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March 15, 2016

Toward High-Reliability Vaccination Efforts in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor
  • 5Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2016;315(11):1115-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1529

Infectious disease eradication is a major public health achievement. Smallpox is the only human infectious disease that has been eliminated by deliberate intervention, and this was accomplished using strategic global immunization efforts. The public generally understands that effective vaccination is a key component of infectious disease prevention and eradication; for example, there has been substantial recent public interest in vaccination for emerging global health threats such as avian influenza, Ebola, and Zika virus.

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