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Vaccines, Antibiotics, and Infections: Getting Your Questions Answered

MLL14001Tuesday evenings, October 15 – November 19
7:00 to 8:30 p.m., 513 Parnassus Avenue
Course Number:  MLL14001

General Public
1 Course: $75
2 Courses: $130
3 Courses: $185

$30 Special Registration for Students with a Valid ID



What’s the truth about vaccines? Do I really need to worry about bird flu and swine flu? What are the facts about Lyme disease? How are all these new viruses I see in the news discovered? How do I protect myself and my kids against bed bugs, lice, and Staph? Why won’t my doctor give me antibiotics every time I have a cold? Come hear from UCSF and nationally renowned experts in infectious diseases, microbiology, public health, dermatology, and pharmacy. In this course we will discuss fascinating and thought-provoking topics in infectious diseases that are relevant to us as individuals, communities, and society.

Course Chair:
Jennifer Babik, MD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Francisco.



October 15
Vaccines: Focus on Adults and Adolescents
Lisa Winston, MD, Professor; Vice Chief, Inpatient Medical Services and Hospital Epidemiologist, San Francisco General Hospital

Overview:  Vaccines are an important part of personal and public health. While vaccines for infants and young children are critical, immunizations also affect the health of adolescents and adults. This presentation will cover many of the new vaccines recommended for adolescents and adults and the updated recommendations for older vaccines. It will also address some of the common misconceptions about vaccines and vaccine safety. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the wide range of vaccines that are available or recommended in the United States.

Vaccines: Focus on Adults and Adolescents Handout


October 22
The Influence of Influenza- Epidemics, Pandemics and Everything In-between
Janice K. Louie, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor; Public Health Medical Officer, California Department of Public Health

Overview: Influenza is the number one vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. The word “influenza” is derived from the Italian word influential, when it was believed that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness. Experts estimate that up to 50,000 people may die in the United States annually as a complication of influenza infection. Yet, influenza is often ignored as a serious illness, and despite the availability of an effective and relatively inexpensive vaccine, many people choose not to get vaccinated. This lecture will review the epidemiologic, clinical and public health aspects of influenza epidemics and pandemics and explore the myths and misunderstandings surrounding vaccination.

Influence of Influenza- Epidemics, Pandemics and Everything In-between Handout


October 29
Lyme Disease–History and Current Controversies
Richard A. Jacobs, MD, PhD,, Emeritus Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Overview:   Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infection in the United States.  The unraveling of the clinical manifestations and the cause of the disease is a story of concerned parents, international collaboration and medical problem solving.  Over the last 15 years Lyme disease has also become one of the most controversial and politicized diseases in medicine with vastly different views about how to make the diagnosis and how to effectively treat patients.  This lecture will review the historical aspects of the disease and explore the often contentious controversies surrounding  diagnosis and therapy.

Lyme Disease–History and Current Controversies Handout


November 5
New Genomic Technologies for Identifying Emerging Outbreak Viruses and Diagnosing Unknown Infections in Hospitalized Patients

Charles Chiu, M.D./Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Medicine / Infectious Diseases
Director, UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center
Associate Director, UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
UCSF School of Medicine

Overview:  Time is of the essence when dealing with emerging outbreaks of hantavirus, 2009 pandemic influenza H1N1, bird flu, and MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome) coronavirus.  How can state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies help us to rapidly identify the causes of these outbreaks?  How can these same technologies be used to identify the cause of an unknown infectious disease in a hospitalized patient?  Since viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are all made of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), advanced genomic technologies such as microarrays and deep sequencing have the capacity to simultaneously identify all potential pathogens in clinical samples.  This course will teach you about the genomic tools of the “virus hunter” and their potential to change the way we diagnose infectious disease.

New Genomic Technologies for Identifying Emerging Outbreak Viruses and Diagnosing Unknown Infections in Hospitalized Patients Handout


November 12
Skin Infections: Facts versus Fiction
Kanade Shinkai, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

Skin Infections: Facts versus Fiction Handout


November 19
The War on Bugs: Antibiotic Use and Co-Existence with the Microbial World
Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Overview:  Antibiotics are considered a miracle of modern medicine — our “magic bullets” that kill harmful microorganisms and spare our bodies in the war against infection.  But the story is much more complex.   Most of the bugs that would do us harm usually co-exist with us on our skin, in our gut — and in our cells themselves.  The indiscriminate killing of bacteria by antibiotics and disinfectants ubiquitous in the environment may deprive us of nutrients and deny our immune system the “training” it needs to distinguish self from non-self — leading to an increase in autoimmune diseases. And the rise of antibiotic resistance requires us to examine how we deal with uncertainty and risk and our responsibilities to current and future patients.

The War on Bugs: Antibiotic Use and Co-Existence with the Microbial World Handout


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