The National Vaccine Advisory Committee was established to comply with Section 2105 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code 300aa-5). Its purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the Director of the National Vaccine Program on matters related to program responsibilities.(1)
The Committee meets three times a year in Washington, DC. These meetings are open to the public.
You will need photo identification, such as your driver's license, for admission to the building. A representative of NVAC will be at the reception desk to assist you.
Time is allotted at every meeting for public response and comment.
Meeting Dates for 2008, Washington, DC:
Tentative Meeting Dates for 2009, Washington, DC:
Functions of NVAC
The NVAC recommends ways to achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through vaccine development, and provides direction to achieve optimal prevention of adverse reactions to vaccines.
The functions of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) are to:
The NVAC is made up of 17 members appointed by the Director of the National Vaccine Program. Members are appointed to rotating four-year terms, with one-fourth of the committee members' terms ending each year.
The members and chair of NVAC are appointed by the Director of the NVP in consultation with the National Academy of Sciences, from among individuals who are engaged in vaccine research or the manufacture of vaccines; or who are physicians, members of parent organizations concerned with immunizations, or representatives of state or local health agencies or public health organizations. New members must be nominated in a formal nominations process.
Members serve on subcommittees to work on specific issues. Each subcommittee has a chairperson. Some are staffed by designated federal officials and liaisons.
The usual schedule for meetings is:
First day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
These hours may vary, especially if there are priority items that require extra discussion time. To verify times, check this site or call the National Vaccine Program Office (202-690-5566).
Last revised: August 29, 2008