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.
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) – August 2018
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) highlights the value of vaccines for people of all ages and now is the time to start getting ready for August.
National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, utilizing opportunities to promote back to school vaccination, maternal vaccinations, adult vaccinations and especially influenza vaccination for all. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
#NIAM2018 is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website. Watch for announcement in early June for a special VICNetwork webinar that will highlight the updates in the #NIAM2018 ToolKit!
Learn about updates to the toolkit on our next VICNetwork webinar – Register Here
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