NACI is a national committee of recognized experts in the fields of pediatrics, infectious diseases, immunology, medical microbiology, internal medicine and Public Health. The Committee reports to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and works with staff of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the Public Health Agency of Canada to provide ongoing and timely medical, scientific and public health advice.
NACI makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of groups at risk for vaccine-preventable disease for whom vaccine programs should be targeted. All NACI recommendations on vaccine use in Canada are published every four years in the Canadian Immunization Guide. Additional statements and updates are published in the Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR). NACI also advises on the need for national vaccination strategies and makes recommendations for vaccine development research.