Sedgwick County may stop offering certain immunizations

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County’s health department may stop offering certain types of immunizations for international travel under the county’s recommended budget.

The Wichita Eagle reports that county manager Michael Scholes’ proposed budget calls for the end of providing vaccines for certain diseases and infections like yellow fever and typhoid fever.

Scholes says the decision to cut some immunizations will allow the health department to focus on other services. The proposed budget says the immunization program cost nearly $138,143, but generated about $137,660 in revenue.

County chief financial officer Chris Chronis says the decision ties to Scholes’ goal to reduce government funding services that can be provided by non-governmental groups or through the private sector.

The county’s final budget is set to be adopted Wednesday.

 

 

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