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New Plan Guides Future Vaccine Efforts

By Dr. Bruce Gellin, MD, Deputy, Assistant Secretary for Health, Director, National Vaccine Program Office

While providers and health officials are still responding to this year’s flu season, being prepared for what lies ahead is a constant effort. We all benefit by having strategies in place to nimbly and adeptly protect the nation through vaccines and respond to outbreaks – be it flu or whooping cough.

That’s why we’re excited to unveil the updated National Vaccine Plan—a vision for the direction of our vaccine and immunization programs that all stakeholders, be they local and state public health partners, providers, or the public, are engaged with and working on common goals.

So why does the National Vaccine Plan matter? It offers innovative approaches to improve delivery of existing vaccines and spur development of new and improved vaccines. Some examples of key strategies already underway to implement the plan include:

  • An Institute of Medicine effort to guide the development of new priority vaccines for domestic and global use.
  • Launch of a comprehensive website to inform consumers about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Development of a broad national vaccine safety science agenda.
  • Improved integration of state immunization registries with health care providers’ electronic records to ease recordkeeping for patients.

The National Vaccine Plan is also building on the collective power of all Americans, not just health policy experts and doctors. Next steps include a series of regional meetings with vaccine enterprise stakeholders in the spring and summer of 2011 on how to implement the strategies of the National Vaccine Plan.

We’re eager to continue improving the vaccine system, which protects people at home and around the world from serious infectious diseases and their complications. For more about the new National Vaccine Plan, go to http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/vacc_plan/.

We all benefit by having strategies in place to nimbly and adeptly protect the nation through vaccines and respond to outbreaks …

 it all begins with such benign rhetoric…

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