The CDPH Immunization Program is requesting a total of $5,051,430 in funding to support efforts to plan, develop and maintain a public health workforce that assures high immunization coverage levels, low incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, and improve our ability to respond to public health threats and opportunities. The program will continue to focus on decreasing hepatitis B infection in infants and young children. The program will continue to develop quality assurance activities, including vaccine accountability and distribution, adherence to CDC endorsed policies and procedures for over 400 public and private practices, >1200 individual physicians, clinics and hospitals serving VFC-eligible children and uninsured adults in Chicago. The Immunization program will use some of the funds to promote the use of the State immunization registry, I-CARE. The State immunization registry collects and consolidates vaccination data from providers and provides tools for designing and sustaining effective immunization strategies at the provider and program level. In addition, the program will continue to assure access to vaccines by operating walk-in immunization only clinics located in pocket-of-need communities.
The Immunization Program will continue to collaborate with professional organizations (e.g. Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and EverThrive, which houses our immunization coalition in order to reach health care providers and difficult to reach populations throughout Chicago.