The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) has announced grants totaling $850,000 — $750,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and $100,000 from the Seattle-based Children's Vaccine Program at PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) — in support of communication and education programs on vaccines.
According to NNii, which is devoted to providing accurate information about the effectiveness, value, and safety of immunizations, fully one-quarter of all parents express concern about vaccine safety, and a majority of U.S. health providers report that at least one family in their practice has refused one or all routinely recommended vaccines in the past year. The grants will allow NNii to continue its program activities and efforts through its Web site, e-mail news briefs, audience research, and media and legislative outreach.
"These grants allow NNii to continue to fulfill its mission to improve the immunization dialogue among parents, health-care professionals, the media, and policy makers," said NNii executive director Dr. Bruce Gellin. "NNii serves as an independent and scientifically credible source of information about immunization policies and practices and related issues of vaccine safety and effectiveness."