Federal cuts could limit childhood vaccines statewide
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Public health systems across the state of Iowa have offered free childhood vaccinations for decades.
But if federal lawmakers can't reach a compromise to avoid the so-called "sequester," significant cuts could be made to the public health system nationwide which are set to kick in Friday.
The sequester could force a nearly $300,000 cut to the public health system across the country. That means a significant amount of kids would not be able to receive childhood vaccinations, and health officials fear the worst may be yet to come.
"It's not for me to say whether it's fair. It's unfortunate that the programs we most heavily rely on to protect the health of the community are being impacted," said Black Hawk County Public Health Director Bruce Meisinger.
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