HHS launches National Prevention Strategy

HHS in the U.S., through the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, announced the release of the National Prevention Strategy, described as a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.   The National Prevention Strategy “recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care, but also from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.  Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play.  Everyone—businesses, educators, health care institutions, government, communities and every single American—has a role in creating a healthier nation.”


The full report is available at: http://www.healthcare.gov/center/councils/nphpphc/strategy/report.pdf

The report addresses vaccines in Strategic Directions No. 6 (p.20): Enhance coordination and integration of clinical, behavioral, and complementary health strategies:


The Federal Government will:

Develop new and improved vaccines, enhance understanding of the safety of vaccines and vaccination practices, support informed vaccine decision-making, and improve access to and better use of recommended vaccines.