Budget Cuts Could Impact Local Immunization Programs

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

(March 12, 2013)—Automatic federal budget cuts could mean less money for immunization programs here and across the country according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Senior Press Officer Tom Skinner said Tuesday that the Section 317 Immunization Program that funds more than sixty immunization programs nationwide may see cuts because of the sequestration.

"There's a chance that a lot of kids out there may not get vaccinations and we hope to be able to come up with some innovative way to work with physicians to try and get around this problem," Skinner said.

Children who get vaccines through the Section 317 Immunization Program are often under-insured or their parents can't afford the out-of-pocket costs to get their kids all their required vaccines.

"We live in times of tight budgets and fiscal constraints and we at CDC fully understand that, but at the same time we have a duty to protect the nations's health and sequestration is affecting the CDC's ability to protect our nation's health across the board," Skinner said.

The CDC did not have an estimate of how many children this cut could impact in Central Texas.

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