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MICHIGAN'S FREE VACCINE PROGRAM A MODEL FOR CLINTON

 LANSING, Mich., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Gov. John Engler said today that Michigan's diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) free vaccination program could serve as a model for the immunization initiative recently proposed by President Bill Clinton.
 Under the Michigan program, MDPH produces essentially all of the doses of DTP vaccines used in the state and distributes them free of charge to both public and private providers.
 "Michigan is one of only two states in the nation that currently provides free DTP vaccines to all children, regardless of ability to pay," said Engler. "We are also involved in a joint venture with a major pharmaceutical firm to develop combined vaccines that will reduce the number of injections required. Our goal is to do whatever it takes to protect Michigan children from preventable childhood diseases. Our immunization programs and initiatives could serve as a model to the Clinton Administration."
 The governor also supports a commitment recently announced by President Clinton to make funding for immunizations available directly to the states so that they can develop a vaccine strategy specific to their needs.
 The governor's comments were made while attending the National Governors' Association (NGA) Winter Conference in Washington, D.C.
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 /CONTACT: Rochelle Black of the Michigan Department of Public Health, 517-335-8023/


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