California Immunization Coalition

California Immunization Coalition Vaccine Booster - May 2019 


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Protect Yourself Before Traveling - Think Measles

Healthy Map Vaccine Finder

Vaccine Education Center has a new section on the immune system 

How to Talk to a Vaccine Skeptic Chatbot

CDC's "How Vaccine Work" video series

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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Senate Bill 276 Moves To Assembly  
Senate Bill 276 - Child Safety and Disease Prevention Act, authored by Senator Richard Pan, MD and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez has the goal of ensuring that medical exemptions from school required vaccinations are based on evidence based criteria. We are pleased to report that on Wednesday, May 22, SB 276 has been approved by the State Senate and now moves on to the Assembly.  
Sponsors for this bill are the California Medical Association, the A merican Academy of Pediatrics - California Chapter and Vacc inate California. CIC is in strong support o f this bill and links to text and fact sheet can be found on the CIC website on the Director's page.   
To stay up to date on the latest information and action items , we encourage you to join the Vaccinate California email list. You will receive updates on the bill's progress and action items you can take to make a difference in moving this important bill to passage.   
CDC's Measles Digital Toolkit for Providers 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knows you are the most trusted source of information when patients have questions or concerns about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, like measles. To help support you in your difficult jobs, CDC developed a one-stop-shop digital toolkit  with products for you and your patients about vaccines and measles. These products include accurate, science-based evidence that we hope can help you counter misinformation about measles and MMR vaccine.
The   digital toolkit for healthcare providers includes the following:
  • Resources to support an effective vaccine conversation with parents
  • Resources about measles and vaccines for providers to share with parents and display in their office-settings
For up-to-date answers to your patients' frequently asked questions about measles, visit the  CDC's Measles FAQ web page.
How you can help:
  • Remind patients to make sure all family members are up to date on MMR vaccine.
  • Take every opportunity to vaccinate patients who are behind on MMR, especially those who are traveling internationally, and/or living in or near communities experiencing a measles outbreak.
Please check the toolkit site regularly because CDC will add new resources as they become available. If there is anything else CDC can do to support your ongoing efforts, please email  As always, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has a library of measles resources that can accessed on the measles resource page.

Measles Updates - 2019
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It is widespread in many parts of the world, with large outbreaks currently occurring in the Philippines, Ukraine, Israel, and in several countries in Western Europe. Travelers infected outside the US can spread measles the United States. Overseas measles outbreaks have led to imported cases and outbreaks in several states, including California.
It takes a community to provide immunity. Bookmark these links and share the fliers. Let's keep Californians protected against measles and vaccine-preventable disease. #VaccinesWork
Important Webpages
CDPH Measles page: total reported cases to date, disease investigation resources, lab and clinical guidance, and more
CDC Measles page: info for parents and caregivers, providers, and travelers
CDC Parents: Vaccines For Your Children page: measles-specific info for parents
Downloadable Resources CDPH
Fever and Rash? flier for providers
Measles Alert flier for waiting rooms
Measles is Spreading flier for waiting rooms
Traveled Recently? flier for waiting rooms
Visiting Another Country? flier in Amharic, Hmong, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese
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.

A joint letter 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.

Check out the Vaccinate Your Family blog post for updates and steps needed to move this Act forward. 
Dr. Mark Sawyer - 2019 Immunization Leadership Award
The California Immunization Coalition was delighted to recognize Mark Sawyer, MD, this year's recipient of the Ronald P. Bangasser Immunization Leadership Award at our 2019 Summit. The award is presented to a practicing clinician who exemplifies the leadership, professionalism and commitment that Dr. Bangasser brought to his work promoting immunizations.
Mark is a Past President of CIC, has served on the board of Every Child By Two (now Vaccinate Your Family), and is a longtime leader in the San Diego Immunization Coalition. Throughout his career he has engaged in immunization advocacy and education. His advocacy work-testifying on behalf of important legislation at committee hearings, state and national meetings, and ongoing work with the media-has made a tremendous impact on how policymakers and the public view immunizations and disease prevention.  
In addition to his body of research and numerous professional and community presentations, his mentoring, training, and encouragement of young physicians sets the stage for a new cohort of passionate and informed medical leaders.
Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Sawyer!
CIC Summit - Wrap Up
Thank you for making 2019 Summit a success!
Thank you to the over 300 attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers and volunteers wh o helped make our 2019 CIC Summit held in Riverside California a great success.
The Coalition was delighted to welcome this year's speakers including Dr. Peter Hotez of Texas children's Hospital, Dr. Ken Hempstead of Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Sarah Royce of the California Department of Public Health.
Many of the 2019 Summit's plenary sessions, panels, and workshops covered topics from school immunization law to the power of partnerships in outbreak response and prevention. Presentations from the Summit are posted; you can access them here. CIC is grateful for the support and collaboration of all our partners and the wonderful hospitality of the Riverside Convention Center and Mission Inn. 

Adolescent Vaccines: How Pharmacists Can Make Strong Recommendations and Referrals

Register Today for Upcoming Webinar

 Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 1:00 to 2:00 PM EDT
Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) for a webinar featuring immunization experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Pharmacy Care at Duquesne University.    
Immunization Champion for California - 2019 
With acknowledgment to  
Norma Delgado has been named Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for California. This annual award, given by the CDC Foundation and the CDC, honors exemplary childhood immunization advocates across the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia during National Infant Immunization Week.
Ms. Delgado was nominated by her peers, and selected as a Champion among healthcare professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in California through her work in children's immunization.
Ms. Delgado, a clinical care assistant for LifeLong Medical Care in Richmond, CA is credited with improving Immunization management by transforming paper medical charts in private office settings to an EHR system in a federally-qualified health organization. Ms. Delgado participates as a healthcare professional in a pediatric focus group that strives to improve childhood vaccination rates. In addition, she mentors and trains staffers on immunization management, including newly-hired colleagues from across the LifeLong Medical Care system
We are pleased and honored to congratulate Norma Delgado on this well-deserved award.
To read more about Norma Delgado's work read her profile, and to learn more about CDC's Childhood Immunization Champion Award program, please visit CDC's Immunization Page.
LA County Department of Public Health
Rx For Prevention!

Updated immunization requirements go into effect in California on July 1, 2019. This article covers these requirements, describes guidelines for medical exemptions, provides expert guidance regarding contraindications and precautions, and lists helpful resources.  Find out more here.

Article: Measles in LA County: Communicating with Parents and Patients about Immunizations

The current measles situation in LA County reinforces the need to ensure that patients are protected against measles. This brief provides messages that providers can use to promote the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine as well as vaccine communication tips and other resources.
 Read more here.

Building School Immunity:
Winning Strategies for Improving School Immunization Rates from Washington, California, and Colorado

 Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12-1 p.m. PDT

Join Within Reach Washington for a webinar of winning strategies to improve school immunization rates.

Hear from leaders across the western U.S., including:

* Spokane Regional Health District: reducing barriers to immunization
* Oakland Unified School District and Alameda County Public Health Department: collaborating with school principals to improve immunization compliance
* Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition: sharing district-level immunization data through fact sheets and interactive online dashboards

2 019 National Conference for IZ Coalitions and Partnerships in Honolulu, HI
November 13-15, 2019

Abstract Submissions Due June 30, 2019!
Register Now ! 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. 

The deadline to submit an abstract is June 30th, so you still have time to complete an abstract submission via email for the opportunity to present your work this November. Visit the link below for information, instructions and submission forms.
Watch for updates on the Hawaii IZ Coalition's website and social media sites (@immunizehawaii on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
New School Immunization Requirements Effective July 1st, 2019
New California child care and school immunization regulations go 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Post downloadable electronic banners on your practice's website and in electronic newsletters to help notify your patients.
Visit   for more preteen vaccination resources and more information on the new school requirements .

What action, if any, do you want your me
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.
Please go to the Health Education Council for details on how to apply. 

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.  
You're following us on Twitter and Facebook @ImmunizeCA - but are you following us on Instagram? Find us at Immunize_California  

CIC's Social Media Intern, Ethan Posard is doing a phenomenal job in creating posts and building our following. Help us share events, news and information. If your organization is on social media and we aren't following you - let us know!

June 4, 1 0:00 - 11:30 a.m. PST
The U.S. is experiencing its highest number of measles cases in 25 years and researchers anticipate additional outbreaks, with Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami listed among the cities at high risk. Some states have moved to prohibit all vaccine exemptions while other are considering it. Other jurisdictions have taken more urgent actions, including New York City, which ordered mandatory vaccination. Join us to examine New York City's emergency measures, public health's authority in vaccination requirements, and current efforts to make legislative changes in under-immunized states.

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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