California is in the midst of a significant measles outbreak with 133 cases in California (as of March 20, 2015) and 45 additional cases across the United States. The California Immunization Coalition urges all health care providers to review available materials available from our state and national partners (below) to help inform your patients about the importance of on-time vaccination and reassure them on the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
The three most colorful and popular fliers:
- Measles Alert flier (CDPH IMM-908)
- You Could Have Measles flier (CDPH IMM- 1050)
- Health Alert: You Could Have Been Exposed to Measles (CIC IMM-1089)
- For Spanish speakers: Casos y brotes de sarampión (Measles Cases and Outbreaks)
- For Spanish speakers: Las 4 cosas principales que deben saber los padres sobre el sarampión (Top 4 Things Parents Need to Know about Measles)
Save the Date!
California Immunization Coalition 2015 Summit
April 26-27, 2015 – Riverside, CA
CIC’s annual Summit is the only conference in California solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve immunization protection. Summit participants share successful strategies, hear about new research, and network with other immunization champions, public health professionals, private industry innovators, community leaders, and more.
Immunization coalitions have been essential to California communities for more than 20 years. Local coalitions and their community partners will be even more important over the next 20 years as immunization issues change. Together, we will we get ready, set, and vaccinate!
Register today for the 2015 CIC Summit. Continuing education credits will be available.
Flu Resources for Schools and Childcare Providers
Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.
Easier Navigation & Interactive Mapping at ShotsForSchool.org
CDPH has revamped its Shots for School website! Navigation is even easier: you can browse by grade level (Child Care, K-12, 7th grade, and now College!) for immunization requirements, tools for schools, and materials for parents and students. There’s also a laws section where you can find regulations, information about exemptions, as well as records, forms, and materials. One of the most helpful features is an interactive map showing CA school immunization rates – www.shotsforschool.org/lookup/
Our New Location
The California Immunization Coalition is pleased to announce that we are now located at the Sierra Health Foundation located at 1331 Garden Highway in Sacramento as part of their Nonprofit Innovation Center. Please update your contact list with our new address, e-mail and phone numbers.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Catherine Flores Martin & Sabrina Torres-Royal
California Immunization Coalition
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