Tom Shimabukuro | Deputy Director, Immunization Safety Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tom Shimabukuro, Deputy Director, Immunization Safety Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Tom Shimabukuro is the deputy director of the Immunization Safety Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC’s Immunization Safety Office conducts post-licensure safety monitoring of U.S. vaccines. Dr. Shimabukuro has also served as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) team lead and acting team lead of the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) team in the Immunization Safety Office. Prior to these assignments, Dr. Shimabukuro coordinated pandemic influenza planning for CDC’s Immunization Services Division. He received his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine. He did his internship at Emory University School of Medicine and preventive medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Shimabukuro also completed a fellowship as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at CDC. He is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine.


Day 2, April 8 @ 17:10

Vaccine safety surveillance: what can we do to improve surveillance studies and databases?

  • Evaluating vaccine safety in children and other at-risk populations
    • E.g. RSV and Pertussis, Live attenuated vs subunit
  • What are the benefits of RCTs and large databases and how can they be improved?
  • How can we ensure we are taking all parameters into account e.g. what time of year is the vaccine given?
  • How do we decide which signals are meaningful?
  • Do we need to revisit the influenza & narcolepsy issue?
  • The need for better databases in LMICs – how do you recognize safety signals? How can they be implemented?
last published: 05/Mar/20 10:35 GMT

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