California Immunization Coalition

California Immunization Coalition Vaccine Booster - February 2018


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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 
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Sacramento, CA  95833
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Register today for the 2018 California Immunization Coalition (CIC) Summit, 'Onward and Upward,'  taking place i n Sacramento  April 16-17  at the  Kimpton Sawyer Hotel .
  • Visit the CIC website to view the draft Summit agenda and please consider nominating a local or state public health hero for one of the  CIC Immunization Champion awards. Nomination period closes on Feb 26th. Check our Summit website regularly for updated agenda with speaker and workshop information 
If you are a local Immunization Coordinator, you will receive a unique code for registering for the April 18, Immunization Coordinator's Conference that will occur right after the Summit.   

For bulk registration or purchase orders, please contact Prabhjot Johnson at
Preteen Vaccine Week February 11-17 2018
Preteen Vaccine Week promotes the importance of immunizations among preteens and highlights the preteen doctor visit as an opportunity for preteens to receive vaccines that can protect them from very serious, yet preventable diseases.
The PVW 2018 Campaign Kit  has materials for planning, promotion and outreach along with key messages, templates and sample social media messages. For those of you working actively with schools, the Campaign Kit Supplement  has educational activities geared toward 6th and 7th grade teachers. For more information contact Rebeca Boyte.
Meet Our Newest Board Member!
The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) is pleased to welcome Kat DeBurgh, MPH, to its Board of Directors. Kat is the Executive Director of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC), which represents the physician health officers appointed by the local governments in California's 58 county and 3 city health jurisdictions. Prior to serving as the Executive Director, she served in various roles at the organization from Administrative Assistant to Director of Government Affairs. Prior to joining HOAC, she was a political campaign consultant and a policy analyst.
Kat brings strong experience in non-profit management, legislative policy development, and advocacy. In 2015, she was closely involved in the passage of Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen) and was the lead advocate on Senate Bill 792 (Mendoza), which requires day care workers to be vaccinated against pertussis, measles, and influenza. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Kat's passion is to build and strengthen communities. She firmly believes that we are all in this together, and lives by E.M. Forster's call to "only connect." By working with CIC, Kat hopes to strengthen community immunity and help us all look out for each other. 
Visit to learn more about the CIC Board of Directors
Influenza in the United States as of February 9, 2018
The latest tracking data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  indicates that influenza activity is still on the rise overall in the United States and may be on track to break records. At the February 9th news conference, Acting Director for the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat shared that there had been another ten reported deaths of children in the US, bringing the total to 63 children who have died of the flu so far this season. Dr. Schuchat went on to share that based on the latest data, levels of influenza-like-illness across the country are now as high as we observed at the peak of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. While this does not mean we are having a pandemic, it means that levels of influenza-like-illness are as high as what we saw during the peak of H1N1. Which shows how intense this flu season has been. You can read the full transcript here -

Many Strategies Exist to Reach Families
The California Immunization Coalition's Emerging Issues Committee has put together a one page sheet to remind providers about the importance of vaccinating patients, particularly pediatric patients, against influenza throughout the season. Informing families about the importance of influenza prevention and control through various messaging strategies can make a real difference. Additional resources include the CDC Public Health Matters Blog which outlines how to talk to friends, family, and patients about flu vaccines. Providers and educators can share a link to this blog and encourage families to take important steps to protect themselves from influenza. The   Vaccine Finder tool helps to identify the locations where influenza vaccine is available in a particular area. 
Vaccine Hesitancy
Robert M. Jacobson, Jennifer L. St. Sauver, Lila J. Finney Rutten  Mayo Clinic Proceedings, November 2015 Volume 90, Issue 11, Pages 1562-68
Vaccine refusal received a lot of press with the 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak, but vaccine refusal is only a fraction of a much larger problem of vaccine delay and hesitancy. Opposition to vaccination dates back to the 1800s, Edward Jenner, and the first vaccine ever. It has never gone away despite the public's growing scientific sophistication. A variety of factors contribute to modern vaccine hesitancy, including the layperson's heuristic thinking when it comes to balancing risks and benefits as well as a number of other features of vaccination, including falling victim to its own success. 
Vaccine hesitancy is pervasive, affecting a quarter to a third of US parents. Clinicians report that they routinely receive requests to delay vaccines and that they routinely acquiesce. Vaccine rates vary by state and locale and by specific vaccine, and vaccine hesitancy results in personal risk and in the failure to achieve or sustain herd immunity to protect others who have contraindications to the vaccine or fail to generate immunity to the vaccine. 
Clinicians should adopt a variety of practices to combat vaccine hesitancy, including a variety of population health management approaches that go beyond the usual call to educate patients, clinicians, and the public. Strategies include using every visit to vaccinate, the creation of standing orders or nursing protocols to provide vaccination without clinical encounters, and adopting the practice of stating clear recommendations. Up-to-date, trusted resources exist to support clinicians' efforts in adopting these approaches to reduce vaccine hesitancy and its impact.
Full text and CME available here.
Hail and Farewell 
One of the greatest rewards of participation in the California Immunization Coalition is working with so many dedicated and enthusiastic immunization champions.  In February, CIC will experience the transition of the office of President of the Board of Directors, from one of these champions to another, when Dr. Oliver Brooks will become CIC's Past President and Dr. Wilbert Mason will assume the role of President.
Dr. Brooks  received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Morehouse College, and his M.D. degree from Howard University College of Medicine. After completing a residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital-Oakland, he practiced in the under-served communities of North Oakland and Richmond for four years before accepting a pediatric position at the Watts Health Care Corporation where he is presently Associate Medical Director and Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and Chairman of the Quality Management Committee.

Oliver is Medical Director of the Jordan High School-Based Health Clinic and has served as Chairman of the Immunize LA Families Coalition for 10 years and on the Board of the CA Immunization Coalition. He served on the Executive Committee of Centinela Hospital and serves on the Physician Quality committee for LA Care, for whom he is also a consultant. He is past-president of the Golden State (CA) Medical Association and past president of the Miller-Lawrence Medical and Dental Society, both components of the National Medical Association of which he is the National Secretary. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, Western University of Health Sciences and a member of many civic organizations.
Dr. Wilbert Mason incoming Board President, earned an MD. at University of California Irvine, and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology at University of California Los Angeles, 1995) Dr. Mason is a pediatric infectious disease specialist  at UC Davis. Prior to his first retirement in 2015, he served as head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. His research focus has been in Kawasaki disease and the implementation of evidence based medicine through the use of clinical practice guidelines in the hospital setting. He has been active in the study and promotion of medical safety in pediatrics and served as the Chief Medical Quality Officer at CHLA until 2011. He has participated in the Child Health Accountability Initiative of the Child Health Corporation of America since its inception in 1997 and was Co-Medical Director in 2001-2003. He is a Past-President of Chapter 2, District IX, of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves as co-chair of the State Government Affairs Committee of District IX of the AAP and sits on the National Nominating Committee of the National AAP.

CIC Looks forward to continuing to work with Dr. Brooks as our Past President and welcomes  Dr. Mason to the role of President of the Board of Directors.
The 2018 National Immunization Conference (NIC) will be held in Atlanta May 15-17, 2018. The NIC brings together more than 1,500 local, state, federal and private-sector iz stakeholders and partners. This year's conference tracks will include: Adult Immunization, Immunization Information Systems, Programmatic Issues, Health and Risk Communications, Epidemiology and Surveillance, and Childhood/Adolescent Immunization. For more information, please visit the 2018 NIC Conference Registration Site
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern
Save the date for the next VICNetwork Webinar where we'll Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 2018!  During this planning webinar, p articipants will learn about NIIW planning tools, digital communication resources, and CDC activities planned for the week. The Houston Health Department will also share lessons learned from NIIW 2017, including outreach to pregnant women about infant immunization, as well as plans for this year. 
2018 School Based Health Conference 
The California School-Based Health Alliance will host its 2018 California School-Based Health Conference: Leading the Movement for a Healthy California, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in  Sacramento on May 17-18, 2018. Early bird registration for the 2018 California School-Based Health Conference has been extended to FebruaryƂ 28.
Join hundreds of providers, educators, advocates and other health care professionals who are dedicated to advancing the health and success of California children and the school-based healthcare movement.
For the latest info about workshops, agenda, and hotel, please visit their website
2018 Immunization Schedules 
The 2018 Children and Adolescents and Adults Immunization Schedules are now available online.
For healthcare professionals:
For the general public, in easy-to-read formats: 
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