Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, 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 (US Flu VE) Network. Using information from five sites across the country, including Kaiser Permanente Washington, 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.
In addition, Dr. Jackson is using data collected by the US Flu VE Network to build a simulation model for the spread of influenza, with a specific focus on understanding when new strains of the influenza virus can out-compete existing strains. This work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to improve our ability to correctly choose which strains of the influenza virus to include in seasonal influenza vaccines. He also uses simulation models to predict the impact of vaccination programs on the spread of infectious diseases such as Haemophilus influenzae 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. He is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
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. 2019 Apr 24;68(9):1444-1453. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy737. PubMed
Flannery B, Chung JR, Monto AS, Martin ET, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Rolfes MA, Spencer S, Fry AM. Influenza vaccine effectiveness in the United States during the 2016-2017 season. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 May 17;68(11):1798-1806. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy775. PubMed
Jackson ML, Yu O, Nelson JC, Nordin JD, Tartof SY, Klein NP, Donahue JG, Irving SA, Glanz JM, McNeil MM, Jackson LA. Safety of repeated doses of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine in adults and adolescents. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018 Aug;27(8):921-925. doi: 10.1002/pds.4569. Epub 2018 Jun 3. PubMed
Havers FP, Hicks LA, Chung JR, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Jackson LA, Petrie JG, McLean HQ, Nowalk MP, Jackson ML, Monto AS, Belongia EA, Flannery B, Fry AM. Outpatient antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections during influenza seasons. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Jun 1;1(2):e180243. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0243. PubMed
Daley MF, Shoup JA, Newcomer SR, Jackson ML, Groom HC, Jacobsen SJ, McLean HQ, Klein NP, Weintraub ES, McNeil MM, Glanz JM. Assessing potential confounding and misclassification bias when studying the safety of the childhood immunization schedule. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Sep - Oct;18(7):754-762. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2018.03.007. Epub 2018 Mar 28. PubMed
Stewart RJ, Flannery B, Chung JR, Gaglani M, Reis M, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Jackson L, Jackson ML, Monto AS, Martin ET, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Fry AM, Havers FP. Influenza Antiviral Prescribing for Outpatients With an Acute Respiratory Illness and at High Risk for Influenza-Associated Complications During 5 Influenza Seasons-United States, 2011-2016. Clin Infect Dis . 2018 Mar 19;66(7):1035-1041. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix922. PubMed
Briere EC, Pondo T, Schmidt M, Skoff T, Shang N, Naleway A, Martin S, Jackson ML. Assessment of Tdap vaccination effectiveness in adolescents in integrated health-care systems. J Adolesc Health. 2018 Mar 15. pii: S1054-139X(18)30005-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.12.011. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Glanz JM, Newcomer SR, Daley MF, DeStefano F, Groom HC, Jackson ML, Lewin BJ, McCarthy NL, McClure DL, Narwaney KJ, Nordin JD, Zerbo O. Association between estimated cumulative vaccine antigen exposure through the first 23 months of life and non-vaccine-targeted infections from 24 through 47 months of age. JAMA. 2018;319(9):906-913. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.0708. PubMed
Russell K, Chung JR, Monto AS, Martin ET, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Flannery B. Influenza vaccine effectiveness in older adults compared with younger adults over five seasons. Vaccine. 2018;36(10):1272-1278. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.01.045. PubMed
Flannery B, Chung JR, Belongia EA, McLean HQ, Gaglani M, Murthy K, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, Jackson ML, Jackson LA, Monto AS, Martin ET, Foust A, Sessions W, Berman L, Barnes JR, Spencer S, Fry AM. Interim estimates of 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness - United States, February 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67(6):180-185. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6706a2. PubMed
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