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Vaccine Identification Standards Initiative (VISI)

The Vaccine Identification Standards Initiative (VISI) provided uniform guidelines and resources for vaccine packaging, labeling, and recording to enhance the safety of vaccination and the accuracy and convenience of transferring vaccine identifying information into medical records and immunization registries.

VISI was a joint, voluntary, cooperative effort among various partners in the vaccine and immunization system, including public health agencies at the state and federal levels which regulate and procure vaccines and manage immunization programs, developers and manufacturers in the vaccine industry, relevant professional medical associations, health delivery institutions, and non-governmental organizations involved in immunization advocacy and support.

VISI was inaugurated in September 1997. The effort was led by CDC's Immunization Safety Office, which is responsible for monitoring, studying, and enhancing the safety of vaccination in the United States. VISI focused on developing application guidelines in six related areas—

  1. Peel-off stickers
  2. Barcoding
  3. Uniform Vaccine Administration Record
  4. National Drug Code vaccine database
  5. Vaccine Facts sidebar
  6. Standard abbreviations
Page last reviewed: June 23, 2008
Page last updated: January 24, 2008
Content source: Immunization Safety Office

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