With the new influenza season kicking off, the state is grappling with a vaccine-related crisis.
Illinois is on the cusp of having its first ever vaccine-preventable vaccine-disease event.
The event will begin at the end of October, and the goal is to vaccinate nearly 1,000 children in the state.
The event, which has been dubbed “Illinois Vaccine, Inc.,” will be held at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.
In a statement, the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit organization, said it is hosting the event to “promote vaccine safety and minimize vaccine injuries.”
The National Vaccines Injury Compensation Program, or NVICP, is helping cover the cost of the event.
The NIVC said that the event will also include “educational” sessions that “include a look at how the vaccines work, how the public is impacted by vaccine-induced illness, and what we can do to prevent vaccine-impaired illness.”
“Our goal is for the public to have a chance to learn about the vaccines and the vaccine-injury-prevention programs in their state,” said the statement.
It is unclear how many children will attend.
The NIVP said that more than 5,000 people from across the state are expected to attend the event, with nearly 1.5 million doses of the influenza vaccine distributed nationwide.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement that said the agency “is working closely with state and local health departments and providers to provide information about the vaccine and vaccine-affected persons.”
But it also acknowledged that “as more people become vaccinated, the need for additional protective measures and testing becomes more urgent.”
“Vaccines provide a silver bullet. “
However, the best protection against an influenza pandemic is the health care system, and our health care systems are under tremendous strain right now,” he wrote.
“Vaccines provide a silver bullet.
Vaccines save lives.
They protect us from serious and life-threatening complications, and they save money.”
Illans should be able to get vaccinated on October 16, the CDC said.
A vaccine-researcher at the Illinois State Medical Center, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that as of Friday there were more than 1,500 cases of influenza cases reported in the Illinois Department of Public Health.