Your Signature Needed to Preserve Congressional Immunization Funds
Jan 25, 2017

capitolEvery Child By Two asks you to join in urging Congress to protect crucial funding for immunization programs.  Politics aside, if and when the Affordable Care Act is repealed, nearly $600 million in funds that currently support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and subsequently state immunization activities will be eliminated.

To ensure that legislators reallocate these funds, we ask you to add your name to Every Child By Two’s Vaccine Funding Support Statement

In essence, Congressional funding for immunizations supports a vast web of activities, technology and personnel to keep vaccine preventable diseases at bay.

It supports essential activities such as:

  • community outreach,
  • disease surveillance,
  • outbreak control,
  • provider and public education,
  • immunization registries,
  • immunization service delivery,
  • staffing and implementation of the Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program (which provides free vaccines to those who qualify under a separate funding stream).

Background:

Historically, federal vaccine funding was allocated by Congress via what was called the “Section 317 line item” which is now being referred to as the “Immunization line item”.  These vaccine funds are appropriated to the CDC and used to support CDC activities and immunization programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five major cities and eight territories.  

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-4-23-54-pmHowever, since 2010, the vaccine funding that was allocated under Section 317 has slowly been supplanted by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).

While the PPHF had initially supported various programs, above and beyond those that had previously been supported with 317 vaccine funding, today, more than half of immunization programmatic funding comes from PPHF.  As displayed in the chart at right, PPHF now accounts for $600 million of the federal funds devoted to immunizations, including over $402 million supporting core immunization activities.

Current Situation:

As we prepare for the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we must ensure legislators take appropriate action to provide a continued and sustained investment into immunization programs.

Political concerns aside, the focus here is not whether ACA should or should not be repealed.  The focus is on preserving the funding for immunization programs.

While Congress debates the replacement package for ACA, it would be very easy for vaccines to get overlooked amidst many different healthcare priorities.  However, if ACA is repealed without an intentional replacement of Prevention Funds back to the Section 317/Immunization program line, the results could be catastrophic to the nation’s immunization programs.

Health programs would be impacted by:

  • a minimum 45% cut in program dollars,
  • massive public health layoffs,
  • a massive reduction in state efforts to respond to food borne outbreaks,
  • a massive interruption to efforts to prevent emerging infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika,
  • a diminished ability to provide an adequate health response to natural and handmade disasters,
  • the elimination of targeted health programs such as those that seek to eliminate Hepatitis b among infants, combat cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), and support adult vaccine initiatives.

Claire Hannan, Executive Director of the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) states that

“Prevention and Public Health Funds are used as the cornerstone of public health emergency response activities. Without reallocation of those monies, immunization programs throughout the nation will not have the capacity to plan for and respond to emerging virus and disease threats.”  

[For a more detailed report from AIM on the potential impact of the elimination of PPHF Funds click here.]

Take Action:

If we want to ensure that the CDC, state and local health departments receive the funding they need to keep our communities safe from deadly but preventable diseases, then take action now.  This is not a debate about the merits of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but rather a request that Congress not forget vaccines during the current and future fiscal year funding deliberations. Keeping our communities healthy is everyone’s responsibility.

Click here to sign the following the Vaccine Funding Support Statement requesting that Congress preserve immunization funding as they work to negotiate the repeal and replacement of the ACA: 

Dear Congressional Leaders: 

Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements in health, saving millions of lives worldwide as well as trillions of dollars in costs to this country.   Over $600 million of Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF) have been invested in immunization, including nearly $402 million supporting core immunization activities.  At this time nearly 45% of immunization funding comes from PPHF and a cut in this funding source will cripple the nation’s ability to keep vaccine preventable diseases at bay.  As you negotiate the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, we urge you to ensure that the funding for vaccine programs that is currently allocated through the Prevention and Public Health Fund is maintained.  (http://tinyurl.com/SaveVaccineFunding)


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34 responses to “Your Signature Needed to Preserve Congressional Immunization Funds”

  1. doritmi says:

    Thank you for doing this for all of us in the U.S..

  2. sarah mcmillian says:

    Seriously the only reason we dont have so many diseases is because of vaccines!!!

  3. Melody RN says:

    As a nurse and mother I’m grateful that my children have access to life-saving vaccines. I’ve witnessed the suffering that occurs from vaccine preventable diseases and no child or family should endure that. I signed this to ensure all children have access to immunizations to give them all a shot at life.

  4. Carol Flack says:

    Keep up the good work protecting the health of America’s children.

  5. Laura Smith says:

    Vaccines are important. We will have a rise in diseases if not for vaccines. I don’t want my children have deal with diseases. Like polloi, small pox, whooping cough, measles, etc.

  6. Maria Nosarev says:

    I am not from the US. I live in Israel. I was bron in the former USSR IN 1984. i saw the VPDs damage and kill children when all of the US citizents already forgot how it looks. Please, please! Keep vaccinating! The outcome of not is so many dead and mangled kids you can’t even imagine, nor comprehand!

  7. Irena DiGangi says:

    This is crucial for public health.

  8. Tamara Glidewell says:

    Much needed

  9. Robbin Montero says:

    Vaccines Save lives, it’s a proven fact.
    This administration is trying to kill us all!

  10. Erin Bachus says:

    Vaccines are one of the greatest public health successes of the past 100 years. All people deserve access to preventive health care, including vaccines!

  11. Melanie G says:

    Please keep this we need it!!!!

  12. Christina Gutierrez-Cozine says:

    So not allow finding to be cut for vaccinations and vaccination research. Every person wether they be a child, immune compromised, elderly, rich or poor deserve to have protection against preventable diseases. Without these life saving vaccinations and immunizations it becomes a death sentence. The American people deserve far better.

  13. Kaitlin Judd says:

    Crucial

  14. Thank you for doing this for all

  15. Linda Bishop says:

    Please fight for us against this unfair bill that is trying to be passed.
    My husband and I have a special needs child that is going to suffer terrible from some of these healthcare bills bills trying to be passed and we need you to stand up and fight for us I am urging you to stand strong and help us keep all of our healthcare in Kentucky.
    Thank you, Linda Bishop

  16. Jessica says:

    Good job, keep Up the great work

  17. Michele Roberts says:

    Immunization are core disease prevention and vital to our community health.

  18. Mary Moser says:

    Every Child should be vaccinated it saves lives and supports real Christian values!

  19. E Gail Walder says:

    Health of our children is the most important thing this country can do.

  20. Amanda Davis says:

    Thank you for doing this! Vaccines are soooo important!

  21. Kathleen Johnston says:

    An uncle died of Diphtheria, just as the vaccine began to come on the market. A cousin died of Polio, just 2 years before the vaccines became available. A childhood friend developed encephalitis after measles (10 years before measles vaccine) and was deaf as a result. YES, I support vaccine knowledge and availability and coverage by every form of insurance

  22. Lea Cummins says:

    Please protect funding for immunization programs.

  23. Lottie Esteban says:

    It would be a lot more expensive to treat all those childhood diseases that will come back if our population is not vaccinated–protect our children!!

  24. Manoshi B. Pugh, MD says:

    Vaccines save lives!!

  25. Sharon Williams says:

    Really..what else besides cutting our children’s education do want to do..now your trying to defund immunization. ..you all should be ashamed of yourselfves…how do you sleep at night..oh right..you all have rock star benefits. ..while messing with the American people’s rights as citizens of this already Great America..

  26. Jerri Hughes says:

    Yes!

  27. Bonnie Luffel says:

    Vaccines help all of us. Please do not cut funding for these life saving vaccinations.

  28. DANIELLE CARLA MOSTES says:

    Vaccines are a must. Please do not endanger our children.

  29. Bee says:

    If this money was being spent on improving the safety of vaccines I would consider signing. But to put more money in the CDC and big pharmas pocket without this? No thanks.

  30. Lawrence says:

    And what do you suggest to “improve the safety” of vaccines?

    Because every year, tens of millions of dollars are spent in R&D to create new and better vaccines….and every day, vaccine safety is tracked, worldwide, by dozens of different surveillance systems and agencies (and organizations).

    Please be specific, because otherwise, you come off as a conspiracy theorist.

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  32. Jeri Kessenich says:

    Could not sign this morning—would not allow me to put in my name or other info.

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