Immunization Grants

To assist States and communities in establishing and maintaining preventive health service programs to immunize individuals against vaccine-preventable diseases (including measles, rubella, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, varicella, mumps, haemophilus influenza

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type b, influenza, and pneumococcal pneumonia).
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Examples of Funded Projects

The majority of official State Health Departments (such as California, Michigan, and Texas) and some large local health departments (such as New York and Chicago) have ongoing disease control programs utilizing these grants.

Immunization Projects: The national program goals for immunization are to reduce morbidity and mortality due to vaccine-preventable diseases; maintain interruption of indigenous measles transmission; prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis b; maintain 95 percent immunization levels for school enterers, and 90 percent immunization levels for children enrolled in licensed day-care centers against measles, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rubella, mumps, and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib); develop, test, and implement systems for use in the States to ensure that 90 percent or more of children complete basic immunizations by age 2; and promote appropriate immunization programs for adults.

Effective comprehensive programs, include the following elements: (1) Surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases; (2) development and implementation of specific plans to raise immunization levels within preschool age high-risk groups; (3) assessment of immunization status in public clinics, private physician offices, and schools; (4) public information and education programs; (5) participation of citizens groups and volunteers; and (6) consistent enforcement of compulsory school immunization laws.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

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