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HHS Releases a New National Vaccine Plan
The US Department of Health and Human Services released a new National Vaccine Plan on Feb. 16, 2011, to enhance coordination of all aspects of federal vaccine and immunization activities. The new plan, the first update to the system since 1994, is meant to ensure that all Americans can access the preventive benefits of vaccines. According to a press announcement on the HHS website, next steps include regional stakeholder meetings to discuss how to implement the strategies laid out in the plan. The final implementation is to be completed by the end of 2011.