Chip Emmanuel Walter, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics (primary care) was recently appointed as a voting member to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is a group of 15 medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the United States. The recommendations stand as public health advice that will lead to a reduction in the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and an increase in the safe use of vaccines and related biological products.
The committee holds three meetings each year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Meetings are open to the public and available online via webcast. During the meetings, members present findings and discuss vaccine research and scientific data related to vaccine effectiveness and safety, clinical trial results, and manufacturer’s labeling or package insert information. Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease or changes in vaccine supply, such as vaccine shortages, also are reviewed during the meetings.
In addition to these meetings, ACIP members participate in work groups. These work groups are active all year to stay up-to-date on specific vaccines and vaccine safety information.
"Selection for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices represents a true distinction," says Ann M. Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “Please help me in congratulating Chip on this extremely well-deserved and impressive honor.”