Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – DECEMBER 5, 2014


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Save the date! IZCoalitions Network webinar featuring Dr. Gary Marshall on the roots of vaccine hesitancy scheduled for January 12

Please save the date! The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) invites you to participate in a one-hour webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and those who collaborate with coalitions on Monday, January 12, at 1:00 pm ET (noon CT). The webinar will feature Gary Marshall, MD, author of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book”), speaking on the roots of vaccine hesitancy.

Agenda items will include:

  1. Presentation about the new interactive website,, a collaboration between George Washington University, the Association of Immunization Managers, and the Immunization Action Coalition. This site displays immunization infrastructure, environment, and policy information for the 63 federal immunization projects, which include 50 states, 5 cities, and 8 U.S. territories.
  2. Gary Marshall, MD, will speak on “Roots of Vaccine Hesitancy.” Dr. Marshall is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit. In addition to being a busy clinician, he is nationally known for his work in the areas of vaccine research, advocacy, and education. He is the author of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book”).
  3. Announcements from partners

We will circulate the final agenda and registration information the week before the webinar.
Thanks, everyone.  Hope you can all join us!
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December 7–13 is National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Just a reminder that National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is being held this year on December 7–13. This event highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination throughout the season. CDC features useful resources on its NIVW web section.
Vaccination remains the single most effective means of preventing influenza, and is recommended for everyone age six months and older. If you don’t provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.
Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public:

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Vaccine Education Center posts Dr. Paul Offit’s webinar on meningococcal B vaccines, HPV9, and other topics

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently made the recording of its November 19 Current Issues in Vaccines webinar available. Click on the purple button titled “View Winter 2014 Presentation” and register (at no cost) to listen to the webinar and view the accompanying slide set. The webinar is accredited for one continuing medical education (CME) credit through November 18, 2015.
Paul Offit, MD, director of VEC, covered the following topics during the webinar:

  • Meningococcal serogroup B vaccines: Will they receive a routine recommendation?
  • HPV vaccine: Update on the new 9-valent vaccine
  • The bird flu (H5N1) vaccine: Where do we stand?
  • Tdap vaccine and healthcare personnel

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Watch archived webinar about the impact of non-medical exemptions

On November 4, the Network for Public Health Law and The Immunization Partnership presented a webinar titled Immunization Laws: Impact of Non-Medical Exemptions. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of parents seeking exemptions from vaccines for personal beliefs, leading to concerns from those in public health about the potential spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn about the history of this movement, the impact of non-medical exemptions, and the development of a collaborative effort to address this important issue via this webinar.

  • Allison N. Winnike, JD, research assistant professor, Health Law & Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center
  • Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, PhD, professor of law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Anna Draegsback, JD, president and CEO, The Immunization Partnership

Access the slides and/or the recording of this webinar
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