Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – December 11, 2013


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Save the date: IZCoalitions Network webinar on the anti-vaccine movement scheduled for January 7

Please save the date! The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a 1-hour webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and those who collaborate with coalitions on Tuesday, January 7, at noon ET (11:00 am CT). The webinar will focus on the anti-vaccine movement in the U.S., ways to promote a pro-immunization message, and resources for vaccine-hesitant parents. 
Agenda items will include:

  1. Anna Kirkland, JD, PhD, associate professor, University of Michigan Department of Women's Studies, will present "Assessing Anti-Vaccine Political Action, 1998–2012." This presentation will cover new research (under review but not published) covering every bill introduced in the 50 state legislatures from 1998–2012 that had to do with expanding or contracting childhood vaccine mandates or requiring ingredient listing or mercury bans. Dr. Kirkland will also suggest pathways for policy success from a pro-immunization perspective.
  2. Karen Ernst and Ashley Shelby, leaders of the Voices for Vaccines (VFV) advocacy group, will provide an update on VFV's mission and goals and recent developments and activities. VFV is a parent-driven organization supported by scientists, doctors, and public health officials that provides parents clear, science-based information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable disease, as well as an opportunity to join the national discussion about the importance of on-time vaccination.
  3. Announcements from partners

We will circulate the final agenda and call-in information the week before the conference call. Hope you all can make it! 
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Please share resources to help your colleagues counter anti-vaccine arguments

As part of the January 7 webinar, we want to share resources that immunization coalitions, health departments, and other organizations and institutions have developed for parents and patients to help counter anti-vaccine arguments. Please send resource descriptions and links to Teresa Anderson of IAC at We will include links to such resources in subsequent emails and in the webinar minutes. Thanks! 
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Last call for abstracts for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions; registration now open

"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 national conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. 
The abstract deadline is December 13. 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. 
Registration is now open for the conference. 
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November issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now online

The November 2013 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now online.  
Readers will find information about new ACIP recommendations and resources for parents, patients, and healthcare professionals. Both publications include the Ask the Experts column from CDC medical officers Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH, and Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH, and nurse educator Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN. 
Needle Tips

Vaccinate Adults

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November issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available

CDC recently released the November issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works and posted it on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter offers the immunization community information about current topics. This information is in the public domain and can be reproduced and circulated widely. 
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