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Barbara Pahud, a native from Mexico City, completed her pediatric residency training at the Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn (Maimonides Medical Center). In 2006 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford-Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) Vaccine Program and in 2007 started subspecialty training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2008 she was selected for the Vaccine Safety Fellowship Program offered in coordination with the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Network sponsored by the Immunization Safety Office (ISO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a vaccine safety fellow during the H1N1 pandemic, she was actively involved in surveillance studies to monitor the safety of H1N1 vaccines.

She joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2011. She is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and The University of Kansas Medical Center, and a faculty member in the Section of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Currently she is the Director of Research for the Infectious Diseases Division at Children’s Mercy Hospital and the Director of the Kansas City IDEA state Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN) also funded by NIH. She is an active investigator for the CDC’s New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN), and a principal investigator in multiple industry-sponsored clinical trials involving drugs and vaccines for children.

Her research focus is clinical trials, vaccine safety, immunization implementation, vaccine education and promotion of research in underserved areas. She is currently a member of the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health to respond to the global pandemic. As a part of this network, Dr. Pahud is helping address the pressing need for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 by conducting Phase 3 efficacy trials for COVID-19 vaccines in adults and children. Finally, Dr. Pahud serves as an advisory board member for the advisory committee for childhood vaccines (ACCV) that advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Join Dr. Michelle and Dr. Barbara as they talk about:
  • The importance of taking care of your health with good food, sleep, and exercise to optimize your immune system.
  • The experience she has working abroad and with communities in poverty and giving them vaccines.
  • Her perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine and why she’s not convincing people to get it but just sharing what she knows about it so they can make an informed decision.
  • Why the Coronavirus will eventually go away but at what price without a vaccine?
  • How COVID-19 compares to the 1918 Spanish flu.
  • What side effects we are seeing in vaccines from different sources as of March 2021 and why the risk is very low.
  • The choice people face in which vaccine they will get and what information she can give us on them.
  • A breakdown of how vaccines are made to help the body.
  • What a protein vaccine and how it compares to the mRNA vaccine.
  • Why the main con to a vaccine would be a severe allergic reaction.
  • What history has taught us about the positive impact of vaccines.

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