California Immunization Coalition

California Immunization Coalition Vaccine Booster - September 2015


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September 16-17, 2015 - Washington

Pink Book Training


November 9-10, 2015 - Las Vegas

Nevada Health Conference


May 25-27, 2016 - Indiana

National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships 


CIC's Favs:  information for schools, parents, and healthcare providers about school immunization requirements in California


Share your story on!  for CDC's latest influenza information
VFC resources and interactive training modules  for resources in Spanish, including influenza information
A site designed with teens in mind! to educate local and national health organizations, coalitions, and public health departments about effective immunization communication strategies.

PKIDs' Communications Made Easy program ( helps immunization educators learn the ropes of social marketing and traditional and social media. 

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The California Immunization Coalition is a public-private partnership dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization protection for all Californians to promote health and prevent serious illness. 
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Catherine Flores Martin, Director
California Immunization Coalition 
1331 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA  95833
(916) 414-9015 x3616 


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Senate Bill Requiring Immunization of Childcare Workers Moves to Floor Vote
Senate Bill 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza and sponsored by the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) is making its way through the legislative process with widespread support. Both the Democrat and Republican caucuses recommend an "aye" vote on this bill, which requires day care workers to receive the influenza, pertussis, and measles vaccine. Workers may decline the flu vaccine, and they may receive a medical exemption for any of the vaccines. No other exemptions are included.
The bill was recently amended to also update the tuberculosis screening requirements for day care workers. The bill now brings these requirements into line with the new requirements for K-12 teachers enacted last year. The bill has passed through the Senate and through three committees in the Assembly. Only an Assembly floor vote (at press time SB 792 is on the Assembly Agenda for vote), Senate concurrence in amendments, and the governor's desk remain. So far, 67 members of the legislature have voted yes on the bill and only 6 have voted no. 
Follow progress of this bill, history and analysis at the California Legislative Information site.

New Law Removes Personal Belief Exemption from California's School Required Vaccines
On June 30th 2015, SB 277  was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. You can read his signing statement here .
The California Immunization Coalition wants to acknowledge the hard work, discipline and tenacity of Senator Richard Pan, Senator Ben Allen, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and thank them and the many co-authors, along with their staff for their great work.
This legislation presented numerous challenges including substantial and aggressive  misinformation from the opposition. Fortunately, the authors, coauthors and staff were totally committed to this effort and spent an intense five months working to ensure that the "I Heart Immunity" campaign was professional, respectful and informed by evidence based science.
They worked in close partnership with CIC, the California Medical Association (CMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics - California,  the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) and of course - Vaccinate California, an amazing group of parents and volunteers who worked to get votes and support from every county in California.
Pl ea se see the letter  that two of their co-founders sent  following the  annou ncement of the Governor's signature. Learn more about the great work  of Vaccinate California here   where you can also view the lengthy list of supporters and endorsements. 
The law will take effect on January 1, 2016. Guidance on implementation and Frequently Asked Questions  are located on the Shots For School website -  See Laws.
Thank you everyone - this is a huge win for immunizations and public health!   
Frequently Asked Questions - SB 277
The ShotsforSchool website recently posted new Frequently Asked Questions regarding Senate Bill 277.
This information will be a great help in communicating with partners and parents. You can find additional information by clicking on the side bar on the Laws page and go to  Exemptions .

Resources for Child Care and Schools, Kindergarten through College
The California Department of Public Health offers a wealth of resources for child-care facilities and schools to help them meet immunization requirements and promote adherence to the recommended immunization schedule. Recent updates and additions to materials include:

Visit to access information about California school immunization law, helpful tools for school staff, frequently asked questions, educational resources, and more! 


Planning for Preteen Vaccine Week 2016 is underway!
Preteen Vaccine Week is an annual observance in California to promote immunization against pertussis, human papillomavirus, meningococcal disease in 11- and 12-year-olds. On August 19 th , the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch held the first planning call for Preteen Vaccine Week 2016 (February 7-13) with Immunization Coordinators and partners from around the state.
Upcoming calls will feature presentations on adolescent immunizations , campaign evaluation, HPV disease in California, and more. Links to the 2016 campaign kit, educational materials, and resources will be posted on the Preteen Vaccine Week page at .
Potential partners in youth organizations or cancer coalitions that are interested in getting involved with Preteen Vaccine Week, please contact for more information. 
Influenza Season - 2015-16 Updates
Flu season is right around the corner and in preparation, the CDPH team would like to call your attention to some changes for the 2015-2016 season:
1. Healthy children 2 years and older may receive either inactivated or live influenza vaccine - there is no preferential recommendation this season.
2. Two [A (H3N2) and B/Yamagata] vaccine virus strains have been updated*
a.     All 2015-16 influenza trivalent (three-component) protect against:
  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • *an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus
  • *a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (This is a B/Yamagata lineage virus)

b.    The quadrivalent vaccine also protects against B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (Victoria lineage) virus component


3. The dosing algorithm for children 6 months through 8 years of age has been adjusted:


For more information about this season's flu, visit


And Speaking of What's New With The Flu?
Nearly 900 participants listened to our latest VICNetwork webinar. So many in fact we reached capacity on our phone lines and some folks were not able to get access. We apologize for the inconvenience and want to let you know that you  can view the slides and listen to the presentation by going to  . A brief survey will follow.
Thank you for your participation and we welcome your ideas for future programs.
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Anne Schuchat, MD Takes On New Role at the CDC
Anne Schuchat, MD, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be leaving her position in September to accept a new role as the CDC's Principal Deputy Director. 
Dr. Schuchat has been a tremendous leader and advocate for the work we do in disease prevention.  Some of her major and mem orable accomplishments include:  
  • Tackling the 1st pandemic of the 21st century and strengthening seasonal and avian influenza efforts
  • Intensifying polio eradication and facilitating a smooth transfer of GID to the Center for Global Health
  • Celebrating the 20th year of the US Vaccines for Children Program, with >300 million illnesses prevented, >730,000 early deaths averted, and ~1.4 trillion dollars saved
  • Helping end epidemics of meningococcal A meningitis through MenAfriVac campaigns reaching >200M
  • Strengthening the evidence-informed processes, transparency, and accessibility of the ACIP
  • In 2013, the California Immunization Coalition was pleased to welcome Dr. Schuchat to our annual Summit where she shared how grateful she was for the invitation so she could thank our Coalition members for all the great work they do every day.

    Our very best wishes to Dr. Schuchat and we look forward to working with her in her new role at the CDC.
    Create a Thunderclap for Annual Flu Vaccination
    T he CDC Flu Vaccination Team and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has launched a Thunderclap campaign to coincide with the Annual Flu Season Press Event which is being held on Sept 17 th.
    We encourage you to support the #FightFlu initiative hosted by the @CDCFlu Twitter account, by accessing this link: 
    This will take you to the Thunderclap campaign and ask you to support through your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account. You can choose to participate any time between now and September 17 th  at 10:30 am EST-but why not do it now while you're thinking about it?
    If you're new to Thunderclap, here is some information about the platform:
    • Once you have selected which social media channel you are going to use to participate, you'll be asked to authorize Thunderclap to access your account on September 17th. This is needed in order for Thunderclap to be able to count your followers which helps increase the reach of the campaign, and to send out the 1-time message on September 17 at 10:30 am EST.
    • After the one-time post, they won't post any additional messages or be able to access your account. For more Frequently Asked Questions see:

     If you have any other questions about the Thunderclap campaign, email: .


      National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships 2016 
    Save the Date and Call for Abstracts
    Ready, Set, Vaccinate!! Planning has started for the 2016 National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships (formerly the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions NCIHC). The conference is scheduled for May 25th-27th, 2016 and will be held at the Indianapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel and hosted by the Indiana Immunization Coalition.
    Lisa Robertson, IIC Executive Director, is inviting interested immunization advocates to participate in the planning process, so if you would like to work on this always exciting gathering of immunization coalitions and partnerships, contact Lisa at
    The Call for Abstracts for the 2016 Conference has been issued, so think about what you and your colleagues have been doing that vaccine advocates and immunization coalitions from around the United States might like to hear about, and download the call for abstracts, below. Please share with your Coalition partners. 

    Nevada Health Conference
    November 9-10, 2015
    Hosted by Immunize Nevada, the Nevada Health Conference is a one of a kind interdisciplinary conference that educates practitioners from across health professions with cutting edge information to help support the communities they live and work in. This year's theme:
    "Building Healthy Communities - Touching one life at a time" highlights the importance of addressing health disparities, barriers and challenges that continue to exist across the lifespan.
    The 2015 Nevada Health Conference is being held at SLS Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada and brings together experts from across the country for a dynamic discussion of integrated health and immunization topics.
    The two day conference opens on November 9 th with Keyote Speaker, Tara Haelle and will feature many of the nation's most knowledgeable public health professionals.
    Attendees can earn continuing education credits during plenary and concurrent sessions. For general conference questions, please email
    For additional information about the 2015 Nevada Health Conference,   visit them online .
    CIC Annual Summit 2016
    Would you believe Spring is just around the corner? Maybe not, but the CIC Annual Summit Planning Group has begun the process of putting another really great chance for California's immunization advocates to meet and share ideas and experiences.
    Did you attend last year's Summit at Riverside's Mission Inn?  It's time to start thinking about 2016, and what you want to hear about, and talk about, with fellow vaccine boosters from throughout the state. Ideas and suggestions, along with an offer of support to assist with preparations for next years conference, can be emailed to  Catherine Martin  at CIC.
    Sabrina Torres-Royal, Senior Program Associate for the California Immunization Coalition, Says a Fond Farewell
    I n early July our friend and colleague, Sabrina Torres-Royal left CIC after seven great years to tackle new challenges. Sabrina has accepted a position with the State of California as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Case Management Support Bureau, Children and Family Services Division, California Department of Social Services. As a CMS Support employee, she will be supporting social workers and the system they use to track their cases.
    Sabrina was a key member of the Coalition, first working with former Coalition Director Norene DeBruycker  and then with the current Director Catherine Martin. She was an integral  part of our success in merging the Adult and Childhood Immunization coalitions, moving our communications to all electronic formats, managing our databases, website, providing support  to committees, coordinating logistics for conferences and meetings, coordinating CME for the annual Summit - managing  all of the Summit logistics, keeping track of finances, grants, reports and always looking for ways to support the mission of CIC. 
    Sabrina wants to express her thanks and appreciation for the collaborative support and partnership that Coalition members have given her over the years and have made this job so rewarding for her.  She has thoroughly enjoyed working with all of our coalition stakeholders and wishes the Board of Directors, Advisory Council and the entire immunization community best wishes for continued success. 
    Tara's Story on

    One of our newest stories from a mother who shares a unique perspective of  having 7 kids become ill with w hooping  cough, right a fter deciding to become "pro-vax." Read more about  Tara's Story an d others on  website. Our appreciation to Tara and all of the contributors for your time and interest in sharing your stories. 
    Great Resources from Children's Hospital Philadelphia
    N ew Vaccine Coloring Book
    The Vaccine Education Center has a new coloring book, titled "My Vaccine Activity Book." The 16-page book includes coloring pages as well as games and puzzles for children to enjoy while learning about vaccines. Up to 100 coloring books can be ordered for $1 each plus shipping. Quantities of 100 or more can be ordered for $0.75 each plus shipping . Order online or use the printable order form
    New Videos from CHOP
    Don't miss Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's new "Talking About Vaccines With Dr. Paul Offit" videos posted on CHOP's YouTube page. This set of videos focuses on vaccine safety and science.

    The Vaccine Page

    The Vaccine Page is a new resource for vaccine-hesitant parents and parents-to-be to get clear, evidence-based answers and gentle support without blame, criticism, or condescension. Their chief aim is to provide the information needed to make an informed decision about immunization and their family's health. They can answer questions, help interpret studies, and make sense out of the news parents read. Read the 'About' section at to learn more about this resource.

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