Ready- Set – Vaccinate!
There is a wealth of resources, media, graphics and posters for you and your organization to use in promoting influenza vaccine this year. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention have several sites with material to promote vaccines to the community, to healthcare providers, specific groups such as pregnant women or seniors and to business owners too.
Go to the Seasonal Influenza Resources page on the CDC website to learn more.
Important Dates & Events
- September 28 – Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign Kickoff at the National Foundation for Infectious Disease Press Conference in Washington, D.C.
- September 28 – Join CDC and NFID’s Thunderclap to encourage others to get their flu vaccine this fall.
- October 18 – Medscape Facebook Live featuring CDC expert Dr. Joe Bresee, who will be answering questions from health care professionals (and the general public) about flu, flu vaccines, and the upcoming flu season.
- October 24 – #FluStory Twitter Storm. To encourage vaccination and emphasize the seriousness of flu, CDC will launch a “Twitter storm” on October 24 at 1pm ET that will continue throughout the week. You can participate in the event by using the hashtag #FluStory and sharing why flu vaccination is important to you.
- November 6-11 – CDC will host a blog-a-thon, encouraging partners to blog and post on their websites about the importance of flu vaccine. This year, CDC will focus our post on encouraging providers to make a strong flu vaccine recommendation to patients and arming them with the information they need to respond to questions about flu season and the available vaccines. The blog-a-thon will kick off on CDC’s Public Health Matters blog on November 6.
- December 3-9 – National Influenza Vaccination Week
As the 2017 influenza season begins, it is important to remember that you call the shots when it comes to safe vaccination. To promote both safe vaccination, CDC is launching a campaign to educate and remind providers about proper influenza (flu) vaccine administration technique to help avoid shoulder injuries and other adverse events.
Get comprehensive vaccine administration information and watch a short video on the correct technique for intramuscular injection. Healthcare providers can earn free continuing education by completing the new vaccine administration e-Learn.
Shoulder injuries like bursitis and tendinitis resulting from improper injection technique are errors that can easily be avoided. These errors are more likely to occur among adults than children.
Getting an annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. CDC’s influenza website offers a variety of free educational materials on the importance of flu vaccination, aimed at both health care providers and the general public.
Immunization Rates for Children in California Child Care Facilities – Up 4.4%
The California Child Care Report and facility line lists for the 2016-2017 school year were released on September 25th and posted at http://www.shotsforschool.org/child-care/reporting-data/
Compared to the 2015-2016 school year, the proportion of children attending child care facilities in 2016-2017 reported to have received all required vaccines rose from 90.5% to 94.9%, a 4.4 percentage point increase over one year and a 5.5 percentage point increase over the two years since 2014-2015. The 2016-2017 rate of 94.9% is the highest reported for the current set of immunization requirements for child care facilities, which began in the 2001-2002 school year.
A searchable map of 2016-2017 child care facility rates can be found here http://www.shotsforschool.org/child-care/how-doing/
Great News For California Seventh Graders
The 7th Grade Report and school line lists for the 2016-2017 school year are now posted at ShotsForSchool – 7th Grade Data. Compared to the 2015-2016 school year, the proportion of students attending 7th grade in 2016-2017 reported to have received the Tdap booster immunization rose from 97.8% to 98.4%, a 0.6% percentage point increase over one year and a 1.8 percentage point increase over the three years since 2013-2014. The 2016-2017 rate of 98.4% is the highest reported Tdap booster requirement for 7th grade, which began in the 2011-2012 school year.
Congratulations to our school nurses, health staff at public and private schools, and our public health departments for gathering and reporting data.
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.