Michael Jackson, PhD, MPH

“Kaiser Permanente Washington gives us nearly unlimited potential to address vaccine effectiveness and safety questions of national and international importance.”

Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH

Associate Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH’s research focuses on understanding how infectious diseases spread, and on designing and evaluating interventions such as vaccination programs. Dr. Jackson is the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) principal investigator for the United States Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network. This Network aims to provide ongoing evaluations of the U.S. influenza vaccination program. Dr. Jackson uses data from this Network to study influenza vaccine effectiveness, to estimate the burden of disease caused by influenza, and to advance the methodology of vaccine effectiveness studies. He also uses mathematical models to predict the impact of vaccination programs on the spread of infectious diseases such as Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and Neisseria meningitidis.

Dr. Jackson is a co-investigator on the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project. The VSD, a collaboration among nine U.S. managed care organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the world’s premier system for post-licensure studies of vaccine safety. As a VSD co-investigator, Dr. Jackson leads studies of the safety of childhood immunizations and develops methods for using managed care data for vaccine safety studies.

While studying for his PhD at the University of Washington, Dr. Jackson was a graduate research associate with KPWHRI from 2002 to 2007, and then a postdoctoral fellow at KPWHRI from 2007 to 2008. He then spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with the CDC in Atlanta. As an EIS officer, Dr. Jackson helped lead investigations of whooping cough outbreaks and of the 2009 influenza pandemic. He also designed and oversaw an enhanced surveillance system for invasive Hib disease in the U.S. during the 2008–2009 shortage of Hib vaccines. He returned to KPWHRI as an assistant investigator in 2010.

Research interests and experience

 

 

 

Recent publications

Shang M, Chung JR, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Monto AS, Martin ET, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Fry AM, Flannery B. Influenza vaccine effectiveness among patients with high-risk medical conditions in the United States, 2012-2016. Vaccine. 2018 Nov 9. pii: S0264-410X(18)31490-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.10.093. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Appiah GD, Chung JR, Flannery B, Havers F, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Monto AS, Martin ET, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Jackson LA, Jackson ML, McLean HQ, Belongia EA, Fry AM. Hospitalization following outpatient medical care for influenza: US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network, 2011-12-2015-16. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2018 Nov 8. doi: 10.1111/irv.12616. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Havers FP, Chung JR, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Monto AS, Petrie JG, Fry AM, Flannery B. Influenza vaccine effectiveness and statin use among adults in the United States, 2011-2017. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 27. pii: 5145968. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy780. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Thompson MG, Kwong JC, Regan AK, Katz MA, Drews SJ, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Klein NP, Chung H, Effler PV, Feldman BS, Simmonds K, Wyant BE, Dawood FS, Jackson ML, Fell DB, Levy A, Barda N, Svenson LW, Fink RV, Ball SW, Naleway A. Influenza vaccine effectiveness in preventing influenza-associated hospitalizations during pregnancy: a multi-country retrospective test negative design study, 2010-2016. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 11. pii: 5126390. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy737. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

Flu Season

Flu season is winding down — What did we learn?

Dr. Michael Jackson gives a late-season report on state and national influenza patterns and his Flucaster prediction model.

Read it in Healthy Findings

Influenza

Flucasting week 19: Predicting influenza severity

Is the 2018 flu season still occurring? The data KPWHRI's Dr. Michael L. Jackson and team see shows that in both Washington state and the U.S. as a whole, the peak of influenza A(H3N2) has passed, although some A(H3N2) viruses are still circulating.

Read it in News and Events.

KPWHRI In the Media

Flucasting: Predicting influenza severity

Are we prepared for the next flu pandemic?

U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 18, 2018

KPWHRI In the Media

Flucasting: Predicting influenza severity

Flu 2017: When the season will peak and when it will come to an end

Newsweek, Dec. 22, 2017

Live Healthy

Flu shots boost your chances of staying well

While flu vaccine effectiveness varies year to year, it still makes sense to get immunized annually.

Read about it in Live Healthy.