Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – JANUARY 20, 2015


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IZCoalitions webinar featuring Dr. Katelyn Wells on and Dr. Gary Marshall on "Roots of Vaccine Hesitancy" now available

On January 12, IAC sponsored a webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and anyone who collaborates with coalitions that featured two speakers.

  1. Katelyn Wells, PhD, research and development director for the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) described the new Vaccine Facts and Policy website, This new resource is the result of a collaboration between AIM, George Washington University, and IAC.
  2. Gary Marshall, MD, spoke on "Roots of Vaccine Hesitancy" and answered questions from participants. Dr. Marshall is professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and author of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practice Guide for Clinicians ("The Purple Book").

Watch the Webinar

Related Links for Dr. Wells's presentation

Related Links for Dr. Marshall's presentation

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Nominations are now open for the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit excellence awards; deadline is February 13

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) is now soliciting nominations for the 2015 NAIIS Immunization Excellence Awards. The 2015 awards recognize individuals and organizations that made extraordinary contributions towards improving vaccination rates within their communities during 2014. The awards focus on individuals and organizations that exemplify the meaning of the “immunization neighborhood” (collaboration, coordination, and communication among immunization stakeholders dedicated to meeting the immunization needs of the patient and protecting the community from vaccine-preventable diseases).
Five of the six award categories focus on individuals and organizations; the sixth category, a new addition this year, will honor a paper that addresses increasing adult immunization rates and/or implementation of the components contained within the NVAC Adult Immunization Standards.
Unless specifically indicated in the award description, the immunization activities should be broader than influenza activity. A National Winner and possibly an Honorable Mention recipient will be selected for each award category.
Award Categories

  • Influenza Season Campaign
  • Healthcare Personnel Campaign
  • “Immunization Neighborhood” Champion
  • Adult Immunization Champion
  • Corporate Campaign
  • Adult Immunization Publication Award – New!

The award winners will be announced at the 2015 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit meeting in Atlanta. The national winner in each category will be invited to present their programs at the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit meeting.

Anyone interested in possibly attending the 2015 NAIIS meeting should contact Dr. Litjen Tan at
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Hawaii Immunization Coalition conference scheduled for January 28

The Hawaii Immunization Coalition's conference, Vaccine Update 2015: Outbreaks & Prevention, will take place on January 28 in Honolulu. The registration deadline has been extended to January 21. The conference will feature Ronald Balajadia, MS, immunization branch chief, Hawaii Department of Health, and William Atkinson, MD, MPH, associate director for immunization education, Immunization Action Coalition.

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Save the date for the 2015 California Immunization Coalition Summit to be held April 26–27

The 2015 California Immunization Coalition Summit will be held April 26–27, 2015 in Riverside, CA. The Summit will focus on communicating the power of vaccines and readiness to deal with and communicate about new vaccine issues as they arise. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 23.

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National Infant Immunization Week will be April 18–25

CDC has announced that the 2015 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) will be April 18–25. In the upcoming months, additional information and resources will be added to the NIIW website.
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