Just days before the 100th anniversary of Dr. Henry Bellamy’s birth, the head of the CDC sounded the alarm over the states that lack their share of $6 billion in critical funding for vaccine distribution.”The funds are sorely needed at a time when we are seeing increasing unmet need across America,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told attendees at the Pacific Research Institute’s 2019 America’s Health Financing Summit. “We’re considering this funding as critical and we need to partner with our sister agencies to do this, and to do it early and thoroughly.”The funding, which the CDC estimates is about $6 billion, is meant to support the $950 million in nationwide immunization programs. But states are at risk of encountering some of those funds when they receive federal funding in fiscal year 2018, Frieden said, citing funding gaps in some states.Frieden warned that without the funds, “there could be 500,000 children at risk of not getting their flu shots this year.” He noted that the immunization program has had $830 million in funding over the last 10 years.Not all states are facing budget shortfalls, according to the National Immunization Survey, a job done every five years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Utah were considered to be at risk. And those states are right up there with those in California, Kentucky, Arizona, and West Virginia.Read more:United States is leading the global trend in preventing cases of childhood immunizations