IDSA is working to ensure that immunization programs are established, maintained and funded, and that research and development of new and improved vaccines continues. Immunization is one of the most effective ways to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide and millions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs. Unfortunately, each year thousands of people still die of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Contact your Congressional representative through our Advocacy Center to support legislation in Congress that would strengthen US immunization programs and vaccine research and development.
IDSA Policy Statement on State Immunization Mandates (PDF)
IDSA supports universal immunization of children, adolescents, and adults. Substantial scientific evidence demonstrates vaccines' enormous value in protecting the public from serious infections, and the Society strongly encourages states to enact and enforce immunization mandates except where immunization is medically-contraindicated.
IDSA Support and Feedback RE Discussion Draft "Lower Health Care Costs Act" (PDF)
IDSA supports the discussion draft titled the "Lower Health Care Costs Act," and provides additional informatoin to demonstrate the need for sections 401 and 402 on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as section 405 on Public Health Data System Modernization.
IDSA Supports VACCINES Act (PDF)
IDSA supports the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019 (HR 2862 / S 1916). This legislation would authorize additional resources to strengthen vaccine surveillance, identify communities with declining immunization rates, undertake research to develop better strategies to boost immunization uptake and disseminate public information about the benefits and safety of immunizations and the dangers of foregoing vaccination.
IDSA Supports Executive Order "Modernizing Influenza Vaccines in the United States to Promote National Security and Public Health" (PDF)
IDSA supports the Executive Order "Modernizing Influenza Vaccines in the United States to Promote National Security and Public Health," and provided comments to the Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen our influenza preparedness and response.
IDSA Comments RE HHS FY2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan (PDF)
IDSA comments on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) FY2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan.
IDSA Letter of Introduction to Surgeon General VADM Adams (PDF)
IDSA congratulates VADM Jerome Adams on his appointment as the nation's Surgeon General, the country's chief doctor and leader of the Public Health Commissioned Corps. IDSA requests a meeting with Dr. Adams to discuss key issues and opportunities to collaborate.
IDSA Comments on Vaccine Innovations (PDF)
IDSA submitted comments to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) providing input on federal government efforts to promote vaccine innovation.
IDSA and HIVMA Comments to FDA on Drug Development for HCV (PDF)
IDSA and HIVMA submitted comments to FDA regarding standardized reporting of resistance analyses and the enrollment of HIV-infected patients in hepatitis C virus (HCV) studies, emphasizing the importance of additional treatment options for the purpose of improving access to treatment.