Medical Expert - Jon S. Abramson, MD

Area of Expertise: Infectious Disease - Pediatrics
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Jon S. Abramson, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Abramson has been on faculty at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for 30 years and has devoted his career to the pathogenesis and prevention of various infectious diseases and has a particular interest in influenza.

He has served as a member and then chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (1995 – 2003) and a member and then chair of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP; 2003 – 2007)). In 2009 he was asked to be a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) and currently is serving a 3 year term as the chair of this group. SAGE is charged with advising the WHO Director General on global policies and strategies related to the use of vaccines in infants, children and adults including formulating policies for use of various vaccines to prevent the morbidity and mortality associated with various infections.

As part of his various roles with the COID, ACIP and SAGE he has been involved in the U. S. and global influenza pandemic planning efforts including the process for developing a prioritization scheme for which groups would get the pandemic vaccine as it became available.

He has authored over 100 medical articles and has written two books, “Families Fighting Flu,” and “Inside the 2009 Influenza Pandemic.”

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vaccines, H1N1, flu, WHO committee member, infectious disease expert, Brenner Children's Hospital, pediatrics, immunization

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Brenner Children's Hospital has a new Fun Center mobile entertainment unit, a gift of Wyndham Worldwide in collaboration with the Starlight Children's Foundation, to benefit sick children at the hospital. Accepting the gift was Jon Abramson, MD, chief of pediatrics at Brenner.

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