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Being a Leading Country in Vaccines - Challenges and Efforts for Increasing the Vaccination Ratio

11 Jul 2016
Meeting Date: 11 July 2016
Meeting Start Time: 12:00
Meeting Finish Time: 14:00
Venue: Tokyo American Club
Hall/Room: Manhattan B2 floor

The description below is adapted from ACCJ Event Information.

Description: July 6 is widely celebrated as Vaccine Day, the day in 1885 that Louis Pasteur first successfully tested his rabies vaccine on a human subject. Vaccines play a major role in decreasing the incidence of infectious disease, enhancing the quality of life, and, in many cases, generating economic benefits. As described in Japan's "Vaccine Business Vision," vaccines are globally recognized as highly cost-effective. Many new vaccines have been approved in Japan recently and the number of vaccines covered by the Japanese national immunization program has increased gradually. In addition, the government of Japan deserves credit for developing the "Basic Plan for Vaccination" as a national medium- and long-term strategy. Closing the immunization gap is one of the priorities of the Basic Plan. Although the number of vaccines in the national vaccination program has increased, national and local governments cannot provide appropriate information to the public effectively and efficiently, especially clear risk/benefit information. Additionally, information regarding vaccination programs relies heavily on municipalities, which may lead to a digital divide, misunderstanding, and confusion among the public because of inconsistencies in the quality and quantity of information about vaccines provided by different municipalities. This is one of the major causes of the troubling vaccine access gap in Japan. Should this situation continue unchecked, there is a high probability of potential outbreaks that will require a public health response, resulting in financial burdens on the healthcare system, which far outweigh the cost of vaccination. The goal of establishing a special Vaccine Day has been to encourage the public and policymakers alike to think more deeply about the value and benefits of vaccination for public health and disease prevention for all ages. Join the ACCJ, the EBC, PhRMA, EFPIA, and JPMA to discuss issues surrounding vaccine policy in the world and in Japan and how these policies have the potential of impacting all of us in coming years.
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