ACIP: Fifty Years of Vaccine Recommendations Continue with an Eye Towards Safety and Efficacy


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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Use of a jet injector during the 1976 New Jersey Influenza A immunization project in which 45 million adults in the United States received a vaccine containing the A/New Jersey/76 influenzavirus ("swine flu" virus). Use of a jet injector during the 1976 New Jersey Influenza A immunization project in which 45 million adults in the United States received a vaccine containing the A/New Jersey/76 influenzavirus (“swine flu” virus).

The Committee, founded by the Surgeon General in 1964, originally consisted of 10 members and included influenza vaccine as one of its first agenda items.  When the committee convened last week to continue their ongoing efforts to develop safe and effective vaccine recommendations, there were over 50 members present and influenza was once again on the agenda.

The changes in immunization recommendations in the past fifty years have been nothing short of astounding.  Not only do we continue to see new vaccines, but we have exceptional standards in place to evaluate the increased safety and efficacy of these new recommendations. …

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