Neal Halsey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Neal A. Halsey, MD (born 1945), is a pediatrician, with subspecialty training in infectious diseases, international health and epidemiology. Currently, Dr. Halsey is a Professor of International Health and Director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland.

He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and serves as Co-Director of the Center for Disease Studies and Control in Guatemala.

As part of a career largely dedicated to promoting vaccinations, in 1999 he spearheaded the precautionary movement to remove thimerosal from pediatric vaccines.[1]

Education[edit]

Halsey received his MD in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He completed his internship in Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado in 1972; his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center in 1975. Dr. Halsey was an EIS Officer 1975-77; a Preventive Medicine Resident 1976-78 and a fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado 1978-80.

Research and professional experience[edit]

Prior to his current positions at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Halsey started his teaching career at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in the Departments of Pediatrics (School of Medicine) and Tropical Medicine (School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine). Halsey was also Medical Epidemiologist and Chief of Surveillance Activities at CDC and General Medical Officer and Medical Officer in Charge at the Indian Health Service at Fort Yates, North Dakota.

Halsey has published more than 200 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals regarding vaccines and vaccine safety and authored or co-authored nearly 40 book chapters. He has contributed information to the Institute of Medicine(IOM) and the Public Health Service (PHS) for reviews of individual vaccine safety issues, provided expert testimony and reviews of vaccine injury legal claims involving the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), vaccine makers, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He served with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the Immunization Division, and served on the Research and Development Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expanded Program on Immunization. He has been a member or advisory member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and was a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 1989-99; COID Chair 1995-99.

Halsey's research is primarily directed toward the prevention of infectious diseases with the safest vaccines possible. He has conducted or participated in epidemiological studies of vaccine-preventable diseases and phase I, II, and III vaccine trials of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, inactivated polio virus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B, tetanus, Lyme disease, rotavirus, Argentina Hemorrhagic Fever, human papillomavirus (HPV) and influenzae vaccine viruses. Measles control has been an interest of Halsey's, and he supports ongoing measles and polio eradication efforts.

Halsey has worked internationally in many developing countries including Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Kenya, Thiopia and Pakistan. A lot of his works in Haiti focused on maternal and child health issues. He collaborated with Reginald Boulos on many of these papers.

Institute for Vaccine Safety[edit]

Halsey is the director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety, which was established in 1997 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to provide information to parents, physicians and journalists about vaccines and vaccine safety issues.

Select publications[edit]

  • Navar-Boggan AM, Halsey NA, Golden WC, Escobar GJ, Massolo M, Klein NP. Risk of Fever and Sepsis Evaluations Following Routine Immunizations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. (submitted to J Perinatology Aug 2009.)
  • Einstein MH, Schiller JT, Viscidi RP, Strickler HD, Coursaget P, Tan T, Halsey NA. Clinician's guide to HPV immunology: knowns and unknowns. Lancet Infect Dis. 2009 Jun;9(6):347-56. Review.
  • Asturias EJ, Mayorga C, Caffaro C, Ramirez P, Ram M, Verstraeten T, Clemens R, Halsey NA. Differences in the immune response to hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in Guatemalan infants by ethnic group and nutritional status.Vaccine. 2009 Jun 2;27(27):3650-4. Epub 2009 Apr 7.
  • Salmon DA, Teret SP, MacIntyre CR, Salisbury D, Burgess MA, Halsey NA. Compulsory vaccination and conscientious or philosophical exemptions: past, present, and future. Lancet. 2006 Feb 4;367(9508):436-42. Review.
  • Khan AJ, Gebreselassie H, Asturias EJ, Agboatwalla M, Teklehaimanot R, Halsey NA, et al. No evidence for prolonged excretion of polioviruses in persons with residual paralytic poliomyelitis in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Guatemala. Biologicals, 2006;34:113-116.
  • Omer SB, Pan WK, Halsey NA, Stokley S, Moulton LH, Navar AM, Pierce M, Salmon DA.. Nonmedical exemptions to school immunization requirements: secular trends and association of state policies with pertussis incidence. JAMA. 2006 Oct 11;296(14):1757-63.
  • Asturias EA, Dueger EL, Omer SB, Melville A, Nates SV, Laassri M, Chumakov K, Halsey NA. Randomized Trial of Inactivated and Live Polio Vaccine Schedules in Guatemalan Infants. 2007 Sep 1;196(5):692-8. Epub 2007 Jul 23.
  • Moss WJ, Halsey NA. The effects of maternal malaria and HIV-1 infection on the effort to eliminate neonatal tetanus [Editorial]. J Infect Dis. 2007 Aug 15;196(4):502-4. Epub 2007 Jun 29.
  • Dueger EL, Asturias EJ, Matheu J, Gordillo R, Torres O, Halsey NA. Increasing penicillin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole resistance in nasopharyngeal Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from Guatemalan children, 2001-2006. Int J Infect Dis. 2008 May; 12(3):289-97. Epub 2007 Nov 26.
  • Morris SK, Moss WJ, Halsey NA. Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine use and effectiveness. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2008 Jul;8(7):435-43.
  • Wood RA, Berger M, Dreskin SC, Setse R, Engler RJM, Dekker CF, Halsey NA. Hypersensitivity Working Group of the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Network. An Algorithm for Management of Patients With Hypersensitivity Reactions Following Vaccines. Pediatrics Pediatrics. 2008 Sep;122(3):e771-7.
  • Halsey NA. The human papillomavirus vaccine and risk of anaphylaxis [Commentary]. CMAJ. 2008 Sep 9;179(6):509-10. Epub 2008 Sep 1. Erratum in: CMAJ. 2008 Sep 23;179(7):678.
  • Khan AJ, Hussain H, Omer SB, Chaudry S, Ali S, Khan A, Yasin Z, Khan IJ,d Mistry R, Yar IY, White F, Moulton LH, Halsey NA. High incidence of childhood pneumonia at high altitudes in Pakistan: a longitudinal cohort study. Bull World Health Organ 2009;87:193–199
  • Asturias EJ, Mayorga C, Caffaro C, Ramirez P, Ram M, Verstraeten T, Clemens R, Halsey NA. Differences in the immune response to hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in Guatemalan infants by ethnic group and nutritional status.Vaccine. 2009 Jun 2;27(27):3650-4. Epub 2009 Apr 7.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Offit, Paul A. (2013). Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure. Columbia University Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9780231517966. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • VaccineSafety.edu - 'Prepared Testimony of Neal A. Halsey M.D. Before the House Committee on Government Reform Safety and Efficacy Issues' (October 12, 1999)