Quarterly Newsletter
Winter 2020
Bookmark this IMMUNIZATION PAGE on the Nurture KC web site.
(It now also includes access to these newsletters.)
Register for important membership meeting

Join MAIC for the first membership meeting of 2021 on Jan. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here. We are excited to have Dr. Barbara Pahud (pictured at right) with Children's Mercy as our keynote speaker to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine.

In partnership with the University of Oxford and the University of Kansas, Children's Mercy is at the forefront of developing a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Attendees will hear from Dr. Pahud, Research Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, on how the vaccine was developed and what we can expect going into the distribution phase.
This meeting will also include updates from local health departments and break-out sessions for our working groups. Don't delay ... register today!
What you need to know as COVID-19 vaccines roll out

Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is one of the most ambitious immunization campaigns ever conducted in the United States. Vaccine maker Moderna appears poised to win authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine just days after Pfizer-BioNTech did the same.

On Dec. 14, Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse in New York, became the first American to get vaccinated in a non-trial setting when she got her first of two Pfizer shots. (Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two-dose immunizations.) Pfizer vaccines rolled out across the country this week - enough to vaccinate 2.9 million people, reports NPR. Health-care workers and residents at long-term-care facilities are the first in line to receive the vaccine. Looking ahead, the vaccines are expected to reach large-scale public distribution in the spring of 2021, according to The New York Times.

A few data points to know:
  • Moderna's vaccine is 94% effective and has been approved for adults.
  • Pfizer's vaccine is 95% effective and has been approved for ages 16 and older.
  • The vaccines are not recommended for pregnant women as they were not included in the trials.
  • Leader Dr. Fauci says his biggest concern is vaccine hesitancy. This hesitancy may come from the vaccines being developed so quickly and affects all races, but particularly Black Americans. Here's why.

USA Today reports: "There are no major differences in safety or effectiveness identified between these first two vaccines, although the two Moderna vaccine doses should be given 28 days apart, while Pfizer-BioNTech's second shot should be given after 21 days. Both rely on a technology called mRNA to make a bit of protein from the virus that causes COVID-19, training the immune system to attack it." 

This mRNA approach had never been used outside of clinical experiments, and just how well it worked against the coronavirus "stunned even some of its most enthusiastic backers," says Bloomberg News. This mRNA technology could one day defeat other ailments that have eluded doctors, from cancer to heart disease. Below is a closer look at how it works ...
Reminder: Free immunization educational module available
Nurture KC, in conjunction with Children's Mercy, has created an online immunization educational module for families. The purpose is to educate them on the importance of vaccines. The module (or "course") is full of videos, graphics, information and interactive questions for them to answer. It's broken down into these sections:
  • Why vaccinate?
  • Immunization safety
  • Guidance for routine immunization
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • FAQs
  • Personal stories
  • Helpful resources
  • Key takeaways
  • Free flu shot clinics in KC

If you work with families and feel this module would be a helpful tool to share with them, please email MAIC Director, Shelby Ostrom at sostrom@nurturekc.org to receive access. This is just one more way that MAIC is reaching out to our KC community and making a difference!
Please consider giving to Nurture KC this holiday season
As you know, MAIC is a program of Nurture KC. Our organization can use your support right now as many of the families we serve have been directly impacted by the pandemic. All donations received in December count toward our Giving Tuesday campaign. Giving Tuesday, officially Dec. 1, is a global day of giving back.

"We appreciate all donations -- no matter the amount," says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. "In times like these, we are especially grateful for members of our organization who have reached out to support us. We would also love your help in spreading the word that there is still time to give and every dollar we raise stays right here in K.C."

To donate, go to our Giving Tuesday page. Your contributions are tax-deductible.

You can share this link with others: www.nurturekc.org/givingtuesday2020 or share this Facebook post or tweet about our campaign.
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