Doctor calls for more regulation amid deadly meningitis outbreak

William Schaffner
Nashville, TN

Health & Medical


William Schaffner, MD
Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
William Schaffner, professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, can discuss infectious diseases, immunization practices, vaccines and biological weapons.
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Nashville, TN 37240
United States
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Dr. William Schaffner is the past-president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He is also professor and chair of the department of preventive medicine and professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Additionally, he serves as a hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Dr. Schaffner also is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the American Public Health Association. 

Dr. Schaffner is active in the field of infectious disease research and has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews and book chapters on infectious diseases. He currently serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, including Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine and the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Dr. Schaffner’s work has focused on all aspects of infectious diseases, including epidemiology, infection control and immunization. In 2009, he received the James D. Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians for “distinguished contributions to preventive medicine.” Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations. He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions.

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Recent Publications/Appearances


March 26, 2013 ABC News "Texas Biolab Loses Deadly Guanarito Virus"

March 19, 2013 TBJ "Tired of coughing? Here is what the doctor says"

March 14, 2013 CBS News "New Pope Had Lung Removed During Childhood"

February 22, 2013 CBS News "Flu vaccine not a cure-all for the elderly"

January 16, 2012 WTVC "The flu vaccine: Why you should get one now"

October 8, 2012 CBS News " Doctor calls for more regulation amid meningitis outbreak"

July 18, 2012 KVOR "Delta Needle-Stick Victim Faces Sleepless Nights"

July 10, 2012 My Health News Daily "Swine Flu Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women & Babies"

May 23, 2012 CNN News "Surviving a flesh-eating disease"

May 8, 2012 ABC News "One in 6 Cancers Caused by Infection"

April 26, 2012 KGO 810 San Francisco News "Vermont Debates Vaccines: Should Parents Be Able to Opt Out?"

April 19, 2012 NBC News "Measles On The Rise"

April 16, 2012 ABC News "More Ticks Expected From Mild Winter"

April 2nd, New York Times "Study Says DNA's Power to Predict Illness Is Limited"

March 27, 2012 ABC News "Antibiotic Resistance: The 5 Riskiest Superbugs"

March 16, 2012 ABC News "Antibiotic Resistance Could Bring 'End of Modern Medicine' "

March 7, 2012 ABC News "Mystery Illness Kills Three in Maryland Family

February 3, 2012 "ABC News "The Hidden Outbreak: Why Restaurants Stay Anonymous"

January 11, 2012 MSNBC "Homicide no longer a top cause of death in U.S."

November 28, 2011 News Talk 670 KBOI "Protect Yourself from the Germiest Spots at Malls"

November 11, 2011 ABC News "Seasonal Flu Sickens 90 Million Young Kids Worldwide, Kills Thousands"

October 26, 2011 CNN  "CDC committee recommends boys receive HPV vaccine"

October 6, 2011 ABC News "Century-old Bacteria Unearthed in New York Hospital"

September 19, 2011 The New York Times "Remark on Vaccine Could Ripple for Years"

September 13, 2011 NBC "Bachmann Attacks HPV Vaccine"

September 9, 2011 My Health Daily News "How the CDC Would Deal with a Real-Life 'Contagion'"

September 5, 2011 AP "Time for flu shots, and some may get a tiny needle"

August 28, 2011 AP "Back-to-school? Vaccines for tweens, teens on the list"

August 21, 2011 KGO NewsTalk "Does Parasite Cause Rats to Love Cats?"

August 19, 2011 NPR "Hold Your Nose To Avoid Brain-Eating Amoebas"

August 8, 2011 ABC News "Bag Lunch a Foodborne Illness Risk for Preschoolers: Study"

June 15, 2011 USA Today "Childhood diseases return as parents refuse vaccines"

June 7, 2011 KTAR "Adult vaccines can prevent future health costs"

June 2, 2011 ABC News "How to Stay Germ-Free this Summer"

May 20, 2011 ABC Good Morning America "Smallpox Scab Plucked From Virginia Museum 'Bizarre Bits' Exhibit"

March 15, 2011 WKRN "Flu season winds down in Tenn."

March 10, 2011 CBS Chicago "Sleeping With Your Pets Can Be Unhealthy, Study Says"

March 7, 2011 Forbes "Don't Be Frightened By Japan's Vaccine Scare"

March 7, 2011 The Huffington Post "Flu Shots: Public Health Begins With You"

Feb 28, 2011 TIME "Measles Exposure Follows an Unvaccinated Passenger's Flight Pattern"

Feb 25, 2011 The Tennessean "Pregnant woman dies of H1N1 flu; baby is in critcal condition"

Feb 16, 2011 Newser "Elephant tied to worker TB cases at Tenn. sanctuary; some exposed without close contact"

Feb 15, 2011 Good Morning America "Can Zinc Kill the Common Cold? Doctors Skeptical"

Feb 14, 2011 The Seattle Times "Vaccinations for shingles lag"

Jan 26, 2011 ABC News "Flu Fiction: 15 Common Misperceptions About Seasonal Flu"

Jan 25, 2011 MSNBC "2 in 3 Americans are icky flu spewers"

Jan 19, 2011 The Tennessean "Flu cases rise in Middle Tennessee, but illnesses are not as severe"

Jan 13, 2011 ABC News "Genetically Modifying Chickens to Beat Bird Flu: Neat Idea, But Will it Fly?"

Jan 13, 2011 The Washington Post "Personal Finance: Dirty Money"

Jan 12, 2011 ABC News "This Flu Season May be 'Normal,' But Still Deadly"

Jan 11, 2011 CBS News "ATMs as Filthy as Public Toilets, Says Study, But Don't Panic"

Jan 11, 2011 ABC News "5 Flu Fixes: Sex, Gentle Blowing, Massages and More"

Jan 10, 2011 NPR "To Beat Chickenpox, 2 Shots Of Vaccine Are Best"

Jan 7, 2011 WECT "Snuffing the sniffles during the sick season"

Jan 7, 2011 Tennessean "Retracted study can't stem autism-vaccine debate"

Jan 6, 2011 USA Today "Report linking vaccine to autism 'an elaborate fraud'"

Jan 5, 2011 KFMB "Journal: Study linking vaccine to autism was fraud"


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