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It’s happening under the leadership of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS): “The Adult Immunization Plan.” (See National Adult Immunization Plan National Vaccine Program Office DRAFT: National Vaccine Program Office February 5, 2015 and also Solicitation of Written Comments on the Draft National Adult Immunization Plan (HHS, 02/06/2015)) The HHS is a cabinet agency under the President. The goal of the Plan? To vastly increase the number of adults in the US who are vaccinated against diseases in accordance with the CDC schedule of vaccines. Here are key quotes from the Plan: “The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities includes a measure to increase the percentage of the minority population who receive the seasonal influenza vaccination.”
Objective 1.2: Enhance current vaccine safety monitoring systems and develop new methods to
accurately and more rapidly assess vaccine safety and efficacy in adult populations (e.g., pregnant
Increase awareness of the vaccine safety systems among adult health care providers who
vaccinate the public (e.g., CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System [VAERS], VSD
and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment, FDA’s Post-Licensure Rapid
Immunization Safety Monitoring system, and DoD and VA efforts).
Increase the percentage of adult vaccination providers and patients that report adverse
events into VAERS.
Support improved online reporting interfaces (e.g., VAERS) to facilitate the electronic
submission of adverse event reports that occur after the administration of vaccines.
Enhance vaccine efficacy assessments in adults through improved reporting of vaccine-
preventable diseases and more precise determination of immunization coverage rates.
Encourage use of clinical research and population-based epidemiologic studies for vaccine
safety and efficacy monitoring among vaccinated adults.
Objective 1.3 Continue to analyze claims filed as part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program (VICP) to identify potential causal links between vaccines and adverse events.