Dr. Mark Sawyer has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) starting in June 2008. Dr. Sawyer is currently the Principal Investigator and Executive Medical Director for the San Diego Immunization Partnership, a collaboration between the Immunization Program of San Diego County and the University of California, Division of Community Pediatrics. He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego Medical School and Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultant for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) consists of 15 experts in fields associated with immunization who have been selected by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Committee develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications. The ACIP is the only entity in the federal government that makes such recommendations.
The overall goals of the ACIP are to provide advice that will lead to a reduction in the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the United States, and an increase in the safe use of vaccines and related biological products.