Measles Rises Again:
The Science and Policy of a Preventable Outbreak
Monday, February 9, 2015
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sommer Hall, E2014
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
By 2000, measles was all but eliminated in the United States. But as the severity of the disease became a more distant memory, an increasing number of parents have been opting not to vaccinate their kids. The current measles outbreak, which started spreading at Disneyland in late-December, has now sickened more than 100 people in 7 states, most of whom had not been vaccinated and measles cases have also occurred in at least 7 other states. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health convened world experts on measles, vaccine safety and vaccine acceptance to discuss how the virus has re-emerged and what can be done to reverse the tide.
Among the speakers were retired U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser and several experts right here at the Bloomberg School, including Neal Halsey, Daniel Salmon, Diane Griffin and Josh Sharfstein.
Registration began at 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For those who couldn’t attend in person, we have posted archived videos here.
Speakers discussed the history of measles, the efficacy of the vaccine, barriers to implementation and the public health impact of the current outbreak.
- Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Richard Besser, MD, Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News
- Henry A. Waxman, JD, Former U.S. Representative (D-Calif.)
- Jane F. Seward, MBBS, MPH, Deputy Director, Division of Viral Diseases, NCIRD, CDC
- Josh Sharfstein, MD, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Diane Griffin, MD, PhD, Professor and Former Chair, W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Neal Halsey, MD, Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Daniel A. Salmon, PhD ’03, MPH, Deputy Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Debra Roter, MPH ’75, DrPh ’77, University Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM, Baltimore City Health Commissioner
- Luke Greeves, Executive Director, International Services, American Red Cross
- Laura Herrera Scott, MD, MPH ’05, Deputy Secretary for Public Health, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Gregory Wm. Branch, MD, MBA, CPE, Director, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services; Health Officer, Baltimore County Department of Health; President, Maryland Association of County Health Officers; Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health