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National Immunization Awareness Month
Make an Effective Vaccine Recommendation
National Immunization Awareness Month
(NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of
healthcare professionals, immunization coalition members and other professional organizations work together
to protect people of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.
Research has consistently shown that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients. The California Immunization Coalition encourages all of our partners to use this annual observance to remind our community on the importance of being up to date on recommended vaccines.
The CDC and partners have developed a
digital communication toolkit
with messages and graphics tailored to your role as a healthcare professional and emphasizing the importance of vaccination for your patients. Toolkit includes:
CDC will also be launching a website for the #HowIRecommend video series by August 1st.
Show your support of vaccination throughout the month by using this content on your website and on social media.
During NIAM and beyond, you can engage with CDC and other healthcare professionals on social media by using #ivax2protect in your posts.
- Key messages
- Social media content
- Social media graphics
- Newsletter announcements
- Links to educational resources for healthcare professionals
Save The Date: CDC will also be hosting a webinar on August 28th at 1:00pm ET highlighting strategies for addressing vaccine misinformation in the practice setting. Stay tuned for a registration link in near future.
Share your events with us too. We appreciate all your efforts and look forward to another successful NIAM.
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ake your family famous for vaccinating!
Submit your photos to the
Why I Choose gallery
so that we can paper National Immunization Awareness Month (August
) with them!
Join us for California HPV Vaccine Week
August 5-10, 2019
The back-to-school season is a natural time for families to catch up on their immunizations. Thus, this is a great time for organizations to raise awareness among parents and the public about HPV vaccination as cancer prevention.
Our call to action is simple: During the week of August 5-10, utilize the suggested content on found on the
California HPV Roundtable
website to communicate with your constituents about the importance of HPV vaccination.
The CA HPV Vaccine Roundtable has provided suggested social media posts, sharable images, and copy that can be used on websites, newsletters, and blogs. Whether you do a little or a lot, please help us track efforts by using #CaliforniaHPVfree and #caHPVvaxweek on social media and emailing
about other initiatives.
Showing your support of California HPV Vaccine Week is showing your support of a California that is HPV cancer free!
Ethan Lindenberger - TED Talk
Ethan Lindenberger never got vaccinated as a kid. So one day, he went on Reddit and asked a simple question: "Where do I go to get vaccinated?" His life has not been the same since.
Over the past year he has become a prominent advocate for immunizations, spoken at a congressional hearing and recently participated in several high visibility international discussions around vaccine misinformation along with giving this TED Talk.
Within days, Ethan's talk on "Why we need to fight misiniformation about vaccines" was viewed over 600,000 times and is currently at 1,129,297
views. Check it out here:
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Measles Cases Continue in US and Beyond
For many in our community, measles was considered a thing of the past and because we have had such strong herd immunity and near eradication of this disease, new parents are definitely not familiar with the dangers or concerns associated with measles infections.
There is a lot of noise in the media and in conversations whether in real life or online around measles and other vaccine preventable diseases.
CIC encourages all of our Coalition members to share some key points and resources:
- Measles is serious. Measles is caused by a virus and can be severe -- and even fatal -- for small children. Complications include blindness, encephalitis, dehydration (from diarrhea), and pneumonia. People who get sick with measles can suffer lifelong effects. Globally, measles causes more than 100,000 deaths each year.
- Measles is extremely contagious. Someone with measles can infect up to 90% of the people close to them if those people are not immune. Measles has an Ro of 12-18, the highest of any infectious communicable disease.
- Measles can be devastating during pregnancy. Studies suggest that measles infection is associated with an increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor or a low birthweight baby.
- Measles is sneaky. Measles virus can live up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. Infected people can transmit the virus up to four days before and four days after they have the rash. Someone can transmit measles before they even know they have it.
- Measles is very common in many parts of the world. Many countries, including France, Israel, and the Philippines have declared outbreaks. Travelers with measles can bring it back to the US and infect people who are not immune.
- Measles is preventable! The MMR vaccine is safe and effective. The two-dose series is about 97% effective at preventing measles. Because of vaccination, measles deaths have been reduced by 80% since 2000, and more than 21 million lives have been saved.
Health Professionals and Parents
It takes a community to provide immunity. Bookmark these links and share the fliers and other resources. Let's keep Californians protected against measles and vaccine-preventable disease. #VaccinesWork
CDPH Measles page: total reported cases to date, disease investigation resources, lab and clinical guidance, and more
Two new measles tools for providers
Downloadable Resources - CDPH
CDPH Alerts and Advisories
VACCINES Act of 2019 -
US House of Representatives
Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D.of Washington State, introduced the
VACCINES Act (H.R. 2862)
, on Tuesday, May 21st. HR 2862 is a bipartisan bill that aims to fund research into effective ways to encourage parents to vaccinate and creates a national communications campaign. The goal of the act is t
o amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a national system for surveillance of vaccine rates, to authorize research on vaccine hesitancy, to increase public understanding of the benefits of immunizations, and for other purposes.
of support for the bill was sent by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and the American Psychiatric Association. Supporters are seeking co-sponsors and sponsors for a Senate version.
CIC's July Education Hour
A great big thank you to Melody Butler, BSN, RN, Executive Director of Nurses who Vaccinate
for a terrific hour of presentation and discussion about her work and various roles as a nurse and public health leader at work, online and in the media during our July 11th Ed Hour.
You can view the slides and listen to the broadcast here at the
Our next Ed Hour is slated for September and will have a focus on this year's influenza vaccine and will feature clinical information and communication strategies.
Watch for our next Mini Update and Vaccine Booster for more information.
019 National Conference for IZ Coalitions and Partnerships in Honolulu, HI
November 13-15, 2019
14th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships:
Navigating from Local to Global, will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii November 13th through the 15th, 2019. The conference is a great opportunity for coalition leaders and immunization advocates to hear from expert speakers and network with members of immunization coalitions and community organizations from around the nation and beyond. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Nancy Messionnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Participants will also hear from speakers from across the U.S. and from the Pacific Rim region, including coalition staff and members, community-based and healthcare providers, social workers, researchers, government agencies, health communication specialists, and others. Four tracks---Coalition, Communication, Medical and Global to Local, will offer topical workshops. The NCICP is a wonderful chance to hear about what is currently happening in immunization and to connect with your peers.
For more information and to register and make hotel reservations, go to
Register by August 11, 2019 to receive an early bird rate.
New School Immunization Requirements Effective July 1st, 2019
New California child care and school immunization regulations went into effect on July 1st, 2019.
Students entering Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten, advancing into 7th grade, OR who are new admissions/transfers will need proof of 2 (rather than 1) doses of chickenpox vaccine before starting the 2019-2020 school year and all future school years.
Act now to ensure your adolescent patients are protected against vaccine preventable diseases and are ready for school entry next fall by taking the following steps:
- Make reminder and recall phone calls and send notices NOW to your patients who have not yet received two doses of chickenpox vaccine, or who are missing other required vaccines.
- Order enough chickenpox vaccine to immunize your patients affected by the new law. Before ordering, ensure you have adequate storage in your vaccine refrigerator for your orders.
- Immunize with chickenpox vaccine NOW and at every opportunity, including sports physicals and visits for mild illness or injury, and give other recommended immunizations: Tdap, meningococcal conjugate, HPV, influenza, and any catch-up doses of MMR and hepatitis B.
- Provide your patients and their schools with clear and accurate documentation of varicella immunization. If you use the California Immunization Registry, consider printing out a copy of the 'Blue Card' after chickenpox vaccine has been given for the student to take to school.
- Post downloadable electronic banners on your practice's website and in electronic newsletters to help notify your patients.
Upcoming Meetings and Conferences
Immunize Oregon Hosts Statewide Conference
The Northwest Immunization Conference (NWIC) 2019 is hosted by the Immunize Oregon Coalition and will be held in Portland Oregon in August 2019. NWIC is a three-day event (August 13-15 ) where you can learn the latest information on immunizations and vaccine issues impacting health care practices.
The conference kicks off with expert plenary speakers on furthering the vaccine discussion and clinical skill building. On Day 2, National vaccine experts from the CDC will present a two-day comprehensive review of the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine- Preventable Diseases (Pink Book) Course.
#NWIC19 #ImmunizeOregon #vaccineswork
2019 Nevada Health Conference
14th Annual Nevada Health Conference on October 14-15, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada!
Hosted annually by Immunize Nevada, the
Nevada Health Conference
brings together nearly 300 healthcare professionals from throughout Nevada and the region, offering topics focused on immunizations; chronic disease prevention; and maternal, child, and adolescent health issues. Day 1 begins with a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, followed by concurrent workshops featuring local and national experts. Day two of the conference offers four intensive general session tracks related to the conference theme and topics.
Additional details about this year's conference including continuing education, scholarships, the agenda, and more are available on the
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CIC Seeking Full Time Program Associate
This is a tremendous opportunity for a public health professional interested in a fast paced, dynamic environment - working with great people and doing important work. If you are interested in joining our team, or know someone who might be, see info in the link below.
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.
Watch for the launch of the ShotByShot.org Instagram
later this summer!
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.
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