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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069

"Epidemiologic Approaches to Estimate Influenza Vaccine Benefit in Seniors"

Dr. Jackson

 

Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Research Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Research Professor, Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Adjunct Research Professor, Medicine

Senior Investigator, Group Health Research Institute

Abstract
Ninety percent of influenza-associated deaths occur in persons 65 years of age and older and yearly influenza vaccination has been recommended for this group since the 1980s. Estimation of the effectiveness of this intervention using traditional retrospective cohort and case-control study designs has been limited by confounding. This presentation will provide an overview of the epidemiologic approaches to estimation of influenza vaccine effectiveness in seniors, discuss the implications of the available evidence, and ask whether non-randomized studies can answer this question.

About the speaker
Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, is a senior investigator at the Group Health Research Institute and a Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research focuses on epidemiologic assessments of vaccine safety and effectiveness and on clinical trials of investigational vaccines. She is the PI of the CDC-sponsored Vaccine Safety Datalink Project and the NIH-sponsored Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit at Group Health.


Suggested readings:

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
New strategies are needed to improve the accuracy of influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates among seniors

 

Updated on March 25, 2013