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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 26, Issue 3, Pages 126-128
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/431428
Commentary

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization: Celebrating 50 Years

Shalini Desai,1 Shainoor J lsmail,2 Robert Lerch,3 Bryna F Warshawsky,4 and Ian Gemmill

1Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2Public Health Agency of Canada, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
4Public Health Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Abstract

Vaccines have saved more lives than any other innovation in modern medicine. National immunization committees play a vital role in the development of evidence-based recommendations for the use of vaccines. The present article describes the evolution and work of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization in Canada as the group marks its 50th anniversary. The article also provides insight into the future challenges that the committee is likely to face.