NVAC at 30


NVAC 30th Anniversary - 30 Years Advising the National Vaccine Program

In 2017, the immunization enterprise marked a historic year: the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) turned 30. NVAC advises the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS on important vaccine and immunization topics and tackles critical issues that affect the immunization system.

At a Glance

For more than 30 years, NVAC has played a key role in building a strong immunization system. Here’s a snapshot of the first 30 years of NVAC history:

NVAC Facts, Firsts, and Figures. November 14, 1986: NVPO and NVAC established. July 30, 1987: First NVAC Charter. June 9, 1988: First NVAC meeting. 1 of 5 U.S. Federal Advisory Committees focusing on vaccines. NVAC 30th Anniversary

Voices from the Field

Influential vaccine and public health leaders recognize NVAC’s significant contributions as a federal advisory committee.

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Every day I’m reminded of the important role NVAC plays in helping us build better prevention systems. – Howard Koh, MD, Professor, Harvard University and Former Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Through its unique viewpoint, NVAC considers the vaccine and immunization enterprise in its entirety—forging recommendations that support every goal of the National Vaccine Plan.  –Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

The strength of NVAC is in its membership. By bringing together diverse experts representing the many facets of the immunization enterprise, government agencies and stakeholder groups, NVAC provides essential and broad guidance.  –Gus Birkhead, MD, MPH, N

NVAC reports offer the vaccine community strategic direction we can use to structure activities and provide leadership to improve uptake. –Deborah Wexler, MD, Founder and Executive Director of the Immunization Action Coalition

NVAC works with CDC, other federal agencies, and partner organizations to reduce the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases by informing policy and encouraging untapped areas of cooperation among government and non-government orgs.  – Nancy Messonnier, MD

NVPO at 30

The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) also celebrated three decades of work in 2017. Take a moment to learn more about NVPO and key milestones over the past 30 years.

Additional Resources

NVAC celebrated 3 decades of advising the National Vaccine Program at its public meeting on February 7-8, 2017.

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1 Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan. Priorities for the National Vaccine Plan. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2010. Appendix C, 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (Public Law 99-660)


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