New vaccine strategy for U.S. presented

A federal vaccine advisory group that recently met in Washington, D.C., presented a new vaccine strategy for the next decade and reviewed the latest information on influenza.

The meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focused on influenza updates and the release of a new vaccine plan, according to CIDRAP News.

Several groups involved in influenza immunization activities spoke in front of committee members. The groups said uptake rates seem to be maintaining a rise that was first seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic months, CIDRAP News reports. They also raised concerns about what will happen during the next season when they do not have access to federal stimulus money.

The NVAC’s 43 page vaccination plan, the first presented since 1994, outlines goals for improving the vaccination system in the United States. This is to be done through research and development, supply, financing, distribution, safety, global cooperation and decision making among consumers and health care providers. The plan incorporates input from medical and public health experts, government officials and the public.

The plan also includes 10 implementation priorities, which include prioritizing domestic and global vaccine goals, strengthening the means for developing and licensing new flu vaccines, and enhancing the vaccine safety system.