The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provides expert and evidence-based advice to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the use of human vaccines in Canada. This advice is presented in a variety of publications for different uses. A recent survey identified some confusion regarding the various NACI publication products. The objective of this article is to identify the level of detail and appropriate uses of the different NACI products.
NACI statements provide a synthesis of current evidence and expert opinion on new vaccines or new indications for vaccines to inform immunization practices, policies and programs. NACI literature reviews inform new NACI statements and are published after the statement to inform readers about current literature on a specific immunization topic. The Canadian Immunization Guide (CIG) is a practice-oriented guide that synthesizes all the NACI statements and is updated regularly. NACI statement summaries are published in the Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) and provide a high level overview of these statements shortly after they are published. These products provide a variety of options for users to choose how in-depth they wish to explore the evidence base and process for producing recommendations for immunization in Canada.