Flu season is fast approaching and it is time to roll up your sleeves and do your part to spread the word about influenza vaccination for all ages and make sure you get vaccinated yourself.
Number one, getting your flu vaccine protects you from getting sick. Second, when healthy adults and children are vaccinated, it helps to protect those who are most vulnerable, particularly babies too young to be immunized, older adults who may not be developing as strong an immune response – even with vaccination – and anyone with a compromised immune system.
Please see our Flu resources page as well as the information below for updates and resources that can assist you and your organization with promotion efforts throughout the season. Follow us on Twitter @ImmunizeCA and on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and information. Be sure to subscribe to our Coalition newsletter The Vaccine Booster by emailing us at [email protected]
You Are The Key To HPV Cancer Prevention will be presented by Dr. Mark Sawyer on Wednesday, January 13th at 12:15 – 1:15 PM.
• Register for the webinar at http://bit.do/HPVwebinar. (Or direct link at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8333520054681845249)
• Dr. Sawyer’s presentation will describe the burden of HPV disease, the importance of the provider recommendation for HPV vaccine, and strategies for communicating with parents about HPV vaccine.
• Doctors, pharmacists, PAs, NPs, nurses, MAs and other healthcare professionals are welcomed to attend.
• CMEs and CNEs will be offered to participants.
CIC Annual Summit – Sacramento, CA
Please join the California Immunization Coalition in Celebrating Healthier Tomorrows at our 2016 Summit to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, California. This annual meeting brings together a wide range of immunization partners from throughout California and beyond to share ideas, discuss issues and learn from one another. Our 2016 conference will be an opportunity to celebrate the successes we’ve had over the past year as we look to the future and get ready to take on other immunization issues. Join your colleagues at our 2016 Summit to learn how you can be ready for what’s next! Visit the Summit Registration page for more information on submitting an abstract, nominating an immunization champion, or registering to attend. Hope to see you in 2016!
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.
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.