Help Stop Devastating Cuts to Immunization Infrastructure

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The House is moving forward on budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) and has suggested a $50 million cut to immunization funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This could mean serious reductions in our country’s and states’ abilities to:

  • Support the science that informs our national immunization policy;
  • Provide a safety net to uninsured, low-income adults by enabling vaccine purchases;
  • Monitor the safety of vaccines;
  • Educate healthcare providers;
  • Perform community outreach; and
  • Conduct surveillance, laboratory testing and epidemiology in response to disease outbreaks.
With the U.S. currently facing costly outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis (also known as whooping cough), now is not the time to weaken the backbone of our nation’s public health infrastructure.
We are not asking for a funding increase, we are simply asking that Congress not reduce current levels of immunization funding.
States have already had to make tough decisions because of a $4 million cut in funds in the 2017 budget.

Please call your Representative today and tell him or her:

“Please reject the proposed $50 million cut to the CDC Immunization Program and maintain level funding for FY18. A funding reduction would have serious consequences for communities across the country at a time when outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles are on the rise.”

SOTI-Report_Cover.pngYou can also reference Every Child By Two’s State of the ImmUnion report to examine how strong our defenses truly are against vaccine-preventable diseases and what we can do, as public health advocates and legislators, to make our ImmUnion stronger and more resilient in the face of emerging health threats. You may even want to share this report with your Representative since it highlights the successes of vaccines, the economic and societal savings incurred from vaccines, challenges facing the public health system and key areas that we need to focus on to achieve optimal protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Please use Who Is My Representative? to quickly find your Member of Congress in the House.

Thank you for your continued support of immunizations and their critical role in protecting our health!

  1. LJ
    July 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Good. They need to…some diseases prevent others later on. In no way is it right to force parents! They have the right to resarch and make up their own minds. GO TRUMP!

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  2. Chris
    July 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Citation needed, from PubMed indexed studies by reputable qualified researchers. Really, because that is a bold statement. Especially since measles (the actual disease) depresses the immune system for years and caused greater harm from future infections:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4823017/

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  3. MD
    July 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Haha using goverment based data is old school. Population control! Lots of people at 80 have had the disease and healthy! Soon trump will enforce new laws about this. No more guinea pigs for science failures.

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  4. Chris
    July 22, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    MD, how long before Olivia Dahl gets to celebrate her 80th birthday? When will this little boy get to celebrate his 80th birthday:
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-measles-sspe-20150624-story.html

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  5. Chris
    July 22, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    MD, are you actually promoting eugenics? That is terrible.

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  6. Scott
    July 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Please call your Representative today and tell him or her to support the proposed $50 million cut to the CDC Immunization Program. A funding reduction is highly needed at this time. Vaccine injuries are on the rise and this will help save lives.
    Thank you!

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  7. Chris
    July 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    “Vaccine injuries are on the rise and this will help save lives.”

    Prove it. Provide the PubMed indexed studies by reputable qualified researchers than any vaccine on the present American pediatric schedule causes more harm than the diseases.

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  8. Scott
    July 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Let’s see $3.7 billion paid out in vaccine injuries (and that is the tip of the iceberg), VS how many injuries due to the diseases?
    According to you, the whole adult population should be injured or dead via diseases because they aren’t caught up on the current vaccine schedule, but that is just fake news.

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  9. Chris
    July 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    “… the whole adult population should be …”

    Look at what I asked for, what does the bolded word mean: “present American pediatric schedule”

    One reason there are very few diseases in adults is because most people vaccinate, and children, especially babies, are more vulnerable. Do tell us those relative rates of injury between vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Example: measles causes pneumonia in about one in ten cases, and encephalitis in about one in a thousand cases. About one in ten end up in the hospital. Just provide the PubMed indexed data that shows the MMR causes at least that much harm.

    Now about the payouts of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program over the last 25+ years: here are the NVICP statistics for a set number of years:
    https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data/statisticsreport.pdf

    Go to the first table, and run your finger down to the bottom to find the total number of vaccines given (2,532,428,541 vaccine doses). Then run your finger over to the total number of compensated claims (2310 compensated claims). Now divide the first number by the second number. What is the resulting number and what does it mean?

    You made a claim about vaccine injuries, so you need to back up that with actual factual data. Answer my question, but without moving the goal posts or using a big number without context.

    I am anticipating your next goal post move, you should probably find the actual factual data that disputes these two economic studies:

    J Infect Dis. 2004 May 1;189 Suppl 1:S131-45.
    An economic analysis of the current universal 2-dose measles-mumps-rubella vaccination program in the United States.

    Pediatrics. 2014 Apr;133(4):577-85.
    Economic Evaluation of the Routine Childhood Immunization Program in the United States, 2009.

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  10. Lawrence
    July 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    @Scott – I’d ask if you were an idiot, but your statement makes it obvious.

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  11. Chris
    July 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Now, now, Lawrence. He is following the anti-vaccine script just as expected. As their manual says:

    1. Claim vaccines are causing lots of harm.

    2. Throw out the total cost of the NVICP compensation, but ignoring that it is over almost three decades and after several billion vaccines have been given.

    3. Claim that if diseases are so bad how come not everyone is injured or died. Kind of ignoring those who were injured and died.

    I suspected the 4th claim was going to be “Big Pharma” stuff. Probably spiced with accusations we are paid. MD already covered the “survival of the fittest claim”, essentially the claim that kids who can’t survive the disease should not live.

    All in the effort to avoid giving some real actual factual scientific evidence.

    Lather, rinse and repeat… over, and over, and over again and again. The names change, but the script stays the same.

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  12. Lawrence
    July 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

    In a world of emerging diseases, the last thing we should be doing is cutting funding to the CDC…..

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  13. Lawrence
    July 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/patients-lacking-vaccination-spend-on-average-nearly-week-in-hospital/news-story/1a04add4738309c9ae6b503c30fd45d9

    So, Scott asked the question – and the answer is, at minimum, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on medical interventions (including extensive hospital stays).

    Compare that to about $90 Million dollars paid per year by the NVICP…..obviously vaccines are a much safer and effective route to take.

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  14. Scott
    July 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Lawrence, you are comparing sick people to injured/dead people. There is no comparison.

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  15. Scott
    July 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I wonder how much is paid out to those who get sick from vaccines? Or for those who spend time in the hospital due to vaccine reactions? Those numbers are not considered in the $3.7 billion that has been paid out.

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  16. Chris
    July 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Scott, you brought that up a second time! Try to find a calculator and give it a go… so I repeat:

    Now about the payouts of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program over the last 25+ years: here are the NVICP statistics for a set number of years:
    https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data/statisticsreport.pdf

    Go to the first table, and run your finger down to the bottom to find the total number of vaccines given (2,532,428,541 vaccine doses). Then run your finger over to the total number of compensated claims (2310 compensated claims). Now divide the first number by the second number. What is the resulting number and what does it mean?

    Did you know you can actually look up the rulings from the Vaccine Court? Some of them are very interesting reading. Many reveal that the child’s condition was noted before any vaccine:
    http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/aggregator/sources/7

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  17. Lawrence
    July 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Because those numbers are miniscule compared to the numbers of people who are hospitalized because of vaccine-preventable diseases.

    The main reason there used to be hundreds of schools for the deaf and blind in this country was directly related to children who suffered through these diseases & went blind or deaf because of them.

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  18. Chris
    July 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Wow, that was a coincidence. The latest ruling should be very interesting reading:
    https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2002vv0472-132-0

    Here are a couple subheadings:

    “i. The first symptoms of SRH’s autism appeared prior to when Petitioners alleged.”

    “ii. Some of Petitioners’ other key factual allegations were contradicted by the medical records.”

    Uh, huh.

    Now near the end of the ruling are some remarks about the lawyer, here is just a taste:

    “However, Mr. Shoemaker has much experience representing Vaccine Act claimants, including autism claimants, and thus seeks a very high hourly rate (at $430 per hour for work in 2016) on account of his experience. Mr. Shoemaker plainly should have realized, by the end of August 2011 at the latest, that the causation claim that Petitioners wished to pursue in this case was not only contradicted by the facts of the case, but was also contradicted by all available reliable scientific knowledge, and thus amounted to a frivolous claim in this case. Mr. Shoemaker, as an officer of the court, had an ethical obligation to tell that to his clients, and, if he could not influence them, to withdraw from representing these Petitioners. It was not reasonable for him to, instead, continue to pursue the claim, and thereby require the presiding special master to spend time writing a 58-page opinion evaluating the Petitioners’ unpersuasive and frivolous claim.24 And it is certainly not reasonable for him now to seek more than $200,000 in Program funds to compensate him for his ill-advised and futile efforts at pursuing such a frivolous claim over the four following years, from 2011 to 2015.”

    Many of us are familiar with that particular lawyer:
    https://www.popehat.com/2008/06/25/asshat-anti-vaccine-lawyer-clifford-shoemaker-sanctioned-humiliated/

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