Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have received Department of Health and Human Services grants totaling $42 million to improve immunization programs.

Grants will be used to enhance immunization registries and other information technologies, as well as systems for billing insurance companies for immunizations given at public health departments.

The grants are part of a total of $137 million awarded to states and territories for a number of public health improvements. These include tobacco cessation services, improved laboratories, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Most of the grants, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, are paid under a fund created through the Affordable Care Act. Additional SAMHSA funds supplemented the awards. A list of awardees is available here.

 

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