The Immunization Program is committed to promoting the health of Massachusetts' citizens by reducing the burden of vaccine preventable diseases that affect the residents of the Commonwealth. The mission of the program is to prevent disease by ensuring that all individuals are fully immunized in a timely manner.
The Immunization Program develops strategies to ensure that the children and adults of the Commonwealth are appropriately immunized and have access to vaccines. The program is responsible for a variety of wide-ranging functions, including: vaccine management, distribution and quality assurance; administration of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program; analysis of the immunization rates in the state via numerous tools, including the National Immunization Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS); development, implementation, and maintenance of the MIIS; identification of and response to immunization disparities; ongoing close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); hepatitis B prevention and case management; information, education and community outreach; vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance and control; outbreak response; pandemic preparedness and response; and development and implementation of state-wide immunization policy.
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