1617. Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccines in Children: The Latest Data and What Can We Learn from Each Other? North American Perspective
Session: Symposium: Pediatric Immunization: Perspectives From Both Sides of the Pond
Friday, October 5, 2018: 2:15 PM
Room: S 214-216
Walter A. Orenstein, MD, FIDSA, FPIDS, Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Walter A. Orenstein, MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, & Pediatrics, as well as Associate Director, Emory Vaccine Center, & Director, Emory Vaccine Policy & Development since his return to Emory University, October 2011. From 2008-2011, he was Deputy Director for Immunization Programs in the Vaccine Delivery department of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His primary focus at the foundation was on polio eradication, measles control, & improving routine immunization programs. From 2004-2008, he held the same positions as his current Emory appointments. Prior to 2004, Dr. Orenstein worked for 26 years at the CDC, where he was the Director of the US National Immunization Program, 1988-2004. He is a former Assist Surgeon General of the USPHS. Dr. Orenstein has successfully developed, promoted, facilitated & expanded new vaccination strategies to enhance disease prevention. Dr. Orenstein has authored & co-authored numerous books, journals & reviews. Along with Stanley Plotkin, Paul Offit, & Kathryn Edwards, he co-edited Plotkin’s Vaccines, 7e in 2018 – the leading textbook in the field. He is a fellow of the AAP, IDSA, & PIDS. In 2006, he was elected to the IOM (July 2016, became the NAM). He is a past Chair of the WHO’s Poliomyelitis Technical Consultative Group. He served as the Chair of NVAC under NVPO in HHS, 2011-2016. He is a member of WHO SAGE Immunization Polio WG, Measles & Rubella WG, & the IVIR-AC. He is the immediate past president of NFID. Inducted as a Fellow in AAAS in 2018. Dr. Orenstein received his BS at The City College of NY in 1968, & his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1972. He completed an internship & residency in pediatrics at UCSF & the Children’s Hospital of LA, followed by a fellowship in ID at USC Medical School. He also completed a residency in preventive medicine at the CDC. In 2006, he received an honorary DSc degree from Wake Forest.


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