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Childhood Immunization as a Tool to Address Health Disparities

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One of the challenges for public health in the 21st is reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparities, domestically and globally. Infectious diseases in childhood can lead to complications, disability, and death. Protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases is a public health mandate, requiring the elimination of disparities that put some children at higher risk. Childhood immunization is a proven public health intervention that protects our nation and our children.

This session of Grand Rounds explored ways that immunization efforts have served to reduce disparities in childhood infectious diseases, demonstrating an effective and cost-effective tool for advancing health equity. Vaccines protect both the people who receive them and those with whom they come in contact. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in the United States and around the world. Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact, resulting from doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths.

Viewers learned about how immunization programs have positively affected children’s health, as experts explored public health, clinical, and policy implications of vaccinating children.

Beyond the Data
Dr. John Iskander and Marian McDonald discuss methods to further address health disparities through childhood immunizations:
  • Knowledge of disease outbreaks and patterns in the community
  • Learning the culture and language of population served
  • Streamlined immunization visits
Presented By
Chesley Richards, MD, MPH
Director, Immunization Services Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Trudy V. Murphy, MD
Team Lead, Vaccine Research and Policy, Division of Viral Hepatitis
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD TB Prevention, CDC
Thomas W. Hennessy, MD, MPH
Director, Arctic Investigations Program
Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
Alan R. Hinman, MD, MPH
Director for Programs, Center for Vaccine Equity
The Task Force for Global Health
Facilitated By
Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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