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May 26, 1993

Childhood Immunization Initiative Goes Forward

JAMA. 1993;269(20):2616. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500200026011

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AS THE Clinton administration moves to implement its Comprehensive Childhood Vaccination Initiative, the goal of which is to fully immunize every child by the age of 2 years, it is using the National Vaccine Plan as an outline to develop the initiative.

The plan, in the works for the past 3 years, is now complete and is expected to be published this summer. It was given unanimous approval by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee to the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, at the group's last meeting.

Meanwhile, the administration's immunization effort has been placed under the direction of Donald A. Henderson, MD, MPH, who was associate director for life science in the Bush administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Henderson is also known for his successful direction of the World Health Organization's multinational smallpox eradication campaign.

What has long concerned public health officials who