A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that the U.S. have a coordinating entity to oversee vaccines, given that vaccinations are considered a major public-health intervention involving multiple stakeholders, including healthcare providers, patients, researchers, health departments and vaccine manufacturers.
Report urges creation of vaccination-coordinating body
Last year, HHS' National Vaccine Program Office asked the IOM to convene a committee to hold workshops with experts in medicine, public health and vaccinology to review a draft update of the National Vaccine Plan, which was required by the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.
Among other suggestions, the Dec. 11 report from the IOM also recommended that the National Vaccine Plan incorporate a process for prioritizing new and improved vaccine candidates in order to speed their development; create the basis for a prioritized national vaccine safety research agenda that spans all federal agencies; incorporate the development of a national communication strategy on vaccines and immunization, targeting both the public and healthcare professionals; and develop strategies to assure a stable supply of vaccines for both routine use and public health preparedness.
Before HHS' draft update in November 2008, the country's National Vaccine Plan had not been updated since 1994, the report said.
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