Vaccines prevent disease, illness, and premature death — saving between 2 and 3 million lives each year. Building vaccine confidence is key to ensuring high vaccination rates and saving lives. Trust in vaccines is not built through a top-down approach, but through millions of conversations between parents, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and community members.
CIC works to provide linkages to educational opportunities and resources that will support clinicians in the effort to be a strong resource for their patients and community. Please see resources in the links above and our upcoming webinars listed below.
Working To Keep Our Community Safe
• Vaccination doesn’t just protect one child or individual. When parents vaccinate, their children become a key part of their community’s defense against vaccine-preventable disease known as herd or community immunity.
• Immunizations save lives and are among the most effective ways to protect everyone in our community from serious, preventable illnesses — especially young children, the elderly, individuals with chronic medical conditions, including those who are immunocompromised.
• The medical community and thousands of concerned parents and families are united behind the need to increase vaccination rates in California.
The California Immunization Coalition in partnership with all four California AAP Chapters will be hosting a series of informal webinars over the next several months to prepare the California medical and public health community for the release and distribution of upcoming COVID-19 vaccines. These COVID CONVERSATIONS will focus almost exclusively on the emerging information on COVID vaccines.
These conversations will be relatively informal and will last an hour. Each speaker will present for approximately 15 minutes on a topic and then we will hold a question and answer session which will be curated by a moderator. We will have two speakers for each hour session.
We are also accepting questions in advance of the webinar to help us and the speakers prepare. If you have questions please submit them below.
Yvonne Maldonado MD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity,
Professor, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of Global Child Health for the Department of Pediatrics Stanford University School of Medicine Attending Physician and Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Peter Szilagyi MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research at the University of Los Angeles
Oliver Brooks MD,
Chief Medical Officer,
Watts HealthCare Corporation
See full bio here.
Robert Schechter MD,
California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch
See full bio here.