New CMS Toolkit Outlines Vaccine Coverage and Payment Policies in Medicaid, CHIP and BHP

While it has long been clear that vaccines play a critical role in protecting individuals and communities from infectious disease, recent data show declining vaccination rates among individuals of all ages. For the 2020-21 school year, the vaccination rate among kindergartners declined nationwide, despite vaccine exemption policies remaining largely unchanged. Preliminary data indicate that among […]

Decline in Routine Childhood Vaccinations Puts Children, Families and Communities at Risk of Outbreak

In May 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that provider orders for non-influenza childhood vaccines through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program had decreased by a total of about 11.7 million doses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These numbers are shockingly high, but likely underestimate the total number of missed doses. (The […]

Urgent Action Needed to Catch Up on Routine Childhood Vaccinations

Introduction Vaccines are a safe and effective method of reducing the burden of infectious disease. On an individual level, they prevent severe illness, death, and long-term consequences of disease such as neurological disorders. On the community level, they forestall dangerous outbreaks of infectious disease and save money that would otherwise be spent on treating preventable […]