A Half-Century of Prevention — The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Source: New England Journal of Medicine 371:1953-1956 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp1410049

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Shortly after the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines had demonstrated the transformative benefits of childhood vaccination but long before the ill-informed controversy over the measles–mumps–rubella vaccine became fodder for refusal movements and television talk shows, the Vaccination Assistance Act of 1962 established a U.S. vaccination program against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. With that effort launched and growing attention directed to imminent vaccination campaigns against influenza, measles, and rubella, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Anthony Celebrezze approved the establishment of a committee of outside experts to advise the federal government on vaccination activities. That group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), marks its 50th anniversary this year

Length of publication: 4- page article

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