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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2004

Flu Vaccine Fact Sheet

Flu Vaccine Progress Department of Health and Human Services

Unprecedented Commitment Fact: Under President Bush, HHS increased funding for flu preparation activities by 720 percent.

Funding Levels * Overall, HHS has increased funding for flu-related activities - including surveillance, research, education and vaccine purchase - from $39.3 million in fiscal year 2001 (President Clinton's last budget) to $215.6 million in 2004. * The President has requested $283.1 million from Congress for flu programs in 2005. * HHS Flu-related funding 2001 to 2005: o 2001: $39.3 million. o 2002: $47 million. o 2003: $101.7 million o 2004: $215.6 million o 2005: $283.1 million (a 720 percent increase over 2001).

* These increases include: o CDC Flu Funding: $17.2 million to $41.6 million (242 percent increase). o NIH Research and Development Funding: $20.6 million to $65.9 million (320 percent increase). o FDA Research and Licensing Funding: $1.5 million to $2.6 million (173 percent increase). o First ever purchases of vaccines for a strategic reserve: $0 to $80 million.

Stabilizing Demand * HHS is spending $40 million in both 2004 and 2005 to purchase more children's influenza vaccine for the first time under the Vaccines for Children Program. * This helps protect the nation's children against shortages of the flu vaccine. * Secretary Thompson has proposed expanding this program to further stabilize demand.

Modern Vaccines * In each of the last two budgets, President Bush has asked for $100 million to shift vaccine development to new cell-culture technologies, as well as to provide for year-round availability of eggs for egg-based vaccine. * HHS received $50 million in the fiscal year 2004 budget. * Secretary Thompson urges Congress to fully fund the $100 million request for 2005.

Pandemic Preparation * In August, Secretary Thompson unveiled the department's draft Pandemic Influenza Response and Preparedness Plan. * This plan outlines a coordinated national strategy to prepare for and respond to a flu pandemic. * Though public health professionals for years talked about the need for such a plan, it took the leadership of President Bush and Secretary Thompson to get it done.

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