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Help Stop Devastating Cuts to Immunization Infrastructure

July 20, 2017 18 comments


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!

Immunization Budget Cuts Come with Consequences

March 25, 2011 24 comments

Sometimes we have to make tough choices.  Choices that we know will hurt.  Choices that we know may hurt others.  Every choice – every decision – comes with consequences. 

When it comes to budget cuts in this day and age, most everyone agrees we need them.  But that doesn’t mean they’re not going to hurt.  And it doesn’t mean we all agree on what cuts are best to make.

Earlier this week, an article in Mother Jones highlighted the “scary consequences of slashing the CDC’s immunization funding.”  When any organization’s budget is cut, there is bound to be a domino effect.  Since the CDC supports many state and local immunization programs, it is anticipated that the cuts will cause a ripple effect throughout the nation.   

The argument against the cuts is fairly straightforward.   Public health programs supported by the CDC help ensure vaccine education and availability, which in turn help to prevent and contain infectious and often fatal diseases.  Less funding could result in fewer vaccinations, more outbreaks that endanger public health, and ultimately impact the government’s ability to effectively respond to contain a disease when outbreaks do occur.

Take for instance recent measles concerns across the nation.  Just last month news spread of an unvaccinated French consulate employee in Boston who spread measles to others and sparked several  vaccination clinics.   Then there was the New Mexico resident who returned from England with measles and exposed thousands of travelers in 3 different cities and airports.  Most recently, there have been 9 reported measles cases in Minnesota, several tied to a Somali community who were intentionally unvaccinated due to concerns about vaccine safety.  Sadly, 4 of the MN cases were vaccine refusers and 4 were children too young to be vaccinated.   

In each of these instances, public health officials have had to devote costly resources to help contain this contagious, vaccine preventable disease.   With budget cuts and lower vaccination rates, it’s understandable that these needs could very well increase, rather than decrease, in the coming years.  While many of these recent measles cases started with patients who made a choice not to vaccinate, what will happen when people want to be vaccinated, but they are unable to make that choice?  Currently, CDC funds help address concerns of vaccine affordability, accessibility and education among our nation’s growing poor population.  But what will the future hold?        

Right now, politicians are debating this question.  But will pinching pennies today cost taxpayers more down the road?  Given the recent immunization challenges we are facing, I wonder what your thoughts are.  Are you concerned about cuts to immunization programs?  How do you think they will impact you and your community?