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Many federal agencies play a role in the vaccine system. Visit these websites to get in-depth information about vaccine topics.
The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) saves lives and protects America against 21st century health threats. Within ASPR, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) partners with the private sector to research and develop medical countermeasures — such as vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices — and purchase medical products for use in emergencies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops the vaccine schedules, monitors and responds to disease outbreaks, and does vaccine safety research.
The Department of Defense (DoD) supports vaccination programs for people in the military and their families.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has resources for Veterans and their families, including information on vaccines and VA benefits.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a science-based regulatory agency that’s responsible for protecting and enhancing public health by ensuring the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. FDA ensures that vaccines undergo a rigorous and extensive development program to evaluate safety, purity, and potency. Only if a vaccine’s benefits are found to outweigh its potential risks does the FDA license (approve) a vaccine, allowing it to be used by the public. To ensure continuing safety and effectiveness after approval, FDA oversees the production of vaccines and monitors vaccine safety.
healthfinder.gov has tools and resources to help people access preventive services and develop healthy habits. healthfinder’s vaccine topics provide information about vaccine-preventable diseases, and how and when to get vaccines.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) researches new vaccines and evaluates existing vaccines.
The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) makes sure that all federal agencies that produce and regulate vaccines are working together. NVPO also leads the National Vaccine Plan — which sets goals for preventing diseases through vaccination.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may provide financial compensation (payment) to people found to be injured by certain vaccines.
Last reviewed: January 2018