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Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 May-Jun;24(3):599-610.

Immunizations in the United States: success, structure, and stress.

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Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. worenst@emory.edu

Abstract

Immunization is a great success of preventive medicine. In the United States, most vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood are at or near record lows while the number of diseases preventable by vaccination has increased. These successes result from a comprehensive system that includes basic research; developing and testing vaccine candidates; a manufacturing base; a regulatory authority; development of immunization policies; implementation of immunization recommendations; and a compensation system for the few people unavoidably injured by vaccines. Despite the successes, the system faces numerous challenges, including vaccine supply, cost, and safety; adult immunization; vaccine research and development; and biopreparedness.

PMID:
15886150
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.24.3.599
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