Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – March 6, 2014


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Register now: IAC webinar for coalitions to feature Dr. Anne Schuchat discussing HPV vaccine challenges

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 Friday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. ET (noon CT). The webinar will include a summary of the February ACIP meeting, information about HPV infection and ways to improve HPV vaccination rates, and an update on The Invisible Threat documentary. 

  1. Brief overview of the February ACIP meeting—Ray Strikas, MD, MPH, FACP, leader, Education, Information, and Partnership Branch, Immunization Services Division, NCIRD, CDC,
  2. The burden of HPV infection and related disease and ways healthcare professionals can improve HPV vaccination rates—Anne Schuchat, MD, director, NCIRD, CDC
  3. "Dear Colleague" letter that encourages HPV vaccination—Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD, chief strategy officer, IAC. The letter gives providers key facts about HPV-associated disease and HPV vaccine safety and effectiveness to help them discuss HPV vaccination confidently with patients and parents. This letter was endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and IAC.
  4. Update on launch of The Invisible Threat—Lisa Posard, producer, and Amy Pisani, executive director, Every Child By Two. See second article in this newsletter for more information about a related national event.
  5. Updates from coalition partners

To register for this webinar, go to You can register now or anytime before the webinar. 
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Every Child By Two to host congressional event to support students who made "The Invisible Threat" documentary

Please join Every Child By Two at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center at 5:00 p.m. ET on May 1, to view the film The Invisible Threat and support the student filmmakers in their efforts to spark a national movement to educate students, parents, and legislators about the science of immunizations and the dangers of under-vaccinated communities. 
The Invisible Threat focuses on the science of vaccination and the misperceptions about vaccines that lead parents to delay or decline immunizations for their children.  This 40-minute independent documentary has already earned praise from more than 50 organizations, including CDC, Texas Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Every Child By Two.

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National Vaccine Advisory Committee publishes "Standards for Adult Immunization Practice"

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s (NVAC) Standards for Adult Immunization Practice were released on September 10, 2013, and published in the March/April 2014 issue of Public Health Reports. These standards were approved by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee in 2013 and are supported by CDC as well as national medical provider associations. For more information and related resources, visit CDC’s new web section in support of the standards and the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit's related web section
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National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit requests nominations for its 2014 Immunization Excellence Awards; deadline is March 25

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) is soliciting candidates for the 2014 NAIIS Immunization Excellence Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities during the 2013. The deadline for nominations is March 25 (due by close of business). 
A national winner and possibly an honorable mention recipient will be selected for each award category. The winners will be presented with their awards at the NAIIS meeting, to be held May 12–15, in Atlanta. The national winner in each category will be invited to present at the meeting. 
There are five categories of recognition:

  • Overall Flu Season Activities
  • Healthcare Personnel Campaign
  • "Immunization Neighborhood" Champion
  • Adult Immunization Champion
  • Corporate Campaign

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Philadelphia Immunization Coalition invites colleagues to its annual spring workshop

The Philadelphia Immunization Coalition (PIC) has planned a great spring workshop with nationally recognized speakers. The program will take place on April 30 at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Check out the agenda here. PIC invites all interested parties to attend. For more information, please email
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