The Immunization Alliance is an American vaccine advocacy consortium, assembled under the auspices of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in May 2008. The Immunization Alliance has called for a governmental information campaign, ongoing research into vaccine safety and efficacy, balanced media coverage, and restoration of confidence among parents due to vaccine hesitancy and the related controversies in autism.

Formation

Citing the largest measles outbreak in the United States since 1966 (130 cases in fifteen states), Paul Offit, a member of the Alliance, asserted that this re-emergence of a common childhood disease was a warning about the dangers of "what can happen when parents are misinformed about vaccine safety.[1] "We do not want to become a nation of people who are vulnerable to diseases that are deadly or that can have serious complications, especially if those diseases can be prevented," said Renee Jenkins, president of the AAP.[2] The Immunization Alliance's debut was announced in the July 2008 issue of Pediatrics (published by the AAP), which also detailed its plans for improving vaccine schedule adherence and combating declining immunization rates.

Stated goals

The Immunization Alliance's stated goals include increasing public education about vaccines by both public health organizations and individual physicians, and increasing federal funding and media coverage surrounding the science of vaccine safety.[3]

Member organizations

Over twenty organizations form the Immunization Alliance, including:

References

  1. ^ "Antivaccine Movement: History, Current Effects on Immunization". Healio.com. SLACK Inc. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ "New Immunization Alliance Issues National Call To Action" (Press release). Chicago: American Academy of Pediatrics. 18 September 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ Fiore, Kristina (September 19, 2008). "Immunization Alliance Seeks to Strengthen Public Confidence in Vaccines". MedPage Today. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Immunization Alliance call for action". The Pharma Letter. September 9, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2020.