Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – April 10, 2014


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Save the date: Dr. Dorit Reiss to speak about legal liability for non-vaccination on April 22 IZCoalitions Network webinar

Please save the date! The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a 1-hour webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and anyone who collaborates with coalitions on Tuesday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. (ET) (12:00 p.m. (CT)). This webinar will feature Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, PhD, professor of law at the Hastings College of the Law, University of California. Dr. Reiss's presentation is titled "Liability for the Harms of Non-Vaccination: Who Should Pay?" and is described as follows:
When an intentionally unvaccinated person contracts a vaccine-preventable disease, and even more when they infect someone else, there are physical, emotional, and financial costs. There are at least two potential responsible parties: whoever decided not to vaccinate, and whoever provided the anti-vaccine misinformation. What are the legal options for making these actors pay? This talk provides an overview of the options, and the advantages and challenges of them.
This promises to be a very timely session, given the current outbreaks of pertussis, measles, and mumps in the United States. After Dr. Reiss speaks, we will open the floor for further discussion of this topic, with updates on current vaccine-related legislation around the nation.
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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Voices for Vaccines leads successful protest over Chili's proposed donation to anti-vaccine group

The new parent-led immunization advocacy organization, Voices for Vaccines, and its leader Karen Ernst, recently spearheaded an effort to inform pro-immunization individuals and organizations about the Chili’s restaurant's plans to financially support the National Autism Association (NAA), an organization with an anti-vaccine slant.
Ms. Ernst is the one who began the call for pressure on Chili’s, based on a tip she received from a social media contact who had received a promotional email from Chili's about the event and fundraising opportunity. The contact asked if NAA was a "good" autism organization, and Ernst, knowing the philosophy of NAA, immediately started to contact Voices for Vaccines members and other vaccine supporters to urge them to write the restaurant chain's management.
In case some of you didn’t see this yet, the following is the response from Chili’s that several letter writers received.
Thank you for reaching out to us about this. Chili's is committed to giving back to the communities in which our guests live and work through local and national Give Back Events. While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected by autism, we have canceled Monday's Give Back Event based on the feedback we heard from guests like you. 
We believe autism awareness continues to be an important cause to our guests and team members, and we will find another way to support this worthy effort in the future with again our sole intention being to help families affected by autism. At Chili's, we want to make every guest feel special and we thank all of our loyal guests for their thoughtful questions and comments.
The protest made the national news; see stories in USA Today, Time, the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post. This is a huge accomplishment for Voices for Vaccines and the pro-vaccination community! Thank you, Karen Ernst, for your leadership!

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Voices for Vaccines' benefit event at the Mall of America on April 11; tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available

To celebrate its success and gear up for the future, Voices for Vaccines (VFV) is holding a fundraising event, Something to Talk About: VFV Benefit Party and Silent Auction, on April 11 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. Local band Verge will provide live entertainment and some luminaries in the world of vaccines are expected to join the fun. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. (CT); appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can participate by sponsoring the event or buying some tickets!

See for more information.
Proceeds will support VFV's groundbreaking work to counter the vaccine misinformation that is putting children at risk of contracting preventable diseases.
If you can't make the event but still want to help the cause, you can donate to Voices for Vaccines.
Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who appreciates vaccines to join their organization. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues!

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Every Child By Two needs your input

Every Child By Two—Carter/Bumpers Champions for Immunization (ECBT) is conducting an online survey of immunization coalitions and registrants of the 2014 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC). This social media survey should only take about 5–10 minutes of your time, and the results of the survey will help establish the social media needs of the immunization community. The survey results will also be used for ECBT’s presentation at the 2014 NCIHC. Please complete this survey by May 5, 2014.

Simply click here to access the survey.
Thank you in advance for your participation. Your input is very important to Every Child By Two and you will have the option to keep your survey answers anonymous. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Rich Greenaway at or 202-783-7034.  Please note: more than one member of a coalition can complete this survey.
Every Child By Two is a national nonprofit organization that promotes the importance of timely immunizations and the safety of vaccines. ECBT hosts the Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page, the Shot of Prevention blog, and the @ShotofPrev and @EveryChildBy2 Twitter accounts. To learn more about Every Child By Two, visit the ECBT and Vaccinate Your Baby websites.
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The Immunization Partnership is looking for a director of operations

Please help The Immunization Partnership (TIP) spread the word about its great new job opportunity—director of operations. Please visit the TIP website for more information at TIP is based in Houston, TX.
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March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now online

In the March 2014 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults, readers will find information about new ACIP recommendations and resources for parents, patients, and healthcare professionals. Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.

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.
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Vaccinate Adults

If you would like to receive immediate email notification whenever new issues of Needle Tips or Vaccinate Adults are released, visit IAC's subscribe page to sign up.
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