Keynote: The Value of Evidence in Immunization
Anne Schuchat

Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, CDC

Introduction: Art Caplan, Penn Center for Bioethics

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[slides: Global Vaccines 202X_Schuchat

A strong evidence base is essential to stewardship of immunization systems and can lead to improved population health and address the needs of policy and finance decision-makers:   Stewardship requires ongoing evidence that assures: benefits and risks of vaccination are appropriate; public acceptance is sustained; the vaccine supply chain is operating smoothly;  program delivery is both effective and self-correcting:   Monitoring and improving immunization programs includes tracking changes in disease and infectious agents through surveillance, assessing post-licensure vaccine performance (e:g:, effectiveness, duration of protection), monitoring adverse events following immunization, measuring immunization uptake and targeting inequities, conducting economic analyses, and equipping programs or practices to evaluate and improve their performance:  Evidence is a critical input for communication, advocacy, policy, and budgeting efforts.

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