Network News – March 27, 2015
- Save the date: IZCoalitions to sponsor April 13 webinar on legislative activity
- National Infant Immunization Week is April 18–25; many resources available from CDC
- March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now online
Save the date: IZCoalitions to sponsor April 13 webinar on legislative activity
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 April 13, at 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT). The focus of this webinar will be legislative activity related to immunization, of which there has been an increase after the recent measles outbreaks. All are welcome to participate.
- Diane Peterson, IAC's associate director for immunization projects, will provide an overview of what has been going on around the nation regarding pro- and anti-vaccine related legislation. She will also provide tips and resources to help those working to educate local legislators about the issues.
- Coalition leaders for states that have recently introduced vaccine-related legislation will provide short summaries of the bills and outcomes, and share any helpful lessons learned. Presenters will include Heidi Parker, executive director, Immunize Nevada; Catherine Martin, director, California Immunization Coalition; and Stephanie Wasserman, executive director, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. Other states may also choose to give updates during this period.
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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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National Infant Immunization Week is April 18–25; many resources available from CDC
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) will be held this year on April 18–25. NIIW is an annual observance to promote the benefits of childhood immunizations and improve the health of children age two years and younger.
In addition, CDC will be promoting its recently launched campaign during NIIW: Born with Protection. The Born with Protection campaign raises awareness of the third trimester Tdap vaccine recommendation among pregnant women and prenatal healthcare professionals. By getting vaccinated in the third trimester of each pregnancy, mothers can pass antibodies to their babies to help protect them during their first few months of life when they are most vulnerable to pertussis disease and complications.
For more information on the recommendation for Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, visit the CDC’s Pregnancy and Whooping Cough web page. Materials are available for pregnant women, healthcare professionals, and Spanish speakers. Resources include fact sheets, e-cards, posters, infographics, public service announcements, continuing education opportunities for healthcare professionals, and more.
Visit the NIIW website to find promotional and educational materials to help you plan your NIIW activities, and tailor them to the needs of your community.
CDC would like to hear from organizations planning a 2015 NIIW activity. Please complete the NIIW Activity Form so others can learn what you're doing to educate and inspire parents and providers to protect infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases.
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March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now online
The March 2015 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now online.
Readers will find information about new ACIP recommendations and resources for parents, patients, and healthcare professionals. Both publications include the Ask the Experts column from CDC medical officer Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH, and nurse educator Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN.