"There's actually been some recent data showing that the more comprehensive and potentially punitive your efforts are to get people vaccinated, the more people reject and fight it and do whatever they can to get around it."
"International [immunization] programs are so important; it's not just the direct benefits to those countries around the world, but it's an indirect benefit to us . . . There's a vaccine protection halo that we benefit from when we protect those in other countries."
"The one thing we can do to truly take all of this [the pandemic threat of avian flu strains] off the table is the development of a truly game-changing flu vaccine. We have no machinery set up globally to do that, none."
"Lack of immunization due to low socioeconomic status, lack of access to health care—those still all pose real challenges . . . [but when parents who are educated and wealthy opt out of vaccines] that to me is a real growing problem."
"[The US military has] done an amazing job. No one does logistics quite like the military. Our country was slow to respond, but now I am proud . . . [No other country] has responded quite the way the US has."
"What we really need is a new [influenza] vaccine. What we’re doing is tinkering—but I don't know how to tinker with this current vaccine and make it any better. It's like we're trying to fix a horse and buggy when what we really need is a modern 2015 vehicle."
"Extreme measures are needed to ensure a massive coordinated effort among vaccine manufacturers, government regulatory authorities, government public health agencies, non-governmental organizations and global, national and local leaders."
"We had very bad matches [of vaccine to circulating flu viruses] and the vaccine performed as we would expect on an average basis, and we've had years where there's been a really good match and the vaccine provided little to no protection."
"I still say get your flu shot, it's the best tool that we have. But . . . there just is no comprehensive, compelling data that say when you get your flu shot that it even reduces the severity of illness or hospitalization."