Health Sciences Building (155 College Street), Room 208
  • January 29, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join the CVPD and special guest Dr. Kyla Hayford who will give a seminar on Closing Immunity Gaps and Reaching Under- and Unvaccinated Children.

The goal of the presentation is to highlight the challenges of identifying and reaching populations susceptible to measles, rubella and other vaccine preventable diseases and the potential use of serology as a surveillance tool to guide immunization program decisions. Lessons learned and results from the Strengthening Immunization Systems through Serological Surveillance (SISS) project from India and Zambia will be shared.

Kyla Hayford PhD MA is an Assistant Scientist at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an epidemiologist and is broadly interested in improving surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases including pneumococcal disease, measles and rubella. Her current research focuses on assessing the utility and feasibility of serological surveys of vaccine preventable diseases for guiding immunization programs in India, Kenya, Mozambique. She is interested in evaluating field-based, lab and analytic methods that will help to make serological surveys easier to conduct, lower cost and useful for immunization programs.