California Immunization Coalition

California Immunization Coalition Vaccine Booster - January 2019 


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National Council for Aging Care Guide to Seasonal Flu for Seniors

Vaccinate Your Family
A Program of Every Child By Two

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Vaccine Safety references

CIC's Favs:  Everything you need to know about school immunization requirements in California

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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 

Giovanna Forno, Program Associate
(916) 414-9017

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Speakers Announced  
2019 California Immunization Coalition Summit  
Today's Vision: Tomorrow's Reality 
April 8-9*, 2019
The 2 019 California Immunization Coalition's Summit will be held at the Riverside Convention Center at Riverside, California April 8-9, 2019 and our host hotel will be the fabulous Mission Inn Hotel. 
You won't want to miss the 2019 Summit, always one of the most useful and interesting immunization public health events of the year. 
The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) draws its strength from its robust and diverse partners. For 20 years, CIC has been dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization thanks to collaborators like you.  
The Summit's keynote presenter will be Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Hotez is the founding dean of The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, as well as director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.     
Summit speakers will also include:
  • Mark Sawyer, MD, FAAP - Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UCSD School of Medicine
  • Dean Blumberg, MD,Associate Professor, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UC Davis 
  • Kenneth Hempstead, MD, Kaiser Permanente Pediatrics
  • Sarah Royce, MD, MPH - California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch Chief
  • Jeffrey Goad, PharmD, MPH, Professor, Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Chapman University
  • And more to be announced
Visit the  CIC website  to find registration and hotel information, view Summit agenda and link to information about nominating an Immunization Champion. We will update the agenda with speakers and workshop information as it becomes available 
* Note, if you are a local Immunization Coordinator, you received information to register for the Immunization Coordinator's Conference that will occur right after the Summit on April 10, 2019. 
We look forward to returning to Riverside and convening at the impressive Riverside Convention Center. We hope you will join us for this education-packed event and reserve your spot today. For more details please visit our website. 

World Health Organization:
 Anti-Vaccine Movement a Top Global Threat
The World Health Organization (WHO) named vaccine hesitancy, the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite available vaccines, among its recently released list of  10 global health threats for 2019 . It joins air pollution and climate change, a worldwide influenza pandemic, weak primary health care and HIV in the listing, among others. WHO pledged to make them priorities for the organization and its partners throughout the year. 
Numerous media outlets covered this public health crisis including U.S. News and The New York Times . The New York Times op-ed had a particularly strong and useful call to action so be sure to give it a read.
While vaccine hesitancy is clearly a global problem, public health advocates in the United States have a important responsibility to respond to those who promote bad science and opportunists that seek to confuse and mislead the public. CIC is committed to working on this challenge with you and all of our partners.  
Measles! Measles! Measles!

After years of declining rates, global measles cases and deaths rose in 2017 and continued through 2018. And it's not just "other countries." Measles are back in the United States. As we go to press, the Vancouver / Portland area near the Oregon/ Washington border has declared an emergency with at least 23 confirmed cases of measles ( majority are under ten years old and unvaccinated) and New York is battling its worst measles outbreak in decades
The WHO Region of the Americas lost its status as having eliminated measles. And due to ongoing outbreaks, measles is again considered endemic in Germany and Russia. If anyone in your family, or any of your patients are traveling this winter, make sure they're up-to-date on recommended vaccines.  
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2019 Immunization Champions
 Nominations Due February 28th!

The CIC Board of Directors encourages all Coalition partners to consider nominating a local champion for a CIC Immunization Champion Award. Recipients will be acknowledged at the 2019 Summit in Riverside, CA on April 8, 2019.
The Natalie J. Smith Immunization Champion Award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization in California that has made an outstanding contribution in the immunization arena.  

The Ronald P. Bangasser Immunization Leadership Award is presented to a practicing clinician who exemplifies the leadership, professionalism, and commitment that Dr. Bangasser brought to his work in promoting immunizations.  

For nomination forms and details, visit the  CIC website
Please submit nominations by February 28, 2019.   

CDC Webinar:
2018-2019 Influenza Season and Recommendations for Clinicians

January 29, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. EST 
During this Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call, clinicians will learn about 2018 - 2019 influenza activity and hear an overview of CDC's recommendations for health care providers regarding influenza vaccination and the use of influenza antiviral medications for the 2018 - 2019 influenza season, including a new antiviral medication approved by the FDA in October 2018. 
Please visit the CDC website to learn more about this webinar and to obtain the meeting call-in information. 
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Preventing Communicable Disease through Vaccination Laws

The Network for Public Health Law
January 31, 2019  |  2:00pm - 3:30 p.m. EST 

Declining vaccination rates in the U.S. along with outbreaks of once well-controlled diseases, like measles and mumps, are critical public health concerns. 
In this webinar, presenters will discuss vaccination mandates and exemptions for institutions of higher learning; California's law eliminating personal-belief exemptions;and a real-world  public  health  response to communicable disease outbreaks within a community and a federal detention facility.
Preteen Vaccine Week 2019 
 March 3-9, 2019  

Preteen Vaccine Week (PVW) is a California observance held each winter. The goals are to promote the preteen doctor visit and to raise awareness about routinely-recommended immunizations for preteens.
Additional information can be found  here.
PVW 2019 will be observed March 3-9, coinciding with International HPV Awareness Day on March 4. PVW works best when our partners, such as schools, providers, and local coalitions, help promote it as well. Whether you're planning your first PVW or your 10th, you're welcome to participate in the statewide planning calls. Please contact for more information.

CIC Welcomes Intern Ethan Posard!

California Immunization Coalition welcomes new intern, Ethan Posard.
Ethan is a senior in high school and the author of The Shots Book; A Little Brother's Superhero Tale, and El Libro De Las Vacunas. Grant awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter, First Five California, and Rady Children's Hospital published his books and launched his public health advocacy campaigns when he was a freshman in high school. Over 28,000 copies of his book have been distributed in two languages over four continents.
Ethan is a strong proponent of using art and storytelling to make science more accessible. By using various communication methods, the medical community can combat the spread of false information which threatens public health. Over 300,000 of his #FightFlu Campaign stickers created for the NFID and CDC flu season press conference have now been distributed internationally.
We are super excited to have Ethan on our team! Be sure to follow him @Iamtheherd on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - along with all of CIC's sites - @ImmunizeCA and Immunize_California !

 You're following us on Twitter and Facebook @ImmunizeCA - but are you following us on Instagram? Find us @Immunize_California.
New Prenatal Immunization Infographic! 

Visit the CIC website to access this useful and informative infographic along with other great resources on pregnancy and vaccinations.

The Spanish website,, has been redirected to the CDPH Immunization website. Including Spanish information on the CDPH website makes the content more accessible to everyone as the website is ADA compliant as well as mobile-friendly.

CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award
 Nominations Due February 8, 2019 
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. This year, a new partner will join CDC to honor those who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunization among children 0-2 years old in their communities.

One Champion from each of the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia will be honored. The awardees will be announced during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 27-May 4, 2019.  

To learn more about the award, review award and eligibility criteria, and see deadlines associated with award, visit
You can also email any questions to .
New App from The CDC
PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor
 Pneumo recommendations can be perplexing! CDC recently launched an app to help providers determine which pneumococcal vaccines your patients need. The PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor mobile app :
  • Incorporates recommendations for all ages
  • Helps interpret schedules for catch-up vaccination
  • Helps with vaccination based on medical indications
Users simply enter a patient's age, note if the patient has specific underlying medical conditions, and answers questions about the patient's pneumococcal vaccination history. The app provides patient-specific guidance consistent with the ACIP-recommended immunization schedule.
Get the PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor mobile app now for iOS and Android devices

CDC recently launched a new video for parents that takes viewers on the journey of a childhood vaccine from development through safety monitoring after a vaccine is licensed and introduced in the population. 

T he 5-minute video explains the three phases of clinical trials, vaccine manufacturing, and how a vaccine is added to the U.S. recommended immunization schedule. Please share the video with parents and link to it from your website and social media channels.
Be A #FluFighter!

Flu activity is surging in California and flu activity is elevated in many other states. Make sure you and your patients, colleagues, and family are vaccinated. Influenza has already claimed the lives of two young children so far this season ( Stanislaus and   Riverside Counties). These tragedies serve as a reminder that influenza can be deadly.

The state of California announced in a press release on Monday January 14th that flu activity is occurring throughout every region of the state and above expected levels for this time of year. Please check out the numerous resources available through your local health departments, the California Department of Public Health influenza web page and partners like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Page.

2019 National Conference for IZ Coalitions and Partnerships in Honolulu, HI
November 13-15, 2019

Save the date! The Hawaii Immunization Coalition and the Hawaii Public Health Institute are pleased to announce that they will be co-hosting the 2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships to be held at the Ala Moana Hotel from November 13-15, 2019. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with immunization partners from across the country.
Watch for updates on the Hawaii IZ Coalition's website and social media sites (@immunizehawaii on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

Archived Webinar:  Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy: Intervening to Increase HPV Vaccine Uptake

The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) partnered with the American Cancer Society and the California HPV Roundtable to produce and present this webinar on December 11, 2018. 

Jennifer Sienko, Director of the National HPV Roundtable shared fantastic new communication strategies and tips to effectively manage questions and concerns during her presentation at our CIC Education Hour in December. Special thanks to our colleagues at the California HPV Roundtable, The American Cancer Society and especially Ms. Sienko.
 Please visit the CIC website to access this webinar's recording and presentation slides.
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