Everyone has a personal connection with vaccines – whether you vaccinate and have remained free from disease, you know someone who has suffered or died from a preventable disease, or you know someone who relies on herd immunity to help keep them well. While the overwhelming majority of people support vaccination programs in the U.S. and around the world, federal and state legislators don’t often hear from people who are grateful for vaccines. But that’s about to change! In preparation for National Immunization Awareness Month in August, we are joining forces with other immunization organizations to collect testimonials about the power of vaccines. Join #TeamVaccine and let our legislators know that there are millions of Americans who support vaccines. Share your story today at http://bit.ly/28NoZCR
Thank you California Immunization Coalition Summit Attendees!
Our thanks to all of the attendees, exhibit representatives and partners who joined us in Sacramento this week for our 2016 California Immunization Coalition Summit. We had a productive and busy two days with conversation, networking and information sharing, along with some great food, and a few tears.
We are grateful to our excellent guest speakers including Dr. Carolyn Bridges from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Sarah Royce and Kathleen Harriman from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch. Attendees were also pleased to welcome Senator Richard Pan as luncheon speaker and hear more about the work behind and the importance of SB 277. Summit presentations can be found here – http://www.immunizeca.org/about/cic-summit/2016-summit-presentations .
We especially want to thank the children of this year’s Natalie J. Smith, MD Immunization Champion Award Winner, Kyle and Allison Ivie, who accepted the award to their mother, Gale Ivie . It was an honor for us to have you with us and to be able to share our remembrances of a wonderful woman.
Whether you were an attendee, exhibitor, a presenter or guest, you helped make this year’s Summit another great success. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead.
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Shots for School Website is the Go-To Resource for School Nurses and Healthcare Providers
The California Immunization Coalition is committed to making sure that parents, educators and health care professionals have the information they need to answer their own questions, or distribute to their patients or students. New rules for school and childcare required immunizations will go into effect in 2016. While most families will not be affected by these rules, we want to make sure you have resources to understand the school immunization laws and suggest you visit sites such as the California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Immunization Action Coalition to learn about the vaccines that help protect you and your family from vaccine preventable diseases.
Did you catch our CIC Education Hour on October 28? The new law created by SB 277 (Pan/Allen) which removes the personal belief exemption (PBE) from school vaccination requirements goes into effect on January 1, 2016. CIC wants to help providers and parents understand the new rules around vaccine documentation and this first presentation included an overview of the law, an explanation of medical exemptions as well as resources for parents and providers to learn more about how the process will work.
A follow up broadcast was held on December 9, 2015 for school health personnel. Information can be found under Resources > CIC Education Hour > Archives.