Last updated on: 3/19/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Saad B. Omer, MPH, PhD Biography

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

“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,” help.senate.gov, 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
Education:
  • PhD, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University
  • MBBS, The Aga Khan University Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan)
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @SaadOmer3
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?