Save the Date!
2019 California Immunization Coalition Summit
Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality
April 8-10*, 2019 in Riverside, CA
Have you bought your new 2019 calendar yet? Believe it or not, 2018 is almost gone! One of the first things to enter in your nice new datebook is the 2019 California Immunization Coalition Summit. You won’t want to miss the upcoming Summit, always one of the most useful and interesting immunization events of the year. We will be returning to the beautiful Mission Inn in Riverside for a two-day meeting on April 8 & 9, 2019 for a program that will bring together local and national immunization advocates, health professionals and community leaders. General sessions and workshop sessions will cover effective communication strategies, outreach efforts, immunization registry updates, and successful coalition programs and partnerships.
Please plan to join immunization supporters from California and beyond to connect, learn, and share strategies for making our vision for immunizations a reality for all communities. To register, and for information about abstract submission, agenda, pricing and other important information, visit our 2019 Summit web page.
*Immunization Coordinators’ Working Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 10, 2019, following the Summit.
Spread the word to others – here’s three steps to show you how:
#1 – Watch the kick-off of the 2018-2019 flu vaccination campaign. Tune in Thursday, Sept. 27, at 10:00 a.m. ET to the NFID press conference taking place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD MPH, will be the key note speaker and will be joined by pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, MD MBE, obstetrician Laura Riley MD, and CDC’s Influenza Division director Dr. Dan Jernigan. Watch here!
#2 – Join the #FightFlu Twitterstorm on September 27. Tweet messages about flu prevention and why you choose to vaccinate using the hashtag #FightFlu. Retweet messages posted by your peers, @CDCflu and @NFIDvaccines. Let’s create a Twitterstorm and spread #FightFlu messages between 10 am and 2 pm ET on September 27. Go to CDC’s digital media toolkit to find sample messages and graphics for inspiration.
#3 – Continue sharing messages on the importance of flu vaccination, preventive actions, and antiviral treatment. Resources, including social media, newsletter messages and graphics, are available in our updated 2018-19 digital campaign toolkit. Be sure to see the 3 new animated GIFs focused on flu severity, flu vaccine benefits, and what people may miss if they’re sick with flu. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FightFlu!
Post tweets Thursday 10 AM – 2 PM ET and support the #FightFlu Twitterstorm
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 is launching 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 will launch in the fall. 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.