Every Child By Two (ECBT) has just shared a special report on the State of Our Nation’s “ImmUnion” with members of congress to highlight the power of vaccines and suggest areas of action to fortify the health of our nation. While our medical community has the ability to protect Americans of all ages from deadly infectious diseases, public health workers continue to battle disease outbreaks across the nation that threaten the health and wellbeing of our citizens. Many Americans continue to lack access to life-saving vaccines that can protect themselves, their families and their communities from preventable diseases, while others fail to realize that vaccines are available to protect them from many different life-threatening diseases.
This comprehensive 2017 State of the ImmUnion Report highlights the successes of vaccines, the economic and societal savings incurred from vaccines, challenges facing the public health system, and key areas we must focus on to achieve optimal protection for all Americans.
The California Immunization Coalition joins Every Child By Two in the hope that this report will not only help congressional leaders learn more about the vaccination rates in their home states, but that it will also help public health advocates in prioritizing the benefits of immunizations in the years ahead. Over the next couple of weeks, CIC will be sharing additional state and local information that can help you tell your story about the positive impact that vaccines have made on our communities. We will also be sharing graphics that you can use on your social media sites when you share this report.
The report includes details on the:
- Immense success of vaccines in preventing illness and saving lives;
- Economic and societal savings as a result of high vaccination rates;
- Challenges facing the public health system that threaten our country’s progress in combatting vaccine preventable diseases among all age groups;
- Key areas of focus for legislators to help ensure optimal protection against these devastating diseases and;
- Links to educational and vaccine policy resources from partner organizations.
Please click here to view the State of the ImmUnion report. We hope the report will be a useful tool to you as you work to make our ImmUnion stronger and more resilient in the face of emerging health threats and thank you for helping us to disseminate the messages contained within over the coming months as state and federal legislators continue to address vaccine budget and policy issues.
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 www.vaccinefinder.org 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.
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.