Vaccines are among the most significant medical advances in the history of the world. Hundreds of millions of lives have been saved or kept whole through vaccination programs. Diseases that were common only 20 years ago now are exceedingly rare; however, without continued vigilance in the use of the vaccines that led to this success, we risk reemergence of these pathogens, with related death and devastation. For example, the measles outbreak spreading across the United States is a good example of this risk. We will discuss how the measles outbreak may improve the public’s perception of the benefits of vaccination programs, leading to improved vaccination rates in at-risk communities.
Discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) processes for recommending new immunization schedules.
Review the scientific data on vaccine safety.
Review the current epidemiology of measles outbreaks around the United States.
Discuss strategies to counsel parents effectively on vaccine safety and effectiveness.
David W. Kimberlin, M.D.
President, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Editor, American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book®Professor of PediatricsSergio Stagno Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Children’s of Alabama
ConferenceDetails:Target Audience: Immunization program managers, emergency preparedness directors, nurses, social workers, academia, immunization providers (pediatricians, family doctors, obstetricians, pharmacists)
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