Members of Congressional Delegation Announce $1.6 Million For Childhood Immunizations
Federal Funds Provided by New Economic Recovery Bill
U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry, Vic Snyder, and Mike Ross today announced $1,652,144 to increase childhood immunizations in Arkansas. The funding is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Congress passed earlier this year with their support.
"Immunizations are one of the best ways to keep children and teens healthy, and these funds will allow young Arkansans to gain access to critical preventive care. This is exactly the type of priority the economic recovery bill should provide for," said Lincoln.
"Vaccines are critical to keep children healthy and stamp out serious childhood diseases," Pryor said. "This funding will help ensure a child's health is not overlooked when money is tight."
"It is more cost effective to prevent an illness rather than treat one," said Congressman Berry. "This funding will go a long way to benefit our children as well as alleviate some of the burden on our health care system."
"Keeping kids current with their vaccinations is good for public health. Prevention through immunization is not just a public health issue; it is also a quality of life issue. With this funding, more children can receive the needed and appropriate immunizations they deserve," said Snyder.
"We must ensure our children live happy, healthy lives," said Ross. "This is an excellent use of our recovery funds because when we immunize our children and teenagers we not only potentially save their lives, but we also reduce hospital visits saving working families money during these tough economic times."
The funds will help coordinate a comprehensive immunization program between federal, state, and local levels.