Dr Neal Halsey | Professor of International Health, Director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety
Johns Hopkins

Dr Neal Halsey, Professor of International Health, Director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins

Neal Halsey, MD, is director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A professor in International Health at the Bloomberg School, he holds a joint appointment in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A pediatrician with sub-specialty training in infectious diseases and epidemiology, he has had a longstanding interest in the control of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine safety. He has published more than 250 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on vaccines and vaccine safety, and conducted or participated in epidemiological studies of vaccines against diseases including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, pertussis, Haemophilus influenza type B, tetanus, Lyme disease, rotavirus, Argentina Hemorrhagic Fever, human papillomavirus (HPV) and influenza.
Dr. Halsey has contributed information to the Institute of Medicine and the Public Health Service for reviews of individual vaccine safety issues, provided expert testimony and reviews of legal claims involving the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, vaccine manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has served on advisory groups for the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has participated in the development of more than 90 guidelines for the use of vaccines.


DC Co-conference Day 3 April 5 @ 09:00

Chair’s opening remarks

DC Co-conference Day 3 April 5 @ 09:40

The science of causality assessment

  • The science of causality assessment is poorly understood by healthcare providers and the general public
  • Temporal relationships and hypotheses regarding mechanisms are not sufficient to establish causality
  • Journals should establish standard criteria for publishing case reports of alleged causal relationships
  • Decisions to compensate for alleged vaccine injuries should be based on science
  • Safety profiles may vary in different populations
  • All countries should have formal vaccine safety programs

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