Journal Article

Vaccine Supply Problems: A Perspective of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lance E. Rodewald, Walter A. Orenstein, Dean D. Mason and Stephen L. Cochi

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 42, issue Supplement_3, pages S104-S110
Published in print March 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/499587
Vaccine Supply Problems: A Perspective of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Although immunization is one of the great public health achievements, continued success depends on an available supply of the vaccines that are recommended for routine use. Beginning in 2000, the United States experienced vaccine supply disruptions of unprecedented scope and magnitude. Although most of the supply disruptions have been resolved, it appears that a fragile vaccine supply will be part of the immunization environment in the United States for the foreseeable future. Here, we describe the perspective of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the recent supply disruptions and the methods used to manage vaccine shortages. The present article focuses on routine pediatric vaccines, including influenza virus vaccine.

Journal Article.  4654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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