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Medical News & Perspectives
April 13, 2011

10-Year National Vaccine Plan Aims to Harness New Technology, Enhance Safety

JAMA. 2011;305(14):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.435

A new national vaccine plan lays out an ambitious vision for the next 10 years, including boosting vaccine research and development, bolstering the vaccine safety system through use of electronic records and related technology, and using emergent tools such as social media to more effectively communicate the risks and benefits of vaccines.

The plan, which was unveiled at a meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in February, replaces a plan in place since 1994. The new plan lays out several goals for government agencies, vaccine manufacturers, the health care system, and other stakeholders to undertake during the next decade, including improving the research and development process, ensuring better use of vaccines, and enhancing postmarketing safety monitoring of vaccines. In addition to such domestic goals, the plan also calls for US organizations to support vaccine use to boost global health.

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