August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
To assist with your communication efforts during NIAM and beyond, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has developed a communication toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help public information officers, immunization program managers, health care professionals, coalitions, advocates, parents, partners and individuals communicate about the importance of immunizations during August and throughout the year.
Four messages are central throughout the toolkit:
- Vaccines protect against serious diseases.
- These diseases still exist and outbreaks do occur.
- Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives.
- Vaccines are very safe.
Themes for #NIAM2018
July / August: Back to School: Ready for school? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!
August 5 – 11: Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby.
August 12 – 18: Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.
August 19 – 25: Preteens & Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.
August 26 – 31: Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids.
To learn more about #NIAM18 and download the toolkit – go to www.nphic.org
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.
Onward and Upward! ~ Thank you!
2018 California Immunization Coalition Summit ~ Sacramento, April 16-17
Thank you for your support and participation. We loved hosting you here in Sacramento and look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Summit.
The 2018 California Immunization Coalition (CIC) Summit, Onward and Upward, was held April 16-17 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento.
This unique meeting is for healthcare providers, public health professionals, and community health advocates, and educators who are committed to preventing infectious disease and to promoting immunizations across the lifespan. Attendees include pharmacists, school health professionals, general practice and specialty providers, health project managers, students, epidemiologists, and community outreach workers. Many participants tell us this is their favorite professional conference each year.
The 2018 CIC Summit offered a variety of plenary and breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and introduction to new resources. It’s also the perfect way to showcase your best practices and vaccination efforts. Most presentations will be posted online within the next week or two.
The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) draws its strength from its robust and diverse partners. For nearly 20 years, CIC has been dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization thanks to collaborators like you. We enjoyed hosting you in Sacramento and look forward to your participation on our committees and at the 2019 Summit.
Summit speakers included:
- Karen Smith, MD – Director of California Department of Public Health and Health Officer
- Sarah Royce, MD, MPH – California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch Chief
- Erica Dewald – Director of Advocacy for Every Child By Two/Vaccinate Your Family
- Mark Sawyer, MD, FAAP – Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UCSD School of Medicine