Delaware receives major HHS vaccine grant

Delaware's Congressional Delegation recently announced their support of a nearly $1 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Delaware's Division of Public Health immunization program.

The program ensures that Delaware healthcare providers have access to all recommended vaccines, keeps them up-to-date on developments in the vaccine field and maintains their awareness of the epidemiology of circulating vaccine preventable illnesses.

"Preventing disease is the best medicine; a great example is during this current, tough influenza season," Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay said. "Public Health is so grateful for the federal funding and to the congressional delegation for their support for a healthier Delaware."

The program also serves to contract outreach activities to help provide education and vaccine services to under-immunized or at-risk populations. It works in collaboration with the Department of Education to ensure that enrolled children are immunized, and with STD clinics and family planning organizations to ensure that populations at risk of Hepatitis B infection have access to the vaccine

"Vaccines are among the 20th century's most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death," Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said. "In fact, vaccines have helped save thousands of lives, protected millions of people from disease and saved billions of dollars. Staying on top of immunizations is one way we can get better health care outcomes for less money."