Global action plan for influenza vaccines

Professor John Watson

MB BS, MSc, FRCP, FFPH, Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist and Head of the Respiratory Diseases Department at Public Health England’s Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control in London

Prof Watson is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor in the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at University College London. He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 1979 and subsequently trained in clinical respiratory medicine and infectious disease epidemiology before being appointed to the Health Protection Agency in 1989.

His main interests include tuberculosis and acute respiratory infections (particularly influenza, legionnaires disease and SARS). His work has focussed on the surveillance, prevention and control of these diseases at the local, national and international levels as well as related research. He is Chairman of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV).

Professor Watson has been appointed to the post of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England from 1 October 2013.