Fall 2022 Newsletter

Bookmark MAIC's IMMUNIZATION PAGE on the Nurture KC web site.



IN THIS ISSUE:



MAIC Director update



Immunization decreases for local kindergarteners



Our polling data shared at national conference



Flu + COVID-19 vaccine clinics - 3 remaining



It has been a busy Fall for MAIC. We are more than halfway through our vaccine clinic season, and we are on track for a record-breaking year! So far, our clinics have administered 569 vaccine shots (flu and COVID-19), and we still have three remaining clinics over the next few days. If you still need to be vaccinated, you have time to catch us at one of our clinics. See details below.


As clinic season ends, we are looking forward to continuing our outreach and educating local decision makers on the importance of vaccines for preventable diseases. Legislative session is quickly approaching, and we expect it will be another intense year as we work to ensure our communities stay safe and vaccinated.


This month, consider asking someone you know to join MAIC. Adherence to vaccine schedules should be important to all of us, as we are only as healthy as our communities. 


As always, thank you for your support.


Ali Hilton,

MAIC Director

ahilton@nurturekc.org

Immunization decreases for kindergarteners 


Newly released data from Missouri and Kansas shows a decrease in routine immunization for kids entering Kindergarten, as well as an increase in exemptions.


It is going to take all of us to turn a corner on vaccine hesitancy and vaccine resistance. We must get closer to the problem in order to get to the solution. We need to ensure parents and families are well informed and understand what exempting their child means for them, their family and our community. MAIC will be connecting with school nurses and school health staff in order to partner and provide support. Please reach out to Ali Hilton if you want to get involved (or have someone to refer) in this effort.

Coming together for the greater good


As you may remember, Nurture KC conducted a statewide survey to learn Kansans attitudes about vaccines through the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies. Even across political party lines, 95 percent of Kansas residents believe wellness immunizations are safe, effective and important for maintaining good health. To learn more about these poll results, access our findings report.

 

Last month, Ali Hilton attended the National Conference for Immunization Coalition and Partners (NCICP) and shared these survey findings. View the presentation here. States across the country are facing the same threats regarding immunization policies. Several states have reached out to MAIC inquiring about the potential of public opinion polling and how we utilized the results to demonstrate Kansans’ support of immunization.

 

“It’s rewarding to be a model for other states through our polling efforts. I talked with other immunization coalitions and partners about how our survey results were effective to help protect vital health policies in Kansas. Hopefully, this can create a pro-immunization ripple effect nationally,” says Hilton. “As immunization becomes more politicized and controversial, it was a breath of fresh air to be with so many folks who are doing good, substantial work on the immunization front. For me, a highlight was hosting a networking dinner where we addressed pulling resources and people together at the grassroots level to make a greater impact locally.” 

Remaining flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics


Each Autumn, MAIC hosts free flu and COVID vaccine clinics with partners around the community. Walgreens provides the vaccines, and all are open to the public. Below is our schedule with the clinics still to come this week in bold.


The Olathe Salvation Army location is the only clinic left that will be administering both COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Nurture KC and Donnelly College clinics will be offering flu shots. 


Walk-ins are welcome or you can sign up at www.nurturekc.org/clinics. You also can see more details on our web site, including age requirements and location addresses.


Kansas Vaccine Clinics

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

Tuesday, Sept. 20

KCK Community College

1 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30

Center of Grace

9 to 11 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Providence YMCA

4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21

El Centro

4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 

Donnelly College

1 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28

Olathe Salvation Army

4 to 7 p.m.

Missouri Vaccine Clinics 

DATE

LOCATION

TIME

Saturday, Oct. 1

Church of the Resurrection

4 to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Church of the Resurrection

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Cleaver YMCA

4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Grandview Fire Department

2 to 6 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Telemundo Health Fair 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

North KC YMCA

4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Nurture KC

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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