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Vaccine Development

Needle-free Injection Technology  

Photo of teary child being vaccinated using Ped-O-Jet® needle-free jet injector, circa 1950s.Administering vaccines and other drugs through the skin without the use of conventional needles. Background information, scientific bibliography, history, and links to media reports, policy sources, devices and manufacturers, Needle-free Injection Technology News Service, and other relevant sites.

Vaccine Identification Standards Initiative

VISI logoUniform 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.

Vaccine Formulary Selection Algorithm (exit site)

Austral Engineering & Software, Inc.  logoPrototype operations research tool for vaccine purchasers to select the lowest-overall-cost formulary that will satisfy the recommended childhood immunization schedule.  Competes existing and proposed monovalent and combination vaccines on distinguishing features as incentives for product innovation.

Annual Conferences on Vaccine Research: Basic Science • Product Development • Clinical and Field Studies (exit site)

Annual Conferences on Vaccine Research title logoThe world's largest scientific meeting devoted exclusively to the research and development of vaccines and associated technologies for the prevention of human and animal disease by immunization.

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Vaccine Development Information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  (exit site)




  • Understanding Vaccines (exit site) (1.8 Mb .pdf, 38 pages)

    Information about how vaccines are made and tested, and how they prevent disease.

Brief introduction on the history of vaccination and the types of vaccines -- old ones, new ones, and future ones -- used to prevent disease.  

AIDS Vaccine Development News from the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) (exit site)

IAVI International AIDS Vaccine Initiative logoNews from the world of AIDS vaccine development, compiled by this independent, private, non-governmental organization working to speed the development and distribution of preventive AIDS vaccines—"the world’s best hope for ending the AIDS epidemic". IAVI maintains a database on AIDS vaccines in development.

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Conference: Innovative Administration Systems for Vaccines  

Disposable-cartridge jet injectionIntranasal mist vaccinationLaser ablation of stratum corneum to facilitate topical vaccination18-19 December 2003, Rockville, MD, USA.

A forum for academic, clinical, industry, and government participants to present and discuss the latest scientific and clinical developments in non-needle delivery systems for administering vaccines. It will feature technologies for vaccination by the cutaneous and mucosal (oral, nasal, pulmonary) routes and by percutaneous needle-free jet injection. A principal objective is to facilitate delivery systems for rapid mass vaccination campaigns.

Sponsored by the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its component agencies CDC, NIAID/NIH, CBER & CDRH/FDA, the NVPO and the Strategic National Stockpile.

Advance Program Announcement and Additional Information.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND PRESENTATIONS, posted as a courtesy by the National Vaccine Program Office.

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