To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?
In a timely episode of Stony Brook’s recently launched “Beyond the Expected” podcast, Stony Brook University Interim President Michael Bernstein sits down with Dr. Sharon Nachman, an expert in infectious diseases who has provided essential advice to the community on immunization and more recently on the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Nachman discusses the impact of the new New York State vaccine law on Long Island’s school districts, whether vaccines are truly safe, and what children and their families should know and how can they prepare.
“This not the first time we’re seeing a novel coronavirus,” Dr. Nachman says.
“What’s really nice now, is we have the tools to identify when the epidemic is starting and also have the tools to say how to stop and prevent it from traveling further, so I think we’re smarter now than we were a decade ago,” she adds.
“But you and I both know that it’s going to happen again in the future. We have to use the tools that we have now or the next generation of those tools to also prevent that one from spreading.”
Dr. Nachman is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Associate Dean for Research, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. She is recognized as an international leader in the area of pediatric infectious diseases and the treatment of children with HIV, TB, and preventable infectious diseases such as flu and measles.
Dr. Nachman has been the principal investigator of more than 30 clinical trials of promising medicines for patients treated at Stony Brook University Hospital. These include international trials in areas such as new vaccines, Lyme disease, and AIDS. Dr. Nachman also directs the Maternal Child HIV/AIDS Program.