Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – December 31, 2013


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Information about the January 7 webinar on the anti-vaccine movement

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a 1-hour conference call for immunization coalition leaders, members, and anyone interested in the work of immunization coalitions on Tuesday, January 7, at noon ET (11:00 a.m. CT). All are welcome. Agenda items 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

You will receive an email later this week with information about how to register for this webinar with ReadyTalk. 
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Print and electronic resources for communicating the value and safety of vaccines to parents and patients

As part of the January 7 webinar, IAC asked immunization coalitions and other partners to share resources that would help healthcare professionals communicate with vaccine-hesitant parents and patients. We have compiled a great selection below. Some of these are targeted toward providers, while others are handouts to share with parents and patients. If you have additional resources related to vaccine efficacy and safety that you would like to share, please email IAC's Teresa Anderson at
From CDC

From CDC in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

CDC, AAP, and AAFP have also developed a suite of materials titled Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them. These handouts come in basic and in-depth versions. Access the suite for parents of infants and young children and the suite for parents of children age 7–18 years. This collection is available in both English and Spanish. 
From the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

IAC has also developed 20 easy-to-read handouts about each routine vaccine for children, teens, and adults that stress the seriousness of the diseases and the importance of vaccination. These short summary handouts are available in both English and Spanish. 
Access all of IAC's parent handouts at
From the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

From the American Academy of Pediatrics

From Immunize Canada

From the California Immunization Coalition

From the Arizona Partnership for Immunization

From the Autism Science Foundation

From Immunization for San Diego Kids

WEBSITES FOR PARENTS AND PATIENTS (Immunization Action Coalition) (CDC) (Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) (Every Child By Two) (Every Child By Two) (Voices for Vaccines) (American Academy of Pediatrics) (National Network for Immunization Information) (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases [PKIDS]) 
BLOGS FOR PARENTS (Moms Who Vax) (Every Child By Two) (National Meningitis Association) (PKIDS) 
BOOKS for parents, patients, members of the public, and the media 
You are free to download these resources and use them as presented. The CDC and IAC handouts are in the public domain and can be adapted to better suit your needs as long as credit is given to the source. For information about adapting a piece from another organization, please email IAC at and we will put you in touch with the correct person. 
This list is not exhaustive! Please email any other related resources to Teresa Anderson at so everyone can reap the rewards of your hard work. 
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