Back to School Reminders
CIC loves this video on so many levels – mainly because it’s a clear and simple reminder for parents to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure their children are up to date before the first day of school. And it shows by the numbers how many and which vaccines are required when children first enter California schools, kindergarten, and 7th grade.
National Immunization Awareness Month in August is our opportunity to highlight how fortunate we are as a community to have access to vaccines that protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When our children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. Thanks to new immunization rules in California, our schools and communities will be safer and healthier.
CIC encourages parents to check with their child’s healthcare provider to find out which vaccines are required for them before going back to school. Parents can find out more about school required vaccines at ShotsforSchool.org and more about recommended vaccines at www.cdc.gov/vaccines or the California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch website.
This terrific 1 minute video was created by our friends Ethan Posard author of The Shots Book and Hannah Henry of Vaccinate California. Contact us at [email protected] to share a copy on your website or to share it on other social media sites.
Share Your Vaccine Story
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
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.