WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources will improve immunization monitoring in Cincinnati. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that new federal resources were awarded to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to strengthen public health laboratory and immunization services while creating jobs. The funding, allocated through the Affordable Care Act, is distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“As one of the nation’s premiere hospitals, Cincinnati Children’s provides critical care to Ohio’s children,” Brown said. “With these funds, Cincinnati Children’s will strengthen its ability to prevent disease and keep children in southwest Ohio safe and healthy.”
Cincinnati Children’s is one of the three original sites for the New Vaccine Surveillance Network, aimed at evaluating the impact of new vaccines and vaccine policies through active surveillance and shared reporting. The work done by Cincinnati Children’ Hospitals doctors and researchers is used by the CDC to better understand best practices for vaccine effectiveness, to create new immunizations, and to make vaccine policy recommendations.
Vaccine-preventable diseases— like chickenpox, measles, and whooping cough—continue to occur in the United States and despite generally high coverage levels, pockets of under-immunized children, adolescents, and adults remain at increased risk for contracting and transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases. More than 12 million Americans are not covered by either public or private health insurance programs for the cost of immunizations.
The HHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $201,220 to Cincinnati Children’s.