Opinion: America urgently needs a national vaccine initiative
Vaccinations in the United States have saved millions of lives, increased life expectancy and saved trillions of dollars in societal costs. The science is clear –vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection we have against serious preventable diseases like measles.
Vaccine programs are one of public health’s greatest accomplishments, yet we are rapidly losing ground. While most people choose to vaccinate, health officials and health care providers face significant challenges communicating with those who are uncertain about vaccines because of misinformation, distrust and fear. And because of our success with immunizations in the U.S., today’s parents may not understand how devastating these diseases can be and how serious a threat they pose.
We urgently need federal resources and leadership for a national vaccine initiative spearheaded by CDC in partnership with states to counter anti-vaccine messages and halt the backsliding. State, territorial, tribal and local public health agencies are on the front lines doing critical work with severely limited resources. I strongly urge Congress to provide sustained, predictable and increased funding for a strong public health system and a national vaccine initiative.
Source: FOX News