The Rationale for Vaccine Schedules: Past, Present & Future
Presented by: Edwin J. Asturias, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Sections of Pediatric Infectious Disease & General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado
Director for Latin America, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health
The purpose of this seminar is to explore the rationale and science applied in determining the immunization schedule, as well as how this has evolved over time.
Objectives At the conclusion of this seminar, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the rationale of immunization schedules for preventing vaccine preventable diseases.
- Interpret scientific and policy evidence related to the vaccine schedule.
- Describe changes in the immunization schedule over time, as well as, what to expect in the future.
- Explain why different countries follow different vaccine schedules.
About the presenter
Dr. Asturias graduated as a medical doctor from the San Carlos University in Guatemala in 1989 and was board certified in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 1995. Trained in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he has been working in the area of vaccine research and policy in Guatemala and the Latin region since 1998. Through the conduction of epidemiological studies and the inquiry into efficacy and safety issues of vacces against poliomyelitis, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcus and E. coli, the Center for Health Studies under his direction has provided answers to important implementation questions, especially for resource poor countries in Central and Latin America.
Dr. Asturias has served on the Guatemalan National Committee for Immunization Practices, the Poliovirus Contention Commission, and advisory groups for the World Health Organization, including the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety. He is the technical coordinator of the Immunization Group of the Mesoamerican Health Initiative, and a member of the Committee of Vaccines of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
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