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Measles Cases – 2019

From January 1 to February 28, 2019, 206** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 11 states.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

CDC is asking for your help to ensure that all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine. When it comes to vaccinations, parents trust the expertise of their doctor more than anyone else. Explain to patients that MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles infection.

Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations With Parents

Specific resources to highlight include:

Preteen Vaccine Week (PVW) is an annual California observance to be held March 3-9 in 2019.  The goals of PVW are to distribute information and materials through multiple avenues such as schools, providers, and the media to promote the preteen doctor visit and to raise awareness about routinely recommended immunizations for preteens: Tdap, HPV, meningococcal, and flu vaccines. In addition to 1 dose of Tdap, preteens starting 7th grade must show proof of 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine starting in 2019.

For tips, tools and resources for promoting preteen vaccinations – head over to the California Department of Public Health PVW Campaign site

California Immunization Coalition Summit: Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality

April 8-10*, 2019  in Riverside, CA

Register today for the 2019 California Immunization Coalition Summit to be held in Riverside, California.  You won’t want to miss the Summit, always one of the most useful and interesting immunization events of the year.  We will be returning to the beautiful Mission Inn and Riverside Convention Center for a two-day meeting on April 8 & 9, 2019.  The event 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 (deadline is coming up!), 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.  

Registration fees will be applied towards Summit materials, any meals provided during the event, and more. For bulk registration or purchase orders, please contact Giovanna Forno at [email protected]

**Updated Hotel Information**:

As of Friday, March 1st the Room Block at the Mission Inn is full.

However, there are many hotels in the Riverside area and several that are right next to to the Convention Center, including the Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown and the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
The Riverside Convention Center website also offers some great ideas and options nearby.

Every year in the US millions of people get sick from flu. Get a vaccine now.#FightFlu this season by getting yourself and your loved ones vaccinated today!

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 launched 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 launched in the Fall of 2018. 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.



The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) has developed this website as a resource for its members and the community. It is not intended as a source of medical advice. The best source of immunization information is your health care provider. The information on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician, who will recommend treatment based on your individual facts and circumstances.

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