WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-6), said Thursday the state Health Department will receive an $877,000 grant made possible by the federal Affordable Care Act to boost immunization efforts.
“Prevention is one of the most effective ways of protecting people from health problems and immunization is a key part of preventive measures,” Pallone said in a statement. “The grant will support improved immunization registries, which will aid the planning, implementation and evaluation of services.”
The money could also be used to help school-based clinics immunize school children, Pallone noted, which strengthens the public health infrastructure.
“Knowledge and awareness are key, especially for childhood immunizations,” Pallone said. “It’s important that parents, teachers and local health officials are aware of the importance of immunization and know where the services are available.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every dollar spent on immunization saves between $5 and $27.