Last updated on: 3/19/2019 | Author:

Saad B. Omer, MPH, PhD Biography

William H. Foege Professor of Global Health at the Emory Vaccine Center
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"

“A national outbreak, or an outright national-level measles resurgence, would not be out of the ordinary for a Western country. In recent years, there have been several large sustained outbreaks in Europe… It’s not just luck that the United States hasn’t seen a similar resurgence. There are many things the United States does right in vaccine policy, compared to Europe. For example, the United States has a tapestry of school-entry vaccine requirements that work. These requirements, based in state laws, have contributed to maintaining high immunization rates and keeping rates of vaccine noncompliance low… Mandates have played a key role in keeping disease rates low.”

“Hearing Title: ‘Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks’ – March 05, 2019,”, Mar. 5, 2019

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, WHO Regional Technical Advisory Group for Immunization in the Eastern Mediterranean, 2017-present
  • William H. Foege Professor of Global Health, Emory Vaccine Center, 2016-present
  • Member, Maternal Immunization Working Group, Pan American Health Organization, 2015-present
  • Professor of Epidemiology & Pediatrics, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, Emory University
  • Investigator, Emory Center for AIDS Research
  • Co-director, ReadyVax App Expansion Project
  • Member, National Vaccine Advisory Committee, 2014-2018
  • Member, Vaccine Innovation Working Group, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, 2016-2017
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2014
  • Former Director, Immunization Systems and Public Health Preparedness Project, Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center
  • PhD, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University
  • MBBS, The Aga Khan University Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Twitter handle: @SaadOmer3
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