Second National Immunization Congress 2010: Addressing vaccine financing for the future in the United States

Angela K. Shen, Elizabeth Sobzcyk, Anna Buchanan, Lauren Wu, Sarah Duggan-Goldstein

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Abstract

At the 2nd National Immunization Congress held in Chicago, IL, from August 31-September 2, 2010, partners from government, provider groups, academia and manufacturers gathered to discuss the progress made and the future of financing child, adolescent and adult vaccines. The meeting is a continuation of a solution-oriented vaccine financing dialogue held in February 2007 at the 1st Immunization Congress. The need for this forum arose from concerns that increased costs of immunization could hinder the ability of current financing and delivery systems to maintain access without financial barriers. Preventive care and additional financial coverage for vaccines are key points in federal health reform but some populations, especially adolescents and adults, could continue to experience challenges in accessing vaccines. Congress participants discussed adequate reimbursement in the public and private sectors for vaccine delivery and the potential financial resources, data and infrastructure needed to increase vaccine uptake in the United States. Participants agreed that partners from all sectors - manufacturers, providers, public health, employers, payors, insurers and consumers - will collectively need to leverage their efforts to address financial gaps not covered by health care reform law to ensure the preventive benefits of vaccines are fully realized for all Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-18
Number of pages7
JournalHuman vaccines
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Adolescent vaccination
  • Adult vaccination
  • Health reform
  • Vaccine financing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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