Think Measles – Updates for April
From January 1 to April 11, 2019, 555** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 20 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.
The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
In California, as of April 10, 2019, 21 confirmed measles cases, including 13 outbreak-associated cases, have been reported. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will update case counts weekly on Thursdays if new cases are reported.
CDC and the CDPH is asking for your help to ensure that all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine. When it comes to vaccinations, parents trust the expertise of their doctor more than anyone else. Explain to patients that MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles infection.
Specific resources to highlight include:
- Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
- Preparing for Questions Parents May Ask
- Infant Immunization FAQs in English and Spanish
- Measles fact sheet for parents in English and Spanish
Please visit the California Department of Public Health Immunization Program page on Measles.
See California Health Advisory from March 29, 2019 – Measles Clinical Guidance: Identification and Testing of Suspect Measles Cases
California Immunization Coalition Summit: Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality
Thank You for Attending the 2019 CIC Summit!
Thank you for attending the 2019 California Immunization Coalition Summit and the IZ Coordinators’ Working Meeting in Riverside! It was terrific to meet so many new partners along with our returning attendees. Based on this year’s attendance and the very positive comments received throughout, we agree that 2019 was the best Summit yet!
Our deepest appreciation to our talented plenary and workshop speakers for working with us and broadening our knowledge and perspective with their engaging topics. Especially our keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Hotez from Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.
Thank you to our fabulous planning team and our hosts and volunteers from Riverside and San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire Immunization Coalition. We are also very grateful to the Riverside Convention Center and the Mission Inn for their hospitality, great food and support.
All attendees will receive a follow up email as a reminder about completing the on-line evaluation. For any questions about this or other Summit related information, contact us a [email protected]
Thank you all for your participation and support.
National Infant Immunization Week –
NIIW 2019 is April 27-May 4, 2019
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
In 2019, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. Learn more about NIIW.
June 8, 2018 marked twelve years since the FDA approved the first HPV vaccine for use in the United States. The American Cancer Society also announced that the organization launched a public health campaign to eliminate vaccine-preventable HPV cancers, starting with cervical cancer. The goal is to reach an annual vaccination rate of 80% of young people by 2026. It’s a daunting goal – but with the combined support of all the organizations working to improve HPV vaccination, it is possible.
As you know, the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes six types of cancer and is a common infection. In fact, 9 out of 10 adults – both men and women – are infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Fortunately, we have a vaccine that will prevent this infection from ever occurring and therefore prevent many of the cancers it causes. In the United States, 6 out of 10 of girls and boys aged 13-17 have started the HPV vaccination series, but only 4 out of 10 of girls and boys are up to date on getting the full series. We have a long way to go and we need your support.
The California Dialogue on Cancer has been working with the American Cancer Society and numerous partner organizations including the California Immunization Coalition to form a California HPV Vaccination Roundtable which launched in the Fall of 2018. This coalition of diverse stakeholders will collaborate to increase HPV vaccination in California. With the HPV vaccine, we have an unprecedented opportunity to save lives and reduce the HPV cancer burden.
For more information on the campaign, check out the American Cancer Society webpage on Preventing Cancer with the HPV Vaccine.