Immunization Advisory Groups

Who makes recommendations regarding immunizations?

Your pediatrician?

The CDC?

Merck?

“The most influential body making vaccine recommendations in the USA is the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).”

Vaccinology – An Essential Guide

In the United States, those recommendations are made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts who provide advice and guidance to the Director of the CDC.

Immunization Advisory Groups

Again, ACIP is just for the United States though.

Many countries have their own Immunization Advisory Groups
Many countries have their own Immunization Advisory Groups

In other countries, there is:

Altogether, at least 99 countries have their own National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups!

“Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (ITAGs) are expert advisory committees that provide recommendations to guide a country’s national immunization programs and policies. They consist of independent experts with the technical capacity to evaluate new and existing immunization interventions. The premise of these groups is to facilitate a systematic, transparent process for developing immunization policies by making evidence-based technical recommendations to the national government. Their role is primarily technical and advisory and is intended to bring increased scientific rigour and credibility to the complex process of making immunization policies, free of political or personal interests.”

Bryson et al on A global look at national Immunization Technical Advisory Groups

These National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups help countries to tailor immunization schedules and vaccination programs to local needs, while also considering the vaccine policies of the WHO and other experts.

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