Statement from Amy Pisani, Executive Director
Vaccinate Your Family: The Next Generation of Every Child By Two is thrilled to learn that the House has introduced the VACCINES Act of 2019. This bill is long overdue. For too long federal funding for vaccine communication research and campaigns has remained stagnant, weakening our national and state-level vaccination partners in their attempts to share science-based information with parents.
We are especially pleased to see the bipartisan support for this bill. Saving lives through vaccination is not – and never has been – a partisan issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2018 will prevent 419 million illnesses, 26.8 million hospitalizations and nearly one million early deaths. Furthermore, for every dollar we spend as a country on vaccination, we save $10.90. Those are numbers we can all support.
Our founders, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers, began Vaccinate Your Family (formerly Every Child By Two) in 1991 on the heels of a measles outbreak that sickened more than 55,000 people, hospitalized over 11,000, and killed more than 120 people, many of them young children. Today’s measles outbreak is a stark reminder that without strong policies such as the VACCINES Act of 2019, our country will remain vulnerable to serious vaccine-preventable diseases.
We strongly support the House’s efforts to enact this bill with an appropriate, increased level of funding.