Sustaining success

Ensuring that the benefits of immunizations seen over the last 200 years will extend to and expand in the future requires not only the continued production and effective distribution of existing vaccines and the development of new vaccines, but also sustaining local and global immunization consensus. Understanding the public's knowledge about vaccine-preventable diseases and their perception of vaccines, involving the public in a dialogue about values and priorities in balancing and articulating public health and personal perspectives, and effectively communicating in today's media environment are all essential to sustaining consensus (Levine and Levine, 1997; Wilson and Marcuse, 2001). Future immunization success will also depend on assuring a stable supply of vaccines, continued mechanisms for funding and promoting vaccine development, assuring universal, global access to vaccines, and investing in the infrastructure required to achieve this.

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