2014 California Immunization Coalition Summit

Harnessing the Power of Community is the theme of this year’s California Immunization Coalition Summit and invites all physicians, nurses, health communication specialists and other healthcare providers to join us in Sacramento on May 4-5, 2014 as we share best practices from the some of the people and projects that utilize community energy and resources to improve vaccination rates across the lifespan in California and beyond. The Coalition is pleased to welcome keynote speakers, Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, Acting Director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Samuel So, MD, Director of the Stanford based Asian Liver Center. Other presentations and workshops will focus on communicating about vaccine safety, disease surveillance and immunization advocacy efforts in California. Registration information available here: 2014 California Immunization Coalition Summit . Find current Summit Agenda along with Registration and Hotel information on our Summit home page here.

More Highlights

Sunday, May 4th will feature a 2.5 hour workshop on Vaccine Safety and Communication. You can register for this workshop on the CIC Summit Registration page. On Monday, May 5 Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye will join us to start our day and you won’t want to miss the panel presentation on utilizing new media for immunization and public health advocacy featuring Dorit Reiss, Law Professor at UC Hastings, Lisa Posard, Producer of ‘Invisible Threat’ and Amanda Roth Coordinator of ShotbyShot.org.

The summit also features seven workshops to choose from including updates on implementation of AB 2109 and 354, adult immunization communication strategies, and the California immunization registry progress. The Summit will conclude with what we expect to be a lively discussion around how we can advocate for policy changes, even without legislation, and will feature Kat DeBurgh from the California Health Officers Association, Nelson Branco, MD, pediatrician at Tamalpais Pediatrics, and Scott Clark from the California Medical Association.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to network and learn about the latest in immunization information. To register for the Summit or reserve your hotel room go to our Summit Home page here. Special hotel rates are good until April 13th or until reserved block is sold out.

For more information contact Sabrina Torres Royal at [email protected]

2013-2014 Flu Season

Get the seasonal and pandemic flu information you need at Flu.gov

What’s Trending this Fall? – CDC’s Communication Plans for the 2013-14 Influenza Season – listen to the archive of the latest VICNetwork webinar on the key communication considerations and planned strategies for the 2013-14 influenza season; research findings on flu vaccine effectiveness and public perceptions from the 2012-2013 flu season; and campaign plans for the general audience and disparate populations.

Do I have the flu or a cold?

The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your health care provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether or not you have the flu.

In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

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The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) has developed this website as a resource for its members and the community. It is not intended as a source of medical advice. The best source of immunization information is your health care provider. The information on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician, who will recommend treatment based on your individual facts and circumstances.



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