Maryland Becomes the 37th Screening State!



Beginning April 1, 2016, Maryland became the 37th state to begin screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID)!  IDF applauds the State of Maryland for recognizing the importance of this initiative and including a dedicated line item in this year’s budget to start screening for SCID.  In addition to being home to IDF, the national patient organization for persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases, Maryland also offers a wealth of resources in terms of hospitals and medical experts that specialize in the treatment of SCID, including the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Our advocacy and education efforts focus on ensuring that newborn screening for this terrible disease is established in all 50 states so that all babies, no matter where they are born, have the chance at a normal, healthy life.