Pediatric Vaccine Research

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Pediatric vaccine research at CPCE seeks to address contextual factors that may impact disease risk and access to health services. This line of research focuses on understanding how environmental factors, social networks and community systems affect the epidemiology of infectious diseases, as well as evaluating policies related to the prevention of pediatric infectious diseases, specifically vaccine policies.

Recent outbreaks of measles and pertussis across the US and around the world have shown that the significant reductions in vaccine-preventable disease incidence, morbidity, and mortality may not be sustained.

Led by Kristen A. Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, a CPCE core faculty member, research director for the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP, assistant professor of Pediatrics, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and an attending physician in the division of Infectious Diseases at CHOP, this prevention healthcare research is needed now more than ever to help inform the development and implementation of vaccine policy to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.


Prevention healthcare research at CPCE has two areas of emphasis:
Vaccine Acceptance/Vaccine Policy
Epidemiology of Vaccine-preventable Diseases