A publication of the Immunization Action Coalition of WA (IACW) and WithinReach
June 2019
Greetings!

This month brings important updates regarding MMR legislation in Washington State, the Maurice R. Hllman essay contest, a webinar featuring strategies from across the U.S. for boosting school immunization rates and several other webinars and events. Also, please mark your calendar for the 2019 Washington State Immunization Summit on October 8th at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Cheers!
Immunity Community Highlight of the Month
Webinar: Building School Immunity:
Winning Strategies for Improving School Immunization Rates from Washington, California and Colorado
Join Public Health - Seattle & King County and WithinReach on June 4th, 2019: 12:00pm – 1:15pm PDT   
Schools with high immunization rates can weather outbreaks, protecting the most vulnerable students who can’t be vaccinated. Join us for a webinar of winning strategies to improve school immunization rates. Hear from leaders across the western United States, including: 
  • Spokane Regional Health District
  • Oakland Unified School District and Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
  • Kent School District

Register here (join nearly 400 from across the U.S.)
FEATURED EVENT
2019 WASHINGTON STATE IMMUNIZATION SUMMIT
October 8, 2019
Lynnwood Convention Center

Mark your calendar for our second Washington State Immunization Summit! The goal of the summit is to enhance the effectiveness of health care professionals and systems statewide to promote and deliver immunizations.

Topics will include: the measles outbreak, vaccination schedule updates, addressing vaccine safety, vaccine hesitancy communication and the Washington State Immunization Information System.

Various forms of Continuing Education credits will be offered and scholarship opportunities will be available.

Hosted by WithinReach with support from the Washington State Department of Health, through a grant offered by the Group Health Foundation.
UPCOMING EVENTS

2019 WEST VIRGINIA IMMUNIZATION SUMMIT
June 13-14, 2019
Charleston, WV

2019 IOWA IMMUNIZATION SUMMIT
June 19-20, 2019
Altoona, IA

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES (ACIP)
June 26-27, 2019
Atlanta, GA

NORTHWEST IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE
August 13-15, 2019
Portland, OR

IDAHO IMMUNIZATION SUMMIT 2019
September 25, 2019
Meridian, ID

2019 NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
November 13-15, 2019
Honolulu, HI
Accepting abstracts for breakout sessions through 6/30/19

MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2019. Learn more .
RESOURCES
HPV Cancer Resources
HPV cancer survivor and vaccination advocate, Stewart Lyman, created a website with valuable information and resources related to HPV. www.hpvcancerresources.org
CDC AdultVaxView
has been updated and Washington State scored higher than the national average for pneumococcal and shingles vaccination coverage.



Producing Prevention: The Complex Development of Vaccines
 courtesy of the online MPH program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Learn more
UPCOMING WEBINARS
CDC PinkBook Webinar Series
June 5, 12 & 19, 12 PM EST
This online series of 15 webinars provides an overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. Space is limited to 1,500 registrants. CEs are available. Register here
Increasing Immunization Advocacy: How Practice Leaders Make a Difference
June 14, 12:30 - 1:30 EST
This webinar will summarize the vaccine conversation happening on social media, main stream news and among colleagues. Common vaccine questions and answers will be discussed. Register here
Immunization Catch-up Schedule and School and Child Care Requirements Updates
June 18, 12 PM - 1 PM PST

The Washington State Department of Health presents this webinar on the immunization catch-up schedule, immunization rules and exceptions to the rules, and updates to the school and child care requirements. Register here  
FREE E-COURSES
NEWS
CA College Quarantine
Over 200 unvaccinated students and faculty at two major public universities in southern California were sent home in response to a confirmed case of measles. Read more here.
Measles Outbreak 2019
940 cases of measles have been confirmed in the United States since January 1st. This is highest number of cases since 1994. Click here to learn more.
Hilleman Essay Contest
  The national contest will award three students with the best 500- to 600-word essays that answer the question, “ How would the world be different if Dr. Hilleman had not lived the life he did? Find out more   or share the contest flyer   today. Entries are due by June 7, 2019
2019 Childhood Immunization Schedules Are Digital!
The WA State Department of Health and WithinReach want to let you know that the 2019 Childhood Immunization Schedules are digital. Unfortunately, the printed, laminated childhood immunization schedules will no longer be available in Washington. 

Please see this flyer for details on immunization schedule options. 
QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS?
Contact us: ic@withinreachwa.org
Making the connections Washington families need to be healthy and safe. Promoting, protecting & supporting immunization as a vital part of the health and development of children and families.

Founded in 1994, the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW), a program of WithinReach, works to improve the health of the community by minimizing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases through the optimal use of immunizations across the lifespan.