Claire Hannan, Executive Director of the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), issued the following statement:
“Immunization program managers are deeply concerned that the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) provides approximately 48% of federal immunization funding for state, local and territorial programs to assure high vaccination rates, respond to disease outbreaks, educate doctors and parents about vaccines, enforce school vaccination requirements, and conduct a host of other activities to protect the public from disease. PPHF funds are part of a long history of federal support for immunization and disease prevention that has resulted in high vaccination rates and saved thousands of lives. Cutting funding now would have a devastating impact.”
The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) is a nonprofit membership association which supports the nation’s 64 federally-funded state, territorial, and local public health immunization programs. AIM works to enable immunization managers to work together to effectively prevent and control vaccine preventable diseases and improve immunization coverage in the United States and U.S. territories.