buenos Aires under the tutelage of a renowned investigator, Dr. Fernando P. Polack. Shortly after assuming her fellowship position, she began the Master in Clinical Effectiveness Program in Buenos Aires. She conducted a series of complex and innovative studies on respiratory viruses, with a special focus on influenza. Romina was invited by Dr. Kathryn M. Edwards to join the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program team at Vanderbilt University in 2009 where she is leading a large clinical trial to determine the safety and immunogenicity of sequential rotavirus vaccine schedules. In 2013, Dr. Libster returned to her home country through a repatriation program from Fundación INFANT where she joined the faculty at the institution.
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