To learn more about implementing ACIP recommendations, register to attend the NFID Fall 2017 Clinical Vaccinology Course on November 3-4, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. Early registration rates are valid until September 25, 2017. Register online at http://www.nfid.org/cvc.
Recently, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to discuss several important developments concerning vaccines. As you may be aware, this impartial group of experts advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on all matters related to vaccine recommendations. In the coming years, the ability of the CDC and public health departments to implement the recommendations of this group may be under threat from proposed provisions within the health care reform bills and congressional budget cuts.
The activities of the ACIP are supported by staff at the CDC, which receives annual appropriations from the federal government to fulfill its duties. This federal immunization funding is at risk of being drastically cut if the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is eliminated. (Click here to see a breakdown of the impact of the elimination of the PPHF funds by state.) If Congress follows the recommendation of the…
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