Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – November 13, 2013


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Support the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; write emails of support and participate in a conference call on November 14

A hearing of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform may be scheduled to review the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in early December. A group of activists from The Canary Party have encouraged Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the committee, to schedule this hearing. Since The Canary Party subscribes to the belief that ingredients in vaccines cause harm, there is concern that this hearing may not only address concerns regarding the NVICP, but will once again bring into question the long ago put-to-rest hypothesis that vaccines cause autism. Every Child By Two (ECBT) is urging people to contact members of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform to request that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program remain in effect and that the focus of the upcoming hearing should concern areas where the program can be improved, without digression into other matters. 
In 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act to create a no-fault alternative to the tort system (i.e., the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program). This program is very important to the continuing success of the U.S. vaccination program and a support to all individual vaccine providers. Please take the time to email or call the committee members with your support of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program! 
Please read the Every Child By Two News article about this hearing, which includes talking points and details about how to contact the committee members. 
ECBT is sponsoring a conference call to brainstorm ways to take action over the next two weeks to ensure that Hill staffers are fully prepped on vaccines and their life-saving potential in time for the hearing. You are all invited to join the call Thursday, November 14, 1:30–2:15 p.m. ET at 1-800-861-4084, code 1021331. 
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Minutes available from IZCoalitions Network webinar on November 4

IAC has written a summary of IAC's IZCoalitions Network webinar held November 4. Links to the presenters' slides are included in the minutes. Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, MBA, American Pharmacists Association, spoke about pharmacists' role within the immunization neighborhood, and Jane Huston, MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, discussed the development and use of the HealthMap Vaccine Finder. Eight-one people took part in this informative webinar. 
We hope you find these notes useful if you were unable to attend or even if you were on the call. 
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National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions announces keynote speakers; abstracts due by December 6

"Partnering for Prevention from Sea to Summit," the 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) will take place in Seattle from May 21–23, 2014. NCIHC is the only conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. The planners recently confirmed that keynote speakers will include Dr. David Williams, Dr. William Foege, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson (Seattle Mama Doc), and Sara Rosenbaum, JD
The planners are accepting abstract submissions until December 6. Abstracts are welcome from all disciplines, including coalition staff and members, community-based providers, healthcare providers, social workers, researchers, government agencies, health communication specialists, and others. Go to the Call for Abstracts page to learn more. 
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