NM to get stimulus money for immunizations

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will give New Mexico nearly $1.1 million for its immunization program as part of the federal stimulus package.

The state Department of Health plans to use the money to expand the number of children, adolescents and adults immunized and to improve access and capabilities of the immunization registry.

The department also plans to use some of the money to continue to educate the public about the importance of vaccines.

State Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil says the state wants to give parents the opportunity to talk about their concerns regarding vaccines and receive accurate information about he benefits and risks.