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Vaccine. 2014 Apr 1;32(16):1778-80. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.01.080. Epub 2014 Feb 13.

National Immunization Commission: strengthening evidence-based decision making in Argentina.

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  • 1Programa Nacional de Control de Enfermedades Inmunoprevenibles, Ministerio de Salud, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Electronic address: dstecher@intramed.net.
  • 2Programa Nacional de Control de Enfermedades Inmunoprevenibles, Ministerio de Salud, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 3Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 4Sociedad Argentina de Infectología Pediátrica, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 5Sociedad Argentina de Infectología, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 6Ministro de Salud de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina.
  • 7Comprehensive Family Immunization Project, The ProVac Initiative, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

In Argentina, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunizations is represented by the National Immunization Commission (CoNaIn), an organization created by the Ministry of Health in 2000. Recently, the Argentine government has decided to prioritize vaccination as a state policy, emphasizing this strategy as a sign of social equity so CoNaIn was restructured to increase its capacity to formulate sound and evidence-based recommendations. The commission shall consist of a group of immunization experts, representatives of scientific societies, the immunization program and the Ministry of Health. Its functions include the formulation of recommendations on the introduction of vaccines into the immunization program. The recommendations are based on technical, programmatic and social criteria. This decision-making process transparent with the support and advice of experts and scientific societies and guided by available evidence decisions help strengthen the Ministry of Health immunization policy generating greater confidence and support from the population and health professionals.

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KEYWORDS:

Decision making; Evidence based decisions; Immunization; National advisory committee

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