Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is deeply concerned that the proposed
American Health Care Act under consideration in Congress would repeal the
Prevention and Public Health Fund.
and Public Health Fund helps keep our country safe from infectious diseases
threats like Ebola and Zika. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) rely on the Fund for 12.5% of their total budget. These monies support essential
public health activities, including state and local laboratory capacity, healthcare
associated infection (HAI) prevention activities, and the Section 317
Immunization Program. Laboratory capacity includes expert personnel and
training, diagnostics and other equipment and systems for federal, state and
local health departments to facilitate rapid detection and response to
outbreaks. In recent years, the U.S. has
progressed in reducing the incidence of some HAI’s due in large part to CDC’s
leadership and support. However,
significant needs remain, particularly for addressing HAI’s caused by
antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. The Section 317 program is vital to ensure
that all children receive medically recommended immunizations to protect them
against serious illnesses including measles, pertussis, and influenza, and to support
mass immunization efforts in response to outbreaks.
the continuation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. If the fund is
repealed, IDSA strongly encourages Congress to fully replace it in CDC’s budget.
Removing the Fund’s resources would result in significant budget gaps that
would hinder CDC and state and local health department efforts, leaving the US
vulnerable to the next Ebola, Zika or flu pandemic.
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