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NACCHO Expresses Concern Over the President's Budget Cuts To Immunization Funding During Measles Outbreak


 
NACCHO Expresses Concern Over the President's Budget Cuts To Immunization Funding During Measles Outbreak

Contact: Jacqueline Bond
301-280-5746
Jbond@burness.com

Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2015)
- The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today expressed concern that the Obama Administration is proposing to cut discretionary funding for immunization and other programs that are key to preventing disease outbreaks and other disasters, especially while the country is in the midst of a measles outbreak. It is the role of local health departments to monitor, prevent, and control disease to reduce health risks through vaccine awareness and immunization programs. The President's FY2016 budget proposal cuts funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) immunization program by $50 million. The program supports the purchase of vaccines, as well as immunization operations at the local, state, and national levels. 

According to CDC, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states. In January 2015 alone, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. 

NACCHO commends other aspects of the budget, including the $141 million increase to the CDC and removing the harmful across-the-board budget cuts that have kept discretionary spending at historically low levels. The budget also provides new funding for important public health activities, such as viral hepatitis prevention, antibiotic resistance, drug overdose prevention, and the strategic national stockpile. 

"Despite this new funding, the President's budget misses an important opportunity to bolster the capacity of the nation's public health departments to prevent infectious disease outbreaks, including those that are vaccine preventable," said NACCHO's executive director Robert M. Pestronk.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials 
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit 
www.naccho.org.