Supporting the Department of Public Health's Request for Additional Funding for Enhancement of Immunizations for Children and Adults, February 18, 1997

WHEREAS, in November 1996, the Department presented a Public Health Immunization Plan to the Health Commission outlining the importance of immunizations, the standards and schedules for immunizations, the Department's past performance in meeting those standards, and a plan to increase immunizations to San Francisco residents; and,

WHEREAS, the plan's objective is to meet the Healthy People 2000 national goal of 90% completion of immunization for two year olds by the year 2000; and,

WHEREAS, hepatitis A and B are entirely preventable with available vaccination, and the incidence of hepatitis B among adults has significantly increased over the past several years; and,

WHEREAS, the Department's plan includes expanding immunization clinics and the hours in which they operate, performing outreach into areas of the City with low immunization rates, the creation of an immunization registry, and program evaluation; and,

WHEREAS, the plan also calls for immunization of adults at high risk for hepatitis A and B in order to curb the increase of hepatitis in San Francisco; and,

WHEREAS, the Department does not have sufficient funds in the current year to implement the plan and has requested additional funding of $650,000 to begin the program in the next fiscal year; and,

WHEREAS, the Health Commission supports the Immunization Plan and the request for additional funds to begin the program; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Health Commission urges the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to approve additional funding to implement the Immunization Plan for San Francisco residents.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Health Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, February 18, 1997.

Sandy Ouye Mori Executive Secretary to the Health Commission