Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Questions about the need for a vaccine program for populations that may continue to live in impacted areas may be raised. Because studies have been done to show safety and effectiveness of anthrax vaccine only for adults, if such an anthrax attack were to occur in the near future, the only way use the existing vaccine to protect children would be to use an investigational new drug (IND) clinical protocol. These factors complicate operational response and public messaging.
The NBSB has previously identified the need to look at other MCMs for pediatric populations. This Public Engagement Workshop provides an opportunity to include the public in the discussion about vaccines to protect children from anthrax or treat children exposed to anthrax. The forum includes discussion of the types of data and types of studies that may be needed to show whether existing FDA-approved vaccines could also be used for children. No decisions or recommendations will be made at the Workshop.
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