Action Needed to Preserve Federal Funding for Vaccine Programs

Please go to the Vaccinate Your Family page to read and respond to our Call to Action: Preserve Congressional Vaccine Funding  today.

Background: The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PHHF) was created in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act.  The fund was originally intended to supplement core public health programs with increased investment in disease prevention and health promotion activities. The fund’s purpose evolved to support core immunization activities with more than half of immunization programmatic funding coming from PPHF in Fiscal Year 2016.

Over $600 million of PPHF funds have been invested in immunization including approximately $402 million supporting core activities in the nation’s existing immunization system.  PPH makes up nearly half of all federal funding sent to states and territories to conduct immunization program activities.

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act without replacement of PPHF immunization funds would have immediate and catastrophic consequences including drop in vaccination rates, disease outbreaks, increased risk to newborn babies, loss of critical technology and a gap in community preparedness.

The California Immunization Coalition does not consider public health and disease prevention to be a partisan issue. It is extremely important that we ensure that our policymakers understand the importance of ensuring a continuity of funding for essential public health programs for our entire community.

Read details here on the AIM (Association of Immunization Managers) Fact Sheet

To ensure that legislators reallocate these funds, we ask you to add your name to Every Child By Two’s Vaccine Funding Support Statement

Action Needed:

Please go to the Vaccinate Your Family page to read and respond to our Call to Action: Preserve Congressional Vaccine Funding

  • Share this Shot of Prevention post widely
  • Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites.
  • Contact your Representative in Congress and convey your personal support for vaccines and concerns about this risk to national, state and local funding.

In your discussions and communications around this request, we suggest focusing on the funding issue with limited reference to the Affordable Care Act so as not to politicize the issue and distract from the actual message.

We would appreciate if you could help us push this call for signatures out through all the channels you have access to.

Please share widely on social media and use the hashtag – #SaveVaxFunds in your communications moving forward.

Additional resources:
Discretionary Funding Levels (including PPHF) for Immunization by State (go to page 60-63):

Trust for America’s Health report on State preparedness Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism



2016-2017 Flu Season
National Influenza Vaccine Awareness Week

With the colder weather, close gatherings of friends and family, along with extra work (and celebrating) of the  holidays,  inevitably comes extra opportunities for exposure to cold and flu viruses.  This fun video is a great reminder that everyone can be a superhero by taking some simple steps to  protect ourselves and the most vulnerable members of our family and community.  It still comes down to the basics, wash  your hands, eat healthy, cover your coughs and sneezes and get your flu shot – now.  Influenza can knock down even healthy individuals and it is potentially deadly for children, the elderly and those with high risk medical conditions – diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease.  Flu vaccine is plentiful right now and there are numerous sources to obtain a vaccination.  Start with your physician, community clinic or other health care provider or go here to    Provide your location and the HealthMap Vaccine Finder will show you locations nearby to provide the vaccines you need.

Many thanks to Ethan Posard, Author and Youth Health Advocate for creating this video, along with – Students Take On Prevention (STOP) for collaborating on this project.

Happy, Healthy Holidays to you and yours from the California Immunization Coalition


2017 CIC Summit

Registration is now open for the 2017 CIC Summit which will take place on April 3 -4, 2017 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. We are extra excited to be back in Riverside at the Mission Inn and so pleased to have another amazing group of speakers including Sarah Royce, MD, CDPH Immunization Branch Chief, Elena Conis, PhD, Professor at UC Berkeley and author of “Vaccine Nation,” Brian Mittman, PhD and Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH.

There will also be a special screening of the film Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children and a discussion by writer and director Don Mitchell that you won’t want to miss, as well as workshops on the California Immunization Registry, adult immunization, effective communication projects and updates on local public health program efforts.

Visit the CIC Summit website to view the Summit agenda.  Register, make your hotel reservations and travel plans today and take advantage of special hotel rates and early registration fee which is available until March 3.

Register Here



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.




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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